Reader Primetime tells me that 3 new restaurants are coming to Highway 246, east of McMurray, in Buellton: The Habit, Chipotle and Panda Express. The new Buellton Habit may still be under the ownership of the Reicherts, who retained ownership of Habit restaurants in Santa Barbara County. Margerum Winery in Buellton is now open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for wine tasting. They have had a tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara for over 6 years but this is the first time guests will be able to enjoy a tasting in Margerum’s working winery.

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7 Responses to BUELLTON UPDATE

  1. DN says:

    Panda Express has been open for a couple/few weeks now.

    • Don says:

      This Panda Express has been open since start of the year. I’ve actually been satisfied with the food there. Once they made a mistake, and the manager totally made up for it.

  2. VT says:

    Perfect fit (Panda, Chipotle,Habit) if you’ve ever tasted Margerum Wines….

  3. Nora Wallace says:

    Also, Lompoc’s long-standing La Botte Italian restaurant is expanding to Buellton, on McMurray where A La Carte Catering used to be. They’re going to open a cafe there.

  4. Glenn says:

    Yeah I think they are in the old alfresco picnic Nora. http://www.alfrescopicnic.com/ Not sure when they open. FYI I have started Buellton Talk Soup on facebook for those in Buellton area to talk food or whatever.

  5. I have eaten at the Panda express in Buellton several times to give the new restaurant a chance …All three times I was very disappointed in the service and the food. All the employees seemed very low energy and unhappy to work. The food either was out of stock or old looking. I asked for the vegetables to be freshly cooked and it took over 10 minutes….AND then made with a gross salty watery base that tasted like soapy water. The chicken bbq style dish was empty and they look upset at me because I wanted that for a sidedish….the manager explained to me that after 8:30 they do NOT like to cook because it goes to waste. Well that did it for me. Now the sb panda and Goleta Panda are OK…..but give me the HABIT right across the parking lot any day with a healthy Chicken salad, or turkery burger….BUT bit more Panda in Buellton..very icky.

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