Louie's California Bistro, Santa Barbara

011Why we love Louie's California Bistro-

In a quiet neighborhood in downtown Santa Barbara you'll find a "hidden jewel" that mostly only locals know about. For over 30 years Louie's has been the best kept secret we want to share. Described as "California comfort food served with a flair," Louie's sources all local ingredients with an emphasis on local wines.

We love enjoying the Grilled Filet Mignon with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while relaxing on their heated veranda. Many of the staff have worked at Louie's for over 20 years and with that experience comes a family-like atmosphere of service. They treat each customer as if you are a guest in their own home. Owner Anne Rizzoli worked as a server and General Manager before she bought the restaurant. Her experience in many different aspects of the dining experience is shown through her attention to detail in providing an exceptional dining experience. Anne and her staff's hard work does not go unnoticed as Zagat consistently rates Louie's as a top 5 restaurant.

If you've never been to Louie's it is definitely a place you need to add to your list.¬†If you have then you know why we consider them among the best restaurants on the Central Coast.  

  1. Amy S. says:

    We love eating at Louies. The food is always delicious and the waitstaff is so professional and wonderful.

  2. Cody R. says:

    A hidden gem – Louies offers perfect ambiance, amazing service and excellent food in the heart of Santa Barbara!

  3. Julie M. says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Louie’s CA Bistro. The food and beverages were delicious and our server, Francis, was excellent!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The evening was heavenly. Full moon. Warm evening. Ate out on the porch.Very attentive,upbeat service. Delicious appetizer, outstanding generous entrees, well chosen wine and divine desserts. It was a perfect evening… the price was fantastic…and dog lovers that we are….we got to support DAWG where our own two rescue dogs are from. Thank you Central Coast Dining and the Upham Hotel/ Louies.

  5. Laura B. says:

    We love Louie’s! One of our favs of Central Coast Dining–great ambiance, service and of course the food is phenomenal!

  6. George B. says:

    One of our favorites.

  7. Michelle S. says:

    Loved the ambiance and the staff. Food was amazing and I will defintely be going back.

  8. Michele R. says:

    The menu at Louie’s always reflects what is fresh, interesting and visually pleasing. The ambience is cozy and elegant at the same time. But, most importantly, the service is always professional. The wait staff makes a real effort to make you feel welcomed.

  9. Michelle says:

    Louie’s is an exceptional experience in dining; wonderful food and the outside dining area is wonderful!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Loved the verandah atmosphere and the staff were really pleasant. My pan seared sole dish was delicious.

  11. Pamela D. says:

    From a smiling, warm welcome to a perfect creme brulee, our evening was absolutely delightful. The staff was attentive, without being overbearing and we could have licked our plates with such nicely spiced meals. We will definitely return!

  12. Phil F. says:

    Not only did we enjoy a dinner at Louie’s we got to bring our dog Lucy who was adopted from dawg!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great service, food and ambiance. Highly recommended : )

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1404 De La Vina Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-7003
Lunch M-Fri 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-Close
Dinner Fri-Sat 5:30pm-Close
1404 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 963-7003
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