Though called "Andersen's Danish Bakery" here on TripAdvisor, this establishment is both a restaurant and a bakery. In my case, my mother, adult daughter and I stopped by in the late afternoon for happy hour, which runs from 3:00 to 7:00 each afternoon. For only $5 per person, we were able to enjoy very good wine and an included crustini each.
Wine -- We were able to taste several wines before ordering and the ones we ordered were all very good. One should not expect $100 bottles of wine at $5 a glass, of course, but we were very pleased with the quality of what was offered. Additionally, nicely sized glasses were served, enabling us to enjoy our experience while not immediately emptying our glasses. And the crustini was a nice addition. We were not interested in eating more at this time since we had a dinner reservation to follow, but discounted appetizers are available during happy hour as well.
Service -- The service was extraordinary! We were warmly welcomed and allowed to sit at our choice of tables (in our case, outdoors along the street). Servers well-explained the wine selections and were quick and courteous in all ways. In particular, my daughter is vegan and we asked whether something could be substituted for the non-vegan crustini. Someone from the kitchen came to our table, discussed it with my daughter, and brought out a substitute appetizer of fresh cut fruit. Very nice, particularly since we were only there for happy hour. Before leaving we stepped inside to look at the bakery items, where samples were provided of many items.
Atmosphere -- Our small group thoroughly enjoyed the hour we spent at Andersen's. We sat by the sidewalk at sunset. Always nice on State Street, Santa Barbara. Andersen's had a musical group playing that was enjoyable to listen to and appropriate for this type of place -- not overpowering so as to enable conversation, but a good group that one could focus on and enjoy. And, as mentioned above, the service added to the nice atmosphere.
This is a place to which I will definitely return when next in Santa Barbara.
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