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Handlebar Coffee Roasters

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128 E Canon Perdido Street #A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best coffee in town (real coffee)

I cannot get tired of this place in SB. their coffee is so tasty, not burned, with a mix of spanish/italian style that i love. They have great pastry too, some even gluten Free. They are "The coffee place" in Santa Bárbara. Also well located and you can sit At a table outside or ride and park your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Lucyinba
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Barbara, CA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I cannot get tired of this place in SB. their coffee is so tasty, not burned, with a mix of spanish/italian style that i love. They have great pastry too, some even gluten Free. They are "The coffee place" in Santa Bárbara. Also well located and you can sit At a table outside or ride and park your bike At... More 

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Aaron O, Owner at Handlebar Coffee Roasters, responded to this review

Wow! "Thank you" for the great review! It's easy with great customers coming through the doors every day! Hope to see you soon! Kim and Aaron More 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My husband and I walked a round Santa Barbara searching for this shop - it's just a wee bit off the main stretch (thankfully we stopped and asked for directions). The shop has a really cool and chic vibe. Made very good Americanos - don't think the best i've ever had (we have a fabulous local coffee shop that's still... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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113 reviews 113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Handlebar is known as the best coffee shop in Santa Barbara and it lives up to its reputation. I had coffee every day that I was in Santa Barbara and the drinks were superb. I am from Seattle and can attest to great coffee. If your in town, make a special effort to go to the Handlebar for a... More 

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Aaron O, Owner at Handlebar Coffee Roasters, responded to this review

Thank YOU!! Hope you enjoyed your stay in Santa Barbara, hope to see you again soon! Cheers! Kim and Aaron More 

dallas, tx
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122 reviews 122 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We are Italians from NY--we have traveled Europe and to say that this special little place in Santa Barbara has the best coffee we have ever had is saying something! It is all in the roasting and the roaster here is beyond top notch. This guy should be in the hall of fame for coffee roasters. The cappuccino has top... More 

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137 reviews 137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This place is legit. That's all I have to say. Trip advisor is going to make me use more characters so that I can post the review, but in the end I'll stick with my assessment – this place is legit. Stop in if you are nearby.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

With family in Santa Barbara, we are frequent visitors. In SB, although a relatively small town compared to Miami (our home) there is always something new and interesting to see. However this is one of those places that you will want to return to every time you visit. The owners are two of the nicest people you will ever meet... More 

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Westminster, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I was here 4 times in January and I live nowhere near this place. After my first trip, I had to pull off the freeway while going through Santa Barbara to get another cup. They roast in house, and I kind of regret not picking up some beans. Anyway, I tried the espresso, a gibraltar and a latte. All excellent.... More 

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East Setauket, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

May be the best coffee in America. Cappuccino was outstanding. Full, bold and not a bitter note anywhere. Do not Miss!

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Rockford, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Every time I'm in Santa Barbara, I get my Cappuccino as many times as possible at Handlebar. The owner is friendly, knowledgeable and makes a great cup of cappuccino. They roast their own beans and, of course, I buy that as well to take home. Great place and I love the small, independent atmosphere

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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Best coffee spot in Santa Barbara. Muddy Waters is good too but I prefer it here. Strong coffee, very pleasant staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 E Canon Perdido Street #A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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