barbarenoA new restaurant named Barbareño, offering “Central Coast cuisine,” is coming soon to 205 W. Canon Perdido Street, the former home of D’Vine Café which closed recently after 10 years in business.

Barbareño will be led by chef/co-owner Julian Martinez, who has seven years of restaurant experience including serving as the head chef and kitchen manager of Doc’s of the Bay in Emeryville, CA, sous chef at Wexler’s in San Francisco, CA, and server at the French Laundry in Yountville, CA. General Manager /co-owner Jesse Gaddy will run the dining room.  Gaddy managed the Shakedown Café in Claremont, CA, is a studying sommelier at Deep Sea Tasting Room, has worked as apprentice butcher at the Old Fashion Country Butcher in Santa Paula, and worked the Chef’s table at Revival Bar and Kitchen in Berkeley, CA.

For dinner, the menu will be centered around modern interpretations of traditional dishes that are rooted in this area. Some dishes that exemplify Barbareño’s cuisine are Ranch Agnolotti with caramelized carrot puree, roasted celery root, and buttermilk; Santa Maria BBQ with 12-hour tri-tip, tomato coulis, cilantro oil, and pinquito beans; and Chilled Avocado Soup with basil, white wine, and avocado blossom honey.

To complement its menu, Barbareño will feature a small bar that stocks unique wines of California, with a focus on the Central Coast. Craft beers will also be offered, sourced from small-scale California breweries.

“The idea for this restaurant really came about when I began studying the roots of Italian and French cooking,” says Martinez. “In those cultures, not only does each region have its own cuisine, but every small town and village has its own unique style of cooking, based on the climate, geography, history, people, and local traditions…everything that makes that place special is really celebrated it in their food. We want to bring that micro-regional ethic here to Santa Barbara to create an experience that couldn’t come about anywhere but here.”

Barbareño is slated to open mid-July. Hours will be Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 10 p.m., and will eventually expand to brunch service on the weekends and casual lunch service during the week.

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  1. Liz W says:

    Great concept and I look forward to the opening. Seems like a thoughtful evolution from the cliché “farm to table”.

  2. Judy says:

    Sounds fantastic, I like their theory about “local”. Wish them the best of luck!

  3. Eric says:

    This sounds great! Excited to see what they come up with

  4. Francie Crowley says:

    Julian, So, so excited for you. This is, most definitely, an excellent reason for Charlie Frankie and I to head west! I have read much of your blog, what amazing travels and experiences, and favors!
    I am so very happy for you and we look forward to dining at Barbareno!
    Love and hugs to u, Francie

  5. Rachel says:

    This is awesome! So excited to try out this new restaurant!

  6. Kevin says:

    I’ll go just for the eyecandy. Look at these two…hubba hubba!

  7. Chris says:

    I’m looking forward to this new place in town. Sounds like a winner!

  8. Frances Small says:

    Sounds so fabulous! I’m getting hungry just reading the article! They could not have selected a better place to introduce the celebration of local food! Can’t wait for all their hard work to come to fruition.

  9. Gerald Bostock says:

    so superficial, but my first reaction was the same as Kevin’s. 🙂
    oh, food sounds pretty good too.

  10. George Ronay says:

    You know you’re getting old when your SON sends you a message about a new restaurant – and the co-owner graduated from Loyola High School in his class! I’m looking forward to seeing this new restaurant added to the already great Santa Barbara scene – and maybe even selling them some Paso Robles wine!

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