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Adama
428 Chapala St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 560-1348

  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Brunch Sat-Sun 9am-3pm, Mon 5pm-9pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
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My favorite restaurant in SB!
Reviewer: Megan from Santa Barbara, CA
It seems like the only people who wrote negative reviews about Adama are high-maintenance and like to pick out the flaws in things. If you are the kind of person that tends to look on the bright side and enjoy amazing food, definitely give this place a try. That being said, the food at Adama is my favorite of ANY Santa Barbara restaurant, and I'm not vegan. After eating a huge meal here, you don't feel gross and weighed down, you feel energized and nourished. Also, GET THE NACHOS.


the best experience
Reviewer: Kelly from Los Angeles
What is there not to like about this place? Great food, wonderful service, and such a great environment. even my teenager loved it. Most of all, the desserts are insanely decadent. Vegans and non-vegans would devour this food. Thank you Adama for sharing this food!


Amazing food even if you're a meat lover!
Reviewer: Shelly from Santa Barbara, CA
I finally tried this place a few months ago, and from the start, I loved it and became an instant regular. It took some doing to get my meat- lovin boyfriend to even try a restaurant with "vegan" on the sign but I finally convinced him. Now he wants to come every Sat morning and more, his idea - we both love the food and the atmosphere here. Parking lot always has plenty of open spots so that just makes the decision even easier. The food here is really delicious - the owner is a food genius! And I'm very grateful it is organic, GMO-free, Gluten-free so I don't have to even ask. For breakfast, I highly recommend the Chiquiles with a side of salsa, and the chai tea with coconut milk. The gluten free toast is simply ahmazing, way better than regular bread. For lunch, the jackfruit tacos are my favorite but there are lots of great options (who knew that cooked jackfruit tastes a lot like shredded pork?). For appetizers, the hot wings and/or curry fried onion rings with ranch are super yummy and decadent. And for dinner, I can't say enough about the "chicken" piccata and the vegan KFC (what is this stuff anyway?? Tastes just like chicken!) Had their fresh peach martini to start and the pecan pie for dessert - you can taste the love! This evening I decided to come alone - super warm and friendly service - one of those places that you feel comfortable being here by yourself. I really enjoy the homey charming atmosphere and music here - not your run of the mill current rock, but tunes from the past that you loved but haven't heard in years. Just something (or everything) about Adama - makes me glad I came!


One of the worst dining experiences I have ever had
Reviewer: Veronica from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend and I were trying to decide where to eat a healthy yet flavorful dinner. We go to Sojournor so often and love the food but thought we would try something different. I am a big foodie and love to cook but it was one of those nights where we wanted to relax and have someone else do it for us. We drove by Adama and thought we should try it. My boyfriend warned that one of our friends who is also a mostly vegetarian eater went there once and didn't enjoy it then went again to give it another shot. Both times she felt the service was not good and the food was overpriced for the actual flavor and presentation. There was only one person eating in what is a fairly large restaurant which wasn't a good sign but we did it anyway. They sat us at a cute table and we were happy to have some time alone. The waitress asked what I wanted to drink, when I answered 'water', she just walked away to get the water without asking my boyfriend what he wanted. We thought it was a little funny but just moved on. When she brought back the water, we asked her what one of the ingredients mentioned on the dinner menu was. She answered by telling us there was an explanation of that ingredient on on the breakfast menu, as if we were supposed to read a breakfast menu before the dinner menu we were there for. I decided later I would have a glass of wine and was a bit annoyed to see I would pay $8 - $9 for som wines that are sold at Trader Joe's for $5 a bottle but that also I ignored for the sake of enjoying the night. The food was decent and seemed to be made of fresh quality ingredients but certainly lacked much flavor. After approximately 20 minutes, 10 of it with food, the waitress told us they were going to close early because the restaurant was so slow. She said we could keep eating but literally each plate would be cleared upon near completion of the last bite of food. They were closing windows and doors around us pouring my boyfriends final sips of beer just to take the bottle away which takes no time when cleaning a table and on an on. He wanted to say something but I was doing the 'reluctant to have confrontation girlfriend' thing. Eventually, it became enough and I had to say something. I told them that it would have been nice to know that they might close early and rush us out of a $65 before tip meal, that way we would have proper expectations or make a decision to go somewhere that would stay open later. To which the waitress blamed the owner, to which the owner blamed the waitress and in the end we ended up paying $65 +$12 tip for what felt like eat an run. The right thing to do would just simply say sorry, we should have told you, let me get your drinks or something else. In speaking with other friends about this experience it is apparent that this odd restaurant behavior and the mood of the owner was well known at her restaurant in Carpinteria


As a meat-loving dairy fiend: Still Wonderful!
Reviewer: Tim from Goleta, CA
This place is wonderful for dinner. Decor is a unique cross between modern and mid-century, the seating is nearly private due to the creative layout and use of small dividing walls, the service was very friendly and attentive, and food was outstanding. I went for the first time due to some gluten-free friends in town, which were catered to brilliantly, but as someone who rarely (or really never ever) eats vegan I have to say I was really impressed. The best two dishes of the evening were the lasagna and the portobello mushrooms -- both were light but offered rich flavors and nice textures. Delicious and well executed.


