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Silvergreens - Downtown
No longer in business
Opened: 2008-11 Closed: 2017-04

791 Chapala St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 962-8500

Reviews by the General Public

Only regret is when we go somewhere else. , 2/22/2015
Reviewer: Andrew Baker from Santa Barbara, CA
Silvergreens rocks. Always a great food experience. The ahi salad is huge and healthy and super tasty. The vege burger rocks my world. And the service is definitely best in SB. Love Silvergreens, and thankful to have found a place so passionate about serving great food that's great for you. Thank you and see you soon. (went somewhere else tonight and should have come to you guys!) - AB in SB

Shoulda come back sooner!, 5/21/2014
Reviewer: Kristin from Santa Barbara, CA
The last time I was at Silvergreens was 4 years ago and the food wasn't that impressive. I decided to try it again because they have a new menu option where you can piece together your meal from four different categories: Protein, Greens, Grains and Sauce. It's one of those mix and match options where you can have loads of different options and everyone can have exactly what they want. Yet, they still have their regular menu items to order from. Besides the change in menu I'm happy to say the food was also really good as well. It was a Tuesday, so food came out pretty quickly, but the service was slow to turn it out. It's amazing how when things are slow the staff thinks they can take it easy rather than giving the same level of service when it's packed. Overall, I'll be happy to try it again without having to wait so long.

New Menu, 8/28/2013
Reviewer: Nik Lambert from Santa Barbara, CA
Today me and a friend went there for lunch because I remember the burgers being decent there. We look at the menu and I notice that its changed... New Burgers. The Parma Burger was quite good. Loved the Mozzerella and the bite from the peppery lettuce they used. Two burgers and fries and 2 drinks for a total around 16 bucks... Decent price. Burgers were a bit on the small side but very flavorful. I'd gladly do the burger combo again.

Loved Everything about It!!, 7/7/2012
Reviewer: Tami from Orange County, CA
I found this restaurant through your website. They were so accommodating to my dietary needs! They went out of their way to make my salad to my specifications even when I specifically told them that I did not want to be a bother and had another order in mind. Someone even came to our table to check on it! Everyone kids included loved the food. $6 Wine from local winemakers is also a plus. My family and I will return for sure!!

Dislike the use of MSG !!!, 1/30/2012
Reviewer: ES from Santa Barbara, CA
Silvergreens uses MSG (monosodium glutamate) in a number of their menu items (refer to their website's allergen sheet), which is counterintuitive to their "green-washing" campaign they promote. While I very much enjoy their non-MSG food items, their eco-friendly materials, and their calorie-counting receipts, I don't feel comfortable eating there anymore because of their deliberate use of this food additive.

Silvergreens - Downtown writes: Thank you for reaching out to us. As a company we always try to be as transparent as we possibly can. We were the very first restaurant in the world to display nutrtiional info on your receipts so you can imagine how important healthy ingredients are to our success. We have had our entire menu made up with the balance of health and taste in mind and we truly do our best. We work tirelessly to always improve our products and keep them as healthy as possible in the process. While we make about 95% of our menu from scratch, we IN THE PAST USED TO USE two soup/dressing bases that contain trace amounts of monosodium glutimate, but no longer do. We are currently and will continue to be MSG-Free. We are always evolving our recipes and trying to improve the ingredients we use. We don't personally add any of this msg ourselves to anything we make. We appreciate the email and your patronage and have switched these bases to MSG-free ones. We truly care about our product and customers more than any other company I know and will always continue to improve. I don't know of any restaurant out there that is as clear and transparent about the foods we use in our restaurant as Silvergreens, and that is why that was posted on our Allergen guide at that time and we neglected to remove it by mistake. We have had our entire menu analyzed for its nutrional content and overall it is a truly healthy menu and 100% trans-fat free and MSG-free. I hope you change your mind and decide to give us another chance as we truly care about each of our customers and would hate to lose anyone. Thanks for reaching out and I hope you understand we are trying our hardest to continually improve our product and concept.
Tasty, cheap breakfast, 1/29/2012
Reviewer: Brendan from Santa Barbara, CA
I went here for breakfast today. I've been to the one in IV many times, but never for breakfast, and I hadn't been to this downtown one at all. The Belgian waffle was tasty and I got the version with berries, which really hit the spot. It's a good value at only $7. The only negative was that it cooled down very quickly as I ate it, but that's life. This location is a bit nicer than the IV one. It's still "fast casual", nothing fancy, but just looks a bit more spruced up. They have a lot of seating, including plenty of outdoor seating. It was a pleasant day, so I sat outside and read the comics while I ate. It's actually a surprisingly nice atmosphere, very relaxing, and you can look over to Paseo Nuevo across the street and watch the day go by. I could see this being a good place to hang out on a lazy afternoon with some friends.

