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The Habit Burger Grill

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5735 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3420
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location, walking distance from the hotel we stood at. Food is always great here. Prices are very reasonable. Only Outdoor seating at this location. Friendly staff

Thank imcX2
Alice, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small little place serves a classic old fashion flamed burger which is unbeatable! The Rings and Fries are perfectly cooked and delicious. It is extremely crowded at lunch time but the service is quick! A real find!

Thank AliceDoc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best burger in Santa Barbara, hands down without having to go to a fancy restaurant. You can dine in or get it to go. Always good food & friendly staff... Holly

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

I love onion rings. I mean, I really love onion rings. And the ones here might be my very favorite. Crunchy, deep golden brown, yet not so battered you can't find the onion. Dip in ranch and...bliss. And oh yes, a delicious burger to go with. They charbroiled them and serve with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. I get... More 

Thank kmfesq
Martinez, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

The original Habit has more than just burgers. I had the grilled fresh albacore tuna on sourdough bread while my husband had one of their burgers. Food was so delicious that we didn't exchange one word until we finished our meal! It was so good. A must visit.

Thank IrisPleasantHill
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

If you're a Habit fan, it's fun to visit the original location. Always a crowd and tight on seating, but it's worth it.

Thank gottafly2stsomewhere
Henderson, Nevada
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Only outdoor seating. If the weather is bad, Wendy's is across the street with nice restrooms. Burger and fries are just your standard fare. A lot like In and Out burger. Way overrated on Trip Advisor, my 4 was being kind. Not bad, just your average burger joint.

Thank Brooks H
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This is the original Habit, I have lived in Santa Barbara all of my life and this Habit has been the best, it's always busy but it's worth the wait. The eating area is all covered out door seating. if you are looking for good fast food I would highly recommend the Habit in old town Goleta

Thank hrly
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Best cheap hamburger joints in town. Burgers are grilled to order, lavishly garnished with lettuce, tomato and onion unless you tell them not to. Alternately order a chicken, fish or veggie burger and, feeling righteous, allow yourself a side of crisp onion rings or fries. Covered patio and tables. They have several other locations, but the service is still fast,... More 

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This little burger joint recently was franchised and other stands are beginning to pop up all over the US. This one however is the first and likely the best. Located in funky old town Goleta, California but well worth it. Seating is outside like a lot of other beach towns.

Thank Jim F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5735 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3420
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805-964-0366

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