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Julienne
138 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 845-6488

  • Category: Californian
  • Hours: Dinner: Wed-Sat 5pm-10pm Sun 5pm-9pm
  • Chef: Justin West, Weston Richards
  • Price: $20+
  • Serving: Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes, but usually not needed
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SB's best, 7/30/2016
Reviewer: Alisa from Santa Barbara, CA
Julienne is the best, most creative restaurant in SB. Justin & Emma provide a delicious break from the surplus of boring "fine dining" establishments in town., while always relying on local ingredients (I see Justin at farmers' mkts every week). We have dined here dozens of times, but the menu is always changing & evolving. The housemade charcuterie is always outstanding, as are the mussels, bone marrow, pork belly & duck. Too many delicious dishes to list here, but you will always find something to love!


Mixed feelings, 7/4/2016
Reviewer: Dominique Smith from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I, with our two best friends, chose Julienne to celebrate our anniversary. Pleasant ambiance and decor, and interesting choice of dishes. Salads and appetizers were very good. Two of us had duck as our main course, and we both loved it! The other two had halibut, and both were quite disappointed: overcooked, much too dry, it would also have needed more sauce. We didn't try desserts, as nothing really stood out for any of us. If we go back, maybe we'll stick to the meat choices!


Maybe an off night for service?
Reviewer: Sophia from Santa Barbara, CA
Been here a few times and the food is always good: not overly polished and not always perfectly executed but the thought is there and flavors are always excellent. However, on a recent Saturday night the service was terrible - as in, worst ever service terrible, not just bad. Waiter (male) threw dishes onto table, was rude to one of our guests (accusing them of not liking one of the dishes) and couldn't even place dishes down carefully, slopping sauce onto the silverware and sliding plates iaround. There is no room for service like this in any restaurant, and I will think twice about returning because it made the whole experience uncomfortable.


Our New Favorite Too!
Reviewer: Gary from Santa Barbara, CA
I'm not sure why it's taken us so long to get here but we finally tried Julienne last Friday for the first time. It was wonderful! The food was outstanding -- everything tasted so fresh and was prepared with such attention to detail. The service was also very good. I'm making plans right now to go back with some friends. The best restaurant in Santa Barbara!


New favorite
Reviewer: Bill from Santa Barbara, CA
The menu looks a little strange, but we had the tasting menu (with great wines) and had a wonderful and filling meal. The sauces were fabulous. When we go out we want to find what we can't get at home, and this certainly filled the bill. We'll be back!


Excellent dinner
Reviewer: Karen from Santa Barbara, CA
We don't get out much to nice restaurants so this was a treat. The food was definitely up there with the best in Santa Barbara. Great flavors, prepared to perfection. Two reasons why the service did not get 5 stars: my husband had his heart set on the rack of lamb - when the waiter came by to take our order and my husband placed his order the waiter informed him that they were out of the rack of lamb (which seemed a bit odd at 6:45 ). It would have been nice to know before we ordered. When we ordered a bottle of wine they were also out of that. The waiter was efficient enough but not terribly friendly. A little smile,goes a long way. Hopefully we will get to try this restaurant again.


Perfection!
Reviewer: Tina & Larry from Santa Barbara, CA
It was such a treat to have dinner at Julienne last evening. This restaurant is a genuine example of why I love living in Santa Barbara. The owner came to our table and checked on us a few times, our dinners were amazing, fresh locally grown produce was well represented and the flavors of each course were out of this world. We sipped on a bottle of Ojai Sarah and finished our fabulous evening with their signature chocolate mousse. WOW!


Absolutely delicious lunch
Reviewer: Beth from Santa Barbara, CA
I love Julienne because owners Justin and Emma care a ton about every ingredient that goes in every dish. I finally made it there for lunch for the first time. One person at my table said, "this is the best lunch I have ever had". Everything was delicious, from the preparation to the homemade catsup. I look forward to returning. I took off a star for service because our guy was a rookie (the A team still on for dinner service) but with only 3 weeks of lunches under their belts, I'm sure this will improve.


Excellent
Reviewer: Greg & Yukari from Santa Barbara, CA
Superb food. This is our new favorite in this restaurant-starved town. We had a grilled squid & sausage appetizer that amazing. We recommend the food sampler (with optional wine pairing) for your first visit. Well done. We will be back.


Great food - Very Small portions for the price.
Reviewer: Randy from Santa Barbara, CA
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this restaurant would deserve a rating any higher than an overall 3. To be fair, the food is excellent and the service is superb. However, the portions are very, very small and for the price you pay, well, I cannot see the value. And while I realize that French cuisine does have small portions, this is a little extreme. I did not experience portions this small in France. I also understand that American size meals are over the top, so somewhere in the middle would be ideal. After walking out of the restaurant, still feeling hungry, nope, I won't be back.


My Favorite Restaraunt in Santa Barbara
Reviewer: Reno King from Santa Barbara, California
I have been going to Julienne since it first opened and have yet to find its equal. The wine list is phenomenal and food is imaginative and unique. Julienne is by far my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.


BEST IN SB
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this place, the only problem is that the food is so good you think about it all the time. A must is the tasting menu with wine pairing, don't even order anything else. First time I went in, I sat down and said "Feed Me. I don't care what it is or how much, just feed me". Best meal of my life, left me coming back for seconds. Thanks Justin!! Amy and I are coming in next week. -Chuck


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