About Bouchon - Santa Barbara

9 West Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace.
Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. I believe you’ll taste the difference and see how well they work together.
We believe Santa Barbara is producing some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Other locally produced varietals will surprise you with their quality, variety and approachability. Please ask your server for recommendations on how any of our 40+ wines by the glass match up with your selections. Bon Appètit!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner nightly from 5:00 p.m.

Cross Street:
State

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 730-1160

Website:
http://www.bouchonsantabarbara.com/

Parking Details:
Street and public lot parking available.

Executive Chef:
Greg Murphy

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining in the cork room available for groups of 10 – 20 people.

Private Party Contact:
Manager: 805-730-1160x

Additional:
Beer, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
HOLIDAY EVENTS: Price fixe menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Dinner, New Years Eve and Valentines Dinner

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95% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
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service5
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Food was amazing. Atmosphere was amazing ...

Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing. Atmosphere was amazing. Our server made an excellent wine selection for us. I told him I was looking for something red, full bodied, with peppery spice and he totally nailed it. Very impressed!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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ambience5
service5

What a special place. We absolutely LOVE ...

Dined on April 26, 2016

What a special place. We absolutely LOVED it

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great dining in Santa Barbara

Dined on April 25, 2016

The Restaurant is located in downtown Santa Barbara so parking is difficult on the street. However there is a public lot behind the restaurant with a per hour fee. While the restaurant is not very large it is warm and inviting overall. We had a party of 9 so reservations are a must and are recommended due to the size of the restaurant. We were greeted by a hostess and seated right away. I really enjoyed the diversity of the menu, everything from venison to fish, chicken dishes, steaks and lamb. Something for everyone! It was a very enjoyable dining experience and would recommend this place to anyone spending time in Santa Barbara.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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ambience5
service5
value5

Beautiful dining at Bouchon!

Dined on April 23, 2016

We had a gorgeous meal here celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary. The food was exquisite as was the presentation. The crab cake appetizer was enough for a meal.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Everything was wonderful!

Dined on April 19, 2016

I couldn't have asked for a better night. Everything from the food, the ambiance and the service was extraordinary

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday Made Special

Dined on April 17, 2016

We had a group of four celebrating a friend's special birthday, and we chose Bouchon from past experience. We always found the food to be top notch, locally grown or purveyed. The wine list as well was stocked with local vintages, and a wine could be found for any entree at a reasonable price. Our entire meal was fresh, flavorful, and very satisfying. We all traded bites to be able to gain the full "tasting" experience. Of note, our wait person, Tony, was a cut above most wait staff. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and no detail was too small for him to address. He really gelled the entire evening. Overall, if you are in Santa Barbara as a local, or just visiting on vacation....you must come to Bouchon!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Tough steak

Dined on April 15, 2016

Had tried two steak knifes and finally gave up. The spinach and potatoes served with the steak were wonderful, along with the best bread we had during our 3 month stay in SB. The waiter was one of the best we have experienced. I then ordered the dungenous crab after the waiter asked me if I could order anything else. I tried the dungenous crab cakes. I expected lump meat, but they had a blended consistently that was missing the rich and sweet taste typical of dungenous.

food5
ambience4
service5

The waiter was great. Just the right am ...

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

The waiter was great. Just the right amount of attention and was well versed with the menu

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful local focus

Dined on April 13, 2016

Wonderful business meal. Wine list fabulous also with great local choices accommodated our vegan guest wonderfully

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Celebrated my birthday at Bouchon and ev ...

Dined on April 13, 2016

Celebrated my birthday at Bouchon and everything was perfect! The chicken, venison and lamb were all spectacular! And the blueberry lemon upside cake was unbelievable! Incredible service!

food5
ambience5
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First time here. Excellent, quaint littl ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

First time here. Excellent, quaint little restaurant with amazing food, service and wine. Super kind and attentive staff. We will definitely return on our next visit to Santa Barbara.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Absolutely no complaints!

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

My closest friend and I took a trip to Santa Barbara to celebrate our birthdays and to spend time together. After researching the best restaurants in the area and reading reviews, Bouchon sounded wonderful. Our experience was fabulous, Erin, our server, was the best, amazing wine and menu selections. With Erin's guidance, everything we experienced was incredible! I will highly recommend Bouchon to others and will return if I visit Santa Barbara again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

This is a great restaurant in a town ful ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

This is a great restaurant in a town full of restaurants. Outstanding wine list, gracious service and very special menu

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing service and amazing food! Defini ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Amazing service and amazing food! Definitely going back next time we are in town!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Such good food

Dined on April 1, 2016

The food at Bouchon was wonderful. The chef is top notch, and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly. There are wine pairings available for every dish. Just a wonderful restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Extraordinary service

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

I eat dinner out at least 100 times a year. I have not had service as professional as this for several years. And, the food was excellent and interesting. It was not trendy, but rather an excellently conceived menu expertly executed. This restaurant deserved Michelin attention.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Always memorable, always leave anticipat ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

Always memorable, always leave anticipating return !

food5
ambience5
service5

This is a true dining experience! This w ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

This is a true dining experience! This was our second time and they just keep getting better and better.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently Outstanding

Dined on March 26, 2016

Outstanding dining experience. Not much more can be said of this jewel

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Music machine 24

Dined on March 24, 2016

My husband and I ate dinner at Bouchon and we both loved it! I had the chicken and he had the sea bass. The wine paired perfectly with our meals, and was recommended by our waiter, Justin. The restaurant is beautiful and charming and all the staff were welcoming. We would recommend Bouchon to anyone who appreciates quality food and will definitely go back when we're in SB again.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome!

