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the black sheep

26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1629
+1 805-965-1113
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“ramen” (17 reviews)
“tasting menu” (11 reviews)
“bone marrow” (9 reviews)
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American, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1629
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was excellent. I got the potato taco, the croquettes and the steak and all were amazing. The steak was cooked perfectly. I asked for it rare and the waitress said it was better medium rare because it was like kobe and she...More

Thank harleyglazer
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Black Sheep is owned and operated by Robert Perez, a world-class chef. Service is outstanding. Wine list is small but all quality from the local treasure trove of fine wines. I dined alone and can highly recommend the Shumai dumplings, octopus carpaccio and the...More

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a party of four for dinner. We ordered a variety of dishes to share, which I would recommend. Their menu is very diverse. We loved their ahi dish, paella, spicy roasted macrona almonds, a lamb dish, the octopus carpaccio (excellent) and we split...More

Thank viarueda
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here before show at Lobero & did their Tasting Menu for $50/person &'was so impressed with every dish that was served. Good wine selection also

Thank Colleen G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Black Sheep is a wonderful addition to the Santa Barbara restaurant community. It is unique menu prepared superbly. I found the whole experience to be delightful. We had heavy appetizers off their Happy Hour menu. The atmosphere was calm, fun and professional. The service...More

Thank Christa R
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Upon moving to SB my family and I stumbled upon the black sheep while wondering around downtown. With a teenager, a baby, a MEGA-busy restaurant, and 3 Hangry patrons, our server managed to satisfy everyone with awesome service and killer recommendations. Food arrived promptly dripping...More

Thank wndrlustrone
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We are locals and went by for dinner after a movie. My husband had 2 appetizers, anchovies on toast and scallop crudo both of which were excellent. The scallops were so tender and delicious. Main course was skate wing Asian style absolutely beautiful cooked and...More

Thank Judy A
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

we were two, late afternoon . the preparation and aspect of the food resembles that of top restaurants, although the result is not as good as pretended. The personnel is kind, a standard in USA, the wine average. Overall quite expensive, for sure there are...More

Thank Vincenzo A
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Made a later-night appearance here, and we were seated immediately (without a reservation, at that!). We were handed a prie-fixe menu (at $50 per person, not what we were looking for), the wine and beer list, and a food menu. After glancing at it, our...More

Thank Max V
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

I specifically chose to visit this restaurant after their website has a specific vegan menu. On arriving there weren't any vegan or vegetarian dishes marked out so I asked the waiter for help. He asked how strict I was, as some dishes would be okay...More

Thank Lola-Michelle W
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18 November 2017|
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Response from Max V | Reviewed this property |
16 October 2015|
Response from Erin W | Reviewed this property |
Hi TIA, They do have some nice salads but they these may include cheese. Yes, they take reservations. I booked through Open Table. It can be lively in the bar area but there are a few seating options. Probably best to check... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1629
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-1113
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Organic, Farmers driven, Gastropub Inspired.
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