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Arts & Letters Cafe

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American, Mediterranean, Californian
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7 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2704 (State Street)
805-730-1463
Today
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Outdoor seating
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    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
A nice surprise

Four of us had lunch here last weekend. First time and was over the top impressed with the decor, the food, and the service. Pricing was very very fair and the Kale salad was wonderful. This will be one we return to over and over again!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
HFY
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Pasadena
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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41 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Pasadena
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Four of us had lunch here last weekend. First time and was over the top impressed with the decor, the food, and the service. Pricing was very very fair and the Kale salad was wonderful. This will be one we return to over and over again!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is off the beaten path and you would never know it was there unless someone told you. It is behind an art gallery with a pretty peaceful courtyard setting. Loved the food - chef is from the South so not your typical California food.

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Solvang, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I loved the idea of an outdoor patio which did not disappoint. When we arrived tho it felt a bit frenetic. I'm sure we have all been in places that were busy but calm, and places that were busy and did not feel calm. Unfortunately my experience on the day we went was the latter. Regarding the food, my cousin... More 

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Goleta, California
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

The setting for lunch at this cafe is lovely, set in an interior courtyard, where you are protected from the wind. So even if the weather is cool you can enjoy being outside. Entrance is a walk through the art gallery which rotates the art on display, take a moment to enjoy before entering the restaurant. Lunch menu is varied... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Beautiful setting! Excellent lunch-time fare and great service.... just wish they were open for dinner

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New York City, New York
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195 reviews 195 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

There was nothing really special about the menu or the food. It was well prepared and service was acceptable but nothing beyond that. There are plenty of other places in the area at similar pricing that deliver a more exciting evening food wise.

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Dallas, Texas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great lunch in the attractive courtyard--don't miss the paintings in the excellent gallery on the way in. Soup and half-sandwich special was a lot of food, and just delicious. Waitress gave helpful suggestions.

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Had lunch here this past weekend. Very charming and beautiful setting. The soup which was asperagus and mushroom was wonderful - could have had two bowls and the 1/2 pastrimi sandwich was so tender. Will definitely make this a repeat visit when coming to Santa Barbara. A real hidden gem!

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Santa Barbara, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Excellent spinach salad with steak. Fresh baby spinach and steak cooked perfectly. Only trouble was the rather slow water and coffee service. I'm looking forward to returning again soon.

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Naples, Florida
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137 reviews 137 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We had a fantastic lunch here in the courtyard, which is really the restaurant. Excellent crab & corn bisque, 1/2 pastrami sandwich which also comes with small side salad..enough to make it also dinner… almost spoiled our dinner, but have no fear we made it to Bouchon! Would not have known of Arts & Letters without the recommendation of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2704
    (State Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-730-1463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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