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Need wedding reception ideas! Santa Barbara for 10 people

Stelle Mares has a very nice private party room with french doors out to a small patio over looking the Bird Refuge small lake. Country French style dining in an old home converted into a restaurant. Maximum for that room is about 20 so it would be very nice for only 10.
http://www.stellamares.com/

I think you should easily able to do this for under $1000.

The El Encanto Hotel also has smaller private venues - prices may go up but worth a look to see what they can do for a private party - very lovely spot in town.

1 day ago
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Best Burgers

Have eaten Habit burgers several times - they are okay. Not the best and not the worst. I think they are more marketing hype right now as they spread their franchise.

Nov 26, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Thank you for the instant report and great news about Toma. Glad we finally got you pointed in the right direction and alerting us to the "Monday" problem for visitors.

Nov 18, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

You obviously know your food so looking forward to your review of Toma to make sure our local dining reviews are not getting excessively puffed up.

Because according to these recent local reviews looks like you are making an excellent choice. Have not been there myself since it changed hands from the former Emilio's. Enjoy.http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

PS: I always get nervous when I read too many reviews laced with the words "to die for" and "awesome".

Thanks for the Korean tips - and better capture them before they end up on the LA board. Recent trip to S Korea opened this cuisine, new to me so I want to explore it more now in my own backyard.

Nov 17, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Cold Springs Tavern - open Mondays - out Highway 154 about 20 minutes up the hill. Watch out for the left hand turn-off to Staggecoach Road.
http://www.coldspringtavern.com

Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn on State Street - midtown - near Alamar - open Mondays: http://www.treeinns.com/pages/crocodi...

Nov 16, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Mixed reviews for the Miro at Bacara.
http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

Nov 16, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Love to get a report on Bacara dining. Only been there for event banquet stuff - okay, but they do keep trying to be noteworthy in their restaurant offerings, for the prices charged.

Or try Cold Springs Tavern up Highway 154 for a real get away retreat feeling and basic comfort food - same thing, open on Mondays? I think you just might like Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn - electric and always something that works in a surprisingly slightly chic setting for a "motel".

Now please trade me your recommendations for Koreatown.

Nov 16, 2014
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Lunch in Paso Robles?

Artisan, downtown

Nov 16, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Had not thought of this challenge and can't rightly say what you can expect. But the Canary Hotel dining (now called Finch and Fork) has been good in the past - not first tier but good enough if you can't find anything else. I can give you a list of plenty of other choices but don't know myself if you will run into the same thing - Monday closure.

If you want to keep doing research, try Toma, Juliene, SamaSama, Louies at the Upham Hotel, or my good old standby when all else fails - Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn - thinking here of those restaurants associated with hotel/motels that may well keep a 7 day schedule.

Just wander around the 1000-1300 blocks of State Street and the side streets and you will find at least some local favorites if not the best, best, best. La Arcada Court has some worthy choices too - Petit Valentin and Cielito.

For very good casual, the new SB Public Market (West Victoria Street- first block) keeps hours that might work if you want something good to eat - counter and carry out style.

Nov 16, 2014
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where is a good Italian market with imported cheese and meats in Santa Barbra area?

SANTA BARBARA/GOLETA:

Via Maestra 42 in the San Roque neighborhood on Upper State Street in Santa Barbara carries good imported Italian deli items.

Metropolus in the SB "Funk Zone" on East Yanonali Street has a lot of higher quality imported and deli items too.

The old Italian Grocery which is now moving to Radio Square on West Carrillo, downtown Santa Barbara had some good imported Italian staples.

The SB Public Market on West Victoria Street has a very good cheese shop, a fresh pasta counter and good local olive oils to try.

And even the Indo-China market in the K-Mart shopping complex carries a surprising array of international products.

Nov 12, 2014
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Thanksgiving in Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo

Agree, Madonna Inn - just south of SLO. Save room for their spectacular Toffee crunch cake. http://www.madonnainn.com/cakes.php#

Nov 12, 2014
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Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara

Cold Springs Tavern - hands down winner.

Nov 11, 2014
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LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Mo's BBQ- Philty Phil ribs on Pomeroy Street in downtown Pismo Beach.

Oct 07, 2014
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"Old Palm Springs"

Looking forward to your report when you get back. Everyone is always stumped when asked about good dining in this area. Hope you have time to add all the good details and that you enjoy your time there very much. I know they have the best backyard grapefruit in the world - sister has winter place there.

Oct 06, 2014
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"Old Palm Springs"

If you take the highly recommended Hollwood Homes bus tour of old Palm Springs, the driver will give you local restaurant tips and what happened at some of the more legendary watering holes. Plus they take you to the Old Mill Market in Palm Desert for the very best date shakes.

Oct 04, 2014
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Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

I believe Valentin moved to Santa Barbara, where it is now Petit Valentin in La Arcada Court on State Street and very well recommended. (2014)

Oct 04, 2014
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Santa Barbara "Eat Street" - Milpas St Festival - 1st weekend in Oct

A new food festival is starting in Santa Barbara - on "Eat Street" - Milpas Avenue where there are many small eateries which have had long-time local followings but are getting wider recognition, not just the now super famous La Super Rica Taqueria. (#15 Tocino Especial - yeah!)

http://www.independent.com/releases/2...

