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Crocodile Restaurant at Lemon Tree Inn
2819 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 687-6444

  • Category: American
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 7am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
  • Chef: Cristian Perez
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes, but usually not needed
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Reviews by the General Public

Brunch no more!!, 9/16/2013
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
For some CRAZY reason the Crocodile stopped serving Brunch!!! What!! They serve breakfast until only 11:00 now. Spoke with a young gal who claimed to be the restaurant manager told me that they don't serve Brunch anymore because the cooks don't want to! ???? Are you kidding me! Well give the lazy cooks what they wants, by all means! I hope the genuine manager of Crocodile reads this!


Excellent
Reviewer: Stu from Santa Barbara, CA
Had not been here in over a year and was very pleased when I ate lunch here today. Wonderful patio seating in the back facing the pool and green space. Italian oriented menu with standard American dishes too. Cute friendly and efficient server. I had the wedge salad which was huge and delicious and had chunks of sausage in it. The dressing was tangy, tasty and Not overdone. Spaghetti Bolognese was perfect. Lots of meat sauce with tangy spices and dark red tomato flavor. One friend had a nice size individual pizza which was good but too much os a cracker base as opposed to a doughy base for me. Open face tuna melt with fries looked good as did the lemon chicken salad. Note: located inside the Lemon Tree motel on upper State Street. I shall return!


DON'T MISS THIS HIDDEN GEM
Reviewer: RoccocoMan from Santa Barbara, CA
Outstanding, beautiful, romantic, hidden gem of a restaurant at the Lemon Tree Hotel on State Street. Well worth a visit. Will return absolutely!


Good food, Good drink
Reviewer: Lady Sosy from Santa Barbara, CA
Oscar makes a mean Patron Margarita and Chef Christian Perez makes, (at least in my opinion) the best Ceasar Salad in Santa Barbara


When you just can't decide, choose Crocodile
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
You know when you want to go out for dinner and just can't decide on where to go? This is the place because it has so many good things going for it and it covers all bases no matter what dining mood you or others might be in. Great atmosphere to make the event feel special without being pretentious or an effort; variety in the well-priced menu to always find something that intrigues the tastebuds; and solid delivery of the range of what they offer. We had the burger with salad and fries and the beef stroganoff with spinach tagliatelli - both very good and hit the exact spot our prior indecision about where to go needed satisfying. No question but to top if off with the decadently rich coconut cake - best to share one slice or plan on taking it home. Crocodile is our go to home away from home - better than home cooking, still homey enough to be welcoming, but special enough to feel one has had a very nice night out.


Great Burger!
Reviewer: Kyle from Palmdale, CA
Tasty cheese burger and fries.Great service and atmosphere.Was here on vacation and will be back.


WoW!
Reviewer: Kathy C. from Santa Barbara, CA
We had such a great time at the Crocodile. Our meals were so tasty. I had the chicken tacos, and many bites of my husbands pesto Salmon spaghetti. We splurged on a Coconut cake... everyone was so nice, and the atmosphere was perfect. I found a new favorite spot.


Work Lunchers: Plan on staing the afternoon
Reviewer: Sarah Schapel from Santa Barbara, CA
I called and placed a reservation 3 days before my coworker's actual birthday lunch. I specifically specified it was a work lunch, to ensure we wouldn't be waiting too long. There was 10 of us who majorily ordered paninis or salad. After the second round of bread, waters and an hour of waiting for our food we asked the "Manager" if we could get our food to go. The server, who was later identified as the "Manager" was cordial, but gave us no sense of urgency or sincere apology and made it seem like a nonchalant situation to the absolutely slow service. We finally got our food to-go with $40 off our bill by an hour and 15 minutes. I would have rather dined at Burger King than wait for small portions, horrendous service and loud noise from construction that they apparently are doing. PASS, THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT SERVICE!


The best breakfast place
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
My favorite breakfast spot. The BEST Eggs Benedict I've ever had! And that's saying something! They also make a mean Bloody Mary😃. Lovely and relaxing setting, never crowded and the wait staff is efficient but not always cheerful and personable, (which doesn't bother me, like previous critics) The staff has never been rude by any means. The only thing I'd complain about is the utter lack of Cholula!? Tabasco sucks!


Disappointed & unwanted guest
Reviewer: Joe E. from Santa Barbara, CA
My first reaction after entering the Crocodile was the place looks nice & very well kept. My attitude quickly changed after walking in to the greeter. Her attitude was unfriendly and rude. Not a smile or hello as we walked up. The behavior continued as she sat us a our table. At this point still no greetings as to her name or who would be waiting on us. It continued as she came back with water but not a word was spoken to our party. We had a gut feeling that she did not want to speak to us and that we were unwanted guest.We then decided to take our business to a place with a better vibe and better service. Management MUST address this type of behavior. We refuse to step foot in the Crocodile again.


We felt we were uninvited guests!
Reviewer: Miranda from Long Beach, Ca
The restaurant seems to be nice and classy...but the greeter and waitress were not. Their poor manners and lack of courtesy took away from the restaurant. When we walked in, my party and I were barely acknowledged and our waitress ignored us. We were seated and served water without our waitress saying one word to us. We ended up walking out. If this is the type of service we can expect, we will NEVER go back.


Food fit for a God
Reviewer: Janet Rulien from Escondido, CA
This place was so much fun! I loved the food. The chef is awesome. I really feel I had the best eggs benedict I have ever eaten as well as calamari, etc., etc. This place is totally underated. The staff is great, the chef is really quite exceptional. I tried to get him to move to San Diego!! Try it you will definately go back again. I know I am!!


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