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Dutch Garden Restaurant
4203 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 967-4911

  • Category: German
  • Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-8pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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One Server for entire restaurant?, 9/10/2017
Reviewer: Pierre from Santa Barbara, CA
Just had some wonderful food at the Dutch Garden. My complaint; consistently only one server is on duty, even on weekend nights. The restaurant was jammed the other night and the server had to cover the outside patio, bar patrons ordering food and of course covering the main restaurant. She was mostly apologizing to every table for delays. She was sweating while serving platters of food. We felt terrible that she had to bust her A#% as she was left to fend for herself. We left her a 25% tip as she was such a very pleasant person and felt sorry for her dilemma. This has been a common occurrence for the past 5 years or so. Methinks that the owners must be on a very tight budget and dont wish to pay for another minimum wage server. They obviously don't plow any profits back into improving the restaurant. Great food - Scrooge of an owner.

Exactly Don!, 8/15/2017
Reviewer: Dianne from Santa Barbara, CA
So tired of Santa Barbara dog owners and their sense of entitlement.

Not dog friendly, 8/12/2017
Reviewer: Don from Santa Barbara, CA
And rightly so. Entitled dog owners tend to feel that their dog is the most wonderful thing in the world and everyone else should feel the same. Not so. Leave your dog at home next time.

Warning: Not Dog Friendly, 8/9/2017
Reviewer: Bruce Straits from Santa Barbara, CA
Four of us and our puppy were kicked out of their outdoor patio as dogs are not allowed. p.s., we had to rate food and service in order to publish this warning.

On balance, the best in town
Reviewer: Art from Santa Barbara, CA
I am a twenty five plus year customer at DG. I eat there at least once a week. I believe it to be the best food in our town. I have never had a meal that I didn't consider to be delicious. I note the several comments here on the "dusty" appearance and trust that Ken takes those seriously. I will also admit that, at busy times, the service staff ( a delightful mix of very friendly and attractive young people) gets a bit overwhelmed but as a general rule they are exceptional. Ken and Lori are devoted to providing an outstanding restaurant experience. Do yourself a favor and visit this special place.

Iconic, sort of.
Reviewer: Jeffrey from Santa Barbara, CA
I have ALWAYS loved the food even though it is a bit heavy. You don't go to the Dutch Garden with some other idea. For fifteen years I have been telling friends and those visiting SB to enjoy a meal at the Dutch Garden to experience a little magic in the biz of feeding people. Having said that about this iconic institution in a city that longs for character and grit this evening the DG broke my heart. After waiting quite a long time for our food and having finished only half of my entre I was told at 7:35 that I could not order a beer. I was told by the bus person that they are closed! "NOT if I am welcomed into your home and I'm still working on my meal". That is exactly what I told Ken (chef/owner) who should have personally apologize to a customer of 15 years who has recommended The Dutch Garden to more people than he will EVER have imagined. We have always loved this place even with the dust, however, we will never go back as The Dutch Garden apparently has lost its soul. If only Ken had apologized or said something,instead he looked at me as if to say "I'm tired and I'm done.

We love this place!!
Reviewer: Jeanne from Laguna Beach, CA
We love love their Wiener schnitzel & sausage! Teamed with their bread and ice cold beer 🍺 it Is heaven- not fancy but super authentic and delicious 😀

Eat the sausage, burn your wallet
Reviewer: Jay from Santa Barbara, CA
Pro: the food is good and tasty, has a steady devoted following. Con: the prices are absurd for the food. They know people come for the food, and charge what they will. Profit profit profit. 18.00 for a sausage and potatoe salad?! Atmosphere: cute Bavarian decor, but super dusty and dirty. Don't look too close!

Reviewer: Lynn from Santa Barbara, CA

worth the drive
Reviewer: patty from ojai ca
Lunch on Fri. was the best I had forgotten how delious the smoked turkey sandwich is. Really worth the drive over we will be over again soon.

Best salmon
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
I eat out often and have been to almost every fish restaurant in SB. Dutch Gardens gets my vote for the best salmon. The other people in my party all liked their meals.

Big disappointment
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
The Dutch Garden is one expensive disappointment, from the slow and thoughtless service, dirty tables, sloppy mustard caddy (big Healthcode violation). The menu is really limited and expensive for what you get. I don't want a trough of food on my plate but for a $10 sandwich, potato salad or Rotkohl and pickel should be included, instead they charge an additional $3 for a modest scoop of potato salad. I like the forest like outside seating, if only the surrounding tables had been bussed. I had to remind the waitress twice for my mother's coffee refill, and when I asked for cream and sugar she looked confused and said she would try to dig some up!!!??? WHAT! Ten minutes later she came back with one sugar packet and one creamer....Sigh... How I miss the European Deli.

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