Silvergreens on Chapala St. is AMAZING!!!!, 4/21/2011
Reviewer: Crystal from Santa Barbara, CA
The staff has the best customer service I have seen in a long time. I have never seen a frown on anyone's face and everyone is super polite. I always order the same thing when I go there, and they ask me if I want the usual. The food is great and they have receipts that show you the nutritional information. Oh and the green fries are the best!

Why are there only two locations?, 11/8/2010
Reviewer: Christian from Santa Barbara, CA
Silvergreens does so much right that it is criminal that there are only two locations: the world should know about this place. Whether you go to their downtown store or their IV one, you will find it clean & well-staffed, & even if there is a line stretching out the door when you arrive, worry not: their staff is as fast as it is friendly, and lines blink along with an almost surreal speed. The food is uniformly fresh & tasty, whether you're ordering a healthy salad (yawn) or a delicious pepper jack bacon burger. Oh yeah, and then there's the receipts. Silvergreens uses the "Nutricate" receipt, (which was invented in-house, I believe) which prints your meal's nutrition info right on the receipt. Seriously, I don't know why more places haven't licensed this technology. Actually, I think I do know why: few restaurants are as eager & proud to show off exactly what goes into their meals as Silvergreens is. Now I'm hungry.

Silvergreens Great , Delivery service Not, 10/1/2010
Reviewer: Jon from Santa Barbara, CA
Love Love Silvergreens, Thai Salad my Favorite. However do not I repeat use the Delivery company they use for downtown location they bring the food cold and act like they are doing you a favor when they deliver it. I ordered a Burger and Fries that were I Kid you not stone cold and a Shake that was like water. I wish they would get an inhouse delivery program like they have in IV. I would order at least 2 times a week

Great breakfast!, 9/30/2010
Reviewer: Elena from Santa Barbara, CA
This is the first time I tried their breakfast and it was really good. I had their mediterranean burrito on a plate and it was tasty and a generous portion. It's too bad that people were waiting down the street at Esau's when they can go to Silvergreen's for a tasty and moderately priced breakfast meal.

Tobasco?, 9/26/2010
Reviewer: mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Why would a chpped BBQ chicken salsd be hot like it had Tobasco sauce. Very strange salad with BBQ sauce drizzled over the lettuc and HOT HOT HOT!

Silvergreens - Downtown writes: The reason the BBQ Chicken Salad is hot is because one of the ingredients in the salad (and listed on the menu) is chopped jalepenos. We make everything to order so all you have to do is ask for "no jalepenos" and your salad will not have that kick. You can also request "no bbq sauce" and it will only come with homemade low-fat ranch dressing instead. Hope that helps. It truly is a delicious salad, just ask for it the way you like!
Really Good food and Nice People, 4/16/2010
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
The place is amazingly large with both indoor and outdoor seating. Food is on the healthy side with a receipt that even tells you the calorie intake of the food you ordered. Nice people food out quick. Definitely worth a try. Nicer place than IV one with I think better food. Worth a try, across street from Cal Pizza Kitchen.

NO Complaints, 4/9/2010
Reviewer: Aaron Gosnell from Santa Barbara, CA
Hey,good food.No complaints.I like it!!!

best Belgian Waffle EVER!, 7/29/2009
Reviewer: Nancy from Santa Barbara, CA
We have dined here 1-3 times a week since they've opened. Love the soups the best, and the wonderful wheat rolls that are so sweet they don't need butter. Last weekend they rolled out a breakfast menu with THE BEST Belgian waffle I have ever eaten, and it comes with fresh blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream (with what appears to be a drizzle of honey) and some kind of raspberry sauce drizzled on the plate. The man at the register said the syrup was half "real" maple syrup and it taste like it - delicious! The waffle is dense & nicely browned (unlike those pale washed-out ones you get at other restaurants) and although it is small, it is so rich in flavor it is totally satisfying. (ie guilt-free @ only 394 calories). We weren't as impressed with the breakfast burrito only because there were too many potatoes in it for our taste, but perhaps that's an east coast thing. You have the option to add delicious turkey sausage, avocado, etc., so perhaps that would balance out all the starch. Enjoy!

