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Steve's Patio Cafe
3007 De la Vina St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 687-3663

  • Category: American
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-2pm, Sat-Sun 7am-1pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Breakfast & Lunch
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Reviews by the General Public

a favourite
Reviewer: Kara from Santa Barbara, CA
I recently moved out of Santa Barbara and this is one of the places I miss the most. The food was always great (my favourite is the Dandi breakfast burrito with extra avocado) but they do great pancakes as well. The staff are friendly and always made me feel welcome and I love the relaxed atmosphere of the place. I always visit when I'm back in town.

Great Tri-Tip Sandwich & Potatoes!!
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
1st time at this restaurant...waitress was very friendly and efficient. Sandwiches were great!! Will return!!

Jim..., really??
Reviewer: Tom McReynolds from Santa Barbara, CA
First, who the heck eats a day old omelet?? Yuck to the 100th degree!! Second, science and biology say that a 1 day old cooked omelet cannot grow mold that quickly. The review below is either full of lies and false accusations or a review by a general hater. Steve's is a great breakfast place with fun service. The potatoes are bomb and so are the pancakes!!!

Reviewer: Richard from Santa Barbara, CA
Steve, you are an amusing fellow. I would love to be at the family dining table with you for Thanksgiving. Pass the biscuits.

OK Food - Horrible Owner
Reviewer: Jim from Santa Barbara, CA
When we went to Steve's Patio Café I didn't eat my omelet (just the biscuit). Full disclosure - I did taste it. Took it home, and the next morning I went to eat it and it appeared to be very moldy on top (after tasting it and it tasted like mold). I called and asked for the owner after getting attitude from the cook. She also gave me attitude and said she didn't believe we were there just yesterday, but said if I could prove with receipt I got it the day before and show her the mold she would make a new one. But she refused to start making it while I drove there as she doubted what I was saying. Got there she said she confirmed I was a liar because I told her I put it in the fridge right away as we only lived a couple of minutes from there - but she said it actually took me FIVE minutes (I didn't leave right away and had to park and walk). Then she tried to claim it was black from the avocado (which wasn't black at all and wasn't on top of where the mold was). But after 10 minutes of pleading she finally had the guy make me a new one - BUT.... no potatoes because she couldn't see mold on them. But that would have been impossible because the mold was basically the color of the Obrien potatoes. Besides - she could tell I had eaten a couple of them, and I was trying to put one over on her. Then she went and showed a big table of eight guys the omelet I brought back and ridiculed me to them. UNBELIEVABLE - all the time I was trying to stay calm and nice because I was at her mercy - too late to not pay for the thing. And I really wanted to convince her I was a nice honest guy. The smirk on her face as she was accusing me of trying to scam a free meal made my blood boil. I don't know for sure it was mold, but whatever it was, it was gross. I even said we LOVED the place when we were there (which was true) and had planned on coming back often (true) and it didn't seem smart to call the customer a liar and be nasty. She responded that we were never allowed back there. I thought I was in the twilight zone!!! Meanwhile, I was looking around at the other tables, and the customers were smiling in that shocked I-can't-believe-this-is-happening way. Now when I watch Kitchen Nightmares - I will believe the outrageous owners' attitudes are possible. Oh - and the new omelet was burnt and greasy - nothing like the very good one from the day before.

fredh and friendly
Reviewer: stephen from Santa Barbara, CA
I eat here about twice a week or so and the food is always hot and soooooo goood. I order the short stack and the o brian potatoes. Best pancakes in town..definately homemade... The staff here call you by name so it almost feels like home....although it is a small kitchen and when its really busy food may take a little long to get out...its so worth the wait. Great portions. They serve breakfast all day and there lunch specials are the best!

great place!
Reviewer: Ryan from Santa Barbara, CA
I haven't even finished my breakfast yet and I feel obligated to write a review. Let me start by stating that my meal is fantastic, I wouldn't change a thing. The California omelet was hearty and filled with fresh ingredients, the obrian potatoes were cooked to perfection, not too overdone but not at all under cooked and the biscuits and gravy can't be beat. The service as well as the atmosphere was very much up to par with the quality of the food. I'm looking forward to coming back soon.

first time and more to came
Reviewer: Cristina Rodriguez from Santa Barbara, CA
Me and my family ate for first time at this place nice and with the best service in town the best chilaquiles and soups all made fresh like at home I can't said anything more you have to try it to see what I talking about small place but the best of the best.

Locals Love This Place!
Reviewer: Ronaldo from Santa Barbara, CA
A little hard to find; but well worth the Google map effort, this small, locals favorite is consistently good with the friendliest service in town. The owner is a hands on operator, backing up his crew where ever he is needed. Nothing fancy, just everything done quite well. The best poached eggs in town, consistently perfect time after time. Open for breakfast & lunch, the prices are unbeatable and the menu variety is great, featuring specials every day. Try the "Mommalette" if you have a hearty appetite. Secret-they have parking up the driveway, behind the restaurant when the street parking gets tight.

Great locals place
Reviewer: Stuart from Santa Barbara, CA
Once a month a group of "old giuys" get together for breakfast here. We really like every thing about Steve's. Try the macadamia nut pancakes with real maple syrup. Top notch! For another time try the bagel sandwhich or the two poached eggs with teo strips of bacon. They have the usual sides and the potatoes are really good. Service is very friendly and personal and the price is rigjht. It ain't fancy but it sure is good!

Reviewer: Heather from Dallas, TX
Grew up in SB, back for a visit & tried Steve's. It was fantastic & what a great price! Everything was delicious & the staff is professional & friendly. My new breakfast place when I'm in town.

I'm sure there are bacon waffels in heaven
Reviewer: Arlene from Santa Barbara, CA
Wow- so good! The bacon waffle was crazy good! My chile verde & eggs were delish! The service was perfect - all for less than most breakfast places. Can't wait to go again.

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