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Cafe Bianco
No longer in business
Opened: ? Closed: 2009-07

11 W. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 965-1977

Reviews by the General Public

Oh how I miss your Pesto Rolls, 10/28/2014
Reviewer: Chelsea F from Santa Barbara, CA
Your shop was owned by a relative of a coworker and I used to love to come in to get the Pesto Rolls.....buttery pesto & olive oil baked inside a sourdough roll. Absolutely to die for! Darn shame I cannot find anything as good as this anymore.

Closed and moved - So long - you were well loved., 7/8/2009
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
Sorry to see Cafe Bianco close and apparently move over to the Cathedral Oaks Swim Club, according to a worker there that was closing the place down. The far too long renovation by the landlord and the loss of the side door and upper patio umbrellas, and even the tall counter that felt alienating after the intimacy of the old place looks like it did them in.

They were the good guys in this town for so long and carried on a fine pastry and baked goods tradition from the original Austrian roots and their meals were always fresh and well-priced.

Looks like someone might be refurbishing the place with new decor so who knows what will be reborn in this wonderful inner patio spot. Hope they bring back the upper deck umbrella tables and re-open that side door.

So long Cafe Bianco crew - you were well loved and you will be sorely missed.

Five Star FAbu, 5/11/2009
Reviewer: Sandy rint from Santa Barbara, CA
Cafe bianco is an awsome joint it is very fresh and delish food i give cafe bianco a big thumbs up. As well the service is kind and really show the big merchandise polilcy "customers always right"

Great lunch option, 2/1/2009
Reviewer: joe from Santa Barbara, CA
I often go here for lunch on the weekends. Fantastic sandwiches and a nice atmosphere. They also have great desserts like the Almond bar which is my favorite. Highly recommend.

A Regrettable Mistake, 1/31/2009
Reviewer: Sweet D from Santa Barbara, CA

Tempted to find a new place to eat breakfast in the town I grew up in, I decided, based on the sparkling reviews written here, to try Cafe Bianco.

The reviews were right about only one thing; very small crowds. This is a reason for this! I have a feeling it doesn't have all that much to do with the location.

When we went in there around 10am, the food looked good (they had pre-prepared dishes set out as an example) and the pastries looked very nice. We ordered breakfast (chorrizo omelet and the frittata with a vanilla latte and a mocha).

The lady at the counter gave us the wrong amount of change and told us the wrong total (it was corrected soon enough). The food and drinks came very quickly! I have a feeling this was because everything was reheated and not fresh (drinks AND food). Did not hear the espresso machine for our lattes.

Lets start with the food: Potatoes either too hard to put a fork in or just solid skin, everything lukewarm and flavorless. Left 80% of the food on the plate.

Drinks: Vanilla latte tasted the same as the mocha: like lukewarm rancid tap water.

I will never be going there again. If you're looking for good breakfast in SB go to Jack's, Garrett's, Crushcakes, hell even IHOP. Avoid this food-poisoning-waiting-to-happen nightmare. If they want me back they should try preparing the food AFTER it is ordered, not the night before.

PEET'S no competition for Cafe Bianco, 11/3/2008
Reviewer: jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
Tale of two cafes: newly re-opened Cafe Bianco and newly opened Peet's one block apart. Standard order cappucino's and palmiers at both places - almost the same price, a few cents cheaper at Bianco. Comparison stops there. Peet's palmier is thin, mass produced and fat-globby tasteless. Bianco's palmier is fresh, thick and bready and uniquely their version on this classic. Peet's is wasted calories. Bianco makes you feel less sinful when having the same item. Peet's cappucino comes in a mug and has nice foam but personally find Peet's coffee to be sour and bitter. Cafe Bianco cappucino is rich, deluxe and full bodied and comes with a saucer and proper small stirring spoon. Plastic accompanies Peet's and no saucer. Bianco courtyard a quiet private delight in the middle of downtown. Peet's outdoors on the street is echo chamber noisy and homeless hang out looking for hand outs. My vote remains with Cafe Bianco. Peet's can take care of the crowds. Bianco takes care of the conigscenti.

Cafe Bianco is open again! (Oct 08), 10/23/2008
Reviewer: jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
This little gem is open again after a long delayed remodel. All on one floor now and same wonderful menu, service and specialties you won't find anywhere else. Welcome back!

Simply Divine, 7/2/2008
Reviewer: Meg from Santa Barbara, CA
Numerous things come to mind when I think about what it was I liked most about Cafe Bianco. First, I truly enjoyed the peaceful ambiance and beautiful architecture of the surrounding area. My lunch date and I enjoyed a cozy, warm afternoon lunching beside the fountain. What more can one ask for? Service was impeccable, the employees were friendly and attentive. The specials of the day were delicious, the portions well worth the price and the friendly smile when you order. My lunch date truly enjoyed the honey mustard in her salad. If that's not innovative, I don't know what is! I look forward to many more cozy afternoons next to the fountain.

