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Coast Restaurant & Bar
No longer in business
Opened: 2008-01 Closed: 2013-04

31 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 879-9100

Coast Restaurant & Bar writes: A taste of Shutters on the Beach has landed at Canary Hotel Santa Barbara. COAST Restaurant & Bar is THE gathering spot downtown. Savory, accessible comfort food reflecting Santa Barbara’s seaside access and plentiful bounty—sourced from local farms and wharfs. Plus our centrally featured Raw Bar stocks incredibly fresh seafood with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc—oysters, clams, crabmeat and shrimp. Think Crabcakes, Grilled Red Snapper Tacos, Mac & Cheese, Fish & Chips, Salad Nicoise, Cobb Salad and Butterscotch Pudding. Restaurant serving 7am to 10pm daily. Bar open 11am till 11pm Monday through Thursday and 11am till midnight on Friday and Saturday. For reservations call 805-879-9100.

  • Specials: On Tuesday and Friday we offer three course Tasting menus that focus on local produce and seafood, $28 per person. Sunday is a family style Clam Bake with Appetizer and dessert for $28 per person.
  • Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm in our Lounge and Terrace. We offer drink and food specials.
  • Brunch: Come enjoy our Happy Hour Brunch with a Dessert and Sundae Bar and a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Cart that mixes drinks tableside! Every Sunday from 11am-3pm.
  • Private Room: We have a private Dining Room that is available for a group up to 10 people. The restaurant can seat up to 100 people, so please call to discuss any large party arrangments.

Reviews by the General Public

Had a wonderful evening at the Coast, 8/13/2012
Reviewer: Rick and Linda from Santa Barbara, CA
8/11/12 - We love the quiet, spacious and romantic ambiance of the Coast. The Calamari was excellent, crispy but not greasy with a great sauce and came with squash blossoms and fennel fried ($12). The Caesar salad ($7) was fantastic, 4 quarter cut wedges of romaine and white anchovies and caperberries. Not your traditional Caesar but large and very tasty. We were so full we just split a Hamburger ($15)which was also one of the best I have had in town. SERVICE - EXCELLENT. The waiter, Jose, was so attentive we had to let him know we were in no hurry. The new manager, Teo (?) served us our drinks and wine promptly. Everyone was very friendly and the menu has many unique items not found in any other restaurant.

chilaquiles nice for breakfast, 8/9/2012
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
Easy seating for breakfast. Prompt coffee (a house blend) and water glass which was filled after a request. We ordered the chilaquiles and asparagus/crab omelet. The chilaquiles plate includes some shrimp, avo garnish, etc., and was worth repeating - nicely prepared and presented. It deserves 4*. The omelet, on the other hand, was uninspired - no seasoning, no spice, scant flavor. The home fries were more like chunks of plain baked potato - bland. That plate gets 2*. The whole thing took a while to get delivered, though table service was fine and friendly.

They paid me to try it again; disappointed again., 5/10/2012
Reviewer: Shannon from Santa Barbara, CA
Thought that the new owners would have attented to the restaurant's poor service and below par food, but it's the same lacking quality on both. They need to give the staff a refresher course in customer service and proper attire/apperaance, food presentation, and food quality. Crab ceviche served in a too large bowl, the only fork we were offered with the meal was too large to leave in the bowl, and about 25% of the lettuce in my so called ceviche was brown, oh and the 1/2 small tortilla "chip" was limp - not from the dressing limp either. The opah was somewhat dry and bland; it would have been much better if there was some sort of drizzle around the rim of the plate to dab it in. Waiter made us fee like dummies for not knowing that "open table" meant that we had reservations - hostess apparently thought she was making it better by telling us we didn't understand. After a really bad first experience, the manager gave me a certificate to come back, I guss shame on me because I was just as disapponted as the first time!

