Bouchon Santa Barbara is a local French restaurant that specializes in serving organic, farm-to-table ingredients paired with local wines. Inside a spacious dining room features large mirrors, a white decor accented by red brick walls, exposed beams and an outdoor terrace area accented by trees and professionally landscaped gardens. If you’re in town with a big group, this is one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara with family-style dining room tables.


Bouchon Santa Barbara is a centrally located restaurant in Santa Barbara just a couple miles inland from Hotel Milo in the heart of downtown. It’s located in between the Granada and Arlington theaters, making it an ideal choice for those who are looking to tack on a meal before or after a show. Nearby, there are also the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Alameda Plaza.

What to Try

A seasonal menu keeps all the inventive dishes at Bouchon Santa Barbara fresh and interesting. Beginning the meal you can sample an array of options like pan-seared foie gras served with duck confit-stuffed savoy cabbage and crispy leeks, or an arugula and apples salad with Point Reyes blue cheese and a toasted fennel-apple cider vinaigrette.

Moving on to the main course at Bouchon Santa Barbara, the options range from land to sea. Some of the more popular dishes are the maple-glazed California duck breast and confit of thigh served with succotash of sweet corn, fava beans, leeks and Windrose Farms butternut squash. Another popular option is the porcini-dusted yellowfin tuna, which comes with slow roasted fingerling potatoes, wild mushrooms and oven-roasted tomatoes.

Bouchon Santa Barbara also serves a consistently delightful and eclectic dessert menu. The warm Santa Barbara Chocolate ‘Molten Lava’ Cake is a rich, local favorite served with McConnell’s vanilla ice cream. They also do a blueberry-lemon upside down cake that’s sweet and delicate.