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Esau's Cafe - Downtown
721 Chapala St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 965-4416

  • Category: American
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 6:30am-3pm, Fri 6:30am-10pm, Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-3pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes, recommended
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Reviews by the General Public

Nice way to end a vacation, 12/10/2014
Reviewer: Carolyn from Santa Barbara, CA
Heard a lot about the crunchy corn flakes French toast so I wanted to try them. DELICIOUS! Did not use coconut on it. My Aunt had eggs Benedict's. Her only complaint was that she had "too much food".

Gone Downhill...
Reviewer: Keith H. from Santa Barbara, CA
I used to go to Esau's on Casitas Pass road in Carp. 25 years ago. There was always a line out the door; it was THAT good! They sold that restuarant and moved to Lower State St., in Santa Barbara. It was a very popular breakfast spot. I have recently eaten twice at their Chapala address and was disappointed. Both my favorites of Chicken Fried Steak w/eggs and Corned Beef Hash/w eggs were just average at best. The hash browns were tastless, the Corned Beef Hash was "ACK!" spicy and how can someone screw up 'eggs-over-easy'? And what ever happened to their great homemade biscuits? And their sausage gravy is mediocre! The toast was burnt. Esau's really needs to take a step back to the 80's era quality. (And the Eggception restuarant is gone from Carp too) Service was good. Place was empty on a Friday morning...... I recommend spending your $18/meal elsewhere. (Where, I dunno)

Yummy food
Reviewer: Casey from Santa Barbara, CA
I took my friends to lunch there and we all enjoyed it. The place was very very busy on the day after Christmas. There's something for everybody on the menu. If you want something healthy, you can find it. If you want something oozing cheese, with french fries, they have that too. I had the fish burger with fruit cup. It was a nice piece of fish (I think it was mahi-mahi) on a sesame bun with tartar sauce. The fruit was all fresh: grapefruit, banana, blue berries. I'll definitely be going back. I enjoyed sitting outside by the sidewalk. The waitress was very friendly and service was good.

Worst service ever
Reviewer: Josh from Santa Barbara, CA
Sat there for 20 minutes and was not served. We got a far as the menu being handed to us. We left.

Wonderful food, coffee, service, people!
Reviewer: Joan & Dan from Goleta, CA
We have become "regulars" here at Esau's for breakfast, and have always enjoyed the food, coffee, service. The only downside (very minor) is that the jam for the toast or biscuits is sugary-bland with too many seeds (I'm tempted to bring my own jam from home). The coffee is the best, the smiles and attention from the servers, wonderful. It can be noisy inside, but it's fun energy. The photography on the walls is superb. I highly recommend the Greek-Italian omelet, and the French toast. Wonderful!

Great breakfast!
Reviewer: Alison from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been here for breakfast several times and have never been disappointed! Even if there is a wait to be seated, the hostess is always very friendly. Once seated, the coffee and water are always kept full. My only complaint in terms of service would be that they may be overly attentive :) The portions are large and the food always tastes great. I'll be coming back!

Great food / Good service
Reviewer: Jill from Santa Ynez, Ca
I ate at the Esaus downtown a few weeks ago. I ordered the Corn Beef Hash and it was cooked perfectly,a little well done and crispy . The coffee was really good and fresh. It was a busy Sunday morning and the service was awesome. I noticed the staff had really good teamwork and our waitress was really friendly. I will definatly coming back soon.

Great food, troubled service
Reviewer: JT from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here is great. It's one of the best breakfasts in town. However, the service is a problem. It seems to me that the servers need smaller sections because I don't think they can deal with the all the tables they have. The last few times we've gone there's been bad/mediocre service. While my food has been great, my boyfriend had eggshells in his pancakes and his sausage was undercooked. I don't know if we can keep coming here unless they fix some of these problems

Reviewer: Amanda Albino from Santa Barbara, CA
I have gone here before the change of hours and i always had a great time, but recently the last 3 times i've gone to this place it has been ridiculous! yesterday was the final straw. not only did the brunette girl just slam our drinks down on the table and go straight to the next table with the rich lawyer looking men to ask how their meal is(we're average income 20 year olds and tip well) then she walked away with no words to us. 15 minutes later she comes back to take our order as she placed our silverware upside down and in the middle of the table. she never asked what we wanted as our sides and walked away with minimal words. 30 minutes later the people who ordered after us got their food and still no food for us. needless to say we just left the restaurant, our appetites completely gone. never again. i dunno if its the employees mad at the change in hours or just poor training on a new girl, but something needs to be done. the food is too good to just waste on bad waiters and bad experiences for customers.

Idiots Online
Reviewer: Jon from Santa Barbara, CA
Look. Here are a couple of tips for "reviewers" (you're not really experts ya know): -Five minutes is not a long time to wait for a table. -Even if the "service was terrible", not leaving a tip should be reserved for ax murders or used car salesmen. If not, then you're simply CHEAP. Get a grip and stop watching Top Chef. You're not Tom Colicchio and its just eggs!

The girls Rock the Place!
Reviewer: Sam from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been going since they opened, I have to say the food is good I always get the Bacado Omelet yummy biscuit but. Overall the servers make a big difference. They are super friendly and upbeat just like Esau's should be. Alma, is the best addition to the place for sure!

Delicious omelette!
Reviewer: Joan from Goleta, CA
My husband and I went to Esau's for the first time, and loved it! The decor is really fun and the most of the food was fresh and delicious. I got the Bacado omelette, and was impressed. It was all very tasty and perfectly cooked. Individual flavors really came through, blending to a perfect taste. The home fries were flavorful, but a bit mushy, almost towards mashed potato consistency. Skip the homemade biscuit though -- it was very dry and hard (chefs, work on this, and I'd give you 5 stars). My husband got pancakes, which he enjoyed, but I thought were a bit too sweet -- but that's just personal preference. Still, I'd definitely go back and recommend Esau's on Chapala to others!

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