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Louie's at the Upham Hotel
1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 963-7003

  • Category: Californian
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm & 5:30pm-9pm, Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 5:30pm-9pm
  • Price: $20+
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Louie's at the Upham Hotel writes: Located in the historic Upham Hotel, Louie's is into its second decade of serving consistently supurb California bistro fare. Some menu staples include fresh Alaskan halibut, as well as a succulent rack of lamb and filet mignon. All prepared creatively with the freshest available ingredients on the market. The privately run restaurant has a small sleek dining room located just off the hotel lobby. It is joined with an adjacent heated veranda that is enjoyed year round in Santa Barbara's mild climate. Enjoyed by locals and world travelers alike whose claim to distinction rests simply and appropriately on their appreciation of fine food and wine. Our refreshing and unpretentious atmosphere is what makes Louie's a classic Santa Barbara neighborhood restaurant.

  • Specials: Daily lunch and dinner specials available. Sunday and Monday enjoy night two course prix fixe dinners for $19.95
  • Private Room: Two private rooms available, one that seats fourteen ($100.00) and one that seats up to fifty (200.00) Both are part of the Upham Hotel.

Reviews by the General Public

Incredible Dining Experience
Reviewer: Adrienne Nicholson from San Luis Obispo, CA
Best ever, fresh and highly enjoyable. The owner, Anne Rizzoli is charming and inviting. Our server, Marilyn, was not only friendly but knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurants atmosphere is sophisticated, but at the same time homey. Our lunch started with fresh, warm sliced bread in a basket with pats of butter. Lunch entrees were served with a side of the freshest garden salad tossed with house dressing that was just superb. Each table was set exquisitely with a single flower in a vase. Prices for lunch varied between $10.00 to $15.00 for a broad range of choices. I can truthfully say that Louie's will exceed any expectation of dining out. Louie's can be located in the Upham Hotel at 1404 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Reservations are accepted. Phone number is 805-963-7003

Great place to dine
Reviewer: Matt from Santa Barbara, CA
I go to Louie's every chance I get. It's a great place, the service is amazing, and the food is unbelievable! Great atmosphere and fantastic food make this a good choice for any day. I would make a resevrvation, it books up quick.

Best kept secret in town......
Reviewer: Susan Kim from Santa Barbara, CA
I was trying to figure what to do for dinner the other night and I ran through my mind all the possibilities...face it, we have a lot of good restaurants here in Santa Barbara. I decided to go to Louie's and I'm glad I did! Louie's is one of Santa Barbara's best kept secrets. We were greeted and seated immediately. The dinner selection was fantastic. I love the bread and butter here! I started with some amazing crabmeat dumplings in a sundried tomato and artichoke cream sauce - wow! I didn't realize what a great seafood selection they had. I ordered the Sauteed Filet of Sole with Angel Hair and tomato caper white wine sauce...another fantastic choice. My partner chose the grilled Scottish Salmon with an Orange Pear Chutney and lemon beurre blanc over red curry mashed potato - we wiped both our plates clean. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes great food, service and atmosphere! Lunch is fantastic as well, put this on your list of things to do and places to go in Santa Barbara!

Reviewer: Anna Abbey from Santa Barbara, CA
Louie's is a Santa Barbara treasure. From the moment I walk in to the moment I leave, I can count on having a wonderful experience! Can you tell I'm a regular? The food is excellent with a well balanced menu (& great wine list) and the service is top notch! I highly recommend Louie's.

Reviewer: Ann from Santa Barbara, CA
We were a party of 3 at Louie's. The ambiance was nice, however service was terribly, terribly slow. The waiter seemed distracted or disinterested or both. We had to ask for bottled water three times before it was delivered to our table. Bread and butter arrived half an hour or more after we had been seated. The quality of the food was poor. The rack of lamb was overcooked as was my halibut. Green beans had been blanched but were still raw. The cream sauce for the halibut was lacking in flavor. My green salad had been tossed, but not thoroughly so there was virtually no dressing on part of the salad & then an over-concentration in another area. The salad also contained 2 woody pieces, each approximately one inch in length, which I was unable to chew & had to spit out (inadvertently swallowing them might have led to choking or at least considerable discomfort). These pieces were identified by staff as part of the basket their supplier uses when collecting the greens that had somehow made their way undetected onto my plate. No allowance for the salad was made on the bill until we flagged it & then the cost of that item was removed. Finally, it took about half an hour for the dessert to arrive, although we were the only ones left in the restaurant. In my own kitchen I could have had the apple torte warmed and served a la mode in less than five minutes. Except for the nice atmosphere, the experience was the most disappointing we have had at any restaurant in many years. We won't be going back.

