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Natural Cafe - Hitchcock Way
361 Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 563-1163

Reviews by the General Public

The only decent mid-priced restaurant in town
Reviewer: Chris from Goleta, CA
I love to try new foods, but I'm not really a vegan, so I ordered the vegetable lasagna. Been missing good lasagna since Gina's closed (sad face). It could not have been any better. It was so good!!! Layers of zucchini and other soft veggies, cheese and a yummy sauce. Huge salad was part of the deal. My husband had the special, which was a spaghetti with meat sauce, and it really was a meat sauce, almost nothing but meat. I like a little more tomato sauce myself, but it was a huge portion, came with a salad too, so he enjoyed it. Both our meals came with two large slices of garlic bread, triangle slices of French bread thickly coated in garlic and cheese. I could not have asked for a better meal.

Cabo Fish Tacos - Really bad
Reviewer: Anne from Santa Barbara, CA
I have eaten at this restaurant for years and always had great food and service but yesterday my guests ordered the Cabo Fish Tacos and they were absolutely inedible with slimy greasy fish inside the tacos. My guests were nauseous after initially eating some of the Cabo Fish Tacos. They didn't want to create a fuss and we didn't take the dish back but I wish I had. Unfortunately this restaurant is a no-go for us now.

Healthy alternatives at moderate prices
Reviewer: Heather from Santa Barbara, CA
I dine often. The Spiritual Spinach Salad is my favorite. Also enjoy the grilled vegetables & tofu. This is not the place for traditional burger & fries offered at many places. It tends to be lighter fare with Asian & Mexican touches. (I miss their "Dalai Dog" (veggie hot dog) with chili which they discontinued.) No beef on the menu--Features tofu, fish, chicken dishes. Great for vegetarians & their friends & family. Informal, family atmosphere. Order at the counter and they bring it to your table or booth. Self-serve for water, tableware, condiments. Mellow place.

Good place for lunch!
Reviewer: Shirley from Lompoc, CA
We have been coming to The Natural for years now and really enjoy the food. The outside patios are a real plus in good weather, such a pleasant atmosphere. Our favorite is the tostado salad, only the way they used to fix it with a wheat tortilla on the bottom instead of blue chips, but we have tried almost everything on the menu and all is very good. This is our favorite spot in Santa Barbara for lunch or early dinner and we recommend you try it for a casual dining experience. Keep in mind, you get your own silverware, water, napkins from a service bar, and order from a counter cashier, so it isn't complete full service. The waiters do bring the food to the table, collect the dirty dishes from the table, and refill drinks. Waiters and management are extremely helpful and courteous. A great healthy food experience for a reasonable price.

Good food, friendly staff, cleanliness needs improvement
Reviewer: Greg from Santa Barbara, CA
Food good, service good, but tables are always dirty (you can tell they wiped them down but the dirt and food left on table is always bad). Also every time we come the glasses that are cleaned already always have a piece of basil or something green stuck on inside and or outside of glass. If they paid attention to these things it would be so much better. Makes you wonder how clean their food prep and kitchen are??? Hope they take this as constructive criticism and fix it... We still come back and back despite this though...

Falafel Balls rolling downhill
Reviewer: Herb from Santa Barbara, CA
We have eaten here many times, and one of our two most favorite dishes was the Falafel Pita sandwich. Not anymore! The last two times we ordered it, the Falafel balls were hard, dry, and tasteless. The first time this happened, we brushed it off as a one-time event. When we tried it again -- many weeks later -- the same thing happened.

good food
Reviewer: julie from Santa Barbara, CA
we went to this place and it looked like a nice place i got the presto pasta with natural salad it was actually really good different but good then i got the chicken tacos they where good but no the best. the salads are always good and what l like about this place is that it has a selection of food love the aloha bra soups were good too one time cold so what i'm saying is everything is good here.

literally the worst portobello mushroom sandwich i have had
Reviewer: Nora from Santa Barbara, CA
note to cooks: mushrooms should not be dunked in water, as they absorb said water, and then extrude the same, onto the bread slices. needless to say, my sandwich was WET and essentially inedible. really, really, bland food all around. no spice in the salsa, none. why does healthy have to mean tasteless? it does not. see: veggie grill (irvine).

Healthy food
Reviewer: stuart from Santa Barbara, CA
I like the food at all their locations and this one is great to grab a meal before or after the movie theater next door. It's fast food order at the counter style so service isn't really an issue. They have interesting Middle Eastern style sauces and salad dressings.

Excellent Food/Atmosphere/Service
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Great place for lunch. Spacious seating, Outdoor seating option. Healthy yet tasty food. Food came out quick. Servers extremely nice. No reason not to go here than Jack in the Box.

Wholesome delicious fast food
Reviewer: Amy from SB
We have lived here for about two years and have been frequent visitors to The Natural Cafe. We love the Spinach salad with artichoke hearts, olives, feta cheese, and veggie bacon bits. For some yummy protein get it with sauteed tofu on top. The old town salad is also really good and very filling with brown rice, guacamole, cheese(sauteed tofu added). Try the Black bean enchiladas, or Nachos Grande! This location is great and very clean. Service is usually fast, even when they are busy. You can tell they have good management. To sum it up, this is a great place for a nice healthy lunch or dinner. Nothing fancy, but very simple and you will go back again and again!

We love this place.
Reviewer: Liz from Santa Barbara, CA
We eat at many of the Natural Cafes on a regular basis. We have made it our mission to try as many different things on the menu that we can, and we are always pleasantly surprised. The bread is amazing and makes great sandwiches. The locals favorite sandwich is my favorite so far. 5 stars to this place.

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