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“Will Not Disappoint”
Review of Bouchon

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Ranked #3 of 534 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $36
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State
Description: Farm-to-table gem in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. The Original California bouchon, menu features local produce and wines. Charming rustic ambience with hardwood floors, open kitchen and inviting patio. Service is warm, friendly and informed.
Corona, California
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Will Not Disappoint”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went to Bouchon recently with friends who spoke highly of it. They have the main restaurant and a separate room that can be private if the numbers, and the occasion, warrants. We were seated in the separate room which gave off a nice intimate atmosphere. We started with a bottle of sparkling wine (Brut), French onion soup, crab cakes, and the mushroom tart combo. All were first rate, but the crab cakes especially so. Everyone brags about how "meaty" their crab cakes are. These weren't just "meaty", they were all meat. We progressed into duck, lamb, and sea bass. Again all were good. The duck was done two ways, confit and grilled breast, but here the lamb was the star. So good my friend could order nothing else, despite the fact that he'd had it before. With dinner we switched to a Fess Parker Pinot Noir. Yum. Only jarring note of the evening was when the waitress tried to up sell us into a lesser wine. But we dodged that bullet and moved into dessert - bread pudding with locally made ice cream and creme brulee - with coffees for those who could handle it at night. While it might not rate a Michelin star, this is haute cuisine and this restaurant holds its own with good cooking anywhere on the planet. I would recommend this place for business, friends, and couples looking for a romantic dinner. Families with small children looking for good value - be advised - this is a special occasion place.

  • Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great place for dining and drinks!!”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place was amazing. Definitely top tier in terms of food, presentation, atmosphere, and service. Hunter was our server and he was excellent. Made great recommendations on food and drinks, and was precise and accurate.

Will be back to Bouchon Santa Barbara again soon.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Victor V
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Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Fantastic service. Fantastic food”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

Excellent restaurant. Our waiter, Joaquin (?sp) was fantastic. His recommendations were spot on. The scallop trio appetizer was one of the best we ever had. The seafood was fresh. The meat done perfectly. This place fills up quickly, even on weekdays, so make a reservation. Only complaint is that the restaurant can feel cramped when its full. I think they try to stuff too many tables in a small place. So go early before it fills up. Once it fills up, the place can get noisy and busy.

Visited July 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“True Upscale Culinary Treat”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have dined at this restaurant each time we have visited Santa Barbara in the past 4 years. We have never been disappointed with the quality of food, service and ambiance. There are many good restaurants in Santa Barbara and this is consistently one of the best!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Charinaz
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Worthwhile experience”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had a great dinner here last night. The service was excellent and the restaurant itself is quite unique with an old world yet modern atmosphere with some open air seating. Our mushroom appetizer was excellent and our entrees were cooked perfectly - I had the popular duck which has been on the menu since day one and I could see why. My prior experiences with duck in restaurants has been awful because it's usually dried out and/or has a odd gamey, slightly metallic flavour which ruins it but the duck here is none of those things and cooked perfectly. And there is A LOT of it. I wasn't able to finish the dish because there was so much of it - breast and thigh - and finishing meals is not usually a problem for me. My wife enjoyed the peach salad and the wines by the glass were very good too and all local which we thought was nice. There was so much food we decided against dessert but the menu looked really good. Often when fine dining we leave the dinner saying it wasn't worth it but this was one of the times we said it was worth the price and I know we are VERY hard to please when it comes to food.

  • Visited June 2014
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