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Arts & Letters Cafe

7 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2704
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Ranked #70 of 443 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
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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
Dallas, Texas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
200 helpful votes 200 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Palm Springs
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Although just a lunch location, its ambiance and food quality make this the favorite spot for many locals. I've tried lots of salads and sandwiches on their menu and am never disappointed. From the Pumpkin Soup to the Curry Chicken it all tastes fresh and keeps the palate engaged. Walk through what is probably the best gallery in town to... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Charming little place that unfortunately isn't open for dinner. Patio dining there would be delightful. Food is good for a sandwich joint! Like I dais... Wish it were open for dinner.

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Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Open for lunch only in a quiet courtyard tucked away on Anacapa St, sits this wonderful gem of a restaurant. All of the tables are situated around a central fountain; the menu is simple but sublime. I had the avocado BLT which was a beautifully executed, tasty sandwich. Their pumpkin soup has gained some notoriety and it's easy to see... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

right by Presidio...behind art gallery in lovely courtyard....great sandwiches, salads, soups...worth the trip

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