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Metropulos
216 E. Yanonali St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 899-2300


Reviews by the General Public

Cranberry goat cheese salad
Reviewer: Sara from Santa Barbara, CA
Do not order. NOT worth $9.- not even $5.- Fresco salad is much better. The salad was small, had way too much dressing, the dressing tasted like desert, way too sweet, ingredients were mediocre, stingy w the cheese &had two odd croutons or whatever they were. Sloppy &a rip off at that price. They Shld hv gyros everyday, not just two days of the week. Isn't that what the place is any good for anyway? Robbed.


This is a culinary temple, far more than a deil
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
One feels almost reverential when exploring the aisles of this remarkable deli because the buyers have such a good eye for both the unique and high quality. It is a pleasure to just be in the presence of such well-chosen items. Had the Reuben sandwich and while the sauerkraut was far too tame, it was a well-excecuted sandwich though not a classic by a long shot. Tasty, high quality, juicy and satisfying. Such and odd, off the beaten path location but one sees a trip down Yanonali street from State Street to Metropulos is a wine/dine treat in its own right. Reds for coffee and several wine shops are making this a pleasurable destination walking detour for both locals and tourists.


Local Gem -- More Than Just A Great Deli
Reviewer: Kim P. from Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Ann and Craig and their exceptional staff offer delicious deli style cuisine along with hand-picked cheeses, meats, wines, and a vast array of imported grocery items. The selection is not to be beat! I always find interesting and delicious Italian, Greek, French, etc staples for cooking, as well as unusual, hard to find condiments and other delicacies. It's fun to hunt among the dry goods to see what's new each time I stop in, usually about once a week. Great place to pop in to pick up an array of items for an easy meal at home, for a picnic, or to sit on the lovely porch there. This is very much a neighborhood gem of a place, I just wish it were located in my neighborhood! But no matter; I frequently and gladly go out of my way to this wonderful shop. Everyone's ALWAYS friendly, helpful and attentive...and they're savvy about the stock on hand. Oh, and the desserts are outrageously divine, especially the cookies in the small tiered case by the back deli case (one of the best kept secrets in town, for real!) I keep Metropulos in mind for extra special goodies around the holidays, too, and have enjoyed their pies and appetizers just as much as all the other terrific foods we enjoy all year. As another review advised: GO THERE!!! Really, do yourself the favor.


Superb deli food!
Reviewer: Bob from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been going to Metropulos a lot lately and have finally made it through their entire Specialty Sandwich menu, hot & cold. There are hits and misses and near misses as would be expected, but mostly everything is very good to terrific. Faves are the Mr. Delicious panini (EPIC), and on the cold side, the RBG (heavenly). Yes, it's expensive ($8.50 for a whole sandwich), but not for Santa Barbara. Whoever said you could pay half as much somewhere else in town...I'd like to know where (grocery store deli's don't count, different animal). Metropulos is within $1.00 of pretty much all the other specialty deli's in town (South Coast, 3 Pickles, etc.). Never had bad service, the owners have always been delightful to talk to, small selection of nice wines and great cheeses, meats and grocery items. Go there!


Excellent Lunch!
Reviewer: JS from Santa Barbara, CA
Loved everything about my lunch (Avocado Sandwich with house saldad) except the wait. Seemed like there were 6 people making sandwiches but not very efficiently. I wil be definitely be back though, since the food was so yummy!


Phillipe...please
Reviewer: K.W.McT. from Santa Barbara, CA
1. Guy says he weekly spends over $100 at a small Mom & Pop and doesn't know the first name of either mom or pop? 2. Says he is overcharged significantly on an order (assumedly made weekly) and doesn't notice it and doesn't report it in person immediately? Maybe he did have had the container tops crossed over on items ordered at the same time, but, if they are the same size it makes no difference. If they weren't; bring them in, uneaten of course, but there in lies the problem no doubt. But he wants to settle this over the phone? Been gojng there since they opened 7 years ago; wish I had spent $5,200/year. BTW, Ann and Craig's place is worth it!


Best in Town
Reviewer: Dan from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been coming to Metropulos for over 3 years now. It is absolutely exceptional in every way- best sandwiches in town, great deli-style prepare foods, and some of the best home-made deserts around. The service is also wonderful, and the owners are 2 of the nicest and hardest working people I know. Seeing a review such as Phillipe's below makes me question my faith in humanity- really buddy?? You just made a sweatshop analogy of Metropulos? Ha!! And you somehow referenced the suffering in Japan as it relates to your Metropulos experience?!! I think we all know who the real clown is..


Terrible, worst customer service in SB...AVOID these clowns.
Reviewer: Phillipe from Santa Barbara, CA
Well I spent >$100 a week here consistently, so >$5200 a year so I was a good customer. I went last Friday and bought 5 containers, 3 large and 2 small and 2 Gyros. One of the small containers had Tuna salad in it and upon opening my bag over the weekend, I see the Tuna was overcharged at $13.56, more than 2.5 times the price of chicken curry at $5.50 in same container and more expensive than all 3 containers that were more than THREE TIMES as big. I called first thing I noticed on Sunday, but they are closed. I called again Monday, asking for the owner and she basically accused me of switching lids on the products, which is just OUT OF CONTROL. I mean in what world do we live in where a business accuses a customer, and a GOOD ONE, of lying and trying to rip them off of a few dollars (less than $5 probably)? I do not need the money here, but it is a question of principle, people are starving in Japan and they rip off honest loyal Santa Barbarans... I think they must run a sweatshop so one of their disgruntled employees overcharged me...It is simple, the owner hired the person that overcharged me, she is responsible for her employees and their mistakes, not the customer. No accountability on part of owner, instead she accuses ME OF BEING DISHONEST WHEN I AM THE VICTIM. I have never seen such arrogance, intransigence and dishonesty in dealing with a business IN AMERICA, not just SB. Worst customer service in SB, hands down, the owners need to read some books on treating customers and take customer service 101 classes. Avoid these clowns, you will not leave with a sour taste in your mouth, the owner lady is so unpleasant, impatient and frigid it is scary...she refused to offer any solution, accused me of lying and then had the audacity to tell me I did not even buy the correct sizes according to her husband, well guess what, your husband is wrong.. I have the containers in my fridge still and my AMEX bill does not lie.. The food is terribly overpriced as well. I expect an answer by the owner on this website displaying her snobby/self righteous/I'm never wrong attitude..


Best sandwiches in SB
Reviewer: Jason H from Santa Barbara, CA



delicious pastries and charcuterie, exceptional service
Reviewer: Lindsey from Santa Barbara, CA
I have worked in fine dining for years and am a pastry and charcuterie snob. I love this place and so does my friend, who is from San Francisco (where they have fabulous delis and gourmet food shops). Nowhere in Santa Barbara can you find guanciale, obscure pastas, perfectly flaky pastry as well as friendly and genuine service like you can at Metropulos.


Good But Expensive
Reviewer: Alex from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here is pretty good and it's even better as a grocery store. The only problem is that I can find good sandwiches for half the price.. over $9 bucks for a sandwich? Really?


Best Sandwiches & Service in Town
Reviewer: Lynee from Santa Barbara, CA
I eat at Metropulos multiple times a week and I can honestly say it's consistantly delicious with friendly staff and hard working owners! The Red Velvet cupcakes are amazing and I always go for the "Special Sandwich" as it satisfied my taste buds and hunger EVERY time! Gyro Fridays are my favorite day and are highly recommended. If there is a wait and not many people in-store, remember many people call in their orders. If you want good food and service, please try Metroulos. I promise you won't be disappointed.


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