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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

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Are you kidding

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Sophie608
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Toronto
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Toronto
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69 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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68 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Went there on a friend's recommendation and were not disappointed. We love local independent cafes. French Press has delicious coffee (they roast their own) and knowledgeable baristas. We visited their State Street spot and feel sad that we didn't have a chance to visit the second location on Anacapa Street.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Probably the best coffee in Santa Barbara with friendly staff and great people watching. Bought some of there Ethiopian blend for our friends in Santa Barbara, delicious.

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Los Angeles, California
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80 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a great place to stop for coffee if you are enjoying State Street. It's small, but the drinks are really good. There is seating in the front if you want to people watch in State Street. There is also indoor seating as well.

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Santa Clarita, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I was looking for a more local coffee shop and this place fits the bill. The location is good and the staff is very helpful and professional. For my tastes the coffee was too strong and had a pungent vinegar-like aroma. I found it odd that I asked for a shmear with my bagel and the staff said, " we... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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189 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My husband and I stopped by twice while on our trip. First late at night for hot tea and it was awesome! The second was in the morning for coffee. We love good coffee. They were only serving a light and medium roast on the day we stopped. I like a more flavorful roast so the coffee was good. The... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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360 reviews 360 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Great coffee shop with bold, aromatic coffee and nice pastries. The staff is really helpful and friendly. The place is cool.

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