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Chuck's of Hawaii
3888 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 687-4417

Reviews by the General Public

What a difference a day makes!
Reviewer: Adria from Santa Barbara, CA
Dined here on 1/15 and again on 1/31/2015. On 1/15 we had an EXCELLENT experience with an extremely wine knowledgeable waiter. The fish and steaks were done nearly perfectly and the rice pilaf was light in color, had integrity, and was not overly salty from the teriyaki, the bread steamer had fresh bread in it. We were so excited to have a chance to return for a dinner on 1/31, but, oh, what a disappointment! The waiter had no suggestions on wine and could only say one brand name. The halibut was over cooked, greasy, and did not seem too fresh. The ahi was strangely dry & leather like on the outside and inside was not even warm. The rice pilaf was gelatinous, dark salty mush and the bread crusts in the steamer dry and stale. Is it just the difference between a Thursday night and a Saturday night? We love having a place to eat that is open later in the evening, but consistency is important to us.

Consistently good over the years
Reviewer: Salmo from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been coming to this place since it opened in 1967 (as a college student to a near-retiree), sometimes with family and/or friends and sometimes solo, and I can always be sure that I will have a satisfying tasty meal. It's nice to know that there is something that you can count on for the long haul.

One Guy is the worst...
Reviewer: Peevy Stevie from Santa Barbara, CA
We've been going there for over 30 years. Used to be the best of the best in every aspect. The salad bar is good (we only liked Jaspers, back in the day, better.)We thought it was an anomaly that we got such surly bad-tempered, unfriendly, rude, service at Christmas time...figured the waiter obviously had a bad day, week, month, possibly year judging from his attitude. However, we didn't let his boorish attitude ruin our family celebration, but it was so evident that everyone independently commented on him after we left the restaurant. The food wasn't even mentioned since all anyone noticed was his peevish behavior. We returned on numerous other evenings in parties of 2, 3, & 4, since then and found that when we get that particular waiter that he's still just as crass to customers, not only us. Clearly doesn't like his job, the restaurant, or people. We're not exactly sure why they wouldn't invite him to leave or put him in a position that doesn't deal with customers.

Outstanding, Outstanding, Outstanding !!!
Reviewer: Jeff & Loralyn W. from Goleta, CA
We chose Chuck's of Hawaii as the place to celebrate out 35th wedding anniversary based on previous visits and on the great reviews it has received.....and WOW were we glad we did! From the moment we entered, we were greeted with friendly staff, we were seated immediately, a server then brought us water and took our drink order. Our waiter, Brian was terrific, friendly and checked on us often. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was even better - Kudos to the chef !!! The bread and salad bar was a fresh and tasty treat. With dozens of eateries in SB to choose from....Chuck's will be the place we will go back to again and again. Thanks Brian and all of the staff, you made our night really special.!!! Go to Chuck's once and you know you'll be going again and again.

Reviewer: BARB from Colorado Springs, Co
I have never had better trout, even in Colorado! The salad bar was amazing - all my favorites. Service and atmosphere were very nice - would defintely go back on my next trip.

Reviewer: LISA from Santa Barbara, CA

My Girlfriend and I Love This Restaurant...
Reviewer: Bryan from Santa Barbara, CA
I take my girlfriend to Chucks whether we are in the mood for steaks or seafood. Both of us have tried both, and usually share no matter what we are in the mood for. The salad bar is fully stocked with fresh bread that we love, and my girlfriend loves to eat plenty of salad with each meal, so this place rocks in all areas. The service is usually good, they have their busy times, but if they are busy we just expect it to take a little longer than usual, although we've never had any problems with the service. We especially love the ambiance of this place... dark, intimate and romantic. Where else can you go to get all this? Jumbo prawns, scallops, king crab legs, lobster and a variety of steaks, all the salad you can eat, and a feeling of romance every time you go. I guess that sums up why it's my girlfriends and my favorite place to go together - good food, fine wine, good people.

Best Seafood and Steaks
Reviewer: Elyse from San Francisco, CA
My husband and I love to dine at Chucks when we come to Santa Barbara, as it is among our top favorites, like sushi. We'll have steak at Chucks one night and sushi another night, and then we're both happy. The steaks are as tender and juicy as they can be, more tender and juicier than anywhere else we've had steak, so we usually dedicate at least one night to hanging at Chucks. They have a superb wine list, as well, which only adds to our enjoyment, along with excellent service, we would have to say that Chuck's of Hawaii on State Street is one of the most consistent restaurants in food and service that we know... which is why we keep coming back!

Used to be better
Reviewer: Charley from Santa Barbara, CA
We have been to Chuck's La Cumbre occasionally over the years. It used to be my favorite place. I like the dark atmosphere. Anyway here are my observations: I believe the quality of the meat is not as good as it used to be. The waiter we had last time lacked soul. He went through the motions, but is was not genuine. Just doin' his job. Thirdly, they kept asking if they could take my plate. We had not been there very long and don't linger, but it was not right to basically ask us to leave. Like so many things now days, it felt like it was all about the money, not the experience. I must say, lately my observation: Does anybody care about anything except money and BMW's and driving fast? Santa Barbara used to be slower, more caring, more personal. Sadly I feel like that has been lost. Money, money, money.

Great service!
Reviewer: Liz from Santa Barbara, CA
Great service! Our food came super fast and it was delicious. Everyone was so nice I will definitely come back next time I'm in town

Good Food and Service
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Steak was some of the best I've ever had. Prawns great too. Salad bar, voted best in SB, was Ok. Its nice that you get a trip to the salad bar as part of your order. Nothing too spectacular over for instance a Sizzler salad bar though the stuff was fresh, the side bread was a bit crusty and not too fresh. The service was good(a little too eager to want to clear table while eating though...). Ambience was dark, I guess for a romantic feel? Overall a good place to try and steak highly recommended.

Who's running this place
Reviewer: Josh Bradley from Santa Barbara, CA
We have been a long-time customer at Chuck's for over 15 years, we have officially ended our visits to this local establishment. After being customers on a weekly basis we can no longer tolerate the incompetent management who constantly treats customers in a disrespectful manner. We have always put aside the dark dingy feeling of chucks restaurant and enjoyed a reasonably priced steak. when we received our check we had been charged for beverages that we obviously did not have after speaking with the manager he refused to remove them from our check.

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