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Arts & Letters Cafe

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American, Californian, Mediterranean
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7 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2704 (State Street)
805-730-1463
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Hidden Jewel

Absolutely gorgeous patio atmosphere in the most unlikely location. Had lunch there and would highly recommend as food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional. New find and now a new favorite!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
AJK810
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous patio atmosphere in the most unlikely location. Had lunch there and would highly recommend as food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional. New find and now a new favorite!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The reality is there are so few restaurants with the feel of the Cafe. Its lovely on a sunny day. The food is fresh and organic and prepared and presented well. I go there with out of town guests for a real feel of hidden Santa Barbara.

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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
75 reviews 75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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, Californian, Mediterranean

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?