Oct 03, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

Awww.... they still do flaming, table side desserts at The Stone House. This might be the deal maker. Plus if you are staying at the Bacara, this would keep you in the same mood. And you have to love the JFK and Jackie honeymoon connection too.

http://www.sanysidroranch.com/images/...

BWT: I do think Downey's has some of the best desserts in Santa Barbara. They aren't just sweet, heavy and/or trite. But refreshing and elegantly flavored for a fine ending to a classic meal.

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

TOMA on Cabrillo Blvd: I have not been here myself since the ownership changed but it is getting consistently high marks on local blogs - it was always a favorite under prior management - a lovely more casual spot but with enough atmosphere to make it special, particularly if the dining is now as good as locals re reporting.
http://www.tomarestaurant.com

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

Good location choice too, but more down-market than StoneHouse, Downeys or El Encanto.

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

StoneHouse is a more quiet, romantic setting. The local "big event" restaurant is Downey's - quiet, discreet casually elegant, refined service. They have a sweet alcove table too.

Recently at buchon for a "big event" (only because Downey's was closed on Monday) and left feeling very confused what the fuss is about that restaurant. Food was meh. Busy and lively, not exactly an intimate moment place. But it is popular.

Juliene has great food but tables are close and it is small and casual.

El Encanto Hotel is another terrific location setting. Or for something more rustic but very romantic - Cold Springs Tavern.

Sep 27, 2014
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Recs for Lakeport, Ukiah or Hopland?

Spent childhoods in this area, but it looks like it remains a culinary wasteland. Too bad my grandmother can't have you over for her famous lemon meringue pie!

Sep 27, 2014
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Santa Barbara lunch spot on water

It is the land of the $20 hamburgers but you get the view for free.

Sep 21, 2014
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Santa Barbara lunch spot on water

It is a hotel with a restaurant, up on the Riviera hillside behind the town a little beyond the Mission Santa Barbara. Lovely parks and neighborhood to visit even on its own. #22 bus used to take you up there but I think it might now be a suspended route. Check with MTD because this #22 bus route is was really like a tour of SB highlights starting from down town.

Belmond is the parent company - used to be Orient and Express who did the extensive remodeling of the site. But known to all locals still simply as the El Encanto. Dinner gets pricey and reviews have been mixed. But lunches there are lovely and the daytime patio dining views of the city and hillside cannot be beat.

Sep 19, 2014
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Santa Barbara lunch spot on water

I like the restaurant choices at the Harbor (not the wharf - two different things but both can work)

Chuck's Harborside out door patio is a local favorite for great views across the yachts and sailboats, along with Brophy Bros and a variety of smaller places -food is good enough. On the Alley does not have a view is down there too, but great casual items for carry out so you can sit out wherever you want and take it all in.

Toma Toma on Cabrillo Blvd is right in the middle of all of this, but no view but some pretty outstanding reviews for food.

There are some outdoor tables over the water at SB Shellfish on the Wharf (different location from the Harbor) and I had a very good crab louie there a few months ago.

And for a more remote beachside location, try the Boat House at Hendry's Beach at the end of Las Positas Road - also known as Arroyo Burro Road.

For spectacular city views, the Belmond El Encanto for lunch up in the hills behind Santa Barbara is a very worthy option - large patio, good lunch items and a special quiet place to feel indulged.

Sep 18, 2014
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Dinner with Dog in Santa Barbara?

Louie's Restaurant is in the Upham Hotel, a few blocks from the Ground Zero downtown restaurant zone (1200 block State Street area) and near a large city park where rover can roam, but not off-leash.

Louie's is a sleeper - intimate setting, good food, good variety, nice service. Sometimes I forget about it but when one asks what is a real Santa Barbara dining experience you certainly can do well in this very historic old hotel setting that has been lovingly refurbished. Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 17, 2014
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Pismo Beach or nearby - where to eat?

Thanks. Yum.

Sep 15, 2014
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Pismo Beach or nearby - where to eat?

Please tell me more about the Avila Valley Farm. We often to to See Canyon for apples - Gopher Glen. Berry pie sounds like a nice dessert after our favorite Mo's BBQ.

Sep 12, 2014
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Pismo Beach or nearby - where to eat?

Mo's BBQ - Filthy Phil ribs on the main drag -Pomeroy street - very casual. Then some salt water taffy down the street towards the pier at Hotlix. Or some pecan bars.

Sep 09, 2014
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Carpinteria Eats - The List

Went to The Spot - okay burger, nothing worth raving about.

Giannfrancos is not "upscale" but very family friendly - just a very good presentaton of insprired cooking. Mom runs the front of the house and son with his culinary degree handles the back. Family friendly and delcious - you have it all here. Casual, friendly atmosphere.

Don't overlook the seaside restaurant The Shoals - in the Cliff House motel in Las Conchitas a few miles down the road. Okay food but a million dollar setting - palm trees, breaking ocean waves and and endless Pacific view sitting poolside and nary a sound coming from the free way next door.

A pretty amazing visual and sensual experience for the settting - like a mini trip to Hawaii almost - pick carefully through the menu and don't expect stellar results and you and your family will be quite happy.

http://www.cliffhouseinn.com/shoals.htm

Sep 06, 2014
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