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Eladio's
1 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 963-4466


Reviews by the General Public

Pretty good for Locals! Good for Families.
Reviewer: Kristine from Santa Barbara, CA
Surprise! Eladio's is actually pretty good! We're longtime locals, and only started going here regularly Fall 2012, because they offered a 2 for 1 entree coupon in the Independent. We take our kids, and have a good meal. They have a kids menu with the usual fare (chicken tenders, burger, etc. that comes with the soda for about $7). The entrees we have tried several times over the last few months have been great. Sauteed fish with tomatoes and cappers, blackened ahi salad, pasta dishes, we've tried a lot and never disappointed. Is this buchon or Wine Cask? No, but the food is good and the prices decent. They have no coupons now, but a new Happy Hour in their new bar (kids apparently welcome). I had a fish taco (with fresh tasting fish) for $4.50, and a made to order crab cake, also $4.50. Both were great, and plenty of food. Husband had a tri-tip sandwich with fries ($14) also good. Happy Hour drinks a bit weak, but at low prices, it's tough to complain. The servers are great, and actually recognize us, chat, are kind to the kids, etc. It may be in a hotel, but the vibe from the staff is total S.B.


Motel food
Reviewer: Sophia from Santa Barbara, CA
Hadn't beef here for years and was sorely disappointed. The restaurant is set up like a chain hotel dining room of the lower order and the ambience was terrible. I felt bad for the few tourists who were eating there. Menu is basic and the food tasted cheap. Fish and Chips - $16, over cooked fish (refried?) and undercooked chips, stale coleslaw. Fish tacos were dry and so was the salsa. I saw someone eating pizzas that looked soggy. This is heat-and-eat cooking and I would be surprised if many of the items on the menu were cooked from scratch. Salads were dire. Not for locals!


Poor quality food!
Reviewer: Evelyn from CA
Atmoshere was good as it overlooks the beach! Service was reasonably good! Food was disgusting! We had the thin crust pizza minestrone soup and beer battered fish and chips. Thin crust pizza should not be soggy and tasted like the crust out of a box mix and sauce out of a jar. Fish was not bad and soup was edible! Very disappointed needless to say and will definitely not recommend anyone to this restaurant. Didn't feel like the chef nor the owner took pride at what they serve their customers.


Horrible service
Reviewer: John from San Francisco, CA
Let me begin by saying that I usually never rate a restaurant but because of the service I received or should I say lack of I decided to write a quick review. I am currently at the restaurant awaiting my food. Let me say that the service is by far the worst I have ever had. I have gotten more attention from servers at Denny's. I waited half in hour for someone to ask what I was having to drink. Then when I asked what the special was the waiter looked at me as If I had insulted her and she could not remember the special. Well I hope the food is at least good. We shall wait and see. I will followup with the food if I ever get it, as for now the service is horrible.


Great choice
Reviewer: Diane from Tampa, FL
The halibut with lemon and caper sauce was excellent as was the risotto. The best meal I have had on our entire trip through CA.


good experience - back on our list
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
We reserved for 6 at noon on Saturday. Table was ready and waiting, just as requested. Everyone was very happy with the range of reasonably priced (given the location) options and ultimately the quality of the food which was good to very good. Service was attentive and prompt. They've definitely stepped it up a notch. Not just for tourists anymore.


locals should try
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
it is amazing that this place isn't more popular with locals. I think SB folks think it is a tourist place with high prices. I rarely give restaurants a 5 but five of us all gave this place a five star rating last night. The young lady server was wonderful.


Good quality food, excellent service and reasonably priced
Reviewer: Ted & Elaine from Vancouver BC Canada
We are visiting from Canada and had a lunch here on a visit two years ago. This time we walked into Eladio's on a Friday evening at 7.00pm and the restaurant was not busy (about 5 tables occupied). The customer numbers doubled by 7.30 pm. We were seated by the hostess and water arrived at the table instantly and a server within minutes. Our drink and food orders were taken when we were ready and these were delivered to the table after a reasonably short wait. During the course of the meal our table was checked several times and the check arrived promptly when we asked for it. The service was attentive, efficient and very pleasant. My meal was simple: clam chowder followed by ceasar salad & grilled chicken. Both were fine although the chowder needed something to liven it up. My wife had the shrimp & scampi and found the sauce very tasty although a little too spicy (hot) for her taste. The several accompanying vegetables were cooked perfectly. She gave her meal high marks. Given the prices charged at most Cabrillo restaurants, Eladio's is very reasonable. It is not fine dining (paper napkins, no tablecloths, low-end menu) but you get what you pay for and the ambiance and view are very pleasant. We'll go again.


Good Fish
Reviewer: Mike F. from Santa Barbara, CA
I have eaten here twice and both time everyone liked their meals. I do think the server was strange and LOUD. The prices are reasonable and what a beautiful view of the dolphin fountain.


great
Reviewer: lucy from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here was so good my friend and daughter loved it they especially the chocolate chip panacakes the sevice was so good were coming back tommoro.The atmospherewas always calming.This was our frist time and it was great.


HORRIBLE SERVICE
Reviewer: Anna from Santa Barbara, CA
I went here with my family for brunch and it was the worst service I have had in my life. It took the waitress 30 minutes to take our drink order and then another 30 for the drinks to be served. When they actually were served mine was incorrect and then once corrected it was made improperly. By the time I got the correct drink we had almost finished our entire meal.The service was very slow and the waitress was very rude. She scoffed each time we made a request and it was incredibly unprofessional. The food was very good (although it took nearly an hour to be served) but because the service was so terrible I will never be returning.


Big Changes Afoot
Reviewer: Susan from Santa Barbara, CA
According to our waiter, the menu downgraded from "fine dining" about three months ago. By my recommendation, we came with a group with specific dietary restrictions. The waiter knew very little about ingredients. Our group made very clear requests about sauces, spices, and sides and there were numerous mistakes. It was disappointing that the sunset specials and kid perks are gone. So too - wild caught fish. Here's the good news: if you are "in the know", you can park in the hotel parking lot.


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