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Arts & Letters Cafe

7 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2704
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Ranked #95 of 443 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $15 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Californian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State Street
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English first
Solvang, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
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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
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
205 helpful votes 205 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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Santa Monica, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

The six of us returned, yet again, for this delightful, well-staffed spot just off State Street across from the museum and set just behind a superb gallery. We shared delicious fresh salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts and enjoyed the most acceptable wine list. Set in a lovely courtyard with an adjoining room, what could be better for an afternoon break... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Tucked behind an art gallery is the charming and delightful Arts and Letters Cafe, set in a garden complete with fountain. The menu features soups, salads sandwiches and pasta -- each a tasty treat. We had the noodles of the day. Pasta was home made and the sauce delicious. Both the pumpkin and curry soups were outstanding. We would definitely... More

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Additional Information about Arts & Letters Cafe

Address: 7 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2704
Phone Number: 805-730-1463
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Californian

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