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9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
+1 805-730-1160
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Ranked #9 of 441 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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416 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Austin, TX
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I've been coming here for years, and I ate here last month with my wife, and another couple, during a six week restaurant-intensive visit. It was something like my 25th dinner at Bouchon. I like the food very much, although I agree with some of the other reviewers that it could be a little better. What makes Bouchon a top-rated... More

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

Last night we spent three and a half hours with Executive Chef Greg Murphy on his "foodie stroll" through the farmers market. Greg is a remarkable raconteur and speaks with great candor about the Santa Barbara food scene, what makes restaurants tick, and the farmers market. A fantastic experience...followed by a three-course, wine-paired dinner at Bouchon which was pretty darn... More

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Varna, Bulgaria
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

One of the best diner we had - excellent service, perfect cuisine, good wine! We were lucky to have reservation and my advice is to make it!

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Monarch Beach, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went to the restaurant with high expectations after reading many review. We ordered the heirloom tomatoes and spinach salads and both ordered the local sea bass. The salads were very fresh but the seasoning and the cheeses were overpowering that it was difficult to enjoy the fresh veggies. The local sea bass was very tough. We were not sure... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

They do it right. You are treated like a friend with excellent service and delicious food. Hunter offered a thorough explanation of the menu and wonderful wine pairings. Mushroom ragu and scallops trio are delicious. Thanks

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Newport Beach, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Farm to table fare with a good wine selection, and great service. The fish dish I had was exceptional.

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Santa Barbara, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The food exceeded my expectations, and the portions are very generous. These elements are not to be outdone by the exceptional service (for Santa Barbara). We ordered the heirloom tomatoes, and crab cakes for appetizers, which we split at the suggestion of our outstanding, and very professional waiter, Byron. After this we could have concluded the meal and been perfectly... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A French restaurant with high ratings should have good onion soup. We both ordered the soup - and after a couple of bites there was no broth only soggy onions topped with bread and cheese (which did not have the nutty gruyere flavor). We split a crab cake which was very good and the rack of lamb. The lamb was... More

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san francisco
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Everything about Bouchon was amazing. The service was impeccable. We sat outside in the courtyard. We did not feel crowded at all. The wine selection is great. They feature a lot of local wines. Our table had the lamb, chicken, and the salmon. The lamb was the best we have ever had. The chicken was moist and the mashed potatoes... More

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Clearwater, Florida
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a nice meal at Bouchon with friends. Reservations are a must, the restaurant is very popular. I was really expecting to be blown away by the food at Bouchon, but it was hit or miss. We shared crab cakes and the peach salad. Both were delicious. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals well enough, but no one was... More

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