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9 W. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 730-1160

Reviews by the General Public

Wonderful Dinner
Reviewer: Marna from Toluca Lake, CA
Our server Tony was excellent ... friendly, helpful & gave us great service. My friend said his daily special salad was a perfect blend of flavors & that was just the first course! The meal was good (very good), but the service we received made the evening a special occasion.

Joyfull Night
Reviewer: Willie from Santa Barbara, CA
I found Bouchon after searching Google for "top restaurants in Santa Barbara". Based on the excellent reviews, I called three days before my visit to make a reservation. I spoke with Mitch who asked me if I would be celebrating anything that evening. I told him it was my First Anniversary and I was looking for a sexy evening. We were greeted my manager Eric and server Steven who described the history of the restaurant and the story of how the meat and produce are local and freshly picked. Our table was the only one with a candle, was covered in rose petals and adorned with a full bouquet of red roses. He suggested the Duck and Lamb Shank. It was exquisite. The service was attentive but never intrusive. This was the perfect evening. Bouchon deserves every perfect review I read. The best!

A very classy place
Reviewer: Leslie T from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend & I went to Bouchon for a week-late Valentine's dinner. We were treated like royalty, starting with the red rose petals on the table & the Goat Bubbles sparkling wine. Service was attentive but not intrusive, & our server Hunter & runner Joaquin were friendly & helpful with food choices. Unlike the reviewer below, I did not feel that anyone was being phony, moreover the Black Cod was fabulous. The Mushroom appetizer was beautifully split for us, retaining its visual appeal & certainly its rich flavor. And the Beet Salad was delicious. All in all, a wonderful meal & experience. We will be back, sooner rather than later.

Very Disappointing
Reviewer: Barbara Davis from Santa Barbara, CA
We had been looking forward to dining at Bouchon for a long time. Service started out real fine but disappeared about 1/2 way through our stay. The food was beautifully served but had absolutely no taste. A little seasoning was desperately needed. I got the feeling I was being teased or cheated. I can't think of the term to use here. The talk from the waiter and greeter was friendly but now I feel it was phony as was the high praise they were giving their food. There's excellent choices of food, just not executed properly. Even the French Onion Soup had very little taste while the crouton on top was a mushy piece of bread rather than a crunchy toast. Pork shank and black cod were the 2 entrees we had on the Sun., 11/18 menu.

Best meal of my life!
Reviewer: Heather from Yuma, AZ
We were driving through Santa Barbara and looked online for the best resatraunt and Bouchon came up. We thought we would give it a try and were not disappointed. Our waiter, Steven was very helpful with recommendations and information. The scallop trio appetizer was fabulous. I hate onions and the onion soup was amazing. The south pacific corvina (sea bass) was fantastic as was the venison. We couldnt stop talking a out how great the meal was! The owner, Mitchell, even paid our table a visit and he was a wonderful man. Thanks for an evening we will not soon forget! Chris and Heather

From begining to end I felt like a princess
Reviewer: Teena from Santa Barbara, CA
Truly the best dining experience I have had in over 25 years! Our waiter TONY was SPECTACULAR .. Best waiter I have experienced anywhere. From knowledge of wines to the food not only was he an expert he was so pleasant to listen to and extremely attentive and genuinely listened to every single word each guest had to say (or not say, even picked up on body language)He made each of us feel special and cared for in every way. The food and wines were AMAZING! This is not a place I would recommend if you are in a hurry, don't care much about pairing your food with AMAZING wine selections, or are on a tight budget. This is a special dining experience, to linger and enjoy!! I highly recommend the venison with the brussel sprout melody (was out of this world) and perfectly paired with the New Zealand Venison, The duck was really yummy (duck is not my favorite but the con fee was to die for!) the wild mushroom with pureed spinach was heaven, and desert I recommend the iced wine and cheese platter or the sweet desert beers too! We went Saturday night 6:30 PM, sat in the patio during the film festival I think .. groups were coming in as we were finishing up, so we parted before Tony could say good by ... He ran outside down the sidewalk to say good by! AMAZING!! I feel like a princess. So perfectly satisfied with a cherry on top! I did not see the bill as this was a treat from my daughters amazing boyfriend whom he and my daughter call Bouchon their favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara .. and trust me they are true foodies!! Thank you Bouchon and special thank you to Tony for such a perfect evening.

First class from start to finish
Reviewer: Patti Mauck from Ventura, CA
A perfect evening to celebrate a birthday celebration with class and style starting with a friendly hostess to greet us, a sincere welcome from the manager, attentive service from our server, to a fine meal presented in a beautiful fashion. Except for a distracting wobbly table due to the uneveness of the antique flooring, the evening was enjoyable. The lighting was perfect, the mood and music was a delight.

Truely outstanding
Reviewer: James from Santa Barbara, CA
Bouchon is in a class all by itself in Santa Barbara. Amazing food, amazing service and world-class management. Congrats Mitchell on winning Best Overall Restaurant in 2012!

Don't Waste Your Money
Reviewer: Bradley from Santa Barbara, CA
There's absolutely nothing special about Bouchon in Santa Barbara. In fact, the decor, service, and food are all below average. And, it's exceptionally overpriced. We were there on a quiet Tuesday night, with very few other customers in the small restaurant. Yet, it took well over an hour for our entrees to be served. My sister's salmon was first delivered very overcooked. The re-do took more than 30 minutes, then it was served nearly uncooked. Completely inedible. My steak was so overcooked, it was like eating leather. All six of us ordered different entrees, and we were all disappointed with our food preparation. Not recommended! Go almost anywhere else instead. You'll save money and have a better dining experience.

Reviewer: Jack Richards from Santa Barbara, CA
If someone wants to gripe about a bad experience, let them. We can all read between the lines and make up our own mind if the complaint is logical or not. I like to hear good and bad experiences and frankly don't appreciate the chilling effect, Alison, of having you lambast people you don't know about a bad experience you weren't apart of and can only wonder Why Do You Care, Alison?

Shouldn't all restaurateurs be part of the scene?
Reviewer: Kathy from Santa Barbara, CA
Lovely meal on Saturday night - the place was buzzing, the food was great. We had two market specials: heirloom tomatoes and mushroom saute. Wonderful. All the entrees were beautifully prepared and presented, but the short rib was outstanding. Our waiter recommended a well priced pinot that was a perfect pairing with our diverse entrees of chicken, fish, beef and venison. It was impressive to watch Mitchell overseeing everything, smiling and so attentive. I love this place.

Gina: 20 minutes late is inconsiderate
Reviewer: Alison from Santa Barbara, CA
bouchon is a very busy restaurant. I know because I also eat there to celebrate special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries etc). It's also not a huge restaurant. If I were part of a group showing up that late for a 4-person reservation on a (presumably) busy night (without notifying the restaurant), I would be relieved that they even held my table. If celebrating your anniversaries with a nice dinner was so important to you, perhaps you should have tried showing up on time? I imagine you would be similarly outraged if you had shown up on time for your special evening only to be told you would have to wait 20 minutes for your table because the group before you showed up late. For the record, I have never had to wait for a table I've reserved at bouchon. And both the service and food have always been outstanding.

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