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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
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast

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  • 1
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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
Best espresso in SB

Without a doubt the best coffee spot in Santa Barbara. Located across the street from one of the most beautiful historical sites in town, this place has good people, great coffee, and a great space to sit and enjoy a hot or iced beverage. They also offer croissants from another local favorite of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
alessa v
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Without a doubt the best coffee spot in Santa Barbara. Located across the street from one of the most beautiful historical sites in town, this place has good people, great coffee, and a great space to sit and enjoy a hot or iced beverage. They also offer croissants from another local favorite of mine, Renaud's.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Good selection of coffee; sweet rolls' offerings could have been better, but the ability to purchase a baguette to enjoy with butter and jam made up for it. There is plenty of seating indoors and out, but it does get busy and a line to purchase the coffee and whatever else one wants with it is pretty long. But a... More 

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Oakland, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Husband the coffee snob was enamored and declared Handlebar makes better coffee than his regular cafe in the Bay Area. Rich, thick, creamy lattes. We also enjoyed the cortado and cappuccino. Pleasant, open space with plenty of seating. Attentive staff cleared the tables and kept the bathroom clean. My only beef was with the gluten free muffin, which was pretty... More 

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Best time to come is after checking out sunrise at Stearns Wharf @ 6:30 am and then have breakfast @ 7 ish ,,,, something simple to start the day ... Cappuccino and Croissant :)

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I wish these guys would open up two or three more locations. When they first started there were small lines and you could get some of the best coffee drinks you ever had in your life in just a few minutes. Now you need a book to read waiting in line to order. They have gotten such great reviews, all... More 

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

"Thank you" so much for the review! Aaron and I are so sorry that locals have to wait in a long line and we are trying to figure out how to speed things along. We are going to add a second espresso machine and perhaps have a "brewed coffee/tea" line as well because those drinks are quick. It's the espresso... More 

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a great little coffeehouse that's a bit off the beaten track of State Street in Santa Barbara. My friend and I were getting overheated after a strenuous morning of shopping, so we opted to have the Espresso milkshakes. Wow. They are made with the fabulous McDonnell's (?) ice cream and are seriously good. The atmosphere brought me right... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The chai was delicious. The service fast and friendly. Buzzing with a hip vibe. Definitely a place where the locals hang out.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Nothing cooler than standing in line to order your coffee while they roast the coffee next to you. It was awesome to see the beans being roasted in the same space as folks enjoying the brewed coffee. I had a regular coffee and it tasted awesome. I would suspect that the next level espresso drinks are even more fantastic. Great... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were on holiday in Santa Barbara, all the way from the UK, and stumbled across this cafe whilst trying to find a parking space. So glad we did! It's a little removed from State Street, the main area in Santa B, but well worth seeking out. Really good coffee and extremely nice staff. Very warm and welcoming. And very... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great place to spend time enjoying that first or mid morning cup of coffee. Charming indoor and outdoor areas. Absolutely the best coffee in Santa Barbara and served by the owners who are especially friendly and knowledgeable.

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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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