A great place to eat
Reviewer: Sue from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband dined there on Friday night and a very busy night but even so we had excellent service and great food. We had two appetizers which we shared and one entree which they knew we were sharing so they went the extra mile and split it for us, and as our appetite had been satisfied, they were wonderful enough to package our dessert to go. The seats inside were full but sitting outside on the patio was great as they had heaters, and they never forgot that we were there, a wonderful night with great food and great service, our 2nd time there and I am sure we shall go there again.

Delightful surprise!
Reviewer: chee from Santa Barbara, CA
went for a late dinner on a sleepy Sunday after solstice. I'd heard great things about Louie's food, and I'd have to agree that this place is pretty fabulous! my date and I sat outside and enjoyed a street view with some heating lamps. we weren't too hungry, so we split the crab dumplings, shrimp and scallop cakes, and the mixed green salad. the portions were very generous, and everything came out fabulously! the crab dumplings were decadently creamy, and the scallop cakes were juicy and fresh-tasting. even though I thought I was full, I still had some room for the creme brulee...really good. more dense and rich than light and creamy--kind of cheesecake-like in texture. the staff were super friendly and attentive. I'm so sad that I didn't discover this place earlier!!

We were there New Year's Eve also
Reviewer: Sue from Santa Barbara, CA
Just read the last review about New Years Eve. We had a great time - very attentive service and excellent food. And they had exactly the table we asked for. The crab dumplings with artichokes and mystery sauce were to die for. The only thing that wasn't great was the Caesar salad...very ordinary. It needs whole romaine pieces, more garlic, real anchovies and large shards of parmesan to set it apart from everyone else's. Great wine list also.

Never again on New Year's Eve
Reviewer: Gisela from Aliso Viejo, CA
It happened two years in a row: We made dinner reservations well ahead for a specific table and time and this year even took the trouble of stopping by the day before to confirm that we had reserved "our" table. We were assured that the table would not be given away as it was the year before. But yet again we were disappointed, minutes before we arrived (on time for our reservation), someone else was seated there. Service was friendly and polite, but slow and not very attentive, the food tasty but only lukewarm. Louie's - you've lost us!

Reviewer: Allison from Santa Barbara, CA
We went for dinner on a Tuesday night with no expectations. The food was outstanding as was the service. We will definitely go back and would absolutely recommend!

Great Wine, Super Nice Staff/Owner
Reviewer: Joan from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been to Louie's before and had a lovely time. The meal was delicious and the staff attentive and kind. I am writing because last week I just wanted a glass of wine. It was a Saturday night at about 9:20pm, and I had been to a few other places downtown (went to get my mail at the Victoria PO and went to 3 different nearby places),and found all of them to be either TOO LOUD, inattentive staff, or too full. I wasn't sure if Louie's would be open, but I thought I'd give it a try. I'm soooo glad I did. I went in and was greeted with a big smile by the host/manager/owner. I told him I just wanted a glass of wine and he was so welcoming and warm. I chose a delightful, local Syrah and was able to sit in the front-room of the Upham and enjoy my peace, quiet and a lovely atmosphere. I will DEFINITELY come back with friends-for dinner this time! It made my day. Thank you, Louie's.

Empty restaurant, yet slow service?
Reviewer: David Vo from Santa Barbara, CA
Six of us came here last night for a birthday dinner. The entire inside dining room was empty save for a four top which was about to leave. There was a single waitress and a man who appeared to be the bartender but also helped out the waitress since there was no need to tend an empty bar. Service was slow throughout the night. Slow to take our orders. Slow to refill drinks. There were patrons outside on the patio so that might have been the cause. Anyway, the biggest issue of the night was the food. The crab wonton appetizer was good, though melding Chinese wonton wrappers with crab and topping it with an alfredo (like) cream sauce and sundried tomatoes must have been a late night revelation. Obviously it has no culinary basis. My ahi tuna dish was disgusting. Tuna is always served raw in this type of dish and while the menu agreed with me, the kitchen didn't. The whole beautiful piece of fish was well done. The coating on the fish was good but the accompanying noodles and sauce that came with it made me cringe each time I took a bite. Imagine drenching noodles in a pool of soy, mirin, rice vinegar.

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