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9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
+1 805-730-1160
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Ranked #9 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $36
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State
Description: Farm-to-table gem in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. The Original California bouchon, menu features local produce and wines. Charming rustic ambience with hardwood floors, open kitchen and inviting patio. Service is warm, friendly and informed.
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Ventura, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This place is fantastic! The wait staff are professional waiters and know the menu, wines, history of the area, specials and are very eager to serve. My wife and I ate here and i would come back at a moment's notice - assuming i can get a reservation.

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Roslyn, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a couple nights in Santa Barbara and were interested in Bouchon. It is cozy and warm and has a beautiful copper open kitchen. Abe our waiter was attentive and helpful. I thought the service was perfect. Everything was paced nicely and we had some much appreciated help in choosing from the extensive wine list. I really enjoyed the... More 

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Top Contributor
255 reviews 255 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This was a truly spectacular dining experience. The staff -- particularly Eric and Joaquin -- were amazing… so friendly, helpful, professional. The food was incredible. We started with squash soup and the mushroom ragout. The soup was great, but the ragout was beyond description. For an entree, I had the Mary's chicken and yelped with delight after my first bite…the... More 

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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were not disappointed by this charming place. Loved that everything was fresh, my fish was caught in local waters that morning. Very small and tables a bit close, but added to the ambiance.

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Redondo Beach, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Great menu and exceptional local wine list. Despite no reservation (gasp!) we got seated and received great service along with a delicious inspired dinner.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants I've visited for doing wine with a meal. The service is really outstanding, friendly and yet knowledgable and efficient. The waiter had an impressive knowledge of the local wine region and talked with us about it just long enough to make it interesting, but not too long. Seared ahi was as good as... More 

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London suburbs
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

From other reviews of this restaurant I had expected it to be excellent, but although it was good it wasn't great for us. We both started with soup; one of us the French onion soup and the other the squash. We both had the maple-glazed duck for main course. We accompanied this with an bottle of the excellent Au Bon... More 

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Oceanside, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

At time of reservation, restaurant knew we were celebrating a wedding anniversary yet on a very chilly evening they sat us on the patio under heater that was either blasting heat unpleasantly or off completely. Service was just ok. Food was good but not what we expected considering the prices.

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129 reviews 129 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We liked this place a lot, although it did not live up to our expectations as something truly exceptional. We ate fish--tuna and salmon on a bed of lentils. Good. Appetizers of onion soup and mushroom ragout were really good. We also shared a date almond cake on carmel that was the hit of the evening. Good for one visit... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

This was our first visit and we decided to have our Christmas there. We were very happy with our decision. The menus was prix fixe because of Christmas and we had a hard time making decisions as everything looked so good. I had the goat cheese tartlet and the duck at jus and both were excellent. Friendly staff. Great wine... More 

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Additional Information about Bouchon

Address: 9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
Phone Number: +1 805-730-1160
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 24 - 36
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean

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