Great location, service and food. , 7/11/2009
Reviewer: Amanda from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend and I gave Silvergreens a try after this location opened up near our home and we love it. Every time we go in there the service is great and all of the different meals I've tried, i.e. turkey sandwich on baguette, make your own salad, spinich fettucine, chicken primevera... have been fantastic. I'm a calorie counter so having the information on the reciept is always super helpful for me. Everything has always been very fresh and I'm really impressed with how clean it always is in there.

Really Nice Experience, Good Food, 7/7/2009
Reviewer: Mindey Bradley from Santa Barbara, CA
We always liked the Silvergreens in IV, but we only tried the downtown location this weekend after talking about going for ages. We can't believe how great it was! I'm not sure what these few bad reviews are about. Our service was amazing. Everyone was friendly and since it was an odd time for eating (around 4 on a Sunday) they were quiet. Almost everyone asked us how things were. They seemed genuinely interested in whether or not we were okay and liking things. Our food was excellent, if not a wee bit on the pricey side for the fare. I ordered a turkey sandwich without bacon did a combo for about $11. Husband had a veggie pesto burger (which was suprisingly spicy, but very good.) The only under-par part was the handcut fries. They were delicious, but they got cold before we could even sit down and start in. I loved their cool nutricate receipts (loaded with useful coupons on the back) that had caloric content that was SO accurate it even took into account the calories I was saving by having my sandwich sans bacon. HOWEVER, I'd like to point out that once one is sitting down to eat, and reviewing their receipt might not be the best time to find out the caloric content of all their food. I'd suggest having all that stuff posted in a menu somewhere. It seemed a bit "after the fact" if you were trying to avoid high fat or going for more fiber. I mean, it was great to know, but a bit late in the game to tell you when you sit down to eat. That aside, we're looking forward to our next trip!

Silvergreens - Downtown writes: Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed your meal and experience. For future reference, we do indeed post all of our nutritional info on both our website as well as in-store in printed brochures, next to the cashiers and by the entrance. This way you can plan ahead before you order. We look forward to your return visit and appreciate your patronage.
Missing Expectations, 7/6/2009
Reviewer: Margaret from Goleta
What a great concept Silvergreens is, but both of my meals there fell short. First time had Chinese Chicken Salad. Overdressed wilted greens. Friday eve went in for dinner. Black bean cakes were good, however spinach apple salad that came with, was once again overdressed and wilted and bad tasting spinach. Appeared to have been prepared earlier in day. Husbands burger was completely overcooked, dried out and fries,soggy and limp, like on steam table for some time. Sons, ahi pasta, had just a few strips of dried out tuna, a few vegie slivers and soggy pasta. He eats anything, but this was a struggle for him. Restaurant very clean, young man taking order was fine. Dishes on surrounding tables bussed timely as people left. It's such a great place for that location, and good to see emphasis on healthier menu choices,obtained from local sources, really hope that the food prep can rise above it's current state.

Silvergreens - Downtown writes: Thanks for the review Margaret and I do hope you try us again. We have just hired a new General Manager with an extensive food background so these comments will all be fixed/addressed immediately. You can also always request "lite dressing" or even "dressing on the side" so that it will be to your liking. We make everything constantly throughout the day so all is indeed as fresh as possible and not prepared in advance. As for the burger, you can request that medium rare to avoid being over cooked in the future.
Great Place, 7/4/2009
Reviewer: Bob from Santa Barbara, CA
We visited Silvergreens last night for a quick bite and found our meals excellent, your staff was great and the place is very clean. We'll be back again & again !

no green in my salad, 6/19/2009
Reviewer: robert from Santa Barbara, CA
i'm sort of agreeing with candy's review below - my thai salad today was not as good as i hoped. while the dressing didn't bug me, i was really disappointed in the lettuce - all pale and wilty, the only green present was the extra spring mix (that pretty much you get from a bag) they threw in with the pale romaine. the chicken was ok, though a little greasy, but the bulk of the salad was not very appetizing. i'm open to coming back, but i do hope they work on the actual food they serve.

Silvergreens - Downtown writes: Since this review has been posted we have switched our lettuce distributor so the quality of our product is both improved and more consistent. We pride ourselves in the grilled, skinless, boneless, chicken breasts we serve (Shalhoob, a local SB company distributes this to us) so hopefully you will try us again and we can win you over. Thanks for the comment and please try us again as I know you will be impressed.
Fantastic, 6/5/2009
Reviewer: Beth from Santa Barbara, CA
Ignore that last person.....Silvergreens' rocks! The food is amazing and it is also very healthy!!!!Maybe they want some greasy fatty food instead-not sure, but everything at Silvergreens' seems to be made from scratch and tastes awesome. I have been a huge fan for over 10 years.You gotta check it out.

