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Cantwell's Summerland Market
No longer in business
Opened: 2008-07 Closed: 2017-11

2580 Lillie Ave, Summerland
Phone: (805) 969-5893

Reviews by the General Public

MOST EXCELLENT, savory deli food on west coast. , 1/17/2011
Reviewer: Cate wilkins from Santa Barbara, CA
This is a deli on steroids. Never a disappointment.. Their vegetable lasagna is a flavor explosion, and for a small bite -a broccoli salad even #41 would love. Meats are quality spit-roasted, not processed. The selection is bountiful. This is akin to the food markets in Paris (with a California twist). Outdoor seating under tree canopies. There is a tad of noise from freeway, but the fountains and flavors drown it out. Quality at a good price. Xnt services, too. A treat!

We Like Cantwell's, 8/23/2010
Reviewer: Dee from Southwest, AZ
~~Spouse and I vacation each year in this area for our summer vacations. ~~Upon arrival, our first stop off the freeway is Cantwell's. We stock up on a few staples/food for our first few days in our vacation rental, which is conveniently closeby. ~~I especially like the takeout salads at the deli, I believe it is the Cobb Salad, and their salad dressing is to die for. ~~As our vacation becomes full swing, we return occasionally for a takeout lunch where we have always enjoyed eating at the picnic table section outdoors. Nice touch. ~~The service help at this store has been very helpful.

Service Please, 8/22/2010
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Two weeks in a row, the service on Saturdays wasn't poor, it didn't exist. 5 "employees" in the kitchen talked while customers waited. 4 "employees" joked around with the 2 cashiers. 2 "employees" watched the meat burn outside. I have never seen so little production out of so many hourlies. The sole woman behind the deli counter was literally hanging out. Not one deli staff acknowleged 3 customers in my ten minutes. Last week, I had to educate the deli "employee" on the difference between a chicken leg and a breast. Then I received a pound of tri tip instead of 1/4. Lucky I speak spanish. Frustrating for a customer. As an owner, I would be mortified. You could have a third the staff and the same poor service. And when bi lingual means partial english..... enough said. Stop hiring friends and family and find an active manager.

General overview , 1/7/2010
Reviewer: Tom Stephens from Santa Barbara, CA
This is a great and needed addition to the Summerland breakfast & lunch & dinner offerings!! Food & beverage selection was excellent with a courteous and helpful staff. Also quite noticeable was the overall cleanliness & friendly atmosphere. There is ample seating, both indoor & out. Can't wait to return!!

nice people, little selection, 4/21/2009
Reviewer: jessica crow from carpinteria, CA
I went into the market looking for good fresh meals. I was sad by the size of their deli and there was very little "new" selection overall. I find many of the same items in Vons, Albertsons, etc. Many shelf items I picked-up were set to expire which made me concerned with how long some of the food may have been sitting. I walked in ready to fill a basket and walked out with only a coffee and a deli selection. Their "made-to-order" lunches looked excellent and I will return to try one. The coffee was very good! However I was sticker shocked by the fact that three very small wing sized pieces of chicken, that did have good flavor, and a coffe costing over $10.00! Prices seem inflated all around.

the best ever, 3/23/2009
Reviewer: rachell from Santa Barbara, CA
i think that the employees at the summerland store are the most helpful they can be with the potential of knowing what they know. you cant expect them to know every little thing you possibly ask them when at some times they may not know. i think that they handle customer service very well and why cant they be happy and chatty its a market and they would like to be lively! i think that the store is great and should keep up the good work and the deli food is outstanding!

Awful Service. Where's the Manager??, 3/12/2009
Reviewer: Cam from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been to the one in SB several times and thought they were decent. I had a BOGO deal throught a discount card and figured I'd give this location a try. First thing I noticed when I walked in was a few of the cashiers just chit chatting and laughing away at the front not paying any attention to anyone walking in. I tell the deli person (who was very nice by the way) that I have a discount card to confirm that it's good on any sandwiches since all it said in the discount book was "Buy one breakfast or sandwich item - get one free" - no other restrictions listed. All was fine. I go to pay and the young girl at the counter charges me for both sandwiches and argues with me (even though the discount book was sold in their market and she even looked at their own ad!!) that I didn't not order a right sandwich. BS. I don't think this girl could have been more obnoxious or unhelpful if she tried. I asked for the manager and was told he's "not here." I then asked to speak to someone in charge (eg: shift supervisor) and was told, "there is no one in charge here." I called later to try and speak to the manager but was not successful. I kept getting the same girl who told me there was no one in charge around. I couldn't even leave a message. But for a place that just opened up not too long ago in a tiny community like Summerland, I expect better service! There is just no excuse. I will never come back based on this one experience.

I like the place, Deli is to die for and service is great., 2/11/2009
Reviewer: DH from Santa Barbara, CA
It is my daily stop either for the cup of tea with a morning treat or for lunch, one of the great sandwichs made fresh. The soups are so ummy and in fact I am leaving the office now and popping over there for my dinner. DH

Special, 12/23/2008
Reviewer: Colleen from Santa Barbara, CA
For seasoned organic and high quality shoppers, this is a good 'nook', will be trying the deli soon! Bonus: Bathroom is clean and stylish for a market.

FIVE STAR, 10/11/2008
Reviewer: Mike from Summerland
If your looking for good food and great service this is the place.Summerland is very lucky to have such a fine market.

Overpriced, poor selections, 9/11/2008
Reviewer: Hikmer from Santa Barbara, CA
The shelves are not comlpetely full giving you a sense that something is missing. Not much selection in terms of anything. Wouldn't go out of my way to shop here...I live in Summerland and have only ventured here a few times. Keep the doors open later and add more stock, you have the room. The deli doesn't really live up to its counterpart downtown as well.

Very good deli, 7/26/2008
Reviewer: Julie from SLO, CA
Healthy food. Breakfast burritos outstanding. nice patio and outside eating area. Very nice staff.

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