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Patrick's Side Street Cafe
[closed, no longer in business]

2375 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos
Phone: (805) 686-4004

  • Category: American
  • Hours: Wed-Fri 11:30am-4pm, 5pm-9pm, Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-8pm, Mon-Tue Closed
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

Can't believe it!
Reviewer: Bethany from Santa Barbara, CA
When I heard this place was closed I was heartbroken. I hope this isn't permanent. This was my husband and I's favorite place to lunch in the valley. PLEASE COME BACK!!


glad i went,this place is great!!
Reviewer: Mr&mrs.Fell from Santa Barbara, CA
We liked the ambiance of Patricks,the place was very comfortable,the music was good,a little loud at times,but not loud enough to where we were annoed. She had the prime rib,she always gets the prime rib wherever we go,and she says its second to none.The garlic mashed potatoes were execelent. I had the halibut,Ive had fish up and down the west coast, patricks was the best by far.The suated brussell sprouts complimented it just fine.Our waitress was a delight.She deserved the big tip we left her.this was our first but not our last time....thanks Patrick


Really lacking in customer service. A shame.
Reviewer: Joe from Santa Barbara, CA
Not sure what was going on today around 1:30pm -- short-staffed or what -- but there was no sign of service or anyone "in charge." No real hostess, no one to even say hello for 3-4 minutes, just a grumpy waitress with an attitude telling people it would be a 20-25 minute wait even though there were at least 6-8 empty tables. No offer to enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, etc. Observed diners on the front porch totally unattended for the fifteen minutes we were standing there before we decided to hike over to the "other" cafe. Maybe it would be better on a weekday when the staff isn't frazzled by hordes of tourists, but if this is the attitude when busy, why should you be rewarded with business any other time? Good luck.


Long a favorite - very special experience
Reviewer: Greg from Santa Barbara, CA
For years family and friends have enjoyed a special luncheon at Patrick's Side Street Cafe. The menu is original, fresh, well prepared - Patrick has always been most pleasant. Last Valentine's Day we dined at night and though it was busy, Patrick took time to exchange pleasantries with my 92 year old Mom. Have taken more than a few out of town friends to the Side Street and they always enjoyed the food and service. Beware - the desserts can be dangerously good. Am not sure about the negative reviews - in some ways it's good, so that the place won't be so packed, especially on weekends. In other ways, the reviews resemble nothing we've seen in the years we've dined at Patrick's. I wish there were more restaurants like this in Santa Barbara, where we live.


Local Favorite
Reviewer: Rick from Solvang, CA
We have had the pleasure of dining at Patricks for many years, both lunch and dinner. Lunch yesterday was one of the best! Service and food all top notch. Patrick was working the kitchen and room, stopped by to ask how was everything. We told him is was all fabulous, I mentioned how much I enjoyed the dipping sauce. He invited me back today to see how it is prepared! Watching him prepare the sauce, answering my questions etc., he really shows how much they care about the food and what they serve. Looking forward to going back!


WORST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE!
Reviewer: MATT from Santa Barbara, CA
We stoped for dinner at Patrick's Side Cafe' we were a group of 8 people. That was my first and last time I will ever go to that place! I can tell you that we were the firts to arrive and the last to leave.... Not only the service was BAD and very SLOW, but the absolute rudeness and arrogance of the owener was unacceptable! We waited for 1 hour to get our food. We arrived at the resturant at 6.00 and left at 9.30! At the end of the dinner one of our frineds complained with the owner, and he didn't even excuss himself for the bad service. The food was very bad and Patrick Pasta Plate was the worst pasta I have ever eaten!!


RUDE, RUDE, RUDE and SLOW
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Patrick's Side Street Café I would say was one of the worst restaurants I have been to in a long time. As we walked in they had a total of 8 tables full out of about 20 or more so it’s not like they where to busy. BUT, they where to busy to seat us right away the staff was so rude they pushed one of our party out of the way. We waited over 30 minute to get our drinks. That was nothing it took an hour to get the food out and even then they brought one plate at a time. I would never tell anybody about this restaurant, they where rude slow and unorganized. Did I tell you there where 3 waiters, the owner Patrick, and three cooks. So that’s seven people that could not handle 8 tables. VERY VERY SAD I gave them a -1


Indigestion
Reviewer: Bea from Santa Barbara, CA
Our first and last time at Patrick's left us with sour stomachs because the chef was overcompensating for lack of flavor with bacon grease and copious amounts of salt. A sprig of Rosemary would improve taste without causing GI discomfort. The server was sweet and attentive. The location charming but was readily ruined by the poor attitude of the chef who yelled at us for making a suggestion. The chef/owner could stand to improve his hospitality skills; unfotunately he was especially aggressive and arrogant towards us and went out of his way to hurt our feelings in an attempt to pick a fight. We were gracious, tipped properly, and we hope he will improve his attitude. Try Mattie's Tavern instead.


