The South Coast is about to say goodbye to another local dining icon. Last month we lost Enterprise Fish Company, a Santa Barbara institution since 1977. This weekend the Dutch Garden restaurant, which has been dishing up German cuisine to area residents since 1945, will be serving its last meal, the restaurant confirmed today. “Unfortunately Saturday the 27th will be the last day for us. Sad 😢 ,” said head server Leslie Walbridge.
Dutch Garden restaurant opened in 1925 as Poppy Cafe. In 1945 the eatery changed hands and the new owners originally wanted to call it the German Gardens but sentiments surrounding World War II were such that the euphemistic name Dutch Garden was used instead. German food used to be plentiful in this town but I believe it disappears locally when Dutch Garden departs. Thanks to readers Steve W. and Primetime for the tips.
Update: the restaurant ran out of food and closed their doors for good on June 25th.
Photos by The Restaurant Guy