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Jill's Place

632 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1637
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Ranked #246 of 443 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
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Fair Oaks, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Looked great from the outside, cool atmosphere, pretty good service... but what happened in the kitchen?? The food was extremely average. I ordered the ribs. They sounded really good from the menu but they turned out to be super tough and not very tasty. My wife's meal was disappointing too. The side dishes were no better than those served in... More

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Spokane, Washington
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105 reviews 105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I had the privilege of eating at Jill’s Place the other day. I chose those words very carefully because it is truly a treat. Not only was it some of the best food I have ever had, the staff was very friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed and even the bar served very good cocktails. What more? It is excellent on... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We celebrated a birthday at Jill's Place and as usual it was fantastic! the menu is appealing - a nice variety of items - one of the best grilled artichokes i've ever had - and the Short rib grilled cheese sandwich was a different take on an American favorite. Jill works the floor and makes sure her patrons are satisfied... More

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St. Louis, MO
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92 reviews 92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The look is very cool. The place was not appropriately staffed. The food was not what it should be for the cost and the location. We would not recommend the place or return. Santa Barbara has many much better places to eat. BTW - This is where I went to school and I have returned numerous times. This could be... More

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Edwardsvile, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This restaurant was such a find and unfortunately it wasn't until the last night that we found it. We wanted to go to Bouchon but it was full and the lovely owner there recommended Jull's Place around the corner. While Bouchon looked lovely my husband and I agreed that we lucked out that couldn't seat us. Our meal and service... More

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Santa Barbara California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

We had not been to Jill's in a while, not impressed with server last time. Decided to try it again. Server was good. Drinks disappointing. But the steak was tough.....ordered baseball cut medium rare. Not flavorful meat, just had lots of pepper and seasonings, and really we were so disappointed at how tough it was. Potatoes just fair...veggies are veggies.....we... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is a local's place with very few tourists finding their way off State Street. The atmosphere is very comfortable and laid back, even with linen table setting. We have eaten here several times for dinner and always been happy with the value/quality of the food. Unlike some of the reviewers we have not had bad service. In fact the... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

I'm a big fan of steak but don't really like the typical white-linen, over-attentive service that often comes in high-end steakhouses. Of course, that type of establishment also has a tendency to price highly and you are often lucky to get a slab of dead animal flesh for under $40. So, after reading reviews on Yelp and elsewhere, L and... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I have come to Jill's Place various times over the years. The food, especially the meat (obviously) is the best in town, it's great quality and cooked (and seasoned) to absolute perfection. The split pea soup is also a must and perfectly cooked as were the potatoes and veggies that came with my meal. It really was delicious. A great... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Dined with 5 friends and ordered the tri-tip special and a Stella Artois. The beer was fine - the rest was a disappointment. I guess for $14 I shouldn't have expected much. The small salad was OK, but some lettuce looked old. The beans were pretty good - almost a chili. The tri-tip was almost uncuttable, even thought it was... More

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