Attractive room, crowded and busy in a French way. Small menu but good variety, each dish prepared individually and presented beautifully. Quite a small wine list, primarily California with some French, pricing quite reasonable -- and a good by-the-glass selection. Food prices are surprisingly low for Santa Barbara (entrees at $19). Like another reviewer, we arrived to find that our reservation, made weeks ahead, didn't exist. Service was slow at the start, quite awhile before we could order a glass of wine, but attentive thereafter. The food itself was very good, particularly the duck, perfectly cooked and presented, and the frog legs, tender and not over-fried. Desserts were a yeoman-like creme brûlée and a heavy, rich chocolate marquise, good but not transcendent. Like a good French bistro it was all quite tasty but didn't rise to a five-star level. A fine and satisfying evening all the same. One picky note: the chef insists on putting kosher salt in the salt shakers so that its large grain prevents the patrons from over-salting (we took the lid off the shaker...). Why is it that some chefs feel the need to either deprive us of salt shakers altogether or censor how much we use? They don't tell us whether to sweeten our coffee, or how much. Arrogance.
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