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“Wonderful dining experience!”
Review of The Bear and Star

The Bear and Star
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Ranked #5 of 11 Restaurants in Los Olivos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Description: Sourcing from the Parker family ranch just seven miles away on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Barbara wine country, The Bear and Star will raise Wagyu cattle, chickens, quail, bees, heirloom fruits,and organic vegetables. Chef Partner John Cox expertly crafts the storyline where he will create Texan-inspired refined ranch cuisine unique to Los Olivos.
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Description: Sourcing from the Parker family ranch just seven miles away on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Barbara wine country, The Bear and Star will raise Wagyu cattle, chickens, quail, bees, heirloom fruits,and organic vegetables. Chef Partner John Cox expertly crafts the storyline where he will create Texan-inspired refined ranch cuisine unique to Los Olivos.
Reviewed July 6, 2018

We reserved the Wine room for a special family event and had a fabulous evening! We all enjoyed the freshly-baked cornbread, the very quite atmosphere in our own room and the exceptional service. The steak, fish, and chicken were very well prepared - excellent quality food, very fresh, yet some of the men in our party were a tad disappointed in the rather small portions. Nice wine list and interesting menu selections. Not your typical inn food - chef has done a nice job and they were extremely accommodating with our group. Breakfast next day was yummy with great service.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Thank jkfromca
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

We almost missed this opportunity, but the breakfast is free if you are staying at the Fess Parker Inn. A very nice breakfast and very friendly staff.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

Went there today for lunch. Fantastic food, fantastic place, fantastic service. Couldn't have asked for more...

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank antonioVBoas
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Very pretty restaurant but down hill after that. Food and service just average. Oysters and Brussel sprouts pretty good. Pinquito beans were like baked beans and not our local pinquitos that we like. Steak and frites just OK with the steak being on the tough and gristley side. Service was nothing special. Cost was not out of line for a very nice lunch in the area but this wasn’t a very nice lunch. We are locals and probably won’t be back, too many other places that we can enjoy a lot more.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Jbhes
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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

For the most part I limit myself to positive reviews and this is no exception. Looking for a nice dinner on a busy night we were able to get a table at The Bear and Star. My wife has some nutrition issues. When we inquired our server, Michael spoke to Chef Trenton Shank and they graciously made some substitutions. We were also able to split the entree, a wonderful12oz Wagyu beef ribeye. They prepared the entire meal without salt. After dinner we got a look at the Chefs knife collection. While looking Chef Shank came out to show us the mushroom grower, his vinegar distiller and we had a nice talk. Before that Michael had shown us the shelves of fermenting and pickling fruits, seeds and vegetables. They all so grow most if not all their veggies spices and meat. Come on folks it “don’t get better then this. We’ll be back for the “back Yard bar b que” and the chefs table

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank mfp21
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