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La Arcada Bistro
1112 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 965-5742


Reviews by the General Public

Bizarre and completely absurd, 8/6/2014
Reviewer: John from Santa Barbara, CA
Went here with my mother on lunch break from the office and it took them 15 minutes to just get us started, 10 minutes later they took our order, we then waited a half hour and just left, we were out of time for our lunch break and they did not even once check in with us. We went to the front to look for the older lady who seemed in charge/waitress and could not find her. There were only two other parties in the restaurant besides ourselves, so it was most certainly not busy. After unsuccessfully finding the waitress, we left. We're about half way up the block and she comes running out at us SCREAMING and swearing in front of a kids group camp, telling us that we are stealing. I do not understand the service provided or the wild accusations thrown, but it was absolutely ridiculous and will never be back.


Home from Home
Reviewer: Paula Kenny from Santa Barbara, CA
We are from Ireland and have lived in Santa Barbara for 11 years now. We discovered La Arcada Bistro St Patricks Day 2013. Let me tell u it was the best St Patricks since we left Ireland. The Atmosphere the food the entertainment was second to none. Willie and Trini are wonderful people and daughters beautiful. The staff are friendly and helpful. We have eaten many times there since and bring friends when they are visiting. We tell everyone how great it is. Going back again this Saturday


GREAT PLACE TO EAT
Reviewer: Bill from Glasgow, Scotland
We dined here on our visit to Santa Barbara as part of a holiday trip from Scotland.We were warmly welcomed by Willie and his wife. We enjoyed a lovely meal & can recommend the soda bread (made by Willie himself, he being Irish, of course). Willie recognised our Scottish accents and spent time chatting to us. It turned out that before he came to Santa Barbara, he had a connection with the company from which I had just retired - small world. Excellent service and good atmosphere.


I am a frequent dinner at La Arcada Bistro
Reviewer: Joan from Santa Barbara, CA
I have never had a bad meal or poor service. In fact, I have experienced just the opposite. Tony always has a warm greeting and is most accomodating. In addition to frequently enjoying a meal alone I have organized gatherings after work for small and large groups. There has never been a problem! Willy is a welcoming and chatty host whose Irish accent is devine. He sat for a long time with my out of town guest who shares his love of Irish and folk music. This is a lovely place to sit outside enjoy the sun while people watching. The soup is always good. Everything is fresh and cooked to order. I especially like La Arcada Bistro breakfast too.


Not really new at all
Reviewer: Sophia from Santa Barbara, CA
I was excited about trying this place; it's a great location for lunch. I tried both of the prior incarnations (Barcliff and Cafe Shell) but was never impressed by their uninspired food choices; I read a few articles about the new owners of this place and was excited to try something new. How disappointing! The menu is the same Cafe Shell menu, the prices are the same (a bit expensive for the quality/quantity/interest level of the food when you compare it to Jeannine's, for instance) and the place is decorated in the same "meh" style. I sat inside the main dining room for lunch. The overhead lights were turned off and the back tables were used for storage/table prep. It felt a bit like sitting in a storeroom, and being served cold hot tea didn't help (I should have known better, hot tea was always cold at Cafe Shell as well). Oh well, hoping for better things next time this place changes hands!


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