Silvergreens is superb, 5/26/2009
Reviewer: Suzette from Temecula, CA
I make a point to visit Silvergreens every time I go to Santa Barbara. I was even more excited to see Silvergreens open up a downtown location! The atmosphere is outstanding and so is the food. I've been to the Isla Vista restaurant many times and have always been a fan of their delicious and health-conscious menu. My personal favorites are the Chicken Pesto MBT and the Mandarin Chicken Salad. Their breads are so fresh, and, for me, that is what makes a sandwich taste so scrumptious! With all the other overpriced SB downtown eateries, Silvergreens was priced right. You get excellent food for your money. I also loved that they have free Wi-Fi. Now, I can eat good food and work too! Silvergreens is simply superb and I highly recommend checking it out!

All I eat is fish..., 5/24/2009
Reviewer: Andrew Baker from Santa Barbara, CA
And with regards to the Ahi Burger....epic. So so so delicious. I came off a monster mountain bike ride, walked straight in to Silvergreens, wanted to order one of everything, decided to start with the Ahi Burger, and it was a feast. Super tasty and to me at least, a great value. Along with a strawberry shake, it was more than enough food. Very stoked about this place and plan to make it a regular spot. Thank you Silvergreens, the world needs many more restaurants like yours. -AB in Santa Barbara PS: Equally great people.

Deliciously Green!!!!, 5/11/2009
Reviewer: Natalie from Santa Barbara, CA
Clever! I had an amazing experience with Silver Greens today. I fully appreciated eating at this fine green certified establishment due to their delicious-nutritious food and eco-concious vibes. I cannot wait to go back and try out their happy hour! :-)

i love this place, 5/7/2009
Reviewer: Monica from Goleta, CA
what's great about it --the happy hour 7 days a week--the location near paseo nuevo--the staff is always nice--the receipts with all the nutritional info--it is cheery and bright---it is a GREAT local place...I stayed away thinking it was some sort of chain--but it's just a cool local place from IV that now is downtown,too....LOVE it

Please open a Silvergreens in San Diego!!, 4/26/2009
Reviewer: Heather from San Diego, CA
Over the past ten years I have visited Santa Barbara frequently to see my sister and best friend. I've been to the Silvergreens in Isla Vista and have always loved it! Now I am so excited there is one downtown, it is such a great place to eat lunch! Perfect during a day of shopping in downtown Santa Barbara!! I love their bread, the turkey/bacon/avocado sandwich is my favorite, and the green apple salad is the best! Plus my 2 year old loves the mac and cheese!! I was impressed to see they've expanded their menu, my husband raves about the burgers! Great job to Silvergreens in being a "green" restaurant, we only wish we had a Silvergreens in San Diego!!!!!

Great Food & Atmosphere in downtown SB, 4/24/2009
Reviewer: Terry from Los Angeles, CA
I went to UCSB in the late 90s and loved Silver Greens. I still love to come back to Santa Barbara and visit and am so happy that there is a Silver Greens downtown! The expanded menu offers so many new options. My favorites are the BBQ chicken chop salad and the California pesto burger! The service was exceptional and the atmosphere is one of the best you could ask for. I will definitely highly recommend it to any friends that visit Santa Barbara. The receipt that prints all of the nutritional information that is specific to my order is amazing for anyone that is health conscious and monitoring their intake. I will make it a point to visit Silver Greens whenever I get back to Santa Barbara!

Meh, 4/19/2009
Reviewer: Aaron from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been thoroughly unimpressed with Silvergreens. I've tried their veggie burger and a soup and felt like I had just been ripped off. The soup was okay but pricey. The veggie burger was expensive and tasted like nothing. It could really have benefited from some seasonings or some sauce. The staff seems pretty indifferent. On my last visit, I asked the clerk a question about a menu item that he didn't know the answer to. He looked through the menu but never was able to answer my question. The only things I liked about my experience were the pleasant atmosphere and the nutritional information on the receipt.

Love, love, love it! , 4/6/2009
Reviewer: Andrea Reginster from Santa Barbara, CA
I love silver greens. I was a fan of the original in IV, but this was takes it to another level. The food is delicious and healthy. The variety is perfect and it is nice to see it serving local wines. The discount card is a perfect perk and I am truly happy that we have one downtown. Also totally a comfortable place to eat with friends or alone!

