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Sly's Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails
James and Annie Sly and crew spent months remodeling the charming structure located at 686 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria, making the historic 90-year old yellow brick building into one of the Central Coast's finest restaurants.
The menu features a wide selection of fishes and seafood, aged, USDA Prime hand-cut steaks, a la carte vegetables, and more than just a little bit of Chef James Sly's forty years of experience in kitchens around the world. From the crusty bread at the beginning of the meal to finely crafted desserts at the end, your food is made right at Sly's.
Sly's features old-fashioned cuisine - James likes to say he specializes in "tired old favorites" - prepared in the traditional way by an experienced kitchen crew - and served by a professional and enthusiastic service staff.
From the iced seafood towers and oysters to the steamed mussels or clams, there are some real seafood treats. Dover sole, grilled or meuniére, challenges Local Sand Dabs for the title of "most popular".
In addition to the impeccable seafood, char-grilled steaks, and daily specials like fresh local abalone and oysters Rockefeller, Sly's features some fascinating pastas - Spaghettini "Caruso" with Marsala and chicken livers, an extremely popular Spaghettini Carbonara, with chunks of bacon, onions, cream, eggs and Parmesan cheese, Linguini with fresh clams, and an ethereal Fettucine "Alfredo" made the traditional way, without a trace of cream.
Desserts are notable, and homemade, too - from the warm, tart apple crisp to the shortcake featuring fresh local berries, you're bound to find a favorite. Of course, James' famous sundae is here - "That" sundae with caramelized pecans from his aunt's recipe, homemade caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce made with Santa Barbara Chocolate Company's incomparable chocolate. In season you might be fortunate enough to find a warm Raspberry Cobbler.
Sly's offers a choice of comfortable dining areas, with the shiny varnished Douglas Fir of the bar contrasting to the exposed yellow brick & glassed-in wine cellar of the dining rooms white table cloth covered tables.
One of the most striking things about the decor at Sly's is the collection of photographer Jesse Alexander's photos on display. This artists eye and lens captured the European racing scene in the 50's and 60's. The images that fill the walls of the dining rooms at Sly's are a timeless glance at a far different world of racing.
Ann and James, and the team at Sly's look forward to your trying our cuisine, cocktails, & wine list at Sly's, and an opportunity to experience the ambiance that has made Sly's an instant classic.
Wines at Sly's
We've taken the same care in selecting the wines we sell. We've taken a little different approach, a bit old world/new world, or as we call it out on our wine list, "Us" and "Them". Half of our regular wine list, and about half of our Reserve wine list, are great Californian wines from Santa Barbara county, Monterey, Napa and other Californian locales. The other half are from the great wine growing regions of France, including Champagne, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and our personal favorites, the Rhône region.
So, there's ten great Chardonnays - and ten equally good, but different, white Burgundies. And so on, for Sauvignon blancs, Cabernets and Meritage wines, Pinot Noirs, and Syrahs and Rhône blends. We think it's been too long that people have been ignoring French wines, so we thought we'd give folks an opportunity to try some at a number of different price points. We carried this philosophy through with our Wine by the Glass program, too - we have about 16 different choices, pretty evenly split between Californian and French.
We hope that you enjoy the opportunity to compare "Us" and "Them".