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Santa Barbara Brewing Company
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 56
Beer Avg: 3.27
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
501 State Street
phone: (805) 730-1040
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Reviews by Rumrunner:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for lunch and I have to say it was a very good choice.
Located in a very touristy and trendy part of Santa Barbara. Plenty of parking garages are around if street parking is not available.
The atmosphere is somewhat rudimentary. One large rectangular building made from brick. The main bar to the left. A small ledge bar in the middle back. Booths along the right side of the building and tables and chairs make up the rest of the place. The brewing equipment is behind the bar and on a catwalk above the back wall. Plenty of t.v.s for viewing sports. The atmosphere is very easy on the eye but provides no oohs and aahs.
We sat at the bar and the service was good. We started at a table and since nobody came around to take our order we moved to the bar when a couple of seats opened up. It was crowded and so I will not be harsh about not being noticed right away.
The food is good. A mix of pub grub, better than pub grub and some quazi healthy items on the menu. It is California afterall. I thought the halibut sandwich was very tasty. They also serve wine and have a small bar with spirits.
They generally have about eight to ten beers on tap. They range from California styes, to Belgium, English and German. The IPA was very good. Nice and hoppy. A Belgium Golden ale was served up and that was nice as well. The amber is one of their biggest sellers and the pale is considered a fine brew as well. The stout was decent. Nothing to write home about. They are brewing some fine beers here.
This is a very fine establishment and I recommend it when visiting Santa Barbara.
Notes: They have growler service.
They have a cask and I was told that cask night is Thursday. Beers vary from week to week. Santa Barbara has a serious parking problem. If you park on the street beware the meter police are everywhere. The second your time is up there will be a ticket on your vehicle. It is best to pay for parking in a lot and not worry about the time, even if it is a few bucks.
07-11-2004 06:49:00 |
More by Rumrunner
More User Reviews:
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 | $$$
During our road trip up the California coast we decided to stop in Santa Barbara for lunch and to check the downtown out. Saw the brewing company sign and immediately knew where we'd be having lunch.
Atmosphere is pretty cool, basic non-descript brewpub. Clean, local stuff on the walls, brew kettles in the back. The beer selection consisted of 6 or 7 of their beers on tap. Nothing really too exciting. I sampled a few and settled on the maibock. All that I tried were pretty mediocre, the maibock was a little better than the rest.
The menu was what you would expect. I don't remember a ton about it except that it wasn't interesting or exciting. I got a cheeseburger and my girlfriend got a citrus chicken dish. That really says it all, it was about as forgettable as it sounds. Nothing bad or offensive, but a fairly poor effort. Our service was friendly but no one in the brewpub seemed to enthusiastic about beer, food, or what they were doing.
Mediocre beer, unenthusiastic service, and unmemorable food made for an experience I'm not really looking to try again. Especially dissapointing because they were some other much better looking restaurants I saw as we walked up and down main street after lunch. My advice is to eat somewhere else and stop in here for a beer or two at the bar afterwards. Or just skip it all together and save your money.
05-12-2010 02:13:43 |
More by Shumista
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Came here on the State Street outing Friday night, hoping to try some new brews. I went in hoping it'd be more of a brewery than a Rock Bottom-style restaurant first, brewery second, but it was more the former than the latter.
Atmosphere was more of a place to get some food before hitting the bars than a destination for the evening. Not a whole lot of beer drinking going on, and their beer list, while looking rather impressive in numbers, all seemed to be a little weak on flavor.
I had their flagship Santa Barbara Blonde and was disappointed in the lack of much complexity or taste, and had some of the Belgian and IPA on tap as well, and wasn't impressed by any of them. The food looked and smelled tasty, and service was good, albeit a little more on the "I just give you the beer and know one line about each of them" side and less on the "I actually drink beer and could give you a nudge in the right direction" side. Still, friendly and more than willing to get you some more beer.
In all, it wasn't great. But, it wasn't awful either. For a family-environment or a place to grab a few forgettable, yet relatively cheap, craft brews while watching a game, it's not bad. Just don't expect to be blown away.
09-14-2009 15:46:19 |
More by nomomentwasted
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Going through the tasters all of the beer had this homogenized flavor, they all tasted the same. Very soda-ish, and lacking in flavor. They were also out of a red ale, and replaced it on my sampler with a pear cider. That's messed up, why do you hate me SBBC?
I went here twice before taking the trip to Hollister Brewing, where I found refuge in the bosom of a brewery who respects their customers.
Decor was nice, I really liked the copper bar. One thing that irked me was the overwhelming stench of ammonia, or some disinfectant close to the fermenters. Absolutely nauseating.
04-23-2009 17:38:39 |
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Santa Barbara Brewing Company in Santa Barbara, CA