Dined on March 23, 2016

This is a classy place. Our server helped us pick a wine that went wonderfully with our food. All of our meals were fantastic- creative, flavorful, cooked perfectly.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Santa Barbara Gem

Dined on March 23, 2016

Our experience at Bouchon was outstanding from beginning to end. The food was authentic Lyonaise, the wine list was incredible, and the service better than any restaurant of this type that we have ever been in. If you want a quaint, quiet, romantic evening, with excellent food, attentive but not intrusive service, and the time to enjoy a truly magnificent meal, then this is the place for you.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

As good as its namesake

Dined on March 21, 2016

Thomas Keller, fabled founder of The French Laundry, has a restaurant carrying the same name in Beverly Hills. This caused us to think these two were connected. They are not. And they are. Not, because Bouchon in Santa Barbara claims to have been there before Thomas created his Bouchon. And very connected in the dedication to inventive recipes, thoughtful preparation and caring service. Our meal was first class in every respect, and the bill caused me to think they had left something off. Bouchon is a value in every way. If this is not the best dining in SB, I would be surprised. It's a must, and a lucky find that demands a return visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

It is one of Santa Barbara's best

Dined on March 21, 2016

It is one of Santa Barbara's best

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Bouchon ...Great meal!

Dined on March 19, 2016

My son and I stopped in for dinner before a concert at the Arlington....the meal and service were superb and all was completed within our short timelines! Thanks for a great experience! Reegan

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We celebrated our 20th Anniversary at Bouchon's!

Dined on March 18, 2016

Bouchon's Santa Barbara is a neighborhood gem. The food, service, ambiance were all top notch! It was St. Patrick's day and the chef had a special appetizer of corned beef and cabbage. It was excellent and just the right amount of the traditional meal to celebrate the occasion. The SALAD ‘LYONNAISE’ was outstanding. Served warm with a poached egg allowed the flavors to dance with the taste buds. My lamb chops, and my partner's steak were both cooked to perfection. We both walked out of there so full, especially after the fantastic desert, it almost felt sinfully gluttonous. Job well done Bouchon Santa Barbara!!!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent farm-to table with local wines ...

Dined on March 17, 2016

Excellent farm-to table with local wines for pairing. Great "foody" location!!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food and service. Local wine selections.

Dined on March 15, 2016

This was a very enjoyable experience. The wine list was extensive and included many local wines. Service was attentive although our meal was a little slow to come but came hand delivered by the chef, with an apology. Nice that they recognized the delay. Food was delivered hot and was excellent. Overall a pleasant evening out.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Like a cork

vip
Dined on March 15, 2016

A must, will return! Excellent cuisine! Be prepared to ait for properly prepared cuisine. Service a bit overwhelmed while busy. Some of the best cuisine tasted in SB. Merci, Chef Dean

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Fabulous. One of the best places I have ...

vip
Dined on March 15, 2016

Fabulous. One of the best places I have ever dined! Truly outstanding!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

First Class!

Dined on March 14, 2016

This was my second visit to Bouchon, and again, it was excellent. The food is outstanding, the staff excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

This was our fifth visit here. Each time ...

Dined on March 14, 2016

This was our fifth visit here. Each time was great! Great wine list, great food, and great service.

food3
ambience4
service5

Food was ok. Not that special. Service ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Food was ok. Not that special. Service was excellent.

food3
ambience4
service4

Sadly we all were disappointed with our ...

Dined on March 10, 2016

Sadly we all were disappointed with our food. Our waiter was very nice. Liquor licenses can be strange. This establishment only serves wine and beer. The atmosphere is pleasant. Restaurants usually close by nine.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful dinner before

Dined on March 9, 2016

Our second time at this wonderful place. The service is outstanding: gentle, well prepared, well paced; food is in decent quantity and excellent- we had twice seafood and meat, prepared to perfection and exquisite; and the local wine list provide ample choice for tastes and pockets. The place is perfect for a dinner with your pair heading for a romantic night.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Bouchon Santa Barbara Outstanding

Dined on March 8, 2016

Everything about the restaurant works beautifully. The food is the best in Santa Barbara, wine list tremendous, the service staff is as friendly and efficient as you could want. Ambiance is warm, friendly, sophisticated. So great for first visit that we returned next night.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic - very friendly staff, great f ...

Dined on March 5, 2016

Fantastic - very friendly staff, great food, intimate atmosphere where every guest is made to feel special. Really enjoyed ourselves here

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Bouchon is my go to restaurant whenever ...

Dined on March 5, 2016

Bouchon is my go to restaurant whenever in Santa Barbara. Cuisine is always outstanding and the staff makes you feel like you are the only table in the restaurant. Outstanding Santa Barbara wine list. It is no wonder why Bouchon is the highest rated restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Can't pass up Bouchon

Dined on March 5, 2016

A friend of mine recommended Bouchon and said it's a must visit when in Santa Barbara and she was right. The service was like none we've seen or experienced before. It was amazing to see the teamwork displayed by the staff from the moment we checked in at the host stand to the moment we walked out. The appetizers and main courses were nothing short of outstanding and the portions were big and filling. The desert was delicious too - we had the Blueberry-Lemon Upside Down Cake - Yum!. Nice place, nice people, nice atmosphere! we'll be back!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

We were celebrating our anniversary with ...

Dined on March 3, 2016

We were celebrating our anniversary with my parents and Bouchon made the night perfect. The food and service were great and the manager went above and beyond to make our anniversary special.

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