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The Nugget

American, Bar
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5687 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2318
805 964 5200
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Santa Barbara
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Nugget delivers consistently high quality "American" style food in a cool retro/historic but not to gaudy atmosphere. Meat rules at the Nugget with Steaks burgers and chops leading the way. My fav is Dr. T's Center cut Sirloin. A lot of good meat for a fair price. Drinks are solid too though they could use to expand their beer... More 

Thank digitaleye3
Goleta, California
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285 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This is our neighborhood restaurant, we love supporting local owners. We have never had bad food here, service can be a bit spotty when it gets busy, it can also be very loud when it's busy and hard to hear. There is a patio out back where dogs are welcome, it's a bit noisy from the freeway traffic but enclosed... More 

Thank Cathy M
Santa Barbara, California
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189 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Although Summerland is a beach area, the Nugget of locals as well as visitors. It is a very low key, comfortable bar/restaurant that serves solid food and pleasant people run it in a welcoming low key way. Yes, there are lots of stuffed animals on the wall and it is a little dark, but so many good mannered and welcoming... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Goleta, California
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140 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you are interested in eating ordinary food in an unusal looking setting this might be a good choice. Our experiences have been mixed. Portion sizes are generous. It can be very noisy and wait staff seems quite stressed.

Thank blamboley
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

The food here is abysmal. I have tried this place several times and it is always bad. Avoid it if you value your stomach and you wallet.

Thank SBtravelgal
Independence, Missouri
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

It's worth going to just to see the bar. This place has been there a while and has a certain, "I'm old and here to stay" charm. Wait staff knew many of the customers. We had burgers and they were very good.

Thank Mary M
Santa Monica, California
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157 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Enjoyed the generous portions of fresh seafood at a reasonable price. Great place to stop for dinner on the way to Santa Barbara. Friendly locals feel to the bar/restaurant and good value for the good quantity and quality of food. The wall decorations and photos were fun to look at while waiting for dinner.

Thank Susan90405
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

The Nugget is a great place for lunch or dinner, they have a large variety and quality is always top notch! I normally enjoy lunch at the Nugget, for those of you that enjoy a drink or two with dinner, they also have a full bar.

Thank PAM I
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Cool vibe, super relaxed atmosphere. Food is ok. Couple of good local wines available by the bottle. Heidi the hostess was amazing; took care of everyone, awesome personality, worked circles around the entire staff. Worth going just for her.

1 Thank James L
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95 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

We went for lunch the other day. Service was very good. Food was very good. I had a Caesar salad with calamari on top. Very chunky and solid, but a bit fishy smelling. The salad dressing tasted like it came from a bottle...not bad but not "original" tasting. My wife had a chicken burger with yam fries. Very good burger... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5687 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805 964 5200

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Thousand Oaks, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?