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Alchemy Spa and Cafe
430 Chapala St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 899-8811

  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
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Alchemy Arts Center
Reviewer: Sally Spork from Santa Barbara, CA
Atmosphere: located off the beaten path on Chapala, the sign for the place is large however it's very unassuming, meaning you wouldn't know what is in there until you venture in. I was taken back at the large. airiness of the space and the abundant light. Love that. Rustic tables and chairs scattered throughout and wooden lattice work on the walls giving a Morroccan-isque feel. Also there are shelves with loads of skin products. Hmm.The bathroom is gorgeous and features a shower as well. Service: We sat ourselves and the waitress came and gave us menus and water quickly. While it took a bit to get our food, she did come in and check in on us, however forgot the dessert we ordered. Food/drink: We ordered 2 smoothies that were delish and served in glass bottles. Also a salad and some veggie rolls. They both were tasty, however I have to say as there was no protein (besides my smoothie) I didn't find myself very satiated. Summary: Alchemy is a beautiful, unique space. To be honest I'm not sure what all goes on there: my friend used to teach yoga there, do they offer classes? Spa treatments? Not sure. Would I go back? I do like the space itself, and perhaps go back for a cup of tea.


Relaxing place to eat
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Interesting place to eat. Intimate to the day spa that is there, relaxing fountains and some sort of electronic network they have hooked up to soothe the nerves while there, kind of a bohemian/yoga atmosphere there. I can say after eating there I did feel a bit soothed for whatever reason. They push the spa to you and you can take a tour if you want. For the restaurant its a bit pricey but the food was really good there and healthy for you too obviously. Service was a bit sporadic though the waittress was nice, the menu also did not adequately reflect what was available. The owner also seemed nice too. All in all a relaxing and interesting place to try, only suggestions I could have is put the menus out for people walking in to pick up and possibly change the table water served to something colder and with an added lemon to match the other food served. Also think of the restaurant as a separate entity and try to improve it instead of thinking of the place as an entire service facility that just happens to have a restaurant as a feature.


Amazing food and weonderful cafe staff
Reviewer: Tammy S. from Santa Barbara, CA
The atmosphere is beautiful.Everything about the structure of the place has obviously had a lot of thought put into it. I ate there a few weeks ago with my husband and a good friend. Everything we had ordered was fabulous. My husband who isn't really into vegan food even loved it! We ordered an array of food and split it between the three of us: A soup, salad, the mash, two of the rolls, and a noodle dish.... like I said all very tasty and inspiring. The chefs really work their magic with the food!! GOOD JOB!!! The service was wonderful. There was a lovely young woman winona (I think was her name), who was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu and happily and promptly served us. She was very personable and had a sincere air about her. She checked up on us a few times to see if there was anything else she could do and then the chef came out to personally ask and thank us for eating there! I do have a complaint though. The owner is very rude and acts as if the staff are her slaves. She marched in, yelled at one of the ladies doing art work on the wall, I tried to talk with her about the art center but she blew me off, she was ordering and ordering food and then food for friends and had some thing to say about it changing this and that complaining about everything. I am surprised that the staff are so happy despite the arrogant owner.... there is nothing about her that is Alchemic. I never understood why rich people think they have the right to boss everyone around. If it weren't for the workers they would have nothing. TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT. The food was great as well as the staff, the owner ruined the good experience.


