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“The service is not on a par with the food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The French Table - CLOSED

The French Table
129 E Anapamu street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
1 (805)730-1688
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Santa Barbara, CA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“The service is not on a par with the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I've been here twice and both times the service was sloooooow and inefficient (ask 3 times for water, for example). No complaints about the food--the crepe was filled w/lovely fresh vegetables. The waiter, while very pleasant, served us with sour milk (in the cappucino and with the tea), forgot to bring us menus and, perhaps, forgot to place our order as 3 parties who came in to the not-busy restaurant, had their food long before we did. On my previous visit, we had similar problems, mixed up orders, no water, but all with a smile.

Being a year away from living for a month in Paris, the menu is pretty close to the real thing for the US. The bread was disappointing, but the salad and dressing were very good. The chef does a good job, even if he/she takes her time.

I must say, the waiter apologized nicely for everything that went wrong with free dessert. But if this place doesn't either hire more waitstaff, or set a higher standard for prompt service, I'm afraid this great location with it's lovely view of the courthouse gardens, will soon shut it's doors.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Massachusetts
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Best breakfast on the West Coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My wife and I were travelling from Seattle to LA and we had a few pretty good breakfasts on our way in San Francisco and Monterey, CA for example. Then we stopped for a few hours in Santa Barbara and right across the street from the Courthouse was this restaurant. They served crepes and we decided to give it a try and it happened to be the best breakfast of our trip. We ordered Farmers and Normandie Crepes and they were both excellent. We had very little time and informed our server about that. They went out of their way to serve us as promptly as it was possible. We really liked Santa Barbara and if we ever come back we will definitely try other choices in the French Table as they have plenty.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntington Beach, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great French Brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant after visiting the Courthouse, since it was across the street. We just got back from Paris, and were interested in their selections.
We were not disappointed. The staff was attentive and nice. The decor was pleasant with a few flat screens on select areas to watch the football games while dining on a Saturday morning. Also had a small outdoor dining area with umbrellas, but we wanted to stay cool inside.
We had a Healthy Sandwich (with fresh turkey, bacon, avocado, heirloom tomato, and basil sauce toasted with fresh fruit) and an apple crepe (with a homemade whipped cream to die for). Will come back here for sure!

Visited September 2013
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Enjoy a taste of France just across from Santa Barbara's historic courthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

I've been there several times for happy hour with friends and this was my first brunch. The food was lovely, the bottomless mimosa was delicious, and the porch setting just across from the gorgeous courthouse was an excellent finishing touch.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A quick pick me up”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

after the courthouse...Had iced tea, espresso and a crepe splendide and it was! Wish we could have had a meal here. Would definitely go back for one. We even got to see a wedding on the courthouse grounds from our outdoor seat!

Visited July 2013
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