Lazy Acres

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4 Ratings

Type: Store

302 Meigs Rd
Santa Barbara, California, 93109
United States

(805) 564-4410 | map

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Added by JayTheFinn on 07-19-2006

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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

The Beer:
It's nice to see a place that stocks their shelves with about 90-95% craft or micro beer. Lazy Acres carries all the relatively local breweries, by which I mean the Pacific Coast. It's a who's who of the more well known names like Stone, Rogue, Anchor, Sierra and Firestone. However I wish they'd delve a little deeper. For instance, last time I was there I was hoping to find something by Alesmith, but alas no. But aside from that, there's a strong showing of good solid imports like Samuel Smiths, Chimay, Erdinger, Unibroue, and Lindemans. Again, it's nothing terribly earth-shattering, but I gave the quality and selection ratings of 4 because, while not exciting, they're good solid choices.

The Store:
Lazy Acres is located on a hill overlooking the ocean. It's a beautiful area and it's a fairly rich area as you might expect. So this local grocery store reflects that. The prices on just about everything are a little bit higher than average or ridiculous, such as a single bell pepper for $3. The beer isn't priced outrageously, but you can find it for less at numerous other places in town. However, having said all that, this store is a delight to shop at. It's ultra clean. The meat is bright red. The produce is fresh and green (or whatever color it's suppose to be). The seafood doesn't stink. The shelves are neat and always well stocked. And there's usually about a half dozen free sample stands with delicious food and beverages just waiting to be consumed with no clerks lording over them to make sure you don't make a pig of yourself. But if you have a question, there's always a ton of employees around willing to help. Oh, and least I forget, their cheese and wines are definitely a notch above your standard grocer's.

If I had a little more expendable cash and the store was a bit closer, I would probably do my grocery shopping here...unless I wanted bell peppers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of the_encinitan
3/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Was driving through town for breakfast and found this place completely by accident. Decided to pop in because we had time to kill. The selection they had was on par with many of the shops around town that specialize in liquor and craft beer. Prices were actually the same and cheaper than most shops in SD and LA. Had lots of locals from the ares, Special Firestone releases, the Almanac sours and the limited/seasonal stuff you wouldn't expect from a "grocery" store setting. Will definitely add this to the list of places to stop in when visiting the area.

EDIT: This review is for the Long Beach Location

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Photo of McStagger
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5

Lazy Acres is a high end, organically driven grocery store in Santa Barbara. Think of a local, higher end Whole Foods.

As such, the employees are extremely gracious and very helpful. They have no problem helping you or answering your questions.

Think wine. Awesome wine selection. And you can find some deals. Not usually, though. Pretty good liquor selection with some crazy hard to come by whiskeys. Beer selection borderline sucks, though. A few luxury beers, the big names breweries in SoCal, macros and the big name imports. That's it.

Food is great. It's a high end grocery store. While it's not being cooked for you or served to you, this place has the best produce I have come across. Seriously, like just about world class for a grocery store. Really good butchers area, nice bakery, etc.

You're paying out the nose for this. Beyond the standard Santa Barbara markup, this is an expensive grocery store. The beer prices are damn high, too.

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Lazy Acres in Santa Barbara, CA
Place rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 4 ratings