Other than a nice was terrible, 4/14/2012
Reviewer: Robin S. from Santa Barbara, CA
I hadn't been to Coast since it was bought out by Kitson (an LA firm who owns boutique hotels) but was craving the crab salad so a friend and I headed there for lunch yesterday. Wow! I ordered the salad and out came a tiny, ity bity, pile of crab mixed with fillers on long plate adorned with olive oil and 10-12 salmon was the size of 1/4 an appetizer, and tasted bland other than the roe...the waitress noticing my shock, quickly popped off that Kitson changed the menu when they bought it, did I want to order some soup or a house salad to go with..hmm a salad with a salad...I took her up on the house salad as I at least needed some greens to scoop this beige muck on to..she ended with sorry about the confusion, apparently I was not the 1st person disappointed by this sad dish for $14; I was left hungry. My friend ordered a cobb salad without egg, it came with egg, and was about as plain as they come. Never had a refill on ice tea, very slow service..had to ask for our check 3 times, a bad lunch took 1.5 hours. The only upside to the place is the interior, very comfortable yet chic feel.

Bad bad bad SB food experience, 3/5/2012
Reviewer: Susanne from Santa Barbara, CA
We arrived at 11.30 am and left at almost 2.30 pm and this time was mostly spent on waiting for our food. Our waiter was nice but the service was incredibly slow. Our starters were basic foods and was OK. The entrees - waffles, omelet and mexican scrambled eggs were awful. Waffles were soggy inside and slightly undercooked, the omelet was bland and the potatoes had no seasoning at all. The mexican scramble was overcooked and had strips of tortilla chips cooked inside the scramble ---nothing else. A pile of dry corn tortilla's were next to the eggs and two wedges of tomatoes that looked like they had been sliced a couple of days earlier was next to the same bland potatoes that came with the omelet. I had to ask for salsa and received a tiny cup with a minimum salsa that did not look too fresh. The best part of the deserts was the Ice cream Sunday, but how can you go wrong with ice cream? I have lived in SB almost 20 years and this is probably the worse meal I've had.

Very slow service, small portions, 2/12/2012
Reviewer: Bill from Santa Barbara, CA
We bought a Travelzoo coupon for the Sunday brunch. The restaurant was about half full when we arrived for our 2 pm reservation for 2. It took over an hour to get our entrees, over two hours for dessert. The appetizers (shrimp cocktail and tortilla soup) and entrees (asparagus and cheese omelet and grilled shrimp salad) portions were small and bland. The tortilla soup tasted good but was cool when served. Our waitress was pleasant but not around much. We had to keep asking for water and got to look at empty dishes for a while after each course. The non-coupon price for the Sunday brunch is $26 each. That is too much considering the limited menu, not too tasty food, and the very slow service. By the time we were finished the place was almost empty, yet the service remained slow throughout.

Very poor service and food, will not return, 2/1/2012
Reviewer: Melissa from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I visited Coast for happy hour/ dinner last night. The food was overpriced, even at happy hour prices, and very bland. We had a flatbread that was cold and pretty gross, big chunks of tasteless cheese and tomato on a tortilla like thing. The service was terrible. There were a bunch of young girls (servers/ hostess?) standing right by us and gossiping and joking with the bartenders the whole time. Very unprofessional and rude to stand right next to guests and do that. We were pretty much ignored since everyone was too busy socializing. We will definitely never return and spread the word about this place.

Disappointing, 12/15/2011
Reviewer: Joe from Santa Barbara, CA
I was very disappointed at the surliness of our server -- very very below par for an establishment with these prices. Not friendly in any way and only minimally attentive, with no tableside manner whatsoever (a few comments bordered on rude, or at least cluelessly brusque). Also disappointing that it seemed all diners on a Wednesday night were corralled in a little side room, leaving the lovely main spacious dining area completely empty. Waste of some nice real estate and atmosphere. Why? Abalone starter was rubbery and possibly improperly trimmed/prepped. Seared scallop entree was delicious; perfect. I sense something is very wrong with the management of this joint, but it's a beautiful bar; I'd go there for a cocktail anytime.

Slow service, 12/11/2011
Reviewer: Anne from Santa Barbara, CA
Came to Coast for Sunday brunch. It was over an hour before anyone in our party received a starter. The last person's starter came with the entrees, which was after the two hour mark, and only three of our party received their entrees. The last entree came about twenty minutes later, and only after three failed attempts. Our waiter never came by to refill our beverages. Our dessert was also incorrect. Food was average. We probably won't be back anytime soon.