So Good, 10/16/2007
Reviewer: Leana from Santa Barbara
This place is the best. It has wonderful food where the ingredients are fresh and they do not skimp you on portion size. The price is also very fair which I think is because it is not like the typical touristy breakfast place. The coffee is also very good with many different options. Not only is the food good, but the place is just so darn cute. The outside seating is so nice in the courtyard and there is sometimes a man who places acoustic guitar inside the cafe. I'm so happy Cafe Bianco is now open on Sundays which only happened starting on October 7.

deeelish!, 8/15/2007
Reviewer: cheecher from sb
I love the look and feel of this place. nice indoor/terrace seating, cozy kitchen and bakery area, and lots of different options to choose from! great deal with a discount card. my only suggestion is to check out the hard copy menu (vs. the chalkboard) because there are a lot of additional items listed on it. their bran muffin was tasty and naturally sweetened, good fruit bowl (not all canteloupe like some other places, but real pineapples and strawberries!), and homemade bread with their gargantuan salads. thumbs up, yo!

Another fabulous find :), 7/25/2007
Reviewer: C.S. from Goleta, CA
Been longing to try this cafe and I finally did yesterday! Had lunch around early afternoon and I loved it. The place was not busy unlike other cafes around this hour, so there were plenty of seats and the service was attentive. The interior has a bright, spacious dining area, where people who likes to grab lunch alone like me can be seated comfortably. The menu has a good variety; I tried their daily special "peach salad" along with "avocado/provolone sandwich" and both were fresh and delicious. Prices are reasonable for the portions. So happy to find another local cafe :) Will make another visit anytime soon!

My fav friendly neighborhood stop, 6/5/2007
Reviewer: Maygan from Santa Barbara, CA
The atmosphere, ambiance, friendly familiar faces go great with the food. If I ever want something that's not quite on the menu, Leo and Arturo go out of their way to whip up something unique and special just for me. The coffee is always hot, the salads are fresh and the veggie pita is amazing! I will keep going to this little restaurant as long as it's there! Good job Leo!

Great location for a relaxing lunch (or breakfast), 5/23/2007
Reviewer: Jonaathan from Santa Barbara, CA
Apparently this place has been there for many years, but I did not know about it. I had lunch there yesterday. The grilled fish sandwich special was very good. The staff are very friendly. It was very nice to sit in the courtyard listen to the sound of water from the water feature. It would also be a great place for breakfast. They have a lot of bakery items which looked fabulous but I did not try.

A TRUE JEM , 5/18/2007
Reviewer: Shannon from Santa Barbara, CA
Hidden in the Victorian Court, Cafe Bianco is my absolute favorite spot for breakfast and lunch. You can't beat the atmostphere and the service is wonderful! Try their daily specials, you won't be disappointed.

Santa Barbara's Muffin Men, 3/13/2007
Reviewer: lemonjelly from santa barbara, ca
Being off the State Street foot traffic, this cafe is not bulging at the seams with customers. But you, the discerning muffin lover seeking a tranquil spot to hone your skills in consuming sweet baked goodness, can work this to your advantage. Cafe Bianco offers a daily rotating selection of delicious muffins, among other things, in a quiet part of Victoria Court downtown, near the courtyard.

Love it, 3/13/2007
Reviewer: emily from Santa Barbara CA
A bunch of us meet here pretty much every Saturday for breakfast. The guys who work here are 100% accommodating to our sometimes huge party, the food is excellent, the espresso even moreso.

Good food, Fast & friendly service, 3/9/2007
Reviewer: Jen from Santa Barbara, CA
We've eaten here at least a half dozen times this year, and have always found their service to be quick and attentive, even when they are very busy. Nice selection of baked goods, coffee, and sandwiches--and their balsamic dressing is yummy! Their fruit bowls are always fresh and generous, and they are vegetarian friendly :) Have yet to try their pizza, but their sandwiches and salads are great! We like going there for lunch because it never gets too busy, since its in an out-of-the-way location.

A cool little stop, 2/2/2007
Reviewer: J Sully from Santa Barbara, CA
This place is tucked into a spot only locals would know about. Their muffins, pastries, and beverages are the best of the area. Avoid starbucks and hit this local gem.

off the beaten track..., 4/14/2004

Great coffee, nice atmosphere, local crowd of regulars... if you want a break from battling tourists for a seat, check out Bianco. Limited lunch/breakfast menu, but everything on it is good. Favorites include the breakfast burrito ,and the ham-and-cheese stuffed croissants... they also make great soups daily, from scratch. Indoor and outdoor seating available, friendly staff.

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