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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, Seating, Takeout

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Pick a location and bring some friends

This is a great business, as they welcome their guests to get comfy, get some work done, and enjoy a pull of espresso

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
David J
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Boulder, Colorado
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90 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Two dollars and seventy five cents for an average sized cup of bitter coffee. Even for a hipster hangout, this was too much.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

This is a great business, as they welcome their guests to get comfy, get some work done, and enjoy a pull of espresso

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Thank David J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Stopped into French press on our way out of Santa Barbara and had breakfast. The food and coffee were good. The staff were very pleasant. The outdoor seating was great to see State Street lively on a weekday morning.

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Thank Marino F
Bakersfield, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Great shop on State Street in the heart of Santa Barbara. Castle Roasters coffee and espresso. Yummy baked goods. Good teas and plenty of coffee merchandise. Come in and enjoy a great cup of crafted coffee and sit back and work or watch the world go by. Some outside seating. Get a pour over and relax.

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Thank zkrscasa
Oslo, Norway
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This is a great modern coffee place one block away from State Street. It is nice to sit outside in the sun (or shade if you prefer that). Convenient location in a more open and less busy environment than State Street.

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Thank Family_business
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I tried this place based on yelp reviews and it did not disappoint. I had both an americano and the brewed coffee and both were strong and delicious without the burnt bitter taste of certain chain coffeehouses. I also tried the biscuits and jam and the pear gongozola scone...absolutely amazing! Fresh, flavorful and not overly sweet. The only reason I... More 

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Thank RB78
Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

My espresso had the flavor of burnt beans, very acidic too. And my brownie was crunchy. But they do have a good location on State Street across from Andersen's.

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Thank Carl2005
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were on bikes returning from the Mission on a hot day , the patio is well shaded and central to State street. Great coffee. Could use some more variety of treats and Italian sodas.

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Thank AV_29R
Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Being from New Zealand, we were pretty anxious about whether we would be able to get a nice coffee in Santa Barbara. The French Press came to the rescue - I think we got coffee from here every day that we were in Santa Barbara. We ordered cappuccinos, and there were pretty close to what you would get if you... More 

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Thank Grace_Kinza
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The other local coffee roaster in town used to be my favorite coffee place--the owners are great, really nice people, but I tired of years (!) of the same breakfast pastries. I've always felt French Press had the best espresso in town, and still do. Mostly it is near perfect and sometimes, it is perfect. I've brought visiting coffee snob... More 

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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, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?