Unfortunate
Reviewer: Rich from Santa Barbara, CA
Jumbo prawn had clearly gone bad but was still served. Pork chops undercooked and had to send them back but was almost scared of what the chef would say after he heckled some others from the second floor. Took an extra 20 minutes as my wife ate separately from the group. Then her chocolate was burned at dessert. The worst was the absolute rudeness and arrogance of the chef. Don't go here, you're not good enough. No soup for you.


What Attitude???!!!
Reviewer: Shirls & Joe Tyson from Buellton, CA
We have enjoyed Patrick's since he first opened in Los Olivos. The food is excellent, the service friendly and helpful. The Paella is magnificent! The Pastrami sandwich superb (toast the bread, please.) With or without attitude Patrick is one of the finest chefs anywhere with the added bonus of having a huge heart! The cafe feels like you are visiting his kitchen. We love the staff - every one of them has great personality. Patrick and staff provide great service and entertainment. What more could you want? Don't miss the experience when you visit our Valley.


Secrets of the CIA (Cullinary Institue of America)
Reviewer: Martin from Santa Barbara, CA
I pulled up to Patrick's Side Street Cafe in my silver Nissan 350Z with an appetite after some white knuckle driving in the Santa Ynez Valley feeling like James Bond. I had read no reviews and had no expectations when I walked through the door. Immediately I was surrounded by elegance and beauty. And I am not just talking about the waitresses! My server recommended Patrick's Pasta Plate. The pasta was perfect, and the chicken had freshness and flavor like it was right off the farm. The cream sauce completed the ensemble leaving me fulfilled, but not heavy. I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner/chef and discovered just how lucky I was. Patrick is no average chef! He has put his soul into is menu and his restaurant. You will not find a CIA gourmet chef with the passion and expertise of Patrick in conjunction with a small town atmosphere anywhere. Chefs of this caliber usually reside in 5 star restaurants in major cities. Overall, I felt more like I was in his home kitchen than at a café. I even compared notes with other dinners sitting close by. How often does that happen! I can't wait to bring my family and friends to Patrick's on my next trip.


Love this place!
Reviewer: Kurt from Lompoc, CA
Been going for years. Only ever had great dinners and service all around. To know Patrick is to realize that his eccentricities are second only to his big heart. Go there and enjoy!


Decent food, expected larger portions
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
For a higher priced place the portions were a little small. The dessert did not impress me. Atmosphere nice, did not understand the music they were playing though, they should change that to a bit more suitable to the place. I recommend Vineyard house in Santa Ynez over this place.


Bad attitude
Reviewer: Jean-Paul from Santa Monica, CA
What a shock we had upon what will be our last visit to Patrick’s Side Street Cafe. We have been driving to Patrick’s from Santa Monica since 4 months after he opened. Never have we been so disappointed by his lack of professionalism and by the behavior of his staff. Inexcusably bad service, cold food, a dog in the kitchen being held by a cook and Patrick arguing with his staff in front of customers is no way to run a business. My wife mentions to Patrick upon leaving that “his staff has a bad attitude today, lots of tension” and he says “I know” and gives her a dirty look. No apology, no “I am on top of it”, no “you are a valued customer I apologize”, nothing but bad attitude himself. His arrogance is reflected in the service and in the staff’s behavior that day. He could barely be bothered to hear about our displeasure with the experience. These are not cheap meals but there will be other options in town in the future. Our friends and I will now eat elsewhere. I have seen some other postings on his attitude and they reflect ours exactly. VERY DISSAPOINTING!


I'm An Official Groupie Now :)
Reviewer: Leslie from H.B., Ca
I had the absolute pleasure of dining at Patrick's last October, and am an instant groupie. His "attitude" is all part of the experience, so don't let that put you off. He's a good guy, just colorful and pleasantly obnoxious when the mood strikes him, but his establishment is completely worth trying, if only for the experience. Oh, and the food is good, too. :)


vegetarians beware....
Reviewer: Laura from Santa Barbara, CA
There are very few options for vegetarians at Patrick's. Even the pasta of the day had meat in it. I came in for lunch and immediately ordered a drink. I then started to look at the menu and realized that 1. the cafes famous risotto which is supposed to be awesome was not available for lunch and 2. most other options had meat in it with very little room for substitutes. I felt silly at this point to leave the restaurant and go elsewhere and came out hungry having spend $40 for two people and was very unhappy. I'd come back again but only for dinner and only for risotto. Vegetarians beware.


Saved the best for last
Reviewer: Steve Lefkowitz from Wadsworth, ohio
My wife & I ate at Patricks on our last night after a week in the wine country. Patrick & his staff treated us and his other patrons like royalty. The first glass of wine we didn't like and he quickly replaced it with one that was more enjoyable to our palates. The heirloom tomato appetizer was followed by his mushroom rissoto. We could have stopped at that point and have been very happy. We both had main dishes as well and left very full with the best dining experience of our week on the central coast.


