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La Arcada Bistro

1112 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2713
+1 805-965-5742
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Irish, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1112 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2713
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

Excellent Mediterranean menu with Irish & Mexican influences. Dinner entrees are good portions. The starters are good portions if you have a light eater in the group. Outdoor patio seating and indoor seating. Quieter area of State Street with less street traffic. Near SB Museum...More

Thank Anne L
Reviewed August 22, 2017

We happened across this little gem of a restaurant/bar at the La Arcada courtyard. It's a Mexican restaurant with a twist. The best Guinness I had on the West Coast and the Surf and Turf was excellent. For a change, from many of our eating...More

Thank Pj T
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Go when the music is playing or just sit outside on the patio and have a Guinness or glass of wine. The food is very good. Take some time to enjoy. The waitstaff is attentive and the chef will come to your table to make...More

Thank Kathie M
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Took my daughter for a nice graduation dinner from UCSB. It was 3 girls and myself and we made reservation. Restaurant wasn't packed, but for some reason we got seated outside on a side table and had three different people helping us and also forgetting...More

Thank traciejone
Reviewed May 30, 2017

We ate dinner here on our first night and the steak was cooked to perfection. The relaxed casual atmosphere of this restaurant is second to none and the welcoming but unobtrusive presence of the owner is fantastic. We came back the next day for brunch...More

Thank MancccTraveller
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Whenever we're up in Santa Barbara our favorite restaurant for dinner is La Arcada Bistro. Every dish we've tried has been absolutely delicious and is very reasonably priced too. This restaurant is a 5 minute walk across the street and on the same side as...More

Thank janetcorwin
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

4:00 on Saturday and I needed food for my teenage daughter and her 3 friends after a fun day of birthday shopping. Nowhere had food, we were running out of steam when we came upon this place. Very friendly welcoming owner, tasty food, great atmosphere,...More

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed May 12, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited today. She had a pasta based meal and viewed it as the best pasta she has ever eaten. Very courteous people running the restaurant. Recommended.

Thank Meander709790
Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

We spent 1 evening sipping some local beers and chatting with the very amicable owners Willie and Trini Quinn. The welcome was the most Chad Mile Failtes you could get. We returned the following day for some dinner, had beautiful guacamole to start and halibut...More

Thank Alan D
Reviewed May 9, 2017

Still celebrating our 29th anniversary the next day when we went for lunch. My husband was thrilled to be able to actually have a gluten-free club sandwich, a favorite of his which he mostly can't get at a restaurant! I had the roasted eggplant/red peppers...More

Thank grniiz28
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1112 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-5742
La Arcada Bistro is a local family owned restaurant. The owners Willie, originally from Ireland, and Trini Quinn, originally from Mexico; met in Santa Barbara and fell in love with each other and the beautiful beach town. They bring together beautifully their two backgrounds and Californian cuisine, creating a unique dinning experience. Every weekend you can find Willie and his daughters, Aoife and Brigid Quinn, playing Irish music in their band, The Foggy Dew. Together this family is sharing their love for food and entertainment with Santa Barbara and all those who visit. ​ La Arcada Bistro’s versatile menu is comprised of dishes from all over the world. Our Californian cuisine has been influenced by many nations with a special emphasis on Mexican and European dishes. Our produce & meat is always fresh and never frozen. Every dish is a perfect balance between hearty & elegance.
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