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The Habit - Goleta
5735 Hollister Ave, Goleta
Phone: (805) 964-0366


Reviews by the General Public

Have to go back here!, 10/8/2014
Reviewer: Rick from El Cerrito, CA
I have not been to The "Hamburger" Habit since 1975. I worked there my last year at UCSB. The burgers were great, in part due to the great chili sauce we put on them. But I must correct a prior review that stated that this was the original location. Not so. The FIRST Hamburger Habit was located in Isla Vista, across the street from the Taco Bell (which I'm pretty sure is not there any more). It was opened by an old retired Hollywood type named Russ (been too long to remember his last name). He was quite a character. Then a married couple named Pat and Phil opened the Hollister Ave. store. True story. Gonna have to go back there for old time's sake and see if the burgers are as good as I remember them.


chili in goleta, 7/17/2014
Reviewer: Debbie from Pismo Beach, CA
Grew up in Los Angeles and frequented Tommy's. Moving to the Central Coast and finding The Habit was great! I order the Chiliburger when I can make it to Goleta and, to me, it is just as good as Tommy's. Only wish it was sold at all The Habit Restaurants...


*, 1/28/2014
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
I am thunderstruck. No not me and I've been going there since the 70s on/off and remember the movie star chairs. I guess too much off though. It would be neat to get a complete rundown of what they do have there different on the menu.


Chili..., 1/28/2014
Reviewer: Mick Thunders from Santa Barbara, CA
The reason she mentioned the chili (and I'm surprised more of you aren't aware of this) is that this is the ONLY Habit location that offers chili; this is the first location, and chili was on the menu then but didn't make it to the subsequent franchised menu that other locations use. The chili is nothing to write home about, but it is at least on the level of Tommy's, and goes well with their burgers and hot dogs (which might also be unique to this location, but I'm not sure). Her initial review may have been a bit misguided, but coming in after the fact and chiming in with "should have gone to Tommy's" and "I didn't see chili on the menu" doesn't add much to the conversation either.


Burger, 1/26/2014
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
The Dude Abides. Went there and they got a complicated order correct today. Maybe she meant come from Goleta Beach? Confusing review. Their burgers rock and the order taker was right on. I also don't see chili on the menu.


Look Before You Leave!, 1/17/2014
Reviewer: Dude from Santa Barbara, CA
In response to Joanne’s comments I would like to let her know that The Habit is not known for their chili burgers that would be Tommy’s. If you really want a chili burger definetly Tommy’s are great! Second. Why would you drive all the way to Goleta from the beach when there are THREE Habit’s between the beach and Goleta. One on south Milpas. One on lower State and one in La Cumbre Plaza by Lens Crafters. And finally don't just blindly take your order and leave. Check it out to make sure they didn't mess it up, there's nothing wrong in doing that.


Chili, 1/16/2014
Reviewer: Joanne from Santa Barbara, CA
I drove all the way to Goleta from down by the beach for a Chili cheese buger got home to find that there was no chili. Very disapointed. Will never drive there again will go to Ventura for a Tommy's buger........


SB's Best Burger
Reviewer: MB from Santa Barbara, CA
My family dines at The Habit in Goleta about once a week. The double charburger with cheese and bacon is awesome. My only suggestion would be to use lettuce leafs and not shredded lettuce, which tends to fall out of the burger. The beef could use a little more seasoning, and be a bit thicker. The fries are good, but are overcooked/burned occasionally. They burn the onion rings frequently. The chicken sandwich is very good, as is the plain grilled cheese (great for kids). The shakes are very good as well, though the strawberry shake does not have a destinctive strawberry flavor. The only other suggestion is the workers should wear gloves as they are touching the food. Overall, the best burger in SB.


Good food.
Reviewer: Elvisaarongosnell@hotmail.com from Santa Barbara, CA
The Habit has some of the best burgers around!!!!Mmmmm!!!Mmmm!!!


I will travel 900 miles for a Habit burger
Reviewer: Linda Padilla from Eugene, OR
Moved from Santa Barbara long ago but always make a Habit burger a priority when in town. Can taste it right now.


great burgers plus dogs
Reviewer: Chase from Santa Barbara, CA
good stuff, fine service, seating is a lil iffy, i always feel in the way there but the only habit to have chili dogs. shakes are great


weighty
Reviewer: brent from st. louis
I ate there when i was a single guy trimming trees with my 300 lb. groundman we call greaseman, well it kept him with the nickname and oh well now i cannot get up my tree, so go figure, love the habit.


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