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“Bad service and Bugs”
Review of Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro - CLOSED

Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro
Price range: $10 - $27
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cota & Haley
Transit: The downtown shuttle costs 25 cents, travels up and down State, to the breakwater and over by the Santa Barbara Zoo. One of the stops is just steps away from the Wine Bistro.
Description: The Wine Bistro menu is seasonal California cuisine specializing in the freshest ingredients. The menu is split between appetizers, salads and entrees, including vegetarian dishes and fresh fish. The Steamed Mussels are the best in SB! Entree high-lights include Grilled Duck & Confit of Duck, Seared Salmon and Grilled New York Steak. Fantastic desserts include Salted Caramel Bittersweet Chocolate Tart, Sherry Wine Cake and more.Serving wines from Santa Barbara Winery,Lafond Winery as wines from around the world. Happy Hour M-F 4:30-6:30pm 9:30 to closingOpen Mon - Fri 11am - 10pm Sat/Sun 9:00am - 9:30pm Weekend brunchSidewalk patio.
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Drove down to Santa Barbara to have a nice lunch with my wife's son and his girlfriend before he goes back to College in England. It was supposed to be special but instead pretty much ruined when his girlfriend first noticed a lot of dirt on the spinach leaves which was bad enough but then as she pulled off the leaf it revealed a large CATERPILLAR in her salad ! This pretty much ended the festive atmosphere, especially since they were not very apologetic. No manager came over to apologize, no comps no free dessert, no "We are so sorry this should never happen." The statement of "We wash the lettuce." rang pretty hollow. They did comp the one sandwich, which was the bare minimum they could have done. I always thought that this place was great (as we go there often when in SB) but now unfortunately I will have to re-think things. I never understand (having worked in restaurants for ten years when I was younger) why places don't take care of customers when something like this happens, If we never go back that represents thousands of dollars lost when they could have fixed it with a loss of the $102.00 bill for the other 3 of us (pretty pricey for a lunch that included caterpillar.


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Thank MCAF12
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

We ate an early dinner at the Wine Bistro last night and were surprised at the enormous bowl of happy hour mussels that arrived, and nice quality too. The hummus appetizer was also generous and tasty, as was the chicken sandwich. We appreciated the selection of happy hour items, as well as the variety on the full menu. And to top it off, the service was attentive and cheerful, and we really enjoyed the people watching while we ate. A nice experience.

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Thank CH200
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Terrific vegan chili, nice service, good wine list. My spouse liked his crab cakes a lot and he is picky... We went in a group of four and the waitress even split up our checks, which was much appreciated.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

FIrst visit, location was a great people wathcing place, once got food good but serive had some room for improvement

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Dined here several times, have had pretty consistently awesome service. I have eaten here alone and with friends, but it would be a great spot for a date. The best aspect of the restaurant is the wine list. I have yet to try a wine here I did not care for. I also appreciate that they offer vegetarian options and free range, ethically sourced meat. Thanks Pierre Lafond!

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Thank Kmlane
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