Computer and Service Lacking
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I were SO excited at the possibility of a sophisticated nearly vegetarian menu. We intentionally waited a month before trying the place out to give them time to work out the inevitable kinks that accompany new openings. So our first visit was planned with low expectations, but a bit of hope. We arrived and was surprised to see a cafe with only 5 tables, but decided epicurean intimacy could be fun. With only 5 tables, we were not concerned by the fact that there was only 1 waitstaff on duty. Our expectations turned out to be high. We waited over 75 minutes for our food, which when arrived, was not what we ordered. We never received our initial beverage order. At about 45 minutes, we sought out the manager, who was apparently clueless that the sole waitperson was in the weeds. We were equally surprised at his 30 second walk through the dining room to "check things out" without speaking with a single customer. This "silver haired handsome leader" seemed completely ignorant to the fact that in the 30 seconds he was "checking things out" two tables got up and left the restaurant because they had not been even acknowledged. When we thought we couldn't be further surprised, a third table got up and approached the silver-haired manager to (very respectfully and very constructively) tell him that they could wait no longer for service and he dismissed them as irrelevant. My party was inclined to get up at that moment and leave, when *one* person's food arrived. So we waited as one item at a time arrived. The waitstaff was apologetic, but clearly lost. He explained that the order-placement technology was internet based ` so he'd inter the table order, which would travel over the internet (rather than directly) to the kitchen. And apparently, there were gaps and missing items. He was clearly a skilled server in a bad situation. And the silver haired manager looked on in a "spa" stupor. The food arrived, incomplete. And was DELICIOUS. Seriously excellent cuisine. So we decided to wait a couple of weeks and try again, today, Saturday. We arrived at 9:40 A.M. ready for a late breakfast. I've been craving the pumpkin pancakes. Upon our arrival, three people (including one silver-haired manager, and one of the owners) were at the register. No one acknowledged us even though there was only one table in the cafe. We sat ourselves,with a nod of the waitress who was also intensely involved in something on the computer with the two manager/owners. About 5 minutes later, the waitress came to our table to tell us, big surprise? , that the internet/computer order system was not working. We had to ask for a menu (and still not offered a beverage). When she brought it to us, she said, "oh, by the way, we're not serving breakfast" ~ even though we were 30 minutes earlier than the end of breakfast service. I immediately said, "I'm here for breakfast" to which our waitress blushed and said, "well, we've been slow today." WE immediately got up to leave to the puzzled gazes of the silver-haired manager and his female companion/owner. We told them that this was our second attempt to eat there, we want them to succeed, but that they had a serious service/technology problem. They seemed unconcerned and without apology returned their attention to the computer that was giving them so much trouble. This is SO DISAPPOINTING We ate at the restaurant next door and, as it happens, sat at a window overlooking the parking lot of Alchemy. To our further disappointment, we saw the silver-haired manager, his owner-girlfriend, and our "waitress" out smoking cigarettes and throwing cig butts under the cars at the competition restaurant. Clueless. Too bad. The food as such promise.


Delicious, fresh goodness for your body & spirit.
Reviewer: Huyen from Santa Barbara, CA
After eating my fair share of BBQ/seafood over the fourth of July weekend, my tummy was extra sensitive and picky to what I was able to eat. After regaining my appetite back I decided to try out Alchemy Arts Cafe for something light and easy. They have an array of fruit and veggie coolers that all sound amazing. I had the Alchemy Cooler made from coconut water, pineapple and basil - so refreshing. My friend and I ordered the quinoa roll to share and it was just as filling and flavorful as your typical sushi roll. It tasted even better in the fact that there wasn't a ton of rice filler but lots of crunchy veggies and the nori seaweed was just the right amount of saltiness to balance the roll out. My friend had the Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho, a raw soup with a hefty portion. I could eat that everyday. I had the Mung Bean Glass Noodles - tamarind wasn't too spicy, just the right amount of seasoning for the noodles, loved the veggies - lots of green happiness on a plate. Speaking of plates - their dishware is beautiful. The space is beautiful - I call it Restoration Hardware meets modern India - that probably doesn't make any sense, but it does to me! I felt calm, happy and a content fullness when I left. Go treat yourself!


Amazing food, ambiance and service
Reviewer: sarah clark from Santa Barbara, CA
This restaurant is a slice of heaven! The food is unbelievable fresh, delicious and creative, and the drinks are addicting. The Alchemy cooler is a must. What a wonderful addition to our town!


Best Bircher Muesli
Reviewer: Elizabeth from Santa Barbara, CA
I ordered the Bircher Muesli bowl with homemade almond milk. It's one of the most wholesome and delicious breakfasts you can ever have. We love this stuff. My husband ordered the granola bowl and it paled in comparison to the muesli. The service was excellent. Our server was attentive and pleasant. As for the atmosphere, it is absolutely exquisite. What a beautiful space. Now go order the Bircher Muesli!


good Vegan food!
Reviewer: Nora VIgaray from Santa Barbara, CA
I went on 5/06/2011 and I ordered the Alchemy Roll. It was really good!! good portions and GOOD FOOD :) and HEALTHY! I'm glad that Sb has a Vegan restaurant! next time I will order the Raw Phad Thai


Clean and Fresh
Reviewer: Jake from Santa Barbara, CA
Amazing food and drinks... You feel great after eating here!!!


Menu?
Reviewer: K from Santa Barbara, CA
Um, guys, the menu on the website is your listing of spa services... Might want to update that... (I personally don't feel like having cupping for lunch.)


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