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Louie's

1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-963-7003
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Ranked #54 of 441 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Santa Ynez, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I just had lunch at this charming place in a 1871 Victorian - it has a wonderful wrap around porch and is part of the charming hotel. The special lunch was great, service perfect and beautiful space. It was quite and allowed us to have a long, conversation while enjoying the food and service. I would go back to try... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

So many restaurant choices in Santa Barbara but after looking at the menu and wine list, we opted for Louie's. So glad we did. Had a great meal which included a delicious pinot and excellent service. Outside and inside seating, both very nice.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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96 reviews 96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

While not exactly a celestial culinary experience, the food is very good and is carefully prepared. The wines are beautifully chosen and their prices quite reasonable (they always have the house favorites, and the rest of the list rotates). Service is extra-friendly. Regular visitors and locals love coming here to take a table in the porch, eat well, enjoy the... More

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Long Beach, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We have enjoyed many restaurants for lunch and dinner in Santa Barbara, but never Louie's California Bistro in the Upham Hotel. We decided to try it and we were not disappointed. We had a beautiful day and decided to eat outside on the porch. Mark was our server and he suggested several dishes. We ordered "Chicken in Puff Pastry", and... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I love this place! It is great unpretentious Cali cuisine. Thou they only serve beer and wine it sill carries a in a French cafe feel. All of the menu is tasty and we'll thought out. The servers are attentive and will be at your service the moment you are sat. There is outdoor seating, with heaters so you can... More

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Carmel
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I took the advice of the waiter and found a terrific local pinot and the next day we drove over the hill to buy a case. What a find.

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California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Louie's is a small but nice restaurant. Sunday PM it was very busy wit no extra tables, so there are a lot of regulars. The menu was impressive as there were a lot of items I'd like to go back and try! I had the grilled meat loaf on a lark and it was very good.

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Tallahassee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a fork-tender, full flavored beef tenderloin that was prepared as requested. The service, wine, and ambience were very nice making for a lovely evening.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

This restaurant is next door to the Upham's Inn, whilst it is a separate entity to the Inn, it has a common entrance. If your staying at the Uphams, you do not need go no further than Louie's for eating out in Santa Barbara. It is a modern Californian Bistro. The menu choice was excellent. The food was delicious and... More

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Laguna Hills, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were staying at the Upham Hotel, and had been told that "Louie's Bistro", right in the hotel, was excellent. IT IS! To me, it's the perfect example of relaxing, slightly upscale - yet "nice casual" dining. It's cozy and comfy (est. seats only 40-50), with a few outside porch tables, weather permitting. The menu also fits right into my... More

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