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Seagrass
30 E. Ortega St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 963-1012

  • Category: Seafood
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Closed Mondays.
  • Price: $20+
  • Serving: Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes, recommended
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Reviews by the General Public

What a great dinner, 4/7/2014
Reviewer: Marna from Toluca Lake, CA
My friend & I had a wonderful dinner last night. The waiter was attentive & helpful. We both had the steak as our main course ... perfectly cooked ... nice presentation. I ordered the chocolate mousse for desert & I was surprised they put grapefuit pieces to compliment it ... what a taste sensation! We'll be back!


A little gem!, 3/19/2014
Reviewer: Angelique from Petaluma, CA
I was recently in Santa Barbara to attend the International Orchid Show. Seagrass came highly reccomended by our conference's organizers and it did not disappoint! I was instantly greeted and seated. My host/server was attentive and gracious even though I was only a solo diner. I experienced a level of sensitiviy and refinement of service, food and wine that would easily make this restaurant at home in San Francisco or New York. It was also very reasonably priced and I consider it to be great find!


Unacceptable
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
Went there Fri. night (11/2/2012) with party of 6. Waited an hour between the salads and the main course. Service was below average and when the meal finally came,everyone did not get their meal at the same time. One of our party got the wrong entre.Mushroom soup had no taste. Sea Bass was accepable but nothing special. Small portions. Mediocre food and 20% gratuity added on. Won't go back.


Total waste of time and money.
Reviewer: Rick from Santa Barbara, CA
We were a party of six on a Friday night with reservations for 7pm. The entree course came at 9pm. The food was nearly cold, tasteless, and outrageously expensive. We were about to order a take-out pizza to tide us over before the entree came but the manager came by to apologize for the delay, saying we would have out meals in three minutes. They arrived thirty minutes later. My group had to hold me down or I would have exploded in outrage and the restaurant would have had to call the police!!!


Perfect!
Reviewer: Jay from Santa Barbara, CA
The food, ambiance, and service were excellent! The food just bursts with flavor and the service was spot on. If you are going out to get stuffed and pork out, then this isn't the place for you. Portions are somewhat small, but I still left with a satisfied stomach. I will most definitely be returning, it's a perfect place for those that simply love food.


Excellent
Reviewer: Greg & Yukari from Santa Barbara, CA
This is probably Santa Barbara's best restaurant. (That may be damning with faint praise). The chef is masterful, and the staff is very knowledge about their wines. It is expensive. You should order starters, sides or dessert if you want that bloated tourist feel. We've been there four times and never disappointed. Recurring favorites include the seared scallops, local fish, the heirloom tomatoes, and sashimi appetizers.


Tried it, but have no desire to return!
Reviewer: Gracie from Santa Barbara, CA
My first time to Seagrass, because i purchased a dinner for 2 Chef special. The food was just okay, nothing AMAZING! They added on 20% tip to our bill, and there were only 2 of us at our table.


Overall very nice
Reviewer: Stuart from Santa Barbara, CA
My wife and I tried the Chef's surprise dinner and enjoyed it. It consists of three courses chosen by the chef. Your only choice is meat or fish for the main course. The first course and dessert offer no choice. They started us with soup. It was potato leek soup and very tasty. I like soup hot and this was served warm. Her main dish was a large portion of black cod. She loved it. It was undercooked for my taste. I had leg of rabbit and it was overcooked and dry. The sauces on the food were excellent as were the veggies. Dessert was a fabulous bittersweet chocolate mouse with a flavorful caramel sauce and bits of pecan brittle on top. We both loved it. They have a nice little patio in front. We chose to sit inside and the tables are situated far apart enough that sound in the room was not a bother. Service was excellent and friendly. Y


Will not return or recommend
Reviewer: Cynthia from Santa Barbara, CA
As a person that manages events and VP entertainment, I have sent numerous parties to the Seagrass Restaurant. While I'll admit the food is tasty, I will not return nor recommend. I made a reservation 5/days in advance for my brother's anniversary. They did NOT have our reservation and were not very apologetic at the front (our waitress was). They put us on the patio on a rainy cold night (St. Patricks). Then the food came and although I expect smaller portions at finer restaurants the portions at Seagrass are rediculous! I literally got 3/baby carrots (X-small) for my veggie and maybe 2/tblspoons of creamy potatoes under the beef filet. (My brother said they had pizza when they got home). Then we got 2/tawny flights one of which they over poured and CHARGED US FOR the over pour! Finally, the CORK CHARGE IS $25!!! Even Lucky's, which is a superior restaurant, charges $15! Not a good experience for us.


Incredible Dinner
Reviewer: Steve from Santa Barbara, CA
We had a party of four tonight at Seagrass, where the food was incredible, and service was perfect. One of the owners, Ruben, took care of us for most of our dinner; he was very friendly and offered great suggestions for our meals. We shared some oysters in the half shell and the warm hazelnut breaded goat cheese to start; the goat cheese was perfect with the garbanzo beans and surprisingly tangy mango chutney that it came with.

Two in our party ordered the duck, another the black cod, and I the salmon. The salmon was perfectly cooked, apparently slow in olive oil at 120 until just barely done; it was so tender that the knife almost fell through it by itself. The duck, which we have enjoyed before, was tender and full of flavor, and the black cod and its seared skin sandwiched a thin layer of fat which helped it go down like butter.

Thanks, Ruben! You'll definitely see us again!


Lovely Experience
Reviewer: Ixchelle from Santa Barbara, CA
We had our first dinner at Seagrass a few weeks ago and were happily surprised by the experience. First the ambiance. It was sophisticated without being stuffy. Calm without being sleepy. The staff was very professional but equally approachable. Each attendant was pleasant without being intrusive. The food was just as enjoyable. We ordered the scallops and sea urchin, butter poached wild striped bass, and sauteed black cod as well as two desserts. I would sum up the dishes as delicious but subtle. If you are looking for over the top strong flavors this probably won't be the right fit (at least for the items we tried). Rather the dishes were exquisitely prepared with subtle finesse. Each item cooked perfectly and quite delicious. To state the obvious, yes it is expensive (check out the menu online) so this probably isn't your everyday kind of dinner out. Overall it was a lovely experience with great service and delicious seafood.


Incredible Experience
Reviewer: clark from Santa Barbara, CA
Amazing on so many levels. Sometimes there are parts of a dining experience that are lacking. This is not the case with Seagrass. Other restaurants that are trying to do fine dining in the area should take lessons from Seagrass. All of the points were covered- from water/bread service to plate presentation to server knowledge and enthusiasm to delicious and creative food preparations. There are many examples of good food in the area, but not many times can I say I've been floored with the service in this town. Seagrass is the entire package, they believe in their food, and they should.


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