A Vegan jewel!
Reviewer: Dee from Oceanside, CA
As this was our first visit to Adama and it was also our 30th wedding anniversary I was a little nervous. However, from the minuet we stepped inside it seemed evident that this was a special place. The decor was charming and clean. Our hostess and co-owner was warm and friendly. The care and concern that these owners have for the food they prepare and the environment is apparent. I enjoyed the artichoke dish and my husband the shepherd's pie. Although we were to full we shared chocolate cake and homemade ice cream and managed to fight for the last bite. It was difficult to believe that this food was vegan. We were both extremely happy that we picked this restaurant for our special day. I cannot wait to visit Adama again. I just wish it was not 200 miles from my home!


San Diego diners---LOVED IT!!!
Reviewer: Jim and Gina from Encinitas, CA
We're up for the week from San Diego, a friend recommended Adama to us and we were very pleasantly surprised! The food was awesome, service was very friendly and the desserts, well, the truth is, we just left with a boxful and haven't eaten them yet but they look YUMMY! Can't wait to dive in (tomorrow). Highly recommend this restaurant! Jim and Gina


Super Comfort Food!!!
Reviewer: Nancy from Santa Barbara, CA
I have refrained from eating wheat, dairy and sugar for the past couple of years so it was really a treat to eat here! My friend and I split the quesadillas, lasagna & enchiladas.... food I have not eaten in so long.. so to taste those flavors again( and to have them gluten, and dairy free!!!) , well, I was delighted!!! Especially the lasagna!!! Oooohhhh! Tonight we tried the Shepard's pie with jackfruit... the potato crust was interesting.. and the filling was good, but needed a tad more salt.. And, the lasagna and quesadillas again..mmmmm.. The waitress was new, but wonderful and helpful and happy... Atmosphere was pleasant, as they put us in room that we had not been in before and it was right next to a jazz guitarist... he played pleasant music for dining... we had come on a Wed night too, while Susan Reeves was playing and she is Awesome!!! All in all , many great experiences, food and otherwise!! I will return and bring more friends!!! I LOVE the Comfort food here!!! Even in warm weather!!!


Yummy food if you're a vegetarian
Reviewer: Casey from Santa Barbara, CA
I'm a picky guy . . . and I found nothing to be critical of for my first meal here tonight. If you want to have entrees that you miss having since becoming a vegetarian, you will find yummy replacements here. I had the enchiladas mole and my wife had the lasagna. No dairy, no meat. But generous portions with a great presentation and the food was very tasty. The place is clean, comfy, nice soft music; friendly staff and owner. If you like the Sojourner you will like this too . . . this is a step above the Sojourner. Yes, a few dollars more than the Sojourner, but you just might have a little food left over to take home for next days lunch. My wife said this is now her favorite restaurant.


Great Meal
Reviewer: Marna from Toluca Lake, CA
This was my first time at Adama & the experience was perfect! The food was so good ... the waitress attentive ... the owner very nice & helpful. I loved my tropical drink with fresh fruit, the tomato soup & the yummy tacos. My friend said the shepards pie was the best ever. The restaurant is lovely with private spaces to enjoy your meal. It's quiet ... you feel like you're the only customer (& the restaurant is full)! I am not a vegan & I loved it!


A Touch Of Heaven
Reviewer: David Mueller from Camarillo,Ca.
The Best of Great People.Excellent Service.Magnificent and Beautiful dining areas, (someone put a lot of work into it). Food was very delightful. My first time there.Recommend to others for sure.Going back.


Excellent, well-prepared food
Reviewer: Nora from Santa Barbara, CA
First I have to say that I can't believe this place has been open for months and I never even knew about it -- for years I have been hoping for a high-quality vegetarian restaurant in SB along the lines of Native Foods and Real Food Daily. I have had one breakfast here only but I think I found what I have been seeking. The food is inventive and obviously made with care. I am definitely going back for lunch and dinner because the menu on the whole looks great to me. I am also going to tell everyone I know about it because it obviously needs word-of-mouth advertising.


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