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Santa Barbara Brewing Company
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Beer Ratings: 72
Beer Avg: 3.24
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
501 State Street
phone: (805) 730-1040
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by PuckLSHS:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Went to Santa Barbara Brewing Company one day with one of my old students from the East Coast.
We went at about 9pm on a Friday night and it was quite packed in the place. Found a couple seats at the classic wood bar and picked a few pints to enjoy.
I ordered the Eternal Sunshine and my buddy ordered an IPA. I enjoyed the beer a little, but found it pretty much dumbed down. Just didn't have that taste that I was expecting or hoping. Their beers are just standard everyday choices that would appeal to the large college student clientel on State Street.
The place was rather small, so it was VERY loud and the conversation was not easy to carry on. I wouldn't suggest this spot on a weeknight during the time students have the ability to show up to the bar.
I didn't have any of the food, but it looked pretty good and wouldn't mind going back to try some. The service was not excellent, but I would not expect that with the bartendars dealing with table orders and bar orders and only having two people behind the bar.
Average is a great way to describe this place, sad to say....I really do enjoy SB though. May not be worth the drive to SB just to go to the brewpub, but it is definitely worth going up there to enjoy the rest of State Street and the beautiful ocean that is only a few blocks away. Plus, the drive to get there is ridiculously beautiful.
05-03-2006 07:04:13 |
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12-10-2013 05:17:36 |
More by tgatort
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Awful.. I had the King Saaz Pilsner, and obviously the brew master doesn't know what the style is. The bartender told me it wasn't very hoppy. How funny. Pretty much a watered down IPA. I waited 30 minutes for the bartender to take my order as I choked down the beer. it never happened... and in the mean time someone sat next to me, ordered, and finished thier meal... my menu still sitting lonely in front of me.I cut my losses and just went somewhere good, just shown the street.
08-18-2013 00:29:44 |
More by scottgs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice place, good food (I love the pizza), average beer. It's on the main drag, so you pay a premium for location.
Consider it a good restaurant/sports bar in a tourist town that happens to brew their own beer.
01-08-2013 23:07:53 |
More by TheMarkE
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located on State St. with good parking options. Sat at one of the few window seats for some good people watching. The beer sampler had 5 of their concoctions, one was a messy pour that leaked on the table and floor. Ended up choosing the Gold Coast Wheat that was nice fruity wheat beer. We weren't very hungry so we picked the potato skins, which were 1/4 potatoes with sour cream, chives, and bacon that were tasty. The menu had some good looking options we were still full from the free breakfast at the hotel. It's a nice place with decent beer. If you want some intense beer, hit the Brewhouse on the other side of the highway.
05-01-2012 20:37:22 |
More by DesMoinesMike
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
V: This place is nice for Santa Barbara and they make the most of the space they have available. The main restaurant is usually very busy on the weekends and often during the week. It mostly consists of tables, and the bar has limited seating, however there is a Lounge in the back with pool tables and a separate bar. The restaurant can get tight with a crowd and the Lounge is big and open with music usually playing. There are large flat screens throughout the restaurant and lounge, all usually playing different sports games. The girls that work here are SMOKING hot.
Q: The beers I order are really good and they always have about 1/2 dozen on tap including a tasting option. When they brew their DIPA I stop by often for one or two though I don't see it in their list of beers on this site. Though their Blonde is the best seller, I'm a fan of the DIPA, Rincon Red and IPA. Those are the only ones I have had so I don't have any input on their other beers. It's rare for me to order a stout, brown, wheat, etc, from a brewery.
S: I've never had an issue with their service. I always sit at the bar and they are attentive and helpful.
F: Food is good quality bar food. It's really just basic American bar food, sandwiches, burgers, apps, lots of salads, pizza, and a smaller but decent dinner menu with pasta and other choices. Their garlic Parmesan french fries are one of the signature things to try. The food has always arrived freshly prepared, hot, and also prepared very well. The food on the plate just looks professionally done like the chefs in the back or whoever is overseeing things really takes the extra effort with q/a.
