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“Shhhh, don't tell the tourists”

Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar
Ranked #58 of 553 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Too bad this amazing restaurant (with smiling friendly wait staff.....they really love their jobs ....how refreshing) only has seating for around 20 people at their bar. That's where they serve food and alcohol. BUT, if you order take out you can eat at one of tables close by. Just can't have alcohol at them. It's obvious that every meal is prepared right there and with the freshest ingredients. Had the lettuce wraps as an appetizer and shrimp pad Thai for our meal. We split both but regretted not getting our own entrees. Excellent food with a limited menu. I like that....a few of the best dishes made exceptionally well. Expect a wait....this place has already caught on. It's not cheap but you certainly get what you pay for. Not really a place where parents will be comfortable with small kids unless you get take out and grab a nearby table.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The main cook shares her favorite home noodle dishes, and there are soups and salads. You sit at a counter and can watch the staff cooking in the open kitchen - also can take out.

For our first lunch visit we wanted mild: 1 Pad Thai Koh San and 1 Pancit for $10.95 each... reminded us of Burma Super Star in SF. Large plates, but we gladly finished it and shared across plates.

Part of the new Santa Barbara Public Market - open at 11 for lunch, also for dinner. So good I got extra orders to drop off to friends.

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