Santa Barbara Brewing Company
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 85
Beer Avg: 3.41
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Shumista:
2.73/5 rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$$
During our road trip up the California coast we decided to stop in Santa Barbara for lunch and to check the downtown out. Saw the brewing company sign and immediately knew where we'd be having lunch.
Atmosphere is pretty cool, basic non-descript brewpub. Clean, local stuff on the walls, brew kettles in the back. The beer selection consisted of 6 or 7 of their beers on tap. Nothing really too exciting. I sampled a few and settled on the maibock. All that I tried were pretty mediocre, the maibock was a little better than the rest.
The menu was what you would expect. I don't remember a ton about it except that it wasn't interesting or exciting. I got a cheeseburger and my girlfriend got a citrus chicken dish. That really says it all, it was about as forgettable as it sounds. Nothing bad or offensive, but a fairly poor effort. Our service was friendly but no one in the brewpub seemed to enthusiastic about beer, food, or what they were doing.
Mediocre beer, unenthusiastic service, and unmemorable food made for an experience I'm not really looking to try again. Especially dissapointing because they were some other much better looking restaurants I saw as we walked up and down main street after lunch. My advice is to eat somewhere else and stop in here for a beer or two at the bar afterwards. Or just skip it all together and save your money.
05-12-2010 02:13:43 | More by Shumista
More User Reviews:
1.89/5 rDev -43.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
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
3.49/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice place, good food (I love the pizza), average beer. It's on the main drag, so you pay a premium for location.
Consider it a good restaurant/sports bar in a tourist town that happens to brew their own beer.
01-08-2013 23:07:53 | More by TheMarkE
3.78/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
Santa Barbara Brewing Company in Santa Barbara, CA
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.