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Fosters Freeze
[closed, no longer in business]

1924 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 966-1336


Reviews by the General Public

Food consistently well below average
Reviewer: Erik Scott from Santa Barbara, CA
I read the review from "appreciative" and quite frankly, I have no idea what he/she's trying to say - it's more of a non sequitur if you ask me. Anyways, I'm quite familiar with Fosters Freeze food. It might be the worst burger in town. They're mushy and greasy. Don't get me wrong - grease is fine, if everything else clicks. But, if you like your hamburger meat full of gristle and bone fragments, Fosters is the place. My kids took two bites - and discarded. But our dog, however, inhaled them. The fries were great, and the chilidogs are edible. The service? Not bad. Maybe a bit slow. The service ain't the problem.


Appreciative
Reviewer: Friday Night from Santa Barbara, CA
Tonight was my first time experiencing the glory that is Foster's - so let me add my two cents here real quick. I've read all the other posts, and quite frankly, shut the hell up. No, I am not an employee here so don't think I am trying to make a vain attempt at boosting this location's credibility. I'm appreciative, and this is for two reasons - 1) a young adult trying to make an honest paycheck and 2) some good ice cream. I'm sick of seeing pretentious, spoiled people whining about not getting their hot fudge. Honestly, if you'd like to cry about it that much you'd be better off writing to Abby. Of course they are going to save the last of it for their friends - don't you remember being 17-18? The young lady at the window was very helpful. Her co-worker served me delicious ice cream. I am very satisfied with the quality of their product and the customer service I received. Quit your self-loving, ego-centric crying and get some bomb ass ice cream from some kids who are trying nothing but to put themselves through college just so they can spend every waking moment of their lives aspiring to be just like you. And then you woke up.


Nice people but food not recommended
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
I would recommend going to McDonalds next door over this place if you want a burger. The food was school cafeteria quality. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating though and the people were fairly nice.


good food, terrible service
Reviewer: JT from Santa Barbara, CA
I had an experience much like the persons below with their order never being cooked. I came in for a burger a few weeks ago. I ordered, sat down and waited for it. 20 minutes go by and I go up and my order was never even prepared or made. The manager apologized and the food finally came eventually. How could someone "forget" to make an order like that? This place needs to stop hiring 16 year olds....


Not exactly fast.
Reviewer: Cate from SB
Employees seem generally apathetic and slow moving. Plan on waiting at least 30 minutes from the time you order to the time you walk out with your food.


Will never eat here again!! Worst dining experience ever!
Reviewer: Allison H from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I rarely eat at Fosters, but wanted to go get some food and decent ice cream and decided on Fosters. We got there at a bad time, there was a family of 8 in front of us getting ice cream. There were two lines open so we went to the shorter line. The family of 3 in front of us gave their order,and we were next and they just walked away. I stood at the open counter for 10 minutes while my husband stood behind the family of 8. Meanwhile, there were about 3 employees inside messing around, talking, absentmindedly stocking ketchup. We finally were able to give our order (15 minutes after arriving). We sat down and waited a full 15 minutes before I got up and realized that they weren't even cooking our food!!!! Or any food at all. They were all just hanging out and re-stocking stuff!! We brought this to their attention and the kid said "You ordered food??" I could see our order hanging there. He went and looked at it, and said "I guess we can make it now". My husband was irate. Our quick stop for food and ice creamed turned into a 45 minute wait before we ever got food! My husband asked for the manager, then the ditz who took the order came our and said "Whats the big deal? Its just food." Yes, it may be just food, but its a restaurant... it is their job to make food when we order it. Oh yeah, and the punk kid who took our order started hinting at threatening my husband by telling him "Not to talk to him like that" and whether "he is from santa barbara and around here". Worst experience at any fast food ever! I am taking this to the head of the company. While mistakes are made, they had no idea how to handle their mistake other than to act like we were in the wrong for asking for our food and then make threats.


"out of ice cream"
Reviewer: Foodie Dan from Santa Barbara
O.K so Sat night I get the ice cream munchies.Go to Fosters freeze 9 pm. The person in front of me is told "were out of hot fudge". Ok, I go for carmel. Get my sundae and sit down to eat it. As I watched, the counter person was giving away free food to a friend and a worker was coming out with a hot fudge sundae. What??? I asked about the hot fudge and was told "she got the last of it". I had the feeling that the kids working there were trying to get off work early. All of a sudden the sign is turned off and a girl announces that they are closing cause they are out of ice cream!!!!! I watched at least ten people walk up and walk away. 9pm on a Sat night and they run out of ice cream..I dont think so.


Count on it favorite
Reviewer: Deb from Santa Barbara/C
For years I have loved the location and the softserve ice cream served here. Low fat a bonus. Twisters are xtra yummy. Convenient and easy and delicious. Soooooooooooooooo glad it is here. Busy during hot afternoons and evenings becz it is such a great ice cream hang out. No gourmet food here - but great for having all you need shy of healthy salads.


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