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413 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 845-8388

Reviews by the General Public

Burger is out of this world
Reviewer: Carin from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been to Pace twice now and both experiences were fantastic. The grilled cheese sandwich with basil soup is delicious, however I would highly recommend the burger. The beef is amazing and topped with avocado, thick bacon, cheese, and spicey onions. It rivals the burger at Hungry Cat. Menu is limited, I would love to see them do a pulled pork sandwich. The service here is great, very friendly and attentive staff. It takes a little extra time to get your food, but they set this expectation on the menu as they make everything fresh. We enjoyed the ambience of the live music too. Prices are reasonable and we will definitely be going back.

Unfortunate Decline or Just a Bad Night?
Reviewer: Steven from Santa Barbara, CA
We been regulars since Pace opened, and loved this place despite a limited menu and harsh acoustics. The fresh-ground burger is particularly yummy. But last night things were off. The homemade mushroom soup had a nice earthy flavor, but was overly salty and served lukewarm. The Halibut special was overcooked, and served with a too-sweet pineapple sauce. Finally, this was the first time I ordered fish tacos, and while most elements were great (battered Halibut, avo chunks, homemade slaw) the homemade tortillas, while having a nice corny flavor, we're served cold and stiff. With success comes the challenge of maintaining high quality at a hectic Pace.

just my bad luck?
Reviewer: mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Gave this place a try Sunday afternoon. There were 3-4 open tables, so not very busy. I ordered the burger med-rare. After finishing a beer, I began to wonder what was taking so long. After about 30 mins, the food came (I think the waitress forgot to place the order) and the burger was very rare, perhaps because they rushed it after not ordering it? The food was good, but I probably won't go back.

Hard to believe
Reviewer: Meridith from Santa Barbara, CA
How fun it is to go to Pace. The chicken picatta was as good as I've had in Italy. And the family is so wonderful. It is not fine dining, it's like the Brewhouse used to be. My new favorite place

Great food and great people!
Reviewer: Ben from Santa Barbara, CA
We've been here three times so far and have always left happy. There's a wide variety of options on the menu and everything has been very good. The calamari fries, fish tacos and burger are really great. Usually the people cooking at casual restaurants in town barely deserve to be called "cooks", not "chefs". But here they put real skill and care into preparing their food. Everything is fresh, flavorful and well seasoned. It's really a big step up from almost anything else in town at this price point. The draft beer selection is always very good too, usually with at least a couple west coast IPA selections plus couple other microbrews. The service is friendly, genuine and efficient. The only complaint I could make is that the live music can be pretty loud sometimes. It's a small space, so even acoustic music can make conversation difficult.

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE.....this place
Reviewer: Erin from Santa Barbara, CA
If you have yet to visit make it a point to do so! Thee of us dinned on a busy Sat night and all three of us agree it was one of the most enjoyable meals out in quite some time. Had the fish tacos, prime rib, and New York steak. Everything was terrific and the prices are so reasonable for excellent fresh quality well prepared food. What makes this place so special is the incredible friendly service by this family. Five stars Two thumbs up, check it out!

I love this place
Reviewer: Larry from Santa Barbara, CA
Three of us on a Saturday night. Had fish tacos and the catch of the day (halibut). All of it was outstanding. They have great microbrew beers and a decent wine list. I might suggest adding a tequila list. Service was great and charming.

Tasty & original
Reviewer: Kevin from Santa Barbara, CA
This new addition to the Santa Barbara food scene is an intimate setting with no more than about a dozen tables & an interesting collection of art on the walls. Our group was there for the first time for lunch, we had the Papa Burger, Fish Tacos, & the Chicken BLTA. The burgers were enjoyed by all the meat was fresh, tender and flavorful and the buns, which we were told are made fresh daily, were soft and tasty. The Fish Tacos while small were pleasant but not inspiring. The verdict on Chicken BLTA was good. The freshly squeezed lemonade was refreshing, sweet and not too tart. All & all a good experience and we will be back to try other menu choices.

Reviewer: Emmet from Santa Barbara, CA

Good find
Reviewer: Meridith from Santa Barbara, CA
I was referred to Pace by a co-worker and went there at 4 in the afternoon. I had the burger and fries, and as I sat there waiting, took in a few things. Real cloth napkins, no salt and pepper on the table (sign of the chef's hope that you'll taste the food before you season it), and I'm glad I did. Truly the best hamburger around, they grind the meat in house and make the buns too! The owners are chef and hostess. I can't wait to go back and try the fish tacos.

Reviewer: Ms B from Santa Barbara, CA
Just awesome. We very much enjoyed our meal here. We had the NY Steak and Hawaiian Chicken after the Poki appetizer. Yum! Great, welcoming staff too! I hope they have a very successful run here in SB and we definitely plan on visiting them again!

Our group didn't think was good
Reviewer: steve from Santa Barbara, CA
Wow, all of us thought everything here sounded so good....and the decor IS NICE. Menu SOUNDS excellent. However,-ALL the dishes we shared were poor...except the fish tacos. Rock Radio blaring in the background. Ruined the atmosphere. Perhaps it was an off night...but it was not that busy. Make up your own mind...but was not good this time, and wanted you all to know.

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