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Gourmet Dining Room at SB City College
721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 965-0581 x2773

  • Category: American
  • Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-12:30pm, Dinner Thu-Fri 5:30pm-7pm (suggest dinner reservations be made 2 weeks in advance - it's popular)
  • Price: $20+
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Gourmet Lunch from Glendale, CA Incarnation Church
Reviewer: Michiko from Glendale, CA
This was our groups first time here. Our server was Jaime and met Gabriel one of the chefs. Food was excellent, i had a Poached Salmon with rice and vegetables (carrots and brussel sprouts). Very moist, melted n your mouth, tasty not dry. The butter spread was delicious, along with the mixed green salad were very good. The tiramisa was absolutely heaven.

Superb food, superb experience
Reviewer: Anika from Berkeley, CA
The food at SBCC's gourmet dining room was not only delicious, but also imaginative... flavor and ingredient combinations that you might not expect. This was a great value, 4 courses (including chart-topping desserts) for just $40, including 3 wine pairings with the first 3 courses. The restaurant is clean, spacious and quiet, and there's the added plus of walking SBCC's grounds overlooking the ocean. The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly. The culinary students are supervised by a truly top-notch chef, making for a thoroughly enjoyable and yummy meal. I can't wait for next semester to go back. Reservations are a must.

Long Overdue
Reviewer: Sarah from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I waited way too long to try out this local treasure. What a great experience! Top notch food and service...I highly recommend this to any local and it is also a great place to take friends and family who may be visiting. Such a beautiful setting away from State St. or Montecito, overlooking the ocean. A+

Better than other five star restaurants at 1/5 the cost!
Reviewer: Katia from Santa Barbara, CA
We just paid $220 per person in San Francisco and all we could talk about was how much we missed the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room. The food, wine and service are much better than at most "five star" restaurants we've been to. There's no need to leave Santa Barbara for gourmet fine dining. I dream about the wonderful cornish game hen and the duck with cherry sauce. And it's a delight to see the new menu each time. Always a pleasure. Thank you!

Superb Dinning at John Dunn Dinning Room
Reviewer: Margaret from Goleta
Great dinner Fri, eve, in the John Dunn Dining Room at City College. Really astounded at the wonderful ingredients, creativeness, and preparation of all courses. It was a very busy evening for them, but the wait staff pulled together, seeing that all were attended to very professionally. Often not the case in Santa Barbara restaurants. It was wonderful to be able to try different foods not often seen at Santa Barbara area restaurants plus so many locally grown ingredients. Stand outs were the perfectly grilled lamb, buffalo tri tip, seafood sausage, local red rock crab salad, roasted butternut and spinach salad, shrimp wontons. All entrees had nice vegie accompaniments. Pear tarte tatin a great seasonal dessert,(reminded me of fall in France), plum and apple upside down cake with a yummy honey mousse was fabulous. Also the ice cream and sorbets made in house. First three courses are accompanied with wine pairings. All for $40 including tax and gratuity. We will be back soon.

True Gourmet Great Value
Reviewer: Jan from Santa Barbara, CA
Went to SBCC's Gourmet Dining Room last week for dinner. If you truly want a food adventure paired with excellent wines all for a $40 don't want to miss out on this opportunity. The menu is so imaginative, fresh and creative. Don't go there having preconceived thoughts of how dishes should be prepared...because you will be pleasantly surprised! The most attentive service we have had in years. One more excellent thing our own SBCC is doing for it's students and as locals, we benefit. Don't forget to call ahead for reservations.

A Real Treat
Reviewer: Cara from Santa Barbara
I really loved the experience I had when I ate at the gourmet dining room. The student server was a sweetheart, and she answered all our questions. She even arranged for us to get to talk to the head chef, who was so nice and accommodating. For $35/person you get 4 courses, wine with every course. You get to choose from 4 or so options each for Cold Appetizer, Hot Appetizer, Entree and Dessert. The presentation was very chic and the flavors very very good. A totally fun adventure. My guest and I ordered different things so we could switch halfway through, thus getting to try 8 dishes instead of four. I can't wait to go back!

Dont go Here
Reviewer: Sam from Santa barbara
Gourmet???? Yeah right i went there the food was over cooked and nasty. they should really change there name and it was $30 a meal which i usually dont mind spending but it made me feel like it was definitely not worth it

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