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9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
+1 805-730-1160
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Ranked #9 of 443 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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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Went for a birthday and they set the table up with rosé pedals. Started with beers and a couple apps. The French onion was good with a nice crust. The wild mushrooms was awesome with a light spinach purée and a fried bread in the center. We each ordered glasses of wine and was suggested two that I was able... More

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Recommended to us by the Spanish Garden Inn as the best in town, it lived unto this in every way. The service was both professional and knowledgeable, but also warm, friendly and relaxed...right up to the owner/chef who brought the entree to our table and took time to explain the complexities. We ordered the scallop trio, which was three different... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This restaurant was one of many that encompassed a 10 day inspirational food trip to area's that I would consider living and working in. I had never been to Santa Barbara but had been told by people living there that I should check it out and consider a possible location to open one of my own restaurants in! I loved... More

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Brooklyn, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Bouchon during our vacation. We sat on the patio which was lovely. From start to end it was a wonderful experience. All ingredients were fresh and creatively used. The presentations were lovely and the wine list-amazing! There was one very slight issue-the pace of the service. From the start of dinner there seemed to... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

From honoring our request, despite a crowd, to move to another table, to the notion that all servers serve all guests, we were well cared for without feeling smothered. The menu is creative and the food is as delicious, or more so, than the descriptions. Santa Barbara has a myriad of fine restaurants with various price points to choose from.... More

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Worcs. England
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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This place has a nice atmosphere and is a little more sophisticated than your usual American restaurant. Good menu balance between seafood and meat, food well presented and service was spot on. Huge wine list and that is just the Santa Barbara ones!

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East Coast, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had the most enjoyable meal of our trip here. Service is superlative...attentive, friendly, fun waiters. Food is excellent - well prepared and enough variety of dishes to please my family of five. Steak dishes are incredible.

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It was an anniversary dinner and the food was absolutely terrific. Make reservations ahead of time. This is a popular location! It was a bit loud.

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Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

After all the stellar reviews, we were so disappointed with how average Bouchon was for dinner. The ambiance is lovely, and the service is better than average. Our server was very knowledgeable about wine and had great suggestions. However, the food was so under seasoned it was hard to eat. Most disappointing was the duck- a staple of their menu... More

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Portland, Oregom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Two words of advice: Reserve early. Bouchon is no secret in Santa Barbara. The dishes are deft and original, the service is immaculate, the wine choices are superb and the prices are fair. What more to say? Enjoy! We surge did.

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