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Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch - De La Vina
2618 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 569-1872

Reviews by the General Public

shoe leather
Reviewer: Roberto from Santa Barbara, CA
ugg boots are more tender. Dry Chicken Jerky. Mesquite flavored (that was the half star). Perhaps they shouldn't cook it so long? Too high heat? dunno. Pollo Loco next time.

Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
I decided to try the chicken, and I wasn't disappointed. I ordered a 1/2 chicken; my first visit was the plate, with rice and beans. The rice and beans were kind of underwhelming (maybe they are supposed to be that way), but the portions were substantial, and I didn't see the salsa bar, so maybe I missed something. But I sure didn't walk away hungry! But the chicken! I went back a second time, and (like the first time), the chicken was delicious. I'm going to make it a regular lunch venue, for sure!

Reviewer: Tim from Santa Barbara, CA
Went there the other night with my sister and her youngest son. We had tri tip burrito with chips & salsa, chicken burrito with chips & salsa, 1/4 chicken plate with beans, rice, and corn tortillas. The food came out quick, and was tasty, could have been a little hotter, the place was clean.

the absolute best...
Reviewer: roberto from Santa Barbara, CA
..mesquite flavored chicken jerky i have ever had. dry as a bone and chewy for days.

Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch is #1
Reviewer: Steve from Santa Barbara, CA
Ive been eating Chicken Ranch since they opened. Never have I been unhappy with service, quality of food or ANYTHING. I take my friends there and they get hooked. Now that there's one in Ventura, its actually the only fast food type food I will eat. The staff is super nice and friendly and attentive. Food is always tasty, never over seasoned, never over cooked. The chicken truly is amazing. Thank you Chicken Ranch, Ruth's Chris came and went, but you're still here!! That says something!

Great flavors but over cooked.
Reviewer: CaliGirlForever from Santa Barbara, CA
First time here and it was recommended by friends who raved about it and it seems fast, convenient, and healthy after a long day at work. Ordered the combo of chicken and tri tip and was very disappointed by how dried out the chicken was. Could hardly eat it. The tri tip tasted great but I like mine medium rare and it was well done. I didn't order it medium rare so not going to hold that against the cooks. The flour tortillas were much better than the corn and less dried out. The beans were nothing special but loved the rice. Too bad it was a tiny amount of rice because could have eaten more. If I go back, I am ordering only tri tip and rice.

Chicken Meal then the Combo Burrito
Reviewer: LEO from Santa Barbara, CA
The 2 locations are going downhill fast. Always take-out and on the run for me last week. Quarter CKn/DNer at De LA Vina was cooked to the bone and as dry as old chick can be. Combo burrito at FV 2 days later; tasteless rice, beans, 3 tip and chick w/ no spices. Just bland, even the salsa could not make up for the lack of flavor. Like eating a mish-mash of leftovers. I accepted the over priced sides just for the great meal but it's done for me. If you're a regular then you're settling for less. Get out of the rut and try something new. After 20 yrs. of eating here I'm moving on. There's WAY BETTER! out there; food quality and price wise.

Good food slim portions.
Reviewer: chris smith from Santa Barbara, CA
Just the portions seem to be getting slimmer every year. First it was 4-5 pieces of chicken then it was 3 and now 2... I rather make my own chick instead of pay 12.00 for a meal with 2 small pieces of chicken. The tri tip is also about half of what you used to get.

Reviewer: Lillian from Santa Barbara, CA
Stopped here for quick lunch and the place was packed. Ordered the quarter chicken plate which is a ton of food for one person for around 7 bucks. Was impressed when I got my meal in 3 minutes. Loved the tasty golden/orange skin on the chicken. Dumped my beans, rice and asada salsa together on my plate and I was in tortilla heaven! It was nice to see the owner there and the service was very friendly.

Reviewer: Josh from Santa Barbara, CA
I am a regular customer at this restaurant and I always receive great service, the cashiers are always friendly. I specially love the new tri-tip sandwich. I will keep going back and recommend it to my family and friends.

Don't go there.
Reviewer: Jacqueline from Santa Barbara, CA
Dreadful food - cold, tasteless and old. Horrible Service. Filthy place. Nobody who owns this place or works there gives a damn. STAY AWAY! Even cheap food can be good! What I liked best was leaving. It was my first and last time. How can anyone write a POSITIVE, constructive review of this place when no one will read it- or act on it? I've read the other bad reviews and no one has acted on them. I suspect everyone involved cannot read anyway.

burnt tortilla
Reviewer: Margarita from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been going to chicken ranch since I was a kid, but my most recent visit left me sad and still hungry. I ordered a burrito to go, but when I opened it I encountered the distinct burnt tortilla smell. It ruined the burrito and my lunch. I understand they may have been busy, but food should not be going out this way. I would have definitely waited a bit longer to get a non-burnt tortilla.

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