Great New Lunch Spot...., 3/14/2009
Reviewer: Crystal from Santa Barbara, CA
I went here for lunch for the first time with my one year old daughter and had the best hamburger ever! They also had a great kids menu, so I ordered the steamed broccoli for my daughter. The french fries were delicious, the prices were reasonable and the place was very clean. I will be back!

Putting the Silver Into The Green! , 1/26/2009
Reviewer: Justin Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
Brian Rocha is a name I encourage you to know. He's an incredible manager of the downtown Silvergreens who put himself through UCSB working for the Isla Vista location. He believes in great customer service and serving up excellence. I love the Thai Chicken pasta. I love the strawberry lemonade. I enjoy the casual atmosphere as I munch and loiter working on all sorts of business and charity pursuits. The design and interior of Silvergreens is really original. The fresh baked bread is a really nice touch. I have always loved Natural Cafe and now that Silvergreens opened I'm spending my money on Silvergreens. It's a brilliant concept. With the calorie counting information printed on every receipt you know what you're putting in your body. Visit Silvergreens today and please tell them JMike! sent you. Love it!

Excellent!!, 1/26/2009
Reviewer: Tar from Santa Barbara, CA
I first tried Silvergreens a couple weeks ago for dinner and was very pleased. First off, I love the decor - simple, clean and fresh - very representative of the food. I had a veggie sandwich which was just perfect with a generous amount of avocado and a delicious pesto mayo. The service was warm and friendly which is just as important as the food to me. I also love the fact that all of the menu items have nutritional information.

Best for the price, 1/23/2009
Reviewer: allison from Santa Barbara, CA
Love this place and love how they print on the back of your receipt the number of calories you eat. Brian the manager was great and walked around and introduced himself to each table. You can really tell they care about the customers and the food they serve. Great job!

Yummiest Spot in SB!, 1/13/2009
Reviewer: Christina from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this new Silvergreens. The menu and style of the restaurant are very updated compared to the Isla Vista restaurant. I was so pleasantly surprised to see it downtown! I had the Crispy Thai Chicken salad and Macaroni and Cheese. They offer two sizes in all the salads, so I got a half salad and a side. The Macaroni is wonderful (and surprisingly only about $2.50.) The menu says whole wheat pasta, but it didn't taste grainy at all. Very good!! There are signs that say free wi-fi. I would consider using my computer there, it is a pretty big place. Definitely will visit again! It is catty-corner to CPK on Chapala.

Silvergreens, 1/10/2009
Reviewer: Allison from Santa Barbara, CA
I had the ahi "burger" with a mayonnaise dressing they were passing off as pesto. It was $7.99 + $2.00 charge because it's ahi. When it came, all I saw was an oversized hamburger bun with tomato and lettuce so I opened it up, in search of the lovely ahi and to my chagrin/horror/disappointment, there was a tiny, over cooked piece of fish buried at the bottom. The fish that I had paid $2.00 extra for was almost as big as my Motorola Razr phone - same thickness but not quite as long. After all the added charges for a drink and side [for 2 of us], I could have gone down the street and had two very fine ahi burgers and some actual service. There must be something good on the menu but the so-called ahi burger is the biggest rip off in the history of SB. I won't be back.

Silvergreens - Downtown writes: I apologize for your negative experience and would like to offer you a complimentary meal so that we can prove ourselves to you. We pride ourselves in the value and quality of food we offer and am confident you will not be disappointed. Since your review was posted, we have changed the portion size of our Ahi (which is sushi-grade!) and I assure you that you will be impressed!
Nice addition to downtown S.B., 1/7/2009
Reviewer: Len from Santa Barbara, CA
I had lunch there today. Food was very good. Cream of broccoli soup was was the side of macaroni and cheese. I had a half of turkey sandwich....good, but needed a bit more turkey on the sandwich. And as the other reviewer mentioned, the place is VERY clean....spotless. Adding nutritional information on your check is interesting, and I hope they add one more piece of information...that of the number of carbs...which is not included yet. Anyway, this place is worth going back over and over.

My new favorite place!, 1/5/2009
Reviewer: Elena from Santa Barbara, CA
I decided to eat here because it was full at CPK. I'm so glad I did. The atmosphere of the place was very green-conscious but not in the 70s crunchy granola way as it is with Sojourners or even the Natural Cafe. This place was really cool and fun. Super clean. The food was really good with healthy portion size. I like that you get nutritional info on your receipt. I plan to go there often.

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