V: Everything is reasonable given the location. This is a prime Santa Barbara location on State Street, and Santa Barbara can be expensive really no matter what restaurant you are at because of rent and miscellaneous overhead. I'll leave it at that.
08-11-2011 21:47:00 |
More by nickname
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Didn't go out of my way to visit this place based on the reviews but happened to stumble up it while looking for a place to have a beer after a concert.
Selection was decent but not great. There were about 8 or so offering on tap with another 2 form the menu tapped out. I had the stout, which was good and the IPA which was also good. Neither was anything to write home about though. The rest of the styles on the menu were fairly tame and I would have had trouble coming up with a 3rd style to try had we stayed longer.
Atmosphere was ok. Typical brewpub-like arrangement but nothing that sets it apart.
Service was extremely friendly although beer knowledge seemed average.
07-13-2011 01:40:40 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
This is a very popular and busy place in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara on State St, but it seems all flash and no substance.
The location is great and the place itself is nice, an old building with big windows looking onto the attractive street, brick walls, nice bar, etc.
However, the beer is worse than subpar and is some of the worst beer I have had. The selection on its face seems good, a nice range, but the quality is incredibly bad, being bland, thin, almost utterly characterless and barely recognizable as beer from the smell or taste. I mean that literally and in all sincerity – the beers we had were almost wholly lacking in character and the stout had the taste and feel of tap water.
Our food experiences were limited since e basically got just some dessert, so I cannot really comment on that. Service was not horrid, and was better than the beer, but it was not good – somewhat abrupt, not rude but not friendly, and not overly efficient.
In the end, this seems a place for people to go and be loud, seem popular, and show off their “coolness” and it’s not a place to get even decent beer. The “vibe” as a result is more annoying than pleasant, giving one the feeling of being around people who only care about seeming cool and loudly partying rather than being comfortable and enjoying good food and drink.
The prices, though not bad compared to other places, are bad for the quality that you get in return for the money.
06-17-2011 21:10:44 |
More by Offa
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Visited on 2/4/11.
Stopped in for dinner here. Feels like a run down BJ's in a way. Lots of seating but not very many patrons.
Beer: They had 5 of their house brews on tap along with 2 or 3 guest taps (Chimay was one of them but the menu didn't mention which one). I got the State Street Stout and my wife got the Old Town Nut Brown. Both were very average and after one beer I really didn't want to get any more.
Food: They have a pretty decent menu of foods again similar to BJ's: salads, burgers, wraps, etc. Our dinners were pretty good but nothing too fancy or memorable.
Overall, the beer was fairly cheap ($3.00 pints during happy hour) but not too impressive and the food was good but kind of pricey ($9.99 for a smallish buffalo chicken wrap).
02-06-2011 09:42:06 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$$
During our road trip up the California coast we decided to stop in Santa Barbara for lunch and to check the downtown out. Saw the brewing company sign and immediately knew where we'd be having lunch.
Atmosphere is pretty cool, basic non-descript brewpub. Clean, local stuff on the walls, brew kettles in the back. The beer selection consisted of 6 or 7 of their beers on tap. Nothing really too exciting. I sampled a few and settled on the maibock. All that I tried were pretty mediocre, the maibock was a little better than the rest.
The menu was what you would expect. I don't remember a ton about it except that it wasn't interesting or exciting. I got a cheeseburger and my girlfriend got a citrus chicken dish. That really says it all, it was about as forgettable as it sounds. Nothing bad or offensive, but a fairly poor effort. Our service was friendly but no one in the brewpub seemed to enthusiastic about beer, food, or what they were doing.
Mediocre beer, unenthusiastic service, and unmemorable food made for an experience I'm not really looking to try again. Especially dissapointing because they were some other much better looking restaurants I saw as we walked up and down main street after lunch. My advice is to eat somewhere else and stop in here for a beer or two at the bar afterwards. Or just skip it all together and save your money.
05-12-2010 02:13:43 |
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