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Santa Barbara Brewing Company
501 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 730-1040


Reviews by the General Public

Done Here…Never Going Back, 2/16/2014
Reviewer: Rob from Santa Barbara, CA
Yesterday at around 6:15pm went here with my wife, 2 boys, and visiting grandparents (party of 6) and were essentially turned away by the hostess. The main dining room was packed, but the Lounge was empty. We'd been seated in the Lounge a few times in the past and told the hostess we'd be happy to sit back there. We were told we couldn't sit there because we had the kids, and then she told us there was only one table where she'd seat us and pointed to a table of 8 near the door, but she didn't know how long it would be. I said, "So you're basically telling me this is the only table we can have, there are no other options?" She nodded with a blank, clueless stare, and we left. I've been going there since 1998, I've also walked out of here 3 times over the years due to unreasonably crummy service (we were completely ignored on 3 separate occasions after being seated, while people seated 5-10 min after us had drinks, place settings, and appetizers before anyone even acknowledged we were there), and I'm officially done with the Brew Co. I can get better food and better beer at a dozen other places in town, done wasting my time here.


Open on X-Mas day!
Reviewer: Karen from Santa Barbara, CA
We were pleasantly surprised to find the SB Brewing Company open on X-Mas day. The place was hopping but we had excellent service beginning with the hostess. We were pleasantly greeted by the hostess who admitted she didn't think she had had a moments break since she started working. Our waitress was also very pleasant. The food and drinks were yummy and for a day when people could be grumpy about working the atmosphere was very upbeat.


Service has gone down hill
Reviewer: peter from Santa Barbara, CA
My buddies and I use to go and watch the football game for over 4years. The service was great. Food Awesome. But Today 12/2/2012. There was NO Service. We sat there for almost 2 hours. OH wait. We did get ice tea served but that was it. The waitress Never came back. To take our order,not even to refill the Ice tea. So we are never coming back.


GOOD CHOICE
Reviewer: rich l from MONROVIA, CA
THE SET UP and brew house feel IS GREAT...VERY COMFORTABLE SETTING. SERVICE STARTED GOOD BUT TOOK TOO LONG TO FINALLY BRING US OUR FOOD..30 MINUTES...I TRIED TO GET WAITRESS ATTENTION BUT I THINK SHE AVOIDED ME CAUSE SHE KNEW WE WERE WAITING. BEER IS VERY GOOD...FAIR PRICES...THE FISH WAS FRESH...MY SONS "Santa Barbara" PIZZA WITH SUN DRIED TOMATOES AND BACON WAS AWESOME..GARLIC FRIES ARE WORTH IT...BUT I MUST Say it begins and with service!!! That's why they can be rated higher...


Short, shorts, and bad service
Reviewer: Riley from Santa Barbara, CA
We came here thinking that this was going to be a good lunch, but we were wrong. The service wasn't very good, we had to wait 40 minutes to get our food . Although I highly recommend the Santa Barbara pizza. It was delicious. The waitresses were hardly wearing anything. Ours was wearing something close to a daisy dooke and a shirt that had an open back. I think they need to get faster service. If they do I would definetely go there again. Although the waiters were kind, they surely need a dress code.


Average food...overpriced everything else.
Reviewer: M. S. Boxer from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been to many micro brewerues and I don't expect exceptional food, because I'm really there to taste the local beer. I had a blonde micro and the pale ale. The blonde I couldn't finish because it had an awful after taste. The Pale Ale was just as bad and bitter. Then came the food..Garlic Parmesan fries..ok but I was still trying to get the bad beer taste out of my mouth. This place needs to find food that complements the beer people order. I'm sure there may be people who like their beer, but there are many micro bars that will list certin menu items to match your beer of choice.


Visit everytime I'm in town
Reviewer: Pauline from Newport Beach, CA
By far the best fish and chips and the blue cheese mushroom burger is the best in town. The tarter sauce for the fish and chips is amazing. The wings are spicy and meaty. I always have a great time and meal. Easy location right on the corner and I can walk to the stores and bars after lunch or dinner. I would recommend this brewery to anyone who is visiting Santa Barbara.


Average food horrible service
Reviewer: Anthony from Santa Barbara, CA
Lived in SB my whole life and went here for lunch with some friends since I haven't been in years. The food was decent, not great not bad, and the prices are fine for what it is. The worst part was the waitress. She acted like we were a big inconvenience to her and seemed completely ambivalent and uncaring about our group. If you work in the customer service industry, you need to at least appear like you care.


Great late night eat
Reviewer: Rachel from Santa Barbara, CA
Downtown on a tuesday night, pretty late and saw this was one of the few places that was serving food after 10pm. Stopped in and ordered the filet Mignon steak bite appetizer. Literally, it was so good the steak could have melted in my mouth. It was an excellent choice! My friend got the chicken tenders and the chicken was very dry though. Not such a good choice. I also tried their wheat ale beer which was very satisfying. I always have a pleasant experience here, but the steak bites were so good that I had to write a review!


Great Sports, Good Food, Good Atmosphere, Good Service
Reviewer: Josh Tuner from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here is pretty solid but nothing to write home about. The burgers and tacos are definitely the go to items. Bear in mind it is bar food. If I feel like watching sports this is the spot. Any large sporting events you are lucky to find a seat unless you arrive early. TVs everywhere. Typical Brewery / Restaurant atmosphere: loud, brick, lots of guys, lots of female employees. I can never see this being a place the girls would pick for a "night out." Service is good not great. Most employees seem very into themselves minus the bus boys.


Good Food, Interesting Place
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
This place really has some decor flavor. Many TVs on the wall too. Interesting place. Food was good, especially the fish special. They have their own beer vats. More of a finer dining presentation over bar food and not a big college late nite hangout place but was open late for good food/beer. A bit pricey. There are pool tables and a back bar in the back of the place out the restrooms then back in behind the kitchen. Looks like a nice place to play pool/drink w/o crowds. Food did take a while to come out and had a possible mouse sighting.


How do you screw up a pizza?
Reviewer: Beverly from Santa Barbara, CA
We were one of two tables at the SB Brewing Company Lounge (aka Fig and Haley). Our server came by once to get us drinks and drop off a food menu, but never returned. Finally she resurfaced to clean a table nearby. My date got up to order food from her. When the food arrived (in a timely manner, at least they have that going for them), he rather enjoyed his French Dip. My vegetarian pizza was frozen. No, not cold; FROZEN. I usually go to Madison's for all my sports bar needs but figured I'd give this place another chance. What this proved to me is that I really need to stick to Madison's.


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