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Santa Barbara/Montecito: Julienne, Bouchon, where else? Criteria inside...

johnblacksox | May 13, 2011 06:46 PM

I'm visiting SB for the first time, and need one more place for dinner. I'm already dining at Bouchon and Julienne.

- Must have good/great service, ambience, and wine
- No hotel restaurants (sorry, Stonehouse)
- No asian, seafood only, or steakhouses
- Prefer Montecito first, SB second
- Adults only, not a place with kids/families
- Prefer California vibe: outdoor seating, cool crowd, fresh local food, local wine
- Don't care about price
- Don't care if a place is crowded and noisy
- Ideally I can wear a jacket and jeans and not look overdressed

Based on research, I'm leaning toward:

Tre Lune - (I'm freaked out they don't have a website, I don't get that. We're not in 1980 anymore.)
Wine Cask - (Seems like the safest bet)
Montecito Cafe - (They have a website with a text menu only, no pics at all. Again, I don't get it.)

Out of the question:

Ca Dario - I read too many user reviews that say they make you wait even with a reservation. That puts me into a rage.

Downey's - Decor looks really old-fashioned.

Any suggestions are appreciated! If you know of a hidden gem, let me know!

Thanks in advance...

Wine Cask
813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tre Lune
1151 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Stonehouse Restaurant
107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, CA 95959

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