Good Food, Nice Atmosphere, 12/9/2011
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
The meal was hearty, the ambience is really nice there. Wait a bit long and its a bit pricey but you are probably going there for the ambience anyways. The also have the local 2 for 1 discount there which makes it worth going there too.

ridiculously small portion, 1/19/2011
Reviewer: Katie from Santa Barbara, CA
After 3 appetizers and 1 entree, I was still left with an empty stomach. (Just to give you a idea, I'm 5'8 and weighs 130. I do not eat a lot) the romaine wedge consisted of two slivers of leaves ($11) the oysters were the tiniest I've ever seen - about the size of a peanut shell ($12) and the the hamachi was 6 quarter size slices of the saddest yellowtail ($13). And finally the entree - artic char was 3/4 the size of my palm with traces of cauliflower ($26). For a total bill of $90 with tax & tips, I felt I had just left a ridiculously expensive food tasting event rather than a nice dinner. Coast restaurant, please increase your portions!

Excellent Vibe and Food!, 10/28/2010
Reviewer: Debbie from Santa Barbara, CA
Went to Coast last weekend for the new Sunday brunch and it was fantastic! Live jazz, starter, entrée and dessert buffet for $ can't beat that! Oooo and the lemon ricotta pancakes are AMAZING!

Five satisfied diner, 4/16/2010
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
For our weekly five-person family dinner outing we decided to come here for the first time and we were happy with the staff, very satisfied with our tasty meals, and impressed with the nice decor. We all ordered different entrees and everyone enjoyed his or her meal. We experienced none of the negative incidents cited by some of the previous reviewers. We were there on a Thursday early evening.

Excellent experience, 4/10/2010
Reviewer: Andrea from Santa Barbara, CA
Delicious oysters on the half shell, fresh halibut ceviche, and tasty entrees.. plus the service was attentive but not overbearing. Our waiter was very helpful in choosing our drinks, apps and dinners as his advice was spot-on. I'm not sure why others had less than stellar experiences but we had a great evening and will be back. When the waiter found out we were locals, he gave us a discount card for our next visit.... which will be soon!

Shockingly Bad for a shocking price, 4/7/2010
Reviewer: Elisabet from Goleta, CA
No wonder this place is always empty! I called to make a reservation for 10-12ppl in the Terrace Room. I was told it was only for happy hour in the evening. They did offer their Private Dining Room... for $200 non including food! That was "room rental"? I just wanted a table for 10-12 at 6pm. So we showed up to "Happy Hour" & the place was DEAD... no wonder!! The food was salty & the portions were small. After their New Year's Eve fiasco I'll never be back!

Bad service, 3/22/2010
Reviewer: Liana from Santa Barbara, CA
Two bad experiences in one week, don’t think it was a coincidence. Went Friday night for happy hour and dinner. Drinks were good, we asked to have our happy hour tab moved over to dining since we were having dinner. It took us 15 minutes to get a waiters attention then another 15 minutes to get us rung up since they couldn’t move the tab over. Our waiter didn’t even bother to give us our change back. We didn’t want to create embarrassment so we just went ahead and were seated for dinner. We ordered bread and butter and the rolls were hard as a rock. We got our main entrees and it took several minutes before our sides were delivered. After dinner we took the long walk downstairs to the ladies room. Makes to sense to have a million dollar hotel with no restroom in the vicinity. We told the busboy we would be back shortly. Our waiter rushed out to the lobby and proceeded to hand the bill to one of my friends in the lobby. She reemphasized that we had told the busboy we would return for dessert but were using the restroom. We then proceeded to return for dessert. Returned Sunday for brunch. We had to ask for waters, and they got my drink order incorrect. The champagne glass was dirty. We ordered our food and they forgot to put mayo in our hamburgers. It took about ten minutes before we were able to get someones attention to get some mayo. The waiter and manager were too busy dealing with a problem at another table. How ironic. Upon receiving our bill they proceeded to charge me for the drink I didn’t order. The manager came over to my table and proceeded to tell me that she personally saw them make my drink and that I didn’t receive the wrong order. If the manager had seen my drink being made, she should have stopped the waiter from sending out such a water marked stained glass from being used. Unless she personally tasted my drink she shouldn’t have interjected. Isn’t the customer always right? Upon receiving my bill after the discussion, the item was still on my check. Rather than making a scene, I paid the bill. This establishment doesn’t know the first thing about customer service, or team work.

