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1812A Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Grab a Groupon and eat on the cheap. Nice lunch and dinner deals. Beaucoup sake choices. Expansive menu and a quiet, friendly spot. We like it.

Thank Steven M
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We ate here during lunch and were impressed by the size of the portions. We were able to sit at a sunken table and ate out of boats that were delivered to the table. The fish was very fresh and had great flavor. All of the sides were very good too. For a unique experience it's a great place to... More 

Thank Jamie R
Santa Barbara, CA
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113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

The staff is always very friendly and accommodating here. The sushi is unimaginative but generally good. The combination plates are very popular and good.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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315 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

The Mesa isn't the most touristy part of Santa Barbara so I don't generally look to that area for high quality, but Ichiban could be very successful downtown or in Montecito because it is high quality and attractive - though I believe the prices would be more and it is refreshing to see prices this reasonable. I will be back.

Thank sfdann
Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I have always liked Ichiban. Good and fresh. Several years ago, the old owner retired. The new owners have done a great job of keeping what was good and improving many other things. New menu with new combinations. A little more polished presentation. Just appropriate changes that make this that much better.

Thank D C
Camarillo, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I eat at Ichiban about 5 times per month. The fish is always fresh and top notch. The servers and sushi chefs are great at remembering the customers and always make you feel welcome. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank Russell B
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am an international student studying at Santa Barbara City College. This restaurant is very close my school. I like their Korean short ribs and eel rice bowl.

Thank Asa Y
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Best and freshest sushi we have not had for a long time. They also make chef special rolls accommodating our special needs.

Thank Cindy C
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

We use to go with my husband at least twice a week, the fish was amazing not fancy but fresh fish, we stopped going the last 8 months, the fish was terrible, Spanish mackerel was not skinned and tasted awful, we gave it another chance and still BAD. They increase their prices and you can have better, much better sushi... More 

Thank Farida B
Santa Barbara, California
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59 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We have a few fancy sushi places in town, this is not one of them, but do not be fooled because this place is great. It is goo for almost any occasion or no occasion at all. It is a great place to go with a family or with friends for lunch or dinner. The hamachi you cannot beat. The... More 

Thank Evan S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1812A Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-564-7653

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