- Blush - Seasonal Californian cuisine and profound signature cocktails in a modern setting. Available for private parties.
- Bistro Eleven Eleven - A stylish restaurant located in the Hotel Mar Monte that serves contemporary American cuisine with California flair.
- Ca' Dario is a local favorite Italian restaurant that wins "Best Of" awards year after year.
- Coast Restaurant & Bar - Savory, accessible comfort food reflecting Santa Barbara's seaside access.
- Eladio's - Offering California Casual Comfort food for lunch and dinner with a panoramic view of the waterfront.
- EOS Lounge - A contemporary cocktail lounge and nightclub with an exotic atmosphere.
- Omni Catering is a unique, full-service catering and event production company that specializes in custom event creation.
- Pizza Guru - Traditional and eccentric gourmet pizzas, salads, panini & pastas. Local sources, organic goodness.
- Pizza Mizza - Much More than Great Pizza...we offer Santa Barbara's Best Gourmet Pizzas
- Pure Joy Catering offers the entire package in full service special event and wedding catering.
- Silvergreens - Making our food as healthy as possible without compromising taste. Eat Smart...Live Well.
- Sly's Steaks, Seafood & Cocktails has earned a reputation for high quality foods with a vintage flair using the best of local and in-season ingredients.
- Stella Mare's - Enjoy cocktails, wine and casual French Country cuisine in a unique and charming location overlooking the Bird Refuge.
- The Palace Grill - Features authentic Louisiana specialties such as Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffée and more.
- The Marquee - Classic elegance located in the newly restored Granada Theatre
- The Savoy - A hybrid restaurant/lounge/concert hall and nightclub at 409 State Street
- Whole Foods Market - The premier location for organic produce and meats, local wines, specialty cheeses and more.
Monthly Archives: February 2011
Here is a list of local food & drink destinations that have closed in the last 6 months: February 2011: Billies 413 State St; Live Culture 11 W. De la Guerra St; Rileys Coffee 1106 Chapala St; The Taj Cafe … Continue reading
The new Petrini’s restaurant at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta is having a recipe contest Wednesday, March 2nd at 6pm. Customers and judges will be rating the best Italian Pasta or Pizza recipe submitted by local “guest chefs.” The person who submits the … Continue reading
This just in from Mesa Cafe & Bar at 1972 Cliff Drive: The Mesa Cafe, one of Santa Barbara’s most popular restaurants/bars, is expanding! We are moving into the space next door, formerly a nail salon. Construction is now underway and … Continue reading
Reader Brian tells me that the building at 108 Pierpont Road in Summerland, more commonly known as Big Yellow House, is in escrow. After decades of service, Big Yellow House closed in 2006. Now we have a Big Yellow Question: If the property … Continue reading
Reader Huyen tells me that she stopped by Billies at 413 State Street over the weekend and found out it has changed hands and has a similar menu and a new name: “MommaDonna’s.” Billies originally opened in May, 2010. Before Billies arrived, 413 State … Continue reading
Over the weekend I received a tip from reader Ken that a new vegan restaurant was coming to 426 Chapala Street, the former home of Sevilla, and that the owner previously operated a restaurant in Carpinteria for many years. That sounded … Continue reading
This just in from Hollister Brewing Co. at 6980 Marketplace Dr in Goleta: We want to give you a sneak-peek at our upcoming menu changes. We are VERY excited with our newly expanded menu and hope you will be too. HBC … Continue reading
I just received this message from reader Carrie about a new vegan web site govegansb.com: Hi John, I just wanted to let you know of a new group and website that has formed called Go Vegan Santa Barbara (www.govegansb.org). As you … Continue reading
Reader Glenn tells me that Rileys Coffee has closed at 1106 Chapala St. Riley’s Flowers, at the same address, continues to be open as usual.
