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The Cheese Shop
[closed, no longer in business]

811 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 884-9463


Reviews by the General Public

Loved it! from FL
Reviewer: Gina from Tampa, FL
I recall visiting this shop about four years ago while visiting my brother in LA from FL. I am shocked to hear that this location is closed. I absolutely loved my experience while visiting.


SMARMY
Reviewer: ELIZABETH from Santa Barbara, CA
THERE IS NO NICE WAY TO PUT THIS...THE STAFF HERE IS CREEPY. I WAS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PLACE WHEN I FOUND OUT ABOUT IT BUT EVERY TIME I GO IN TO THIS SHOP I FEEL LIKE I JUST WALKED INTO A DAVID LYNCH MOVIE BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY. I STILL LOVE THE PRODUCT THERE I HAVE GOTTEN GREAT WINE, CHEESE, BUT SADLY I HAVE ALSO GOTTEN HIT ON BY THE STAFF ON MULTIPLE OCCASSIONS...LOOK I CAME IN TO CHECK OUT YOUR SELECTIONS NOT TO BE CHECKED OUT...IT IS NOT FLATTERING AND FRANKLY THERE IS NOT ENOUGH GOURMET CHEESE IN THE WORLD TO MAKE ME GO OUT WITH YOU.


People that write reviews should really know
Reviewer: Bill Smiley from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been to The Cheese Shop several times. I think it is a perfect fit for the town. I observe staff waiting on others and the store owner resolving problems. Most important the shop serves people excellent product at reasonable prices. They are mostly young people with a considerable knowledge of wines and cheeses. What more could you want than attentive service in a busy shopping mall. Obviously like Sofia, above or below, as I am not sure where this will end up - there will be and can be mistakes made. Don't be in a hurry or rushed and you should enjoy your experience there.


Neat place to go for cheese
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Try the cheese platter which includes five cheeses, sliced bread and sides that go with cheeses. They have wine selections too that you can get with cheese in the wine section of the place. Service was spotty. It took awhile to get it but once you got the right person(guys there not the girls when I went) the service was good. I recommend they include a cheese list(label them?) and recommended instructions with the platter to understand better what you are eating and what to pair it with(would cut down on people waiting as people ask questions too!) but all the cheeses were really good esp paired with the sides.


Wine? Cheese? Where Else?
Reviewer: William from Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara has needed this place for a long time. Cheese and Wine are perhaps two of the hardest products to do right--and this shop manages to do both superbly. The staff seem to understand the concept of affinage; a breath of fresh air, especially for some of the more delicate soft-ripening cheeses like Epoisses or cheeses that require time to develop like Tomme de Savoie. Both were nicely aged, not too young not too old, just right. The wines also surprised me. In terms of quality and diversity of wines, this shop has no equal. The wine tasting list changes weekly and offered an interesting array of domestic and imported wines the several times I tasted there...with cheese plates to boot! Well done Cheese Shop!!


Tip your helper!!
Reviewer: Nicole from Santa Barbara, CA
I wrote a review about this place the first time I went, I've been 3 times between 12-11 and 12-20! I just found out the people who give out samples and help you pick out your cheese accept tips. I had no idea and wanted to spread the news. The last time I was there was 12-20. There was a young man there who was helpful, funny and very accommodating. We got three very small pieces of 3 different cheese to see how much we love them and he was not snotty at all. I am a huge fan of this place, please visit them and TIP YOUR SERVER!!


Know your product!
Reviewer: Sophia from Santa Barbara, CA
There is something really nasty about this place - I went in to buy a French cheese I have had many times before, and the clerk insisted I try it beforehand, despite the fact I was in a hurry and knew what I wanted. Good idea - because the cheese was clearly on its last legs. The clerks/servers here seem to know little about cheese and offer up folksy phrases like "its kind of like an Italian brie" without having an understanding of how the cheeses should taste. I ended up buying a loaf of bread and a Cowgirl Creamery cheese (pre-wrapped, so I figure the store couldn't mess it up). Bread was stale, cheese was so far gone it was inedible, and I will never go back.


Wonderful!!!
Reviewer: Nicole from Santa Barbara, CA
This place was simply amazing. The woman who served us was not snobby at all despite my ignorance and the ignorance of my companion. She gave us great information and when she didn't know an answer she asked the owner who was spot on about all of our questions. I got a lot of free samples and instead of being cheap about it if I liked something she'd immeadiately say "well if you like that you have to try this...." I wish I had gotten her name to share it with you but just know that this place is a real keeper! I will definitely be back!


impressed
Reviewer: Luke from Santa Barbara, CA
I walked in by accident and was very impressed with the quality and the selection. They had good quality cheeses that were above expectation. I would heartily recommend this store for cheese platters or personal use.


Wonderful!!
Reviewer: Terri from Little Rock, AR
I was visiting from out of state and my cousin wanted to try the new Cheese Shop while we were in Santa Barbara. I absolutely loved this shop. The clerks were very knowledgeable of the cheeses and let us try quite a few different cheeses and were very patient while we chose what we wanted. A big assortment of different types of crackers to go with these succulent cheeses, as well as sauces, wines, etc. Would return frequently - if I lived close by!


kind of dumb
Reviewer: alana from San Diego, CA
This place made me uncomfortable. They don't really have ingredients listed on most of their items, and being a vegetarian, it's not very reassuring being told when you ask what kind of things are in a specific cheese, "cheese, it's milk, you know". Further, it is also nice to know when the cheese is so expensive if they are grain or grass fed cows, if they use antibiotics on the cows, etc. The knowledge seems poor, for example, when I asked if they had queso fresco (mexican cheese) I was offered manchego. So, would I go back there? Not likely. Especially if they can't list the ingredients or info on their supposedly high quality products.


The one in Carmel is superb....give this one a chance..
Reviewer: seve from sb
We used to go to their Carmel shop a LOT before moving down here. It is a lot more fun place than this new one...at least right now...Am sure they will improve. If you walk into the Carmel shop they will immediately offer you a taste of some cheese and try to meld your interests therin...with nice wines too. But when we went in here....no engagement...we were looking around for about 15 min at different wines and products etc.(and they do have the fabulous 2005 Latour Volnay Chevret for a very reasonable for the vintage $40something price.--but place is a little austere feeling now...will give it time.--The cheeses are pretty expensive...so they would do well to have some specials out front of the counter to draw folks into trying some etc. You also need some more large "information standup-boards" to inform folks about some of your very nice cheeses...and to properly slow them down to engage your product...get it? Good Luck. Owners were not there, but they are sharp people...and this is just the start.


Great shop with tasty wines & cheese and friendly service!
Reviewer: Emilee from Carpinteria, CA
I dropped by on my way somewhere else and was only in the store for about 5 minutes. They gave my friend and I about 4 samples of cheese in that time. We left promising to return. I did so with another friend 2 days later. We were greeted warmly and Marilyn even remembered me! She let us sample so many different cheeses from around the world (My favorite was "Ewephoria")and told us fun facts about many of them. She even helped us figure out what the best use of certain cheeses would be! She then directed us to Wendy who helped us select some fabulous wines. Overall we had a wonderful time and left with some great products and every intention to return again soon!


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