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Santa Barbara Bowl

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Address: 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2336
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Norah Jones Concert 2016

We stayed there for four days to experience the Norah Jones concert which was a quick drive from the Hotel to the Santa Barbara Bowl. I recommend seeing a concert of your liking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 3, 2016
Laguna Beach, California
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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

We stayed there for four days to experience the Norah Jones concert which was a quick drive from the Hotel to the Santa Barbara Bowl. I recommend seeing a concert of your liking at the Santa Barbara Bowl because there are no bad seats in the bowl. The staff at the bowl were also helpful and professional while we took... More 

Thank JerryFlanagan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Although we have heard lots of good things about the SB Bowl, this was our first visit. From the informal arrival and the walk up to the venue through a grove of Oak trees, the atmosphere was causal California at it's finest. We saw the eclectic group Thievery Corporation and they put on a fantastic show. The relatively small size... More 

Thank RonandJean-Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

An absolutely beautiful venue for a concert under the moon. Comfortable stadium seating. There are areas of the stadium that you can see the oceans. To attend a Van Morrison concert was a bucket list for me and to attend it at the Santa Barbara Bowl was totally incredible.

Thank Julie C
La Mirada, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

My husband and I spent the weekend in Santa Barbara and went to see Van Morrison at the Santa Barbara Bowl. It is a wonderful venue. I really liked the size of this place and I don't think there is a bad seat anywhere. It is very easy to get in and out as most parking is done at the... More 

Thank Geri H
Grover Beach, California
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

As a 1 year anniversary gift, me and my husband went to see the All-American Rejects, ADTR, & BLINK-182!!!! It was to awesome i didn't want them to stop performing lol. Good vibes, BEAUTIFUL venue. The walk up was just a bit of a work out, but that didnt matter to me lol. Loved it all in all.

Thank Gabrielle S
Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Saw Amy Shumer in September 2016 and Jim Gaffigan last year and had a great time. Beautiful setting for a concert or comedy show. Beer isn't cheap but it's cold. Food is OK but not great. Not enough bar tables to use for your beer and food so grab one if you see one open.

Thank FVGary
Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

First time to visit the Santa Barbara Bowl to see Steve Martin/Martin Short. Beautiful outdoor venue . It is probably half the size of the Hollywood Bowl . Seems like all the seats are good, and acoustically it was perfect. I never had to say to my friend " what did he say ". I really liked the intimacy of... More 

Thank Irene144
Lompoc, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Went to see Journey here who put on a fantastic show. The sound was great and it's quite a unique setting being an outdoor amphitheater. But there is a few side comments that I need to make. You have to climb a lot of stairs if you're higher up. And the seats are very narrow ,worse than an airplane. Fortunately... More 

Thank radar60
Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

This is a great location up the hill overlooking Santa Barbara city and waterfront. We go up to see 1-2 shows a year and this time was a comedy show which had great sound. Seating is comfortable. The bathrooms and the top bar area have been recently redone and the entire property is in much better condition than a few... More 

Thank Travelin M
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Saw a great show, and that was wonderful but was kind of underwhelmed and annoyed by the closely packed folding chairs in the premium floor seats ( which by the way is not sloped, so if tall guy sits in front of you, your view is doomed). We literally had to get up and exit the row in order for... More 

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