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On The Side
[closed, no longer in business]

6521 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista
Phone: (805) 685-2600


Reviews by the General Public

In Danger
Reviewer: Tarah from Santa Barbara, CA
Well, to put it bluntly On The Side is not going to last very long unless they clean up their act. I dine out quite frequently and was very excited about having a good-burger-joint in IV. Here's the deal, don't go if you are really hungry because it takes no less than 45min to get your food (after ordering). I don't think the management understands that we, as students, have places to be and time is valuable. The excuse that "they are cooking a good burger" is invalid because I can go to The Habit and get one of the best burgers ever in less than 10 minutes. Also, are you trying to bankrupt us?? College students don't have the money to pay for an 8 dollar burger WITHOUT fries and a drink; thats a rip-off. And to top it all off, the servers are completely apathetic and lazy. I would really like to see this place turn around but it is going to take A LOT of hard work.


Inconsistant, servers are airheads
Reviewer: Penny Rocket from Santa Barbara, CA
They need to hire some people who know how to take directions, I order from here a couple times a week and the order is only right 1 out of 3 times. My boyfriend has a food allergy and they were very ignorant about the whole idea that people have special requests and they have NEVER offer compensation despite screwing up more orders than they have got right.


Great burger in IV
Reviewer: Alex from Santa Barbara, CA
Came back after surfing and was starved. We stopped by on he sid and stuffed ourselves. Great place to get some Quality filling food, a pitcher and watch a game. Well done guys.


Ok food service
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Really more of a sports bar vibe. Wings/appetizers etc. Not much seating inside. Food was just Ok, kind of like Chili's food. Nice hangout for IV crowd when you can get a seat.


Finally some real food in IV
Reviewer: Ryan from Santa Barbara, CA
It's about time someone opened a place like this in Isla Vista. I frequent On the Side on a weekly basis. The wings are some of the best I ever had and the burgers are outstanding. Its really the only place to catch a game in Goleta/IV, I can't wait for the World Cup.


Great Addition to Isla Vista
Reviewer: Megan from Santa Barbara, CA
I recently graduated and always thought that IV was lacking a good burger place. Over spring break I visiting and decided to give this place a shot. I got a mushroom burger and fries which were great and I was offered a wide variety of sauces including pesto ranch for my fries. Not only will get a whole meal cheaper than a Freebirds Burrito, you will get great tasting food, a cool environment and good service. Hopefully the place will hold up well under crowds...but this seems like an awesome place to watch a game, get a pitcher and grab some good food with friends!


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