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Backyard Bowls

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331 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3436
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a nice morning bike ride, we headed to Backyard Bowl for a filling, yummy breakfast and it did not disappoint. Service was super friendly, atmosphere was cool and the breakfast was delicious. I ordered the island bowl (regular size and it was a huge!! next time I'll order a Kids portion) Hubby got the regular Acai oatmeal bowl and... More 

Thank SweetPeaAdventures
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I visited here on a recommendation from a wine tour operator, of all things, and had a VERY good breakfast. The standard Backyard Bowl was a real winner but the power bowl was also outstanding. It's very expensive, though, with almost anything over $8 and plenty over $12.

Thank 51impr
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Good for you....and the planet. I was impressed with the variety of offerings. I wound up getting the Tropical smoothie, and it had ginger, pineapple, and mango. It was soooo good. All the to-go cups were plant based too!

Thank politeonplanes
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

I ordered the berry bowl and my partner ordered the tropical bowl. A "small" is still huge; come hungry! The bowl is a very thick smoothie (consistency of frozen yogurt) topped with granola, fresh fruit, and other toppings specific to your chosen bowl. The combination of cold smoothie, crunchy granola, and fresh fruit is delicious!

Thank Beth K
Saint Louis, Missouri
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

We did a lot of heavy eating on our trip to Santa Barbara, so this spot gave us a refreshing relief. Their bowls are delicious. I will say though that we went multiple times, and they use under-ripe bananas almost exclusively. Not great. But other than that, I loved this place.

1 Thank Lauren C
Elgin, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

Fantastic place for an alternative and very healthy breakfast/lunch. With lots of types of shakes, breakfast bowls, fruit bowls, granola...some unusual combinations, but worked well. Place is buzzing and there is a small area to eat in if you chose, or you can order and take your healthy breakfast away.

1 Thank Kimborob
Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

Really, I just can't. It was however really fresh, tart and tasty. I took a small Island Bowl and it was more than enough to cover for lunch. Great taste, never tried acai before, but the smoothie tasted something like raspberries. Service was quick but there really wasn't any queue or anything either. Don't think it's spacious enough for more... More 

Thank hoeatowaka
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Unfortunately they add too much processed sugar to their bowls. Fruit doesn't need added sugar so I'm not sure why they insist on making this sickeningly sweet. I wish they had a no sugar option but unfortunately they do not.

Thank Charlotte G
Anaheim, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Had some time to kill by myself for lunch. Had the Berry Bowl and it was great. I got a Large, which was huge. Great flavor, great ingredients, great place.

Thank Jason D
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We stopped here two mornings in a row. The first visit we ordered the breakfast bowl called PB & J Quinoa. This was amazing but too much food for one person. My husband ordered the same bowl since we love peanut butter. The jelly was tasty and the almonds made this bowl so good. I didn't get a ton of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 331 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-845-5379

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