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Dutch Garden Restaurant
4203 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 967-4911

  • Category: German
  • Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-8pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

On balance, the best in town, 11/10/2016
Reviewer: Art from Santa Barbara, CA
I am a twenty five plus year customer at DG. I eat there at least once a week. I believe it to be the best food in our town. I have never had a meal that I didn't consider to be delicious. I note the several comments here on the "dusty" appearance and trust that Ken takes those seriously. I will also admit that, at busy times, the service staff ( a delightful mix of very friendly and attractive young people) gets a bit overwhelmed but as a general rule they are exceptional. Ken and Lori are devoted to providing an outstanding restaurant experience. Do yourself a favor and visit this special place.

Iconic, sort of.
Reviewer: Jeffrey from Santa Barbara, CA
I have ALWAYS loved the food even though it is a bit heavy. You don't go to the Dutch Garden with some other idea. For fifteen years I have been telling friends and those visiting SB to enjoy a meal at the Dutch Garden to experience a little magic in the biz of feeding people. Having said that about this iconic institution in a city that longs for character and grit this evening the DG broke my heart. After waiting quite a long time for our food and having finished only half of my entre I was told at 7:35 that I could not order a beer. I was told by the bus person that they are closed! "NOT if I am welcomed into your home and I'm still working on my meal". That is exactly what I told Ken (chef/owner) who should have personally apologize to a customer of 15 years who has recommended The Dutch Garden to more people than he will EVER have imagined. We have always loved this place even with the dust, however, we will never go back as The Dutch Garden apparently has lost its soul. If only Ken had apologized or said something,instead he looked at me as if to say "I'm tired and I'm done.

We love this place!!
Reviewer: Jeanne from Laguna Beach, CA
We love love their Wiener schnitzel & sausage! Teamed with their bread and ice cold beer 🍺 it Is heaven- not fancy but super authentic and delicious 😀

Eat the sausage, burn your wallet
Reviewer: Jay from Santa Barbara, CA
Pro: the food is good and tasty, has a steady devoted following. Con: the prices are absurd for the food. They know people come for the food, and charge what they will. Profit profit profit. 18.00 for a sausage and potatoe salad?! Atmosphere: cute Bavarian decor, but super dusty and dirty. Don't look too close!

Reviewer: Lynn from Santa Barbara, CA

worth the drive
Reviewer: patty from ojai ca
Lunch on Fri. was the best I had forgotten how delious the smoked turkey sandwich is. Really worth the drive over we will be over again soon.

Best salmon
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
I eat out often and have been to almost every fish restaurant in SB. Dutch Gardens gets my vote for the best salmon. The other people in my party all liked their meals.

Big disappointment
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
The Dutch Garden is one expensive disappointment, from the slow and thoughtless service, dirty tables, sloppy mustard caddy (big Healthcode violation). The menu is really limited and expensive for what you get. I don't want a trough of food on my plate but for a $10 sandwich, potato salad or Rotkohl and pickel should be included, instead they charge an additional $3 for a modest scoop of potato salad. I like the forest like outside seating, if only the surrounding tables had been bussed. I had to remind the waitress twice for my mother's coffee refill, and when I asked for cream and sugar she looked confused and said she would try to dig some up!!!??? WHAT! Ten minutes later she came back with one sugar packet and one creamer....Sigh... How I miss the European Deli.

Can I Please get my order!
Reviewer: Bethany from Santa Barbara, CA
I arrived with a friend for lunch. After waiting 20 mins I expressed to the waiter that I was working on a timeline and orders a cold sandwich. 30 minutes later I had to flag down the waiter and tell him I had to leave. He asked if I still wanted my Sam. Uh no. I have to leave. He then cancelled the order to the owner (wifey) who yelled out "what she doesn't want her liverwurst?" Evidently it had been sitting there for some time while they catered to a large table. No. I can't afford time to dine when you make me wait 30 minutes for a cold sandwich particularly when it's a non flame dish and I expressed that I only had one hour total. I get understaffed. I get that big parties cause stress but I need a cold sandwich people. I've been a customer for 20 years. Handle it.

Friday night dinner
Reviewer: Lil from Santa Barbara, CA
Dined here for dinner this Friday evening. Remarkably underwhelmed with the service. Disappointing because I typically look forward to the Garden! Arrived before sunset and there were exactly five other tables occupied, most of whom had received their meals. Bus boy took our beer order and we received our drinks. After fifteen minutes or so the waitress took our order. After OVER ONE HOUR of sitting in the pitch black my salad was delivered along with a candle. About one minute later (no spacing between courses) our entire dinner arrived. All items were quickly and silently delivered by the bus boy because our waitress was busy standing in the corner of the restaurant. I was disappointed for several reasons: 1) There was absolutely no communication from the waitress or bus boy informing us that perhaps the kitchen was on break for 45 minutes or possibly serving everyone that walked in after us at the bar. 2) My boyfriend's tomato lentil soup ($7) tasted mostly of the aluminum can that perhaps most or all of it was poured from. 3) My favorite Weisswurst sausage (which is pretty good) that is $9.95 for lunch suddenly became $18 during dinner time for the exact same plate minus the sad, hurried dinner salad. 4) After lingering long after we were finished my boyfriend had to ask the kitchen for our check. I reluctantly write this review because I do want to support the Garden. I would have rather expressed my complaint to our waitress but could not because she DELIBERATELY avoided us. After we asked for our check we watched her walk up to the bus boy 4ft away from us and hand him our check which he quickly dropped off before running away. We are loyal, local customers who were genuinely insulted by our dinner experience. I hope that the Dutch Garden can improve their communication skills before we give them another chance.

I loved this place!
Reviewer: Sean from Santa Barbara, CA
So unpretentious that you would almost think they were not trying to get you in the door by the decor. But the service was great. It's not fine dining and you won't be treated that way, but the servers are fast and they care. The food is phenomenal. Authentic and delicious. And the Beer selection is as unique as it gets for around SB. We will be back many times.

excellent place to enjoy german food and attmosphere
Reviewer: Kelly Kyle from Redmond, Wa.
This place. Is cousins live here and brought us here to enjoy the food and fare. Lovely waitresses and fantastic food. Just PERFECT. We came after the lunch rush at we had time to sit and relax.

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