I have confirmed that The Taj Cafe at 905 State Street has gone out of business. I am told that the windows are papered over and that there is a sign thanking customers. The Taj Cafe was the anonymous restaurant set to close … Continue reading
I received word a few weeks ago that Indian restaurant The Taj Cafe at 905 State Street might close. Today I received word that they did close but have been unable to confirm it. Nobody answers the phone when you call during … Continue reading
I am receiving word that federal agents raided a business on Haley Street today and seized computer hard drives. I am told that the name of the business is “National Sales Group.”
Chocolats du CaliBressan at 4193 Carpinteria Ave in Carpinteria is opening a new location in La Arcada in downtown Santa Barbara. Here is the press release I received today about it: Carpinteria chocolate shop expanding to Santa Barbara Chocolats du … Continue reading
I called Cafe Luck at 18 E. Cota Street last night and was told that the restaurant has a new chef and that the menu has been updated to include an “eclectic mix of cuisines.” I am told that the most … Continue reading
Sources tell me that the old Be Bop Burger property on State Street near the train station was sold. I have heard rumors that the owner is probably not Islands Restaurant, as mentioned as a possibilty in an earlier post.
Here is a list of food & drink destinations that have opened in the last 6 months: February 2011: Crushcakes & Cafe 4945 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria January 2011: Killer B BBQ and Bar 718 State St; Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza … Continue reading
I am on my Santa Barbara High School reunion committee and we are looking for a pre-reunion gathering spot this summer on Friday night, July 22, 2011. I am searching for a place in downtown Santa Barbara that can accomodate 100-200 … Continue reading
Last September 29th I wrote a blog item about finally reaching my goal of losing 50 pounds. Rather than lose it quickly and gaining it all back, back in 2003 I instead embarked on a 7-year plan to completely change my eating habits. … Continue reading
Crushcakes & Cafe has opened at 4945 Carpinteria Ave in Carpinteria. The original location opened at 1315 Anacapa St in Santa Barbara in February 2008. I asked owner Shannon Noormand why she chose to open a new restaurant in Carpinteria: “We deliver cupcakes … Continue reading
Here is a picture of my cousin Michael Blake skiing in the mountains above Santa Barbara on Sunday.
Last night Omni Fresco Catering launched “The Victoria Room” private dining facility at 1221 State Street (in Victoria Court), the former home of Chef Karim’s Moroccan Restaurant. Fresco founder Jill Brouillard partnered with long time Fresco! Catering chefs Heather Story … Continue reading
It’s a slow news day so I instead present to you a video of how to peel a hard boiled egg in 5 seconds. Peeling a hard boiled egg can be a tedious and messy task. It won’t be anymore after you have watched this. … Continue reading
Because it is tax season I have been going through my receipts, preparing for a meeting with my CPA. In the process I was starting to see a pattern: 1) Tacos for lunch 2) Tacos for dinner 3) Repeat. I … Continue reading
Did you dine at a local restaurant on Valentines Day? If so, where did you go? How was your experience?