unpleasant experience, 2/15/2010
Reviewer: Toni from Santa Barbara, CA
Went for Valentines Dinner-we are local and eat out often in all price ranges. When we arrived in the bar-lounge we had to go back out to see if it was in fact also the restaurant-and then found a podium at end of the bar. We were then led through the entire dining room behind the bar and back out to the terrace room. Why? My husband eventually moved his chair next to me as the table for two was about 3ft long and 2 ft wide. The waiter said he had thought about that when he set up the tables for 2 but wanted to center it in the window (looked at a hallway) Salad had too much only flavor was oranges and radishes. Now we are starting to comment to ourselves on all the above strange things. Our risotto (pea with bacon and glazed onions was ok good but the size was shocking-about one cup (appetizer). We asked for more of the pretzel rye bread to add to volume and were told that they were out (it was 6PM) When asked, we told the waiter how surprised we were at the serving size-and asked if that was typical of usual servings on regular Menu. He returned with an extra dessert "from the chef-who had noticed some of the servings were too skimpy" This was not the solution-extra dessert that we did not eat. By the time we were eating our prix fix dessert were were unhappy with so many lame excuses. It is a pretty place and empty dishes were not removed until both of us finished (quickly). Ice bucket and stopper for Prosecco were provided promptly after we asked for them.

Pretty Good food, fancy place, 12/11/2009
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
This hotel is really nice, they did a good job building it. You need someone staying there to let you go up on the top floor to see the view which is nice looking uptown. We had a catered event in a meeting room there which I assume is the same kitchen. Food was good. Service was good. Some of the plates were worried more about presentation than filling you up but overall pretty good. Park in the public structure just south of the hotel. I'll have to go try the bar area another time, the decor in there was really nice.

lives up to hotel food hype, 9/24/2009
Reviewer: ken kushnir from Healdsburg, CA
Some of the ratings on Open Table were good, but now I would have to say they must have been there on a great night. Thursday night I would expect more than one other table occupied. Calamari appetizer , soggy and disappointing. Salad lackluster, and my wife's AhiTuna was not fresh, my Buccotini mussels were mediocre. What's it mean when you can whip a dinner at home better????? Now it makes sense why the dining room was empty! The food was average, and for the price and location I would expect something much better. Chain restaurant put out a better dinner than this place. Sad since the atmosphere could be a nice hopping place. Well I guess it's back to our regular places like CaDario, Emilios and Piatti........

Tre Cool, 11/18/2008
Reviewer: Jennifer from Santa Barbara, CA
We were curious about the lounge so stopped in for a Friday cocktail after work. Hint: They've got $6 Mojitos for Happy Hour--and they were yummy! We loved the atmosphere--"sophisticated-chic", I'd call it. Relaxing and a very pleasant environment in which to unwind. It felt like being on vacation.....

Lousy Bartender., 9/19/2008
Reviewer: Allison from Santa Barbara, CA
We've tried this place a number of times hoping that the rave reviews we've heard are true. So far, not so good. The fish tacos last time I had them were far from fresh, the salad was way too salty and the "margarita" I had tonight consisted of not more than an ounce of tequila on the rocks with a splash of Roses lime juice instead of fresh lime as I asked - I wondered where the other half of my cocktail was but dared not ask because the bartender had [as usual] a huffy/defensive/unfriendly demeanor. We won't be back. Next time it's Hungry Cat or Blue Agave. The only thing they know how to do here is uncork a wine bottle! Now that's skill.

We love this bar, 8/9/2008
Reviewer: Sabrina K from Santa Barbara, CA
They did a beautiful job with the renovation of this place. The bar is warm and inviting and you can either be in the "noisy area" or there is an open room tucked away on the side that has tables for more privacy. They have a great selection of martinis and the bartenders and waitresses have been good. We come here mainly for pre-dinner drinks. We tried the restaurant once. The food was just so-so but the seating areas are beautiful. Besides the menu being very basic and simple, the place radiates warmth and is comforting to the eyes and senses.

