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Scarlett Begonia
11 W. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 770-2143

  • Category: American
  • Hours: Breakfast/Lunch: 9am-2pm Tue-Sun, Dinner: 5:30pm-9pm Tue- Sat, Happy Hour: 4:30pm - 6:00pm Tue-Sat
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Breakfast & Lunch
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Surprised by the comments about bad service!, 6/7/2014
Reviewer: Mindy from Santa Barbara, CA
I've only eaten here a few times but each time our service has been some of the nicest we've had in Santa Barbara. It seems helpful and attentive without being overbearing or hovering. I'm really shocked at the reviews that mention service being bad! Ah well, on to the food. It's really, really good. The menu is pretty meat heavy and what doesn't have meat has a lot of sugar, so my only suggestion would be that they think about people who don't eat meat and just have a little more option. That said, the food is delicious and there's not a whole lot of really "weird" combinations of food that you sometimes see in good restaurants that make you feel like the chef is just trying to make whatever is trendy and new without thinking about flavors or cohesiveness. The food GOES together, there's a nice harmonious blend to the flavors and ingredients and nothing seems too out of place, even the more unusual dishes. The wine list and the drinks are also pretty good and the mixed drinks seem to be made well by someone who knows what they're doing! Bottom line: Friendly atmosphere, really interesting and tasty food and good drinks. If you're not into meat, you could struggle to find something healthy here that is a big enough dish to satisfy you.


Love the food, love Viven, 6/7/2014
Reviewer: Chrissy from Montecito, CA
The breakfast was excellent with wonderful surprises such as granola treats and toffee. Be prepared to break your diet every dish was better than the next and the biscuits were amazing. Vivien our waitress made the experience even more fun. We'll be back.


A lovely dinner experience!, 12/22/2013
Reviewer: SLV from Santa Barbara, CA
I had a wonderful dinner here with my daughter this holiday season. The service was attentive, the food was flavorful and original, and the ambiance was cozy. If you go and the Chocolate Pot de Creme is on the dessert menu, it's a must-have! But be sure to have coffee with it. I look forward to returning soon.


good experience
Reviewer: Pat from Santa Barbara, CA
First time to go there - we liked the location, easy parking. The breakfast for all of us was delicious, service perfect. We loved the coffee.We will be back.


Better than expected, A GEM!
Reviewer: Cindy from Santa Barbara, CA
After reading the negative reviews on service I had to think twice about bringing our girls here, visiting from NYC. We met Vivian at the door and she took excellent care of us. The food was truly worth every penny. Our party of four ordered the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Brioche French Toast, The 2 egg breakfast and Shrimp and Grits, giving each of us a chance to taste everyone's dish. Each one as delicious as the next, served fresh and hot! Service could not have been better as we were seated, ordered, enjoyed our sampler biscuit starter followed by breakfast and were out the door in one hour. We'll be back Vivian, thanks much to you and those working wonders in the kitchen!!


A jewel!
Reviewer: cat from goleta, CA
What a fantastic place! We went for Sunday brunch and were absolutely blown away! The food was fresh, full of flavor, and delicious! We got the biscuit sampler, lemon pancakes (out of this world!), and grits w/ poached eggs, sausage, shrimp...Yummmm. Service could have been a little better, but the place was packed and the servers were all working diligently. We will definitely be back! Soon!


Wonderful food but service could be much better!
Reviewer: amanda from Santa Barbara, CA
I love going to Scarlett Begonia because the food is always different and delicious. I love how the menu changes and the fresh selection of breads and desserts, but the service is very slow. It took us about 15 mins to even get water or a person to say hi and when I ordered my drink, I didn't get it until about halfway through my lunch and I had to ask twice for it. But the food is delicious and I will still always continue to go!


Please train your staff!
Reviewer: Katie from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been here many times as the food is quite good and it has a great ambiance to it. However, every time I have a particular waitress, I cringe. If you ask her which particular item is better, she will respond "Everything is good" and will never offer informed guidance. After you order a beverage, she will go on to tell you about all the beverages you haven't ordered. I have ordered baked goods with her only to find out that they are all out twenty minutes later when people are being served their meal and I am not. I hope they can train her so she can succeed, or else I will have to be rude and ask to be seated in a different section... or just not go.


First Rate
Reviewer: Steve from Santa Barbara, CA
Enjoyed breakfast on a Saturday morning. Food was excellent. We had five different dishes and all were tasty and fresh. The bacon arrived crispy, as ordered. The lattes were smooth and delicious. Our server was knowledgable, good humored and happy to share her recommendations. Food arrived promptly and hot. The atmosphere is cozy; try to sit out in the courtyard if you like less ambient noise.


I leave feeling irritated. Yay for organic, though.
Reviewer: Erin from Santa Barbara, CA
Service keeps getting worse every time I go. I leave feeling irritated, not satisfied with the decent organic food...if they could be more consistent on that, though. I really think management is completely lacking or blind. I paid $12 this morning for mini pancakes that had the toppings on it I requested off. This is not the first time. Plus, service takes a LONG time, and the waitresses are snobby. It's been an irritating experience each time, so I probably won't return.


Horrendous service, great food
Reviewer: Bob from Santa Barbara, CA
We've been to Scarlett Begonia a number of times now. The food is outstanding. The service is some of the worst ever. Long waits to be seated, long waits to get water, really long waits to get food. Yesterday, after waiting an hour (party of 2), we watched a party of 3 who had been waiting 10 minutes get seated before us. 10 minutes! The hostess looking straight at us as she walked them to a table. We turned around and left and will NEVER go back. Crista Fooks: your food is wonderful but you need to hire someone who knows how to run a restaurant.


Welcoming a great downtown breakfast/lunch/brunch option
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA

After the opening kinks and a few mixed reviews but always raves about the food, SCARLETT BEGONIA is hitting its stride and well worthy of a top recommendation for breakfast or lunch and mid-morning breaks. Setting is the terrific quiet downtown Victoria Court at West Victoria and State Street, close by the Arlington and Granada Theaters. Indoor, fountain patio and upstairs open deck seating. This puts excellent early day dining right into the heart of evening restaurant Ground Zero right near Arigato, buchon, Downeys and Olio et Limone.

We had the Reuben sandwich and the squash eggplant sandwich - both top rate. The squash/eggplant sandwich was a little squishy to eat by hand, but managed with many swipes on my cloth napkin. Very tasty combo with various veggies and goat cheese with a haunting sweet tartness to its make-up. Reuben was also a little unconventional, but top marks for taste as well. Both came their their version of fries which were plump, crisp and savory. Prices in the $10-15 category with complimentary filtered still or sparkling water.

Everything coming out looked good and one could spend many happy returns going through the entire menu. It obviously has established itself by word of mouth - many happy diners and a 30's-something type casual crowd. Careful attention provided by whom appears to be the owner. She has something good and takes personal care to ensure it succeeds. Welcome to Santa Barbara Scarlett Begonia, and adding one more wonderful dimension to Santa Barbara dining. They also serve that "pre-digested" Green Star coffee - did not try it, but here is a place where it should be good. Permalink | Report | Reply


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