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Las Aves Cafe
2220 Bath St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 845-4263

Reviews by the General Public

a very seaworthy salad , 6/6/2014
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
Las Aves, on Bath Street at the Best Western across from Cottage, is reliably good - food, service, ambiance, and value. Today we had their "El Marinero" salad and it was delicious for a summer day with a complex variety of well-cooked fish and shellfish plus mushrooms, spinach, egg, tomato piled high with a sweet Balsamic. Service was attentive and friendly as usual. A treat for hotel guests and locals in-the-know, with salad way better than what the tourist-oriented seafood places at the waterfront put out.

Reviewer: Ellen from El Dorado Hills, CA
I went to Santa Barbara with my mom and 6 y/o daughter on vacation a few months ago. My friend recommended Las Aves to me so I decided to give it a try. We had a fabulous experience. The ambience was nice. The service was great and the good was excellent. We really enjoyed our dining experience and would definitely go back when we are in Santa Barbara.

Outstanding Santa Barbara Gem
Reviewer: Kay from Santa Barbara, CA
As we see Santa Barbara keeps growing with restaurants that mimic one another and start making SB seem more like LA. Las Aves Cafe is a stand out its a true local restaurant that has outstanding service. I cant tell you how many times over the past 3 years I have gone and every time I leave so impressed. The food is out of this world from the fresh chips and salsa you get to some of my favorite dishes like the Penne Con Chipotle pasta, Shrimp Chile relleno, Chicken enchilada, grilled artichoke, pepper steak, and many more. Its a unique location and a unique restaurant one in which I feel very much at home. No matter if its breakfast, lunch, or dinner I will always choose Las Aves. Keep up the great work!

Great local spot!
Reviewer: Marianne from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been to this restaurant several times and the food has been great everytime! Some places you get lucky one day and disappointed another. The ambiance is nice, staff is warm and food is good. Great location for me, close to work. Had a amazing cobb salad with fresh mango passion fruit dressing. I was kinda hesitant but glad I tried it. It was amazing! Fresh and flavorful. Will definately keep coming back

Wonderful, authentic Mexican food
Reviewer: Yolanda from Santa Barbara, CA
The food is tasty and well prepared. The atmosphere is airy, extremely clean and quiet, providing a perfect place to meet your friends for lunch, dinner or happy hour. I loved the beef enchiladas which were NOT swimming in cheese like so many other Santa Barbara Mexican eateries. The rice and everything on the plate were authentic and worked well together. Recommended as a fine new entry into the crowded Mexican category.

Disappointment after reading the hype here
Reviewer: Richard from Santa Barbara, CA
The restaurant is clean and pleasantly decorated, and the service is good. Still, I'm amazed at the high ratings for the food. My meal included bland shrimp, average spices, lukewarm but otherwise good rice and beans. My salad included limp spinach, tasteless tomatoes, over-cooked hard-boiled eggs (gray yolks), bland mushrooms, and too much mixed-in salad dressing. The chicken on the salad seemed like it might have been in the fridge for longer than optimal. The glass bird prison near the entrance there is a unique twist, though I saw one bird fall to the ground dazed after smashing into the glass wall during a fly-away try. (Not cool! At least they should put something on the glass to help the birds avoid accidental suicides.) I was very disappointed by the hyped up reviews about the food here. It isn't hard to find better Mexican food in Santa Barbara.

Yes, it is a great spot!
Reviewer: Jill Brouillard from Santa Barbara, CA
I agree with the positive reviews for Las Aves. It has a very warm and attentive staff, as well as good straightforward Mexican food. It is not easy to breakthrough when you are tucked inside a hotel, so it is very nice to see locals patronizing and appreciating this nice little mom and pop cafe!

Great little place
Reviewer: Gene from Carpinteria, CA
Beside the interesting menu and very good food, I appreciate places where you feel that you are genuinely welcomed and appreciated. This is a gem of a local spot and I wish the owner(s?) all the best.

Lovely dining spot
Reviewer: Julie from Santa Barbara, CA
Food was excellent and the service was too. Atmosphere is very warm and inviting. We had steak, scampi and the special of the evening, and it was all delightful. And they serve you chips and salsa to start the meal! We will definitely go there again.

Why a FIVE?
Reviewer: Mike F. from Santa Barbara, CA
I expected just OK food in this out of the way restaurant, however, I was very surprised. The food is fresh, cooked perfectly, very reasonably priced, served on a warm plate and you get everything included in your meal. The server was very nice and knowledgeable. OH, and I like the menu. They have all my favorite menu items and Mexican.

Great Food and Service
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
The RN Grilled Chicken Sandwich is to die for. I guess its named after the Resident Nurses that go there. This place is high end food in a lower end hotel. I think the food is there for the doctors and nurses across the streets in the Cottage Area. Great food and not overly pricey. Definitely recommended. Very nice service/ambience. They have a small finch bird(las aves) aviary in the front too. Free chips with seems like homemade salsa a nice touch.

stop telling non- locals
Reviewer: Jorge from Santa Barbara, CA
Seriously folks, place is fantastic. Food is great- similar to cafe del sol but with more Latino and less Spanish style. Go there and you will not regret it. I would like to keep out the touristas but c'est la vie. If they don't get lost on the westside then they deserve to enjoy this place too.

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