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Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill
202 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 963-2215

Reviews by the General Public

Must have been there on an off night?
Reviewer: Jen from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I finally decided to give this place a try for dinner after being here for a birthday party and trying some appetizers. It was a Saturday night, busy but not packed. We got seated inside right away. It took awhile for our waitress to finally come over and when she did, there were no pleasantries, it was just "Are you ready to order?" WOW! Some drinks or maybe even a hello would have been nice first? We'd been sitting there long enough that we did, in fact, know what we wanted to order so we did. The night never got better, the drinks were slammed down on our table when they did come, food came pretty quickly (from another runner) and we never saw much from our waitress again. We thought maybe it was us, but after talking to the couple next to us, they had the same feeling as well. This was some of the worst service I have ever had in a restaurant! They were busy, but not crazy, there was no need for the waitress to be running around like a chicken with her head cut off and forgetting her manners! So much for a nice relaxing dinner out that we were looking forward to after a crazy day! Might give it another try to see if we were there on an off night since the food was decent, but skeptical of the service.

Good to bad
Reviewer: Merry from Santa Barbara, CA
Well some of the food was really good (tuna steak) the rest was all good Service was fine......until I spilt my whole (90%) beer Well with close to a100$ bill I was like, hey can I get another beer? That's when the mgr. on duty was basically calling me a liar...telling me he doubted there was any beer left, and what did I expect him to do about it, well needless to say a nice dinner turned sour very fast Unfortunately the waitress didn't know how to handle this situation, she was like you all want another round? No I wanted another beer! Poor thing I owe her a tip

Impressive on a busy Fourth of July afternoon
Reviewer: Gary from Santa Barbara, CA
My wife and I had never been here before but were walking by late on a busy July 4 afternoon and decided to try it. Weren't expecting much because of the Tourist Zone location but we were very impressed. Love the pulled pork sandwich and the blue cheese burger. The service was wonderful -- very friendly and helpful even though the wait staff must have been stressed by the holiday crowds. I wish I'd asked for our waitress's and busboy's names so I could give them credit here. We'll be back -- with friends.

"maybe this isn't the place for you to be"
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
Wanted a light meal and ordered calamari, coconut shrimp, and chowder. The shrimp were good; the chowder overly salty but otherwise tasted fine despite a less-than-generous portion. Alas, the calamari was assorted tiny chunks coated in dense breading and then over-cooked - way more dark crunchy batter than squid. Service was typical Santa Barbara - flip and distracted. Having passed by many times without trying the place, we mentioned that we'd hoped for more seafood options since we'd looked over the menu previously, and were told that it had recently changed to more steaks and burgers. OK. But then while we were calculating the 18% tip, our server quipped that "maybe this isn't the place for you to be." It felt like a clip from a Food Network don't-treat-customers-like-this episode. So she was right - like totally - never again. We'll leave it for tourists off the train.

Great Service & Great Food!
Reviewer: Shenah from Riverside, Ca
We visited this restaurant during a day trip to Santa Barbara.The food was amazing. I would recommend the shrimp scampi and the clam chowder. Finish it off with the molten lava cake for desert. I would definitely come back when I am out here again.

great place for a rehearsal dinner!
Reviewer: Jan from Kahuku, Hawaii
Our son got married in Santa Barbara last weekend. We live in Hawaii so it was kind of tough to figure out where to have the rehearsal dinner. We had lunch at Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill during the summer and decided to have the dinner there. Everyone was super helpful in planning (mainly we talked to Cheryl) and when we got there for the dinner we were pleasantly surprised! The tables were pretty with flowers, plenty of heat lamps for us thin blodded people (it was a chilly night for sure!) the waithelp were excellent and we heard from every single person who attended that they loved the food! I definitely had a great experience and would recommend this restaurant for a group get together of any sort!

Bay Roadhouse and Amtrak
Reviewer: CarolAnn from Santa Barbara, CA
Take the train to Santa Barbara and walk across the street to the Bay Roadhouse for Happy Hour. Sheryl the bartender is fun and makes awesome drinks!! A great way to enjoy Happy Hour without driving.

Most amazing salmon of my life
Reviewer: Megan from Santa Barbara, CA
Some friends and I tried out the Bay Roadhouse for the first time last night and was beyond impressed. Travis at the bar was so friendly and helpful, and our food was to die for. Literally the best salmon I've ever eaten (ordered it blackened) with mashed potatoes, and the clam chowder bread bowl was incredible. We've been talking about it all day - it's definitely our new "spot."

Great breakfast on patio - love the champagne bottle servic.
Reviewer: Bonnie from Santa Barbara, CA
What a great location. Had breakfast on the patio. We ordered the breakfast burrito and huevos rancheros. Very big portions and very tasty. The waiters were very friendly and fast. We enjoyed our bucket of iced champagne and the beautiful day

Great place to eat
Reviewer: Cooper from Livermore Ca
First time in Santa Barbara. Looking for a place to eat with great seafood good prices. Found all that at Bay Roadhouse Bar & grill. Seafood was excellent drinks great and the service was supurb. Would recommend eating there.

Laid Back and Relaxing Place
Reviewer: Annie from Santa Barbara, CA
We have probably had dinner or happy hour drinks here ten times, so obviously we like it. I still can not remember the restaurants name, I would consider something shorter.

Worst service I ever experienced in the States
Reviewer: Tomke from Bremen, Germany
The restaurant looked nice and we wanted to eat fish. Bad idea. The Service was poor. The waitress ignored us. When we finally got to order (took 15 minutes) she did not want to answer my question about the way to get the fish cooked. I am German and don't know all the english words written on the menue, so I asked her to explain it to me. When the food came it was difficult for us to get proper forks, because they ignored us again. They brought parts of us cake forks? Getting the bill took another 10 minutes. The only nice and proper service employee was the guy who cleaned the tables. He did not ignore us at all.

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