Great Happy Hour!, 6/24/2008
Reviewer: JS from Santa Barbara
My friends and I go about once a week to Coast for happy hour, I love it! The sliders are amazing as is the tortilla soup. The service is good...and great wines for happy hour! Love the new bar placement, makes such a difference.

Office Lunch, 5/27/2008
Reviewer: Steven from Goleta
We heard mixed reviews about Coast so we decided to find out for ourselves. There were 10 of us in the party and not one complaint. The service was attentive and friendly. The appetizers were very good, especially the calamari and bruchetta. All the entrees were served in a timely manner and thoroughly enjoyed. The bread used on the crab sandwiches was so light and buttery. We all will be back soon for lunch and dinner.

bad bad bad..., 3/16/2008
Reviewer: Branden from Santa Barbara, CA
Food was average. Service was terrible! Our server brought us the wrong drink order twice, and talked to us like we were drinking buddies. My friend jokingly sent back the non-alcoholic Becks he got for the alcoholic beer he ordered and our server's response was "Oh- Shut up." I ordered a Basil Haden's and got the smallest pour of alcohol I've ever seen. Since our server was no where to be found I brought the drink to the bar and asked why my pour was so stingy and the bartenders response was "I have a jigger." I sent back that drink as well (four drinks sent back in all) and we left. The staff seemed cold and poorly trained. Although the atmosphere was cool the service staff needs work and the bartenders need a crash course. We will not be back . There are too many great restaurants in this town to waste our time and money here.

Mixed first experience, 3/11/2008
Reviewer: Jennifer Foronjy from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I live close to the Coast Restaurant and decided to visit for a few after dinner drinks on a Thursday evening. The atmosphere was beautiful and the woman who greeted us was professional, welcoming, and knowledgeable. We ordered two drinks and sat at one of the comfortable couches. After sitting for about 10 minutes, the bartender came to our table and blew out the large candle on our table, blowing a large amount of smoke in our direction. This was an obvious sign that he was ready to go home, which was confusing to me since there was still a rather full bar and it was before 10pm. We will go back to give it another shot, but we were a bit put off by the bartender.

Has great potential, but doesn’t deliver, 3/9/2008
Reviewer: James from Santa Barbara & Los Angeles
We had to give the new restaurant a shot and were disappointed. The food was mediocre, but maybe my expectations were set too high. Also, it seemed like the staff were disorganized and inefficient. . almost ‘Keystone Cops.’ The manager was engaging and mollified patrons. The food was not up to my standards on quality, presentation & creativity.

so-so seafood, 3/1/2008
Reviewer: Taylor from Santa Barbara, CA
Four of us went for an early dinner and I was a bit disappointed. The service was friendly but a bit inconsistent: our server was overzealous in taking our drink and appetizer orders, then a delay in delivering one of our apps and slightly unattentive through our dinner service. Our order of calamari seemed to be left over from lunch - not fresh or hot; they did promptly replace it and it was better, but not great. Dinner was fine - not amazing, not terrible. Once was probably enough for dining; the bar was bustling and may be fun to return for a drink with friends.

Good for some, not for others, 2/23/2008
Reviewer: Caren R. from Santa Barbara, CA
This is the first time I have dined at Coast and my review is pretty mixed. Food: Food was good, not great. We were expecting more of a creative menu but it was no frill dishes and very simple preparation (ex, olive oil and spices only). Tasted good, but nothing we couldn't have cooked at home. Atmosphere: I might be the only reviewer that thinks the decoration wasn't that great. My complaint lies more with the hotel lobby which just seemed really tacky from the chandelier to the rugs to the tapestry on the wall. Just not my taste. As you walk into the restaurant the bar area is really happening and busy. The restaurant itself reminded me more of a steak restaurant with the big booths and solid wood tables. They were cozy, but just not my taste. Seemed to draw a 40 plus crowd in the dining room. There was an older man sitting behind me that was raving about the restaurant so I think this restaurant could do well with some people but just not my cup of tea.

