Louie's California Bistro

1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
(805) 963-7003

Recent Reviews

opentable dinner

Fun, very busy, delicious food, uneven service(but that’s been a covid thing in every restaurant, and they comped some items due to an incorrect order).


There is a lot of charming, vintage ambience at Louie's. We sat comfortably on the veranda and enjoyed some good wines. I gave this review 3 out of 5 stars because the meal, while good, was not great. It could have been better and we expected it to be at this restaurant and price point. We had the rack of lamb (good sauce/marinade; the lamb not quite as tender as others I've had). The accompanying curry mashed potatoes were okay but didn't quite deliver the wow factor - and the curry/potato flavor combo seemed "off". The low point was the underdone carrots grouped with other veggies. Crispy is good, nearly raw lost points. A highlight: a fun chat with the manager after dinner.

opentable dinner

I eat at Louie’s pretty often and the food is always 5 stars. I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs, very disappointing. Not up to the Louie’s usual perfection. Service was outstanding, very warm and welcoming as always.


Our first visit and we were thrilled. The food was outstanding and our server was great. A truly lovely time. We will go back!


Looking forward to our next time dining at Louie’s.


I've dining at Louie's for a number of years, for lunch and for dinner. Last night's dinner was one of the best ever. Two of us had the salmon special, and I had the swordfish. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully. Our server, Graham, was attentive without being intrusive; the manager, Shawn, checked in with us several times.


We had fresh caught fish that was over cooked and the veggies were quite underdone..actually tough and hard to cut and chew. Dessert and wine up to expectations!


Loved everything about this place. Set in a hotel from the 1800’s it’s sooo charming. Food was fabulous. Beer and wine only.


Birthday and the server Walter brought a birthday dessert, nice touch and much appreciated.


This was to celebrate a birthday and The service and meal was outstanding. I would return for another special occasion. Bill Young


Good food. Great service. Nice space that has both great indoor and outdoor/porch space.


Beautiful wrap around porch affords choices for sitting outside. The Santa Barbara weather was mild and pleasant for a well paced dinner. The host and server were thoughtful, attentive and knew their menu inside and out. Enjoyable evening.


Relaxing Ambiance, clean and neat restaurant, attentive waitstaff, good quality food, good size food portions.


Out server Gerie was outstanding. The food fantastic. The ambiance sublime. Thank you for a great experience. Love, The Bee Girls from San Diego


Delicious food and wine in a relaxed, classy environment. We only sit outside and love the porch and the homey feel.

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