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French Press

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1101 State St, 528 Anacapa St,, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2712
805-963-2721
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6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best coffee in town

This may be heresy for Starbucks fans, but French Press is the real thing. Each cup is a religious rite and the taste proves it. Ordered an iced coffee the other day and the barista made it from an expresso shot and added cold water. No limp flavor here! Ambiance also counts. The French Press has a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
SusanMFlorida
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This may be heresy for Starbucks fans, but French Press is the real thing. Each cup is a religious rite and the taste proves it. Ordered an iced coffee the other day and the barista made it from an expresso shot and added cold water. No limp flavor here! Ambiance also counts. The French Press has a beautiful outdoor space... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This place serves excellent espresso coffee and we mean excellent. Added to this the street scape outside the shop is great and there is free parking nearby. All topped off by super friendly service. Couldn't ask for more.

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Leesburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Coffee is the draw and if u keep it simple it is a great place for a coffee and pastry. We had a full breakfast and had a little sticker shock. We ate at table outside. Very good food. Nice spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We ordered an espresso, a cappuccino, and a kids milk. We all enjoyed our orders. The front porch and inside is beautifully designed.

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Antioch, California
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The French Press is a short walk from the Canary Hotel. It's not the place to go if you're in a hurry, but the drinks are worth the wait and so are the pastries. Skip the big chain coffee places one day and give this local spot a try.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

After three weeks visiting the U.S. from Melbourne (the self-professed coffee capital of Australia, where Australian Rules Football and coffee are the only true religions) it was great to find a place that actually knows what coffee is supposed to be like. Best coffee we've had in three weeks (though arguably that might not be saying much in the land... More 

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Toronto
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Long wait as only one barista working ......and not worth the wait. Ethiopian blend for the expresso was sour not smooth and rich..... and cold to boot! Back to Peet's.

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Santa Barbara
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

To me, the best thing about the French Press Anacapa location is the outdoor patio, a great place to meet a friend for coffee and catch up. The coffee is also very good, especially the espresso drinks.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

This is not the Starbucks experience where you grab your coffee and go. With that said, it's a fun, busy spot. The staff are excellent and the coffee is good too.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Walked here from our hotel & the line out the door proved we were in for a great cup of coffee! They roast their own coffee & my cappuccino was awesome & pretty! I had the roasted tomato, ham & cheddar quiche. Crust was perfect & the roasting of the tomato was a great compliment to the cheddar. Highly recommend... More 

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Additional Information about French Press

Address: 1101 State St, 528 Anacapa St,, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2712
Phone Number: 805-963-2721
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cuisine: French, Coffee Shop

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1101 State St, 528 Anacapa St,, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-963-2721

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?