Outstanding!
Reviewer: Deb from Irvine, Ca
On a weekend get away with friends, we attempted to eat at another highly recommended cafe in Los Olivas which was unable to accommodate us. It was well over 100, there were plenty of patio tables available, but we were told it was over an hour wait. Disappointed, we strolled down the street and came upon Patrick’s. I have to say it was outstanding. I eat out quite a bit for business and have come to love the out of the way establishment that knows how to serve creative delicious dishes. This is it! Chicken Poblano is a must. More than reasonable prices... good wine selection...friendly service and outstanding food. What more would you want??


Just ok
Reviewer: Christina from LA, CA
We arrived for our reservation on time and were promptly seated. The atmosphere was pleasant and comfortable, the service good. We brought our own wine and offered the owner a glass. He then sent over a free appetizer. It was a corn mush wrapped green pepper with cheese on it. It was huge! And rather bland. I ordered the halibut off the menu, my friend ordered the duck. I asked to have the halibut grilled, but the owner told me he didn't have a grill (huh... that surprised me, we were told this was a great restaurant... i sort of think a grill is necessary to be a great restaurant these days). My halibut came baked in a butter sauce. The sauce was good, if not innovative. The fish, however, was HUGE! and just about 2 seconds short of being overcooked. My friend said the duck was good. (I don't eat meat, so didn't taste it, but again it was a HUGE serving, and she cleaned her plate, so i assume it was good). The desserts, were not great. A carmel pudding, which had the consistancy of thick carmel sauce from the grocery store, and was way too sweet, was topped by bananas. The temperature of the dessert was odd, too. the carmel was cool in the center, but the top was room temperature. Our other dessert was a chocolate pie, hard as a rock! As we were leaving, i noticed a lot of "locals" saying how much they enjoyed their meals and shaking the hand of the owner. I was surprised, maybe we just came on an off night, but i can't say i'd go back.


service starts when you become a customer
Reviewer: lemonjelly from santa barbara
I have eaten here once for a lunch, and I found the food and service to be very good. Patrick the owner often comes out to the floor to mingle with the patrons, to help seat you, and to check up on you. That's a personal touch I really appreciate. I ordered the Winemaker's Lunch and was extremely pleased with the sampling of goodies on the plate. Honestly, it was a tough decision to select this - the paella looked very good too. My companion had the Open Face Prime Rib (served hot) and came away satisfied. This restaurant is not big, there is limited seating. If there's no place to seat you or they are shutting down to prep for the dinner menu, you can't eat there and you shouldn't rate the food and service as zero. I wouldn't mind being shooed away by the owner - the alternative is being packed in like sardines, sacrificing quality for quantity, and that lowers the dining experience for everyone. I will definitely return here again, and if I don't have a reservation, be accepting that I could get the buh-bye from Patrick.


Side Street Cafe
Reviewer: Mark Tiergarten from Santa Barbara
I had the displeasure of stopping by the Side Street Cafe this past Saturday evening, 21 May 2006. My girlfriend and I were simply checking out the music. The owner asked us if we had reservations and when we said, "no, we just heard the music," he went into a condescending "buh-bye, no really, buh bye." Thinking he was kidding we continued to watch the band. He then proceeds to tell us to move off to the side because we were blocking the view of a table behind us. I told my girfriend the guy was terribly rude. Apparently, he is a great eavesdropper because he then says to me, "Simmer down Bubba." I certainly hope the food is good. Even if it is, his manners are inexcusable.


???
Reviewer: Nancy from Santa Barbara, CA
The food was fair to good. The service was fair to good. We arrived at 5:00 on a saturday evening, the waitstaff present weren't "allowed" to seat us. When owner walked down the street to the restaurant with his can of beer, he made a big show of clipping the chain across the entrance when he found out we didn't have a reservations. He then "let" us have a table on the porch. We ordered and ate as he made a big show of turning people without reservations away, even though there was no one seated inside. We were there for over an hour and he seated only one couple inside the whole time. When we left at 6:20 there were two couples seated inside. With the amount and caliber of restaurants in this area, there is no need to return. We were not impressed. The service was fair, given the waitstaff has to dodge "bullets" from "management". Our tip for the meal was scaled to our experience, low.


Seasonal menu, always fantastic
Reviewer: Joseph from Buellton, CA
The menu is completely revised about once every three months. In other words, you can go there all the time and never get tired of it! Everything I´ve ever ordered has been very creative and generally outstanding. There are lots of restaurants to chose from in the valley, but give this place a try if you´ve never been there. As added incentive, prices seem slightly more reasonable than at some of the other nearby establishments.


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