Local chef Owen Hanavan has opened Lemon & Coriander, a farm-to-table restaurant in Old Town Goleta offering a new American, seasonally inspired menu. Hanavan has influenced the dining culture in Santa Barbara for the past 10 years. Most recently, Hanavan managed three locations as the Executive Chef at Renaud’s Patisserrie & Bistro. Prior, he was the Head Chef for Barbareño when they opened. Hanavan trained at The Four Season’s Biltmore in Montecito and served as the Sous Chef to renowned Chef Eric Widmer at the La Cumbre Country Club.
At the former location of The Goodland Kitchen which is now closed, Lemon & Coriander is intended to become a true local dining destination. Hanavan is sourcing ingredients from local purveyors wherever possible, hand-selecting the best sources for each item. The fresh, seasonal produce readily available year-round here along the Central Coast serves as a primary inspiration for the dishes Hanavan designs.
“I want the food I serve to be memorable. It should taste great, look intriguing, and be fulfilling, yet still be healthy and light so you can feel good when you leave the restaurant” stated Hanavan. “We’re so fortunate to live in a climate where we can grow food throughout the year. I have tremendous respect for our local purveyors and what they are producing right here in our backyard. There’s so much variety that changes with the seasons and the menu at Lemon & Coriander will be a reflection of that.”
With an approachable neighborhood vibe, locals will be able to order at the counter and enjoy good food in good company. Hanavan will certainly be in the kitchen, but he’ll make a point to be out front to hear how patrons are responding to their experience and share the stories behind the various dishes being served.
Lemon & Coriander will serve breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. However, through the month of December, a pop-up dinner series will replace regular dinner hours, serving as an opportunity to test menu items and get feedback from patrons. Check for popups at popup.lemonandcoriander.com.