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American, Diner
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0.9 miles from Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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Reviewed May 30, 2022

We stopped here before going to the museum and were happy to find an outdoor table. The waitress was very attentive and we ordered the eggs for breakfast and they were cooked perfectly. The price is a little high, but not bad for the area....In all it was a good place to grab a bite.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

This was a really great surprise, right on State Street. We went here after having visited The Mission and it was so good. Our server, a beautiful Asian gal whose name I can't remember, waited on us and was so friendly and offered really great...service. The food was wonderful. Keep in mind this is an old-school diner, not a lot of tables. It's not going to win any James Beard awards, but it is just plain old tasty and delicious food. I would definitely go back here, my Reuben sandwich was wonderful, not too much bread, light and fluffy. My wife ate all of her club sandwich as well. Lots of good choices here, excellent staff, great service, and just a cool old vibe. Prices are very reasonable for SB and for service and quality of food.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022

The ambience is old diner, with many standard offerings as well as a few unusuals. Just after 8:30 AM there was room at a booth. The waitress was welcoming, the menu plentiful, and things came quickly. The eggs over easy and the bacon were cooked...perfectly , and my husband enjoyed his egg white omelet (with a pancake side!)More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed July 15, 2021

Garretts feels like a family operation. It’s not a big room, so visit early. You can expect to see a line even on weekdays. Inside it’s pure dinner. Nothing special. The breakfast menu is basic all-American goodness like pancakes and sausage. I liked the pancakes...better than the sausage and egg. Expect friendly service, your table to turn quick, and to leave satisfied. We won’t rush back to Garrett’s but we will return.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed April 9, 2021 via mobile

Staff is awesome. Good portions. Great value. Great options for vegetarians. Crowded, but worth the wait. Outdoor seating. Will definitely be returning on our next visit to Santa Barbara.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed August 26, 2020

Our hotel recommended Garrett’s when we asked for a good diner breakfast and we were not disappointed. Located on a busy corner, it was still a cozy place to eat under umbrellas. Great food and the staff were so nice and friendly. We really enjoyed...breakfast at Garrett’s.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 2, 2020 via mobile

Just down the street from Mission Ice Cream, we stopped for a quick bite. Patty melt and a burger, both very good. Uncrowded and away from the crowds, neighborhood Cafe. Very good party melt and onion rings were excellent & my daughter loved their fries....Very kind staff with prompt service. A few sidewalk tables for breakfast or lunch. A good find.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 18, 2020

the food is above average and served with a smile. food came fast and hot. the chicken fried steak was really good and filling. we just had to have a dine in option!!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

Great breakfast, sneaky waiter. Very good traditional breakfast plates, eggs, potatoes, meats, pancakes, etc. Very quick service and friendly staff. I had the chicken fried steak, eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee. My wife has eggs, bacon, potatoes and coffee. All was delicious! The bill came...to a bit over $31 dollars, we gave the waiter $40; he took the tab but returned no change. He came by later and thanked us for such a generous tip telling-us we made his week. We let it slide but if you go here for the good food watch out for this scam.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 5, 2019

One that serves it all hours opened. Yes, this is a good breakfast destination although they do serve lunch as well. It's good ole down home cooking served with a smile and served pretty quickly too. They even got my order for crispy hash browns...right. I'll go back the next time I'm looking to do a good, hearty breakfast.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

The food here is pretty average, as is the service. Nothing wrong, but nothing special. What bumps them up to a 4-star is how fast and consistent the kitchen is. I've worked a breakfast line and it sucks, so this team deserves a high-five for...performance.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

This place was on the corner opposite our motel - it looked old & interesting. It's a classic old time American family diner / restaurant serving classic breakfasts and lunch plates Sit at the counter to get a feel for the place. We had Blueberry...Pancakes & corned beef hash with toast and eggs - lovely Polished that off with coffee and you are all set for around $40More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 14, 2019

Had a great breakfast for Mother's Day. French Toast, egg, bacon, sausage and the famous Monte Crisco sandwich. The MC was near prefect. Sooooo good. Coffee was also excellent with a touch of fresh fruit.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Great food Quick and good service. Little pricey fir breakfast. Old inside but adds to the character.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

On a perfect sunny California day we chose to eat outside and the service was beyond excellent. I can’t say enough about the cook that’s been there for 16 years and a waitress that treated us like family (in a good way). The food came...so quick it was as if you they knew what we wanted before we ordered. The only negative thing here is the parking, not much to choose from. So we parked at the green curb and had 15 minutes. Even I know that’s not enough time. So we ate outside near our car and luckily didn’t experience any ‘heat’. Service was quick and food was DELICIOUS!!! Do yourself a favor and give this gem a try and I believe you’ll be glad you did ! I can highly recommend the chicken fried steak and their home style potatoes. On a whim I had a blueberry pancake, which they served first. Before I could finish, my meal was served, perfect timing! I don’t typically give 5 stars but today was so perfect I’m going to do it in an attempt to get You to try it. Give it a whirl !!! Sorry there’s no pic, I was too busy enjoying.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4