We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor


Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040 (7th Street)
+1 805-684-6666
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

196 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 186: English reviews
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

So-called "fine" restaurants go to great lengths to develop menus and wine lists, greet guests, prepare good food and then, of course, charge expensive prices. Sly's is a perfect example. Nice menu, nice waitress, healthy prices. Then why do these restaurants allow so called "bus boys" to remove dishes by recklessly swiping away dishes, stacking them highly and loudly and... More 

Thank Berolz
Level Contributor
33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Ducked away from the Avocado Festival crowd to have a Bloody Mary made with fresh ingredients! Quaint restaurant in the downtown beach community with unique gourmet food and specialty drinks.

Thank Jenpet1
Port Angeles, Washington
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Although the menu displayed a lot of meat offerings, the seafood selections that we ordered were excellent. Fresh fish and shrimp along with a great bottle of wine from an above average list of wines made for a memorable evening. John and Antonio were attentive without hovering, which allowed us to enjoy a leisurely meal.

Thank Santuzzo1946
Carpinteria, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

One of the nicest resterants in Carpinteria! The owners James Sly and his wife Anne do a great job! From the great friendly atmosphere to the locally sourced dishes, this place is a sure bet if you want a delicious meal. A bit pricey, but they do have a pre-fix menu for one price. Otherwise everything is a la carte.... More 

Thank JoniA1
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
194 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Didn't eat here although the menu did look good. We went in for a cocktail and ended up staying for a few hours. Nice place, friendly staff and good service. Good choice of cocktails and some that weren't on the menu. All well made and potent to the extent that one of our party can't remember getting back to our... More 

Thank weekteuchter
Level Contributor
116 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Just went for a drink, the cocktails were really good, lovely clean place, great decor, the food smelt great and if we had been staying in Carp for longer we would have eaten there.

Thank Petrani
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We have eaten at Sly's a number of times. Service has always been excellent and the food perfect. It's not a cheap meal, but it always has been an excellent meal

Thank flmccoy
Agoura Hills, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This isn't your typical bar, or restaurant. The bartenders love what they're doing and make drinks dating back to the 1800's! The Corpse Reviver and The Dark n' Stormy will do the trick, but then you look at the menu and stop in your tracks. The highest quality seafood and steaks combined with the imagination and talent of Chef James... More 

Thank Used2Surf
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Everything is perfect at Sly's from the large classic drink menu to the oysters, entrees, and dessert. The service is always excellent. Try going in the early afternoon for a leisurely lunch of mussels and fries, a grilled artichoke, and any one of their fresh salads. The steak on arugula is excellent. Even the bread basket is perfection. It's all... More 

Thank Molli S
Carpinteria, California
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

My best friend and I come here whenever she is in town from Santa Monica. We love the old fashioned drink menu. The appetizers are great too. We usually get the oysters, potato skins and onion rings. The potato skins are really the shaved skins from the papa and fried nice n crispy. Staff is friendly and prompt.

Thank foodieskinny

Travellers who viewed Sly's also viewed

Carpinteria, CA

Been to Sly's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040
    (7th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-684-6666

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Sly's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?