Today I added photos of the new Spudnuts – Goleta to the restaurant guide. I recently enjoyed a nice happy hour at Boathouse and used that opportunity to take a new interior photo that shows how close the eatery is to the ocean. … Continue reading
The other day I mentioned that the addition of the new Goleta Spudnuts to the restaurant guide increased the total number of South Coast 24-hour eateries to 9. A reader recently let me know that Jack in the Box – Upper State … Continue reading
If you manage a restaurant and have a Valentines Day special, post it here! Love, John
Blogger Craig Smith is reporting in his blog CraigSmithsBlog.com that State & A Bar and Grill at 1201 State St. has been sold and is getting a new name: “Maggie’s at State & A.” Smith says “Rumored for some time now to have been … Continue reading
The Santa Barbara Independent has a story out today about my interview with Petros Restaurant in Los Olivos that was published in the Daily Sound last Tuesday. I was not contacted by the Independent for comment so I’ll instead post … Continue reading
On February 2, 2010 I wrote that the Islands Restaurant chain was interested in setting up shop somewhere in Santa Barbara. They have been looking at various locations all along the downtown State Street coridor. Sources tell me they have … Continue reading
Last August I wrote about a new Mexican restaurant coming to 330 State Street, brought to you by the family that owns Fishouse, Boathouse and SB Shellfish Co. Sources tell me that there is a chance the new eatery might open in April … Continue reading
You and I are friends, right? Then hopefully you won’t judge The Restaurant Guy when he tells you that he has been looking for a good New England-style clam chowder that can be purchased at a market and enjoyed at home. Nothing compares to … Continue reading
I have called Live Culture during business hours for the last three days and no one seems to be there anymore. Given that they said they were closing last week (but didn’t), it appears they finally did. Does that make sense … Continue reading
Wahoo’s Fish Taco at 511 State St is celebrating their 3rd anniversary this coming Tuesday by giving you a free taco if you bring a print-out of this blog item. Here is more information about the promotion that I received from owner Jeff Lauer: Hi John, Our … Continue reading
I interviewed a representative from Petros in Los Olivos on Monday who gave me details about their take-over of Cafe Buenos Aires, including a March transition time frame. I also contacted Cafe Buenos Aires about this story who declined to comment. I published the details … Continue reading
Argentinian restaurant Cafe Buenos Aires at 1316 State St. will soon tango off into the sunset and become the home of Greek eatery “Petros.” The Greek restaurant currently has two locations: Petros 2860 Grand Ave in Los Olivos and Petros 451 Manhattan Beach … Continue reading
Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza has opened at 2840 De La Vina St, the former home of Pizza Hut. I first mentioned Nicky D’s in this blog on August 6, 2010. I added Nicky D’s to the restaurant guide today.
A very rare thing has occurred in the South Coast dining scene: the total number of 24-hour eateries has increased from eight to nine. Reader Glenn tells me that a new Spudnuts Donuts has opened at 5718 Hollister Ave in Goleta … Continue reading
In the previous column item I mentioned that the South Coast gained a new eatery that is open 24/7. In case you’re curious about which are the other 24-hour eateries, here’s the list: Denny’s in Goleta, Denny’s in Santa Barbara, Freebirds World … Continue reading
I called Live Culture at 11 W. De la Guerra St (Paseo Nuevo mall) last Wednesday and they told me that they were going out of business that night. Over the next few days I received reports from many readers that … Continue reading
Last week I conducted an online poll asking readers “Which are your favorite South Coast restaurants that no longer exist?“ I received more responses to this poll than any conducted in the 1,511 days (give or take a few hours) since … Continue reading
Though they opened last July I am hearing word that TonyRay’s Restaurant & Cantina at 731 De la Guerra Plaza is having a grand opening party this weekend, starting Friday and that it will include lots of music.
FisHouse at 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd now offers Sunday Brunch. The price is $14.95 for any brunch item and it includes two beverages (any non-alcoholic or House Bloody Mary, House Mimosa or House Poinsettia). Brunch starts at 8am and ends at 2:30pm. For … Continue reading
This just in from reader Jonathon: Hi John, There is a newly remodeled and reopened market advertising “Tacos to Go” prominently on their new sign. The location is the former home of La Mexicana Market at 5292 Carpinteria Ave.. It … Continue reading
This just in from Cafe Zoma at 7127 Hollister Ave in Goleta: Hi John, I’m happy to announce that the bakery at Cafe Zoma Goleta is finally up and running. Our first batch of baked goods hit the shelves today at all … Continue reading
Restaurants come and restaurants go but many eateries of yesteryear still have a special place in our hearts. Which are your favorite South Coast restaurants that no longer exist?
I called Live Culture last Wednesday and they told me that they were going out of business that night. I’m now getting reports that they are staying open.
Tonight is the last night of business for Live Culture at 11 W. De la Guerra St (Paseo Nuevo mall) in downtown Santa Barbara. The wine, food, froyo & entertainment destination first opened in March, 2009.
My postings in this blog are few and far between because I am still trying to catch up on business matters after falling behind in November, December and January. My SantaBarbara.com inbox is now down from 500 unanswered emails to 146 … Continue reading