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Denny's - Santa Barbara
3614 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 898-4447

Reviews by the General Public

Veterans Day, 11/13/2018
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
On the morning of Veterans Day, Denny's offered a free Grand Slam to all veterans. There were lots of customers and they were pretty busy. I could see a lot of them were wearing baseball caps showing their branch of service. I expected a long wait but I was seated fairly quickly and when the waitress showed up I told her I wanted to try the Grand Slam. It didn't take very long and I was pretty hungry. The waitress was very nice and asked if everything was ok. She smiled and thanked me for my service time. On the way out, the cashier also thanked me for my military time. This was such a contrast to those days when many of us came home from Vietnam to an America that scorned us for doing our civic duty. Since Denny's is open 24 hours a day, I will be back especially during those hours when everyone is closed. A Grand Slam at 2am sounds pretty good.

Non-existent service
Reviewer: John Herrera from Tulsa, OK
I travel the 48 continental United States. I dine out 95% of my meals. In this establishment Chris told my wife and I to sit wherever. Sat across from two students studying. Waited about 15 minutes a man with a long ponytail asked if we'd been waited on, said no, he brought us a menu and we found out he was not an on duty employee. After another 10 minutes we asked for DM name and the on duty manager that didn't introduce himself after being told customers had a problem, could not find a card for the DM nor for himself. Very disappointed with Denny's Corp. Not much to offer in way of advice except to do what is already expected of you. Do your jobs! 22:30 on a Friday night I counted 7 tables, appox 20 patrons. Since we're from out of state maybe the locals get service. We will not spend our money at this chain. Will probably hop on over to another restaurant!  

Service..what service???
Reviewer: chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
Went in about 11:30 Friday the 24th 012 for a late breakfast. No one at the entrance so I found my own way to a table and picked up a menu. Sat down and waited about 15 minutes and no server appeared, so I just left. Will I ever return??? Never ever. By the way, the restaurant (alleged) was 3/4 empty.

Average food/service and pricey
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Again I am amazed at how much Denny's is compared to the food you get. You could go across the street to Burger King and get a little less better food for $10 less. People were friendly but overworked. Food was average and for the price I guess I expect more.

Reviewer: Paul from Louisville, Kentucky
denny's is the best place ever and it is not no freakin rip-off resturant!!!Denny's has awesome food and service and their food is cheap!!!

Worst Service.. Every Time!
Reviewer: Franny from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend and I liked to eat at Dennys once in a while for their nachos and great desserts (the reason we came back!) But every time they only had one or two waiters on staff and we had to wait for a very long time for any attention. Even as the waiter saw our empty glasses and realized we had finished, he said he'd be back with the dessert which took a while but the coffee refill took so long the dessert didn't taste good anymore. After that we went back another time, but the second time it was even worse. They definitely need to get more staff on for busier nights because one waiter doesn't cut it.

Burgers @ 3:30 am
Reviewer: Robert from Santa Barbara
Burgers are very good, especially in the wee hours when nothing but fast food is open round the clock...

Its fine
Reviewer: Susan from Santa Barbara
It is Dennys, nothing more to say. Good service usualy, and Dennys food. Yes they give you the check before you are done, it is Dennys Policy to drop the Check on the first Table touch after food is dropped.(I used to work for one awhile back). This is not a fine dining place, this is a diner.

Reviewer: caroline from santa barbara, Ca
I went there for dinner one time. it was kinda busy and we ordered our drinks and food at the same time but we waited for 20 min. after we got our drinks. they gave us our check when we weren't even finshed eating.

Are people really writing a bad review for Denny´s?

Go to Denny´s, get breakfast. It´s not a steakhouse, or a place for seven course meals. Get the moons over my hammy or the breakfast dagwood if you like breakfast sandwiches. I also like the waffles, and the hashbrowns are always a winner.

The Expensive Red Meat Entrees Are Good
Reviewer: Santa Barbara Dianne from Santa Barbara
It was a while back but I got a certificate as a consolation for an awful breakfast I had there and used it to get one of their more expensive steak dishes and was very, very pleased with it. So I can only say that here is another hit or miss place. I probably won´t go back as there are so many other good choices in this town for about the same prices.

Dennys is no Sambos
Reviewer: Scott from Southern Oregon USA
I have memories of eating at both Sambos & Dennys. Sambos was a lot better and I wish It was Dennys that was gone and not my favorite one Sambos! Can someone bring back Sambos?

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