RrRAWing Happy Hour , 2/19/2008
Reviewer: Andi ^..^ from Santa Barbara Goleta
The Uzualz have been hot and cold with the Rooftop at the spot , but happy to be in the nice new atmosphere at COAST with their tempting RAW BAR..HHMmm "RAW BAR" .. a new alias ? Our party was 5- 15 and was quickly accommodated without a reservation , but I would strongly suggest it as the area around the bar is "cozy" but has room around for smaller groups. The bar/dining manager was very attentive and made way for us localz.. A BIG plus .Great serivce from all the waiters and barstaff and we didn't have to wait too long for additional cocktails . Speaking of cocktails the $4 cosmos were quite tasty and who can be $1 Shrimp and Oysters. You need to try their tropical twist to bruscetta.. DeLISH. Serivce from Bar to bell even concierge, Ramon had a warm welcome for the localz .. The Uzual Suzpectz are definitly adding this venue to our"Uzual" list

Could be great...but not yet, 2/13/2008
Reviewer: Mark from Santa Barbara, CA
My friends and I were fans of the rooftop of Andalucía so it was natural to attend bar at the newly remodeled Coast. A friend organized a good size happy hour group and the date was set for a Friday night. We ascended on a standing room only bar about 5:30. The service was slow but that was to be expected with the mad rush of eager patrons although it did not improve like it should. By the end of their well priced happy hour, the bar was still in the weeds and appeared to be unorganized. The average sized service area was filled with a bar manager who did not know the prices and referred to the menu at least twice for our group alone, 3 bartenders one of whom forgot my drink order, what looked like a bar back and assorted wait staff all trying to move around and fill orders. At one point, we began ordering 2 drinks each so we didn't have to wait with empty glasses. On the up side, the Grilled Red Snapper Tacos, Trio of sliders, Rusack Pino Noir and Palmina Pinot Grigio were well priced and delicious. However, the "specialty cocktails" were very weak and the calamari over fried. We'll be back when they figure out the service issues.

Welcome Addition to Downtown, 2/11/2008
Reviewer: Matthew from Santa Barbara, CA
Other reviews are right about the decor of this place. They did an amazing job remodeling and it feels like you should be paying a lot more for food because the dining room is so classy. We were there on a weeknight so it was pretty slow, but our waitress was very professional. Replacing my silverware after each course was a little over the top but I went with it. My wife and I each had tortilla soup and had seafood entrees-swordfish was delicious. This place should do well: great location, fresh menu, and helpful service

Not So Good, 2/10/2008
Reviewer: Seth from Santa Barbara
First off it needs to be said that they did a great job remodeling the place. It’s beautiful inside really nice looking bar, neat tables and booths, just a very nice job. Although the menu and staff need help. The menu does not seem to make any sense. They have choices that are just all over the board from fish to a BBQ sandwich. The worst part is the food is really bad. I went with a party of 5. I had the flatiron which was plain tasteless, my wife had the salmon, which had to be frozen; my oldest son had the pulled pork, which was just ok but then again it was a sandwich. My other son has spaghetti which was some of the worst looking pasta I have ever seen, and my daughter had caprese salad which is something you would think be very hard to mess up, but again it was terrible, just way to much oil. Dessert was alright it but was brought in, but that’s ok since many places do it as well. The service was just ok, trying way too hard to be a fine dining restaurant and end up giving worst service.

Casual sophistication, 2/2/2008
Reviewer: Ryan from Montecito, CA
Ive been in twice in one week, once for happy hour ($1 oysters on the half shell) and just last night for dinner. The menu is simple but delicious and prices are fair. The restaurant is beautiful and the booths are cozy and comfortable. Will definitely return for a date or with family

No roast for Coast, 2/1/2008
Reviewer: Meridith from SB
Three of us went to Coast for happy hour on Monday evening and it was great. The redesigned restaurant and bar is a great improvement. Comfortable, classy, welcoming... the chairs are comfortable too! Between the 3 of us we had 2 cocktails, 2 glasses of wine, 1 beer and 3 appetizers which were filling and delicious. The bill was only $40.00. The service was friendly and efficient. Highly recommend it. Then two of us went for lunch yesterday and once again were very pleased. The crab louie is delicious!!

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