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Bella Dolce Bakery
[closed, no longer in business]

113 W. De la Guerra St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 962-2253


Reviews by the General Public

dry cookies & cupcakes; lovely ambiance
Reviewer: Christine from Santa Barbara, CA
This is perhaps the cutest, most quaint bakery in town, but unfortunately the 2 items I've tried (a cookie and a coconut cupcake) were both dry in texture and ordinary in taste.


Scones like they should be!
Reviewer: Elena from Santa Barbara, CA
Their scones are really delicious - not too sweet and more bread-like, which is what a real scone should be. I had an axxcess card so I was able to get one for free when buying two scones. The scones are triangle shaped and very generous. I couldn't finish mine in one sitting. I look forward to trying their cupcakes.


Best Muffin Ever
Reviewer: Amanda from Santa Barbara, CA
I stopped by for a quick snack yesterday and ended up getting the banana pecan muffin, it was the best muffin I've ever had. I still cannot get over how good it was, the muffin itself was fluffy and full of flavor and the top had a sugar glaze/icing that was to die for, I can't wait to go back and try another.


Yummy cupcakes!
Reviewer: Erica from Santa Barbara, CA
I stopped by in the early afternoon for cupcakes. They didn't have many in the case, but a fresh tray of 5 flavors had just been frosted. I've tried Sprinkles in LA and these were a well-deserving second. The frosting was smooth, not grainy, and the cake was moist. I will definitely go back for more!


Ok food, poor service.
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Have pretty good cupcakes here(try Enjoy Cupcakes in Los Olivos to compare!) Small place, across street from Cal Pizza Kitchen. Server(not the Owner) was not the warmest person. Hopefully the owner is a lot more willing to engage customers.


Everything is delicious & fresh
Reviewer: Elizabeth from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this new bakery. The pastries are expertly prepared with quality ingredients. The muffins are a must try. They are perfectly sized on the smaller side, nicely priced, moist & light. Try the millet muffin, berry or my seasonal favorite, pumpkin. I have been a fan of the coconut rice pudding. The sugar cookies are also a favorite of mine. The folks that run the place are friendly. It's a wonderful & unique bake shop with vintage decor & a whimsical touch-a good addition to Santa Barbara. I am sure to make many stops here!


Better than the Others
Reviewer: di from Santa Barbara, CA
A cozy spot for a hot drink and sweet after shopping at Paseo Nuevo. Everything I tried is made from quality ingredients and not super sweet. The muffins were a perfect size, moist, light, and fresh. The shortbread sugar cookie is a must and not as sweet as the Others in town. The owner is very charming too!


Delicious!
Reviewer: Jennifer from Santa Barbara, CA
This little bakery is very cute!The mixed berry muffin was wonderful. It was filled with a ton of berries! I look forward to enjoying many more baked goods at this little spot.


Nice spot with good baked goods
Reviewer: Dan from Santa Barbara, CA
The salted oatmeal cookies here are delicious, as are the cupcakes we tried. The scones are the "good kind" (not hard blocks of solid dough but rather flaky and layered). We took one of the millet muffins home, cut and grilled it, and then ate it with salty butter; it was one of the best things I've ever tasted. Please give this place a shot if you are in the area. It's certainly worth the walk over from Paseo Nuevo...nice outside or inside tables and none of the bustle of lower State.


Best Cupcake!!!!
Reviewer: Rhonda from Santa Barbara, CA
Stopped in today to try the newest cupcakery in Santa Barbara – one word – DELICIOUS! Had a chocolate, peanut butter cupcake that was light, moist, and wonderful frosting that complimented the cupcake, versus the overpowering you often find. Can’t wait to try more of them!


Great opening day sweets
Reviewer: David W from Santa Barbara, CA
I saw the posting on the food news blog that Bella Dolce was open so I dropped by to pick up some cupcakes for dessert. I ended up trying one of their cookies as well. They had a wide selection of pastries all of which look delicious. It is definitely not just a cupcake shop, it is a pastry shop with a few cupcakes. The cookie was great although not exactly what I was looking for (I prefer a little bit firmer of a cookie). I think the cupcake was excellent. While the cake could have been a little more moist, it fit the niche between the two big cupcake places in town that I find either too dry to too sweet. While I got my treats to go, they have a number of tables and over several beverages to enjoy with your pastry. Overall it was a good experience and I'll definitely return.


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