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Whole Foods Market
3761 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 837-6959


Reviews by the General Public

What happened to the pizza?, 1/27/2014
Reviewer: Ramona from Santa Barbara, CA
Their pizza was to die for. We never went anywhere else anymore, with great sauce, cheese and toppings. Soft thin crust..yum!!! Now they burn the heck out of the pizza every time. It's dry and hard. New management in that section maybe?


Yummy hot foods!
Reviewer: Ash from Santa Barbara, CA
This is my go to place for a hot, quick, to-go meal! Love the soup selection and the hot foods. So happy Whole Foods is here - so delicious and the staff are very nice.


where's the wasabi?
Reviewer: Nancy from Santa Barbara, CA
I don't mind that the sushi at Whole Foods cost more than at some restaurants, but why do they provide such minuscule amounts of wasabi - less than a teaspoon? To get the amount needed for the meal, you actually have to buy extra. You can't just ask for more, because the sushi staff is there only part time...and no one else is able to help because it's evidently subcontracted; not part of Whole Foods. Guess it's time to go back to Gelsons and Lazy Acres!


Great sandwiches
Reviewer: Elena from Santa Barbara, CA
I used my axxcess cards and ordered their sandwiches - both were vegetarian and they tasted great. In fact I didn't eat them until later and the bread still held up with no problems. The staff person making the sandwiches was very nice and offered suggestions for alternative fillings, etc. I will return for sure.


Compared to what?
Reviewer: Ashleigh Carracino from Santa Barbara, CA
It's a great grocery store in its own right. It's better than the average grocery store for its selection of fancy/diety/rare/gourmet stuff. It's got a nice atmosphere. It IS expensive, but yeah, go somewhere else; save some money. I frickin' love this place. It's so clean and efficient seeming, too. I personally go to grocery stores to buy food and waltz around looking at cool stuff, so I'm more than satisfied by Whole Foods. I don't really go to grocery stores for customer service. The staff here is never UNfriendly... and really that's all I ask. 2 thumbs up.


Disappointed
Reviewer: dave from Santa Barbara, CA
The hot food bar looked really good but when I went to eat it, the Honey Roasted Chicken was raw inside and had to be thrown away. The Red Roasted Potatoes were undercooked and hard and the rice was tasteless. Not what I expected. Maybe a staffer can check(taste & texture) the food before it goes out.


Overrated and Where's the Customer Service At??
Reviewer: Cam from Santa Barbara, CA
I agree with the "What's the Fuss About???" review. Sure it's a nice store, but there is nothing special here that I can't find somewhere else. I find their customer service to be lacking quite a bit compared to friendly service I always get at my local Vons store. I have been here on several occassion and have never been greeted once (besides at checkout) or asked if I needed any help finding something - even when I was standing standing at the seafood counter (on Easter Day) and a girl came out to stock some fish and left without even asking if I needed any help. I'll stick to my friendly Vons and Trader Joes stores.


Small Whole Foods
Reviewer: Paul from Santa Barbara, CA
This Whole Foods would seem amazing if I hadn't been to any of their other locations. This one is really small! Also I was a little disappointed with the cheese selection, I love French cheese and live close by but I guess I will have to continue to go downtown to C'est Cheese where they have a bigger selection. The meat section here is really nice, so if you are looking for a good steak this is the place to go.


Could be better!
Reviewer: Sarah from Santa Barbara, CA
They really need to work on their salad bar - they should run over to Gelsons and take notes!! Hot food bar and salad bar both not nearly as good as the one down in LA! Ive tried it 4 or 5 times now and each time Ive been disappointed.


What's the Fuss About???
Reviewer: Germaine from Santa Barbara, CA
I've shopped at Whole Foods several times and so help me, I can't see what the fuss is about. Their oranges taste like oranges, their meat tastes like meat, and their milk tastes like milk. I can't tell their products from what they sell at Trader Joe's or across town at Scolari's on Milpas Street, except they are waaay more expensive at Whole Foods. I'll go there if I can't find something somewhere else, but the place underwhelmed me after all the hype.


A 'best of' grocery store chain, nationwide
Reviewer: Kent Magnuson from Kearney,NE
Always a favorite grocery shopping spot for us, nationwide. Wish there was a Whole Foods Market closer to home.


Pretty good food, good selection, people very nice
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Looks like they have a lot of food selections from what I can see and are not all just drinks from the previous comment.... A store for all the organic and gluten free people and the rest of us. Wide meat selections. The store looks really organized. Tried the salad bar and was decent but had some uncooked or overcooked rice/pasta issues as did previous reviewers, maybe they need to invest in a better rice cooker, Jack in the Box has one across the street they could maybe borrow? Need better flavored chicken in their bowls too. I'm sure they are still fine tuning things. Not too crowded when I went. They have picnic tables outside. I suggest getting there via Hitchcock/101 over dealing with State St. People exceptionally nice there. They have various local products like Debbie's Delights among other things.


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