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Brasil Arts Cafe
1230C State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 845-7656

  • Category: Latin American
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m, Friday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
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Brasilian flavors - at a price
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
On a second visit we had a churrasco and a special lobster (in lieu of fish) moqueca (the price of which we neglected to ask and the waiter did not inform - beware the L-word). The sides for the meat plate were as before: scoop of white rice, little pot of black beans, fried banana, a spoonful of farofa (dry), and little cups of chimichurri and a green vinaigrette. The flavorful steak was cooked as ordered and the sausage, served on a small iron plate, a bit like kielbasa. The lobster dish consisted of a little tail stewed in some of their very nice sweet curry-like sauce and served in a pot. There's normally a side of white rice which we substituted with a house salad. While the flavor was nice, the $30 price and lack of accompaniments made for a disappointingly poor value. Check prices of specials before ordering. With a dance studio at the rear, the place was a bit noisy and hectic, though for some that activity level might be a plus.

Another star on International Row State Street
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
Inspired by the reviews here to give this a try and what a great choice. I'll second all the good reviews. 1200 block of State Street has become an international row of casual and more affordable dining choices which now includes Vietnamese, Indonesian and Brazillian all cheek by toothsome jowl. As well as Southern USA. Walked past this combo Brazillian cafe, deli, and martial arts and dance facility and it did not make sense to me. Was it like a juice bar at a gym or what? Plus one could see all that martial arts pounding away through the glass in the back. Seemed a little rugged for pleasant dining. Then read these pretty glowing reviews so tried it today and was very pleased with their classic lunch special - plated tri-tip (or fish or chicken) along with chimmichurri, fresh salsa, fried plantain, rice, a pot of beans and a special roasted grain (?). They were all delicious and just the right size to leave satisfied and not over stuffed. Around $13. It was a haunting and different mix which all worked well together in various bite combinations. This is definitely going to be one of those favorite dish repeat places. Only downside was the attractive looking slices of flan with a nicely darkened caramel self-sauce but dense and tougher than I like compared to the french versions - it was more Spanish so his is probably standard for Brazil as well. They also have various Brazillian baked treats that would be worthy sweet or snack course that I would try next time. Yum, looking forward to going back.

Authentic, super tasty - wonderful treat!
Reviewer: SLV from Santa Barbara, CA
We are fortunate enough to have Brazilian relatives (by marriage) and so have been introduced previously to the tasty cuisine of Brazil. I finally made it to Brasil Arts Cafe for lunch and can say that my lunch tasted just like the dinner I had at my family member's house! The tri-tip was moist and flavorful and cooked just right. The side dishes (beans, rices, farofa) were filling and the perfect accompaniment, especially when I added one of the many sauces that came with. And of course... the fried plantains... my favorite thing ever! Since I only work a block away I'm sure I'll be back on a regular basis. It's great to have an alternative to the California French-Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine that's been dominating the dining scene for years.

Flavors like in Brasil
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
We tried a prato feito with tilapia and the peixe con camarão with sea bass. The first offers a nice sampling of multiple items. The second is a delicious mix of sauced sea bass and shrimp with a unique take on mash as a side. Had a tasty (though pricey) fresh juice to accompany. Best surprise find was their decadent warm (and gluten-free!) cheese buns. Restaurant in front, capoeira studio behind glass at the rear. Service friendly and prompt. Shall next visit on a Saturday when they do feijoada.

Delicious and different food
Reviewer: Paul from Santa Barbara, CA
I have never had Brazilian food, and the Brasil Arts Cafe was delicious. Went there for lunch with two friends. We each had one of the entrees with rice, beans, and yucca (chicken, tri-tip and fish). The fish was well prepared and went very nicely with the rice-bean-yucca condiments. We also had appetizers, one chicken and one with yucca. Again, delicious. You order at a counter, and the food was brought to you. Everyone was super friendly. All three of us will go back.

Amazing new place!
Reviewer: Cristini from Santa Barbara, CA
Wandered into this nice new place today and was pleased with both the service and the food. Amazing smoothies and a great soft opening menu. If you are looking for something a bit more interesting than the boring Italian or hamburger place check them out. A slice of Brazil in Santa Barbara.

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