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The Montecito Cafe

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American, Contemporary
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1295 Coast Village Rd, The Montecito Inn, Montecito, CA 93108-2748
+1 805-969-3392
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Today
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Ventura, California
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191 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Our last dinner at the Montecito Cafe was a bittersweet experience- remembering the happy hours of dining in the front, watching the beautiful people of Montecito stroll by the windows, the delectable meals served, with grace (most of the time), from that tiny kitchen. We are so sad that our 30 years of enjoying the elegance of The Montecito Cafe... More 

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Newport Beach, Califorrnia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The Montecito Cafe has always been one of our favorites. It has never disappointed us over the years. We live in Newport Beach and have many wonderful restaurants in our area. This one has always met our expectations when we travel up the coast over many years. Wonderful value for the price.

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San Francisco, California
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Montecito Inn and decided to try the restaurant adjacent to the hotel one evening. The restaurant was quite busy. It was an enjoyable evening with friends. My husband had the Veal Marsala and I had their special of Petrale sole in a light cream sauce. Both dishes came with potatoes and vegetables. It was an entertaining... More 

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Thank CaAngie
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is one of the better restaurants in the Santa Barbara and Montecito area and is a great value. Not cheap but mid range with excellent food. I have been there at least 4 times and everything has been great, especially the salads and entrees. The coconut cake is awesome.

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Thank Dave N
California
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I went here with my two kids (teen and tween) and friend who cracks a lot of jokes with the staff. We loved it. I ordered the carrot soup which was absolutely the freshest thing I have ever had - it tasted like the carrots were locally grown. I also ordered a buffalo mozzarella salad which was fresh with bright... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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696 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Sadly, this place is scheduled to close for good later this year. We ate lunch here and loved the interesting choices. Stuff I've never seen elsewhere. Save room for the coconut or chocolate cake as they are delicious. Great service.

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Thank Barbara A
Boston
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I had dinner here while staying at the hotel. I had a great piece of Salmon on wood plank. It was full of flavor. All Everyone else at the table enjoyed their meals as well.

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Thank BajanFan
Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We went here for lunch with my family and enjoyed the burgers and the French fries. We would definitely go back again!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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128 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I just had a wonderful breakfast with fresh Salmon on a roll with eggs. This is not usually on the menu, therefore it was daily special. The setting is nice on the porch, the service is attentive and the food is consistent.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

A storied, chic restaurant. Very popular with the local residents. Great menu. Very good food and very good service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1295 Coast Village Rd, The Montecito Inn, Montecito, CA 93108-2748
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Montecito
  • Phone Number: +1 805-969-3392

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?