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Where to Eat During Fiesta?
updated: Jul 31, 2014, 7:50 AM

By Yin Yang

I wanted to eat downtown, at Black Sheep, with a dear friend who used to live here, but no way! Not sure where to go, but I'm thinking about Paloma in Calle Real Center. What seafood is there in Goleta besides Beach Side? I'm unfamiliar with the big box Marketplace, but doubt there's a restaurant there we want to go to. Upper State suggestions appreciated too; I'm familiar with most places. Tee Off will be too crowded and we wanted something more varied. Might just end up at Edomasa for sushi. I'd love any and all suggestions! I also asked the Restaurant Guy.

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 SHARE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 08:28 AM

Chucks is good but a bit noisy not as noisy as tee off. I'd say Harry's but we gave up on them years ago. There were two very good Italian restaurants but they both closed.

 

 ROB EGENOLF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 08:29 AM

You could be surprised at how uncrowded many downtown restaurants actually are during Fiesta simply for the perceived reasons you described. Parking may still be difficult but many restaurants do have plenty of space for diners.

 

 COMMENT 540982 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 08:38 AM

If I moved away and came back for a visit, I'd want to go to the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach--for the memories, location and a nice walk, too.

 

 COMMENT 540988 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 08:49 AM

Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn....

 

 COMMENT 540996 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 09:06 AM

In Goleta, across the street from Paloma, Los Tarascos has a great seafood burrito. Nikka is also very good seafood near Paloma.

 

 COMMENT 541006 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 09:43 AM

On the Mesa!

 

 COMMENT 541019 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:00 AM

What about Santa Ynez/Los Olivos area? If you don't mind the heat, that is.

 

 COMMENT 541024 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:08 AM

Sly's in Carpinteria

Los Agaves on De La Vina

Stella Mare's or Harry's Plaza -- why not go into the eye of the storm?

Red Pepper in Old Town Goleta

 

 COMMENT 541025P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:10 AM

Nikka on Calle Real has really good, fresh seafood - not so much ambiance...

The Boathouse at Hendry's - you can't beat the setting!

 

 COMMENT 541029 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:20 AM

You are all wrong, it's the Rose Cafe on Haley St. guys!

 

 WOODRUFF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:57 AM

Cava in Montecito has lovely, well prepared food and fine service.

 

 COMMENT 541043 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:57 AM

Let me add my vote for Nikka on the north side of Calle Real in Goleta. Excellent seafood.

 

 COMMENT 541044 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 10:58 AM

Rose on Haley has some new staff / cook and it's not the same. Was my go to dive.

 

 COMMENT 541052 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 11:23 AM

I have had dinner at the Boathouse three times since they opened and we are three-for-three in horrible service and horrible food. If you go there, make sure you soak up the surroundings because that is the only thing that will be good.

 

 COMMENT 541059P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 11:39 AM

I agree with Ducky in that the SY Valley has a few great place.

I've heard nothing but great reviews of SY Kitchen located on Faraday Street in Santa Ynez. I've stopped by to check the menu & speak with a few of the friendly people setting up for the lunch shift. We're going to eat there next week on a Mon. or Tues due to most locals go those nights.

If you need local, we LOVE the seafood at Nikka in Goleta. You can't get it fresher. Yum!

 

 COMMENT 541062 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 11:43 AM

Don't forget Pepe's in downtown Goleta!

 

 COMMENT 541092 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 12:42 PM

We went to a fun place in Buellton called Industrial Eats. Casual, wines, espressos, wood fired pizzas, locally sourced foods - great easy atmosphere. Fascinating place. TripAdvisor rates it #1 of 37 restaurants in Buellton.

 

 COMMENT 541109P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 01:10 PM

Industrial Eats in Buellton is amazing!

We've eaten there four times ands it never fails to provide us a great meal with everything right down to the butchering of all meats on site along with their two wood fired pizza ovens. Yum

Thanks for the reminder & tip, 092.

 

 COMMENT 541115 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 01:22 PM

Would heartily second the notion of coming up to the Santa Ynez Valley to avoid the crowds for a great dining experience. Consider Grappolos for outstanding Italian, Sides Hardware & Shoe in Los Olivos ( a Brother's restaurant), Brothers at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez or even the Cold Springs Tavern off of 154

 

 COMMENT 541116 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 01:24 PM

982 - Just not for the food.

 

 COMMENT 541140 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 02:22 PM

I go to domingos cafe in old town, it's all decorated with fiesta things yet you don't have to deal with the crowds, plus it's yummy and they offer many American and mexican dishes, you can't go wrong although the weekends can be busy it's a fun place to meet for a meal.

 

 COMMENT 541141 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 02:24 PM

Oh, yes, I saw something (maybe local news?) about industrial eats, looked very interesting. I believe the owners are the same people who own New West Catering. I used to work part time for New West and their food is incredible!

 

 COMMENT 541150 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 03:04 PM

If I were headed up to the Buellton area I'd be going to Andersons! A nice big bread bowl of pea soup and a little casino trip sounds like a lovely afternoon to me :)

Surprised to see Boathouse is getting such poor reviews on here. I went with my family -on Easter, no less- and we were seated within 15 minutes. Had a great server (that wasn't hard on the eyes either) and a delicious brunch. Maybe their dinner's aren't as good? Definitely worth a happy hour stop though.

 

 COMMENT 541151 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 03:06 PM

Pizza My Way in Pacific Grove on Forest. Great pizza, no Fiesta.

 

 COMMENT 541161 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 03:22 PM

Pizza Mizza at La Cumbre
Outback or Paloma near Fairview
El Sitio - no atmosphere but good food
Kahuna or Chilis at Camino Real Marketplace

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 04:01 PM

Boathouse ugh, pricey and bad.

How about Via Vai in Montecito Village? Nice patio, decent Italian.

Via Maestra next to San Roque post office. Tiny but good.

Fresco at Five Points for very casual cafe food.

Los Agaves on De la Vina. Good Mexican, noisy.

 

 COMMENT 541199 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 05:31 PM

You can park for free after 6PM in the lot off Victoria between De La Vina and Chapala. A lot of good restaurants on Victoria street in the area that aren't crowded including Oilo Y Limon and Bouchon.

 

 COMMENT 541217P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 06:19 PM

Thanks all, lots of good ideas, especially Olio y Limon. I know I'm being a snob, but when Black Sheep is the first choice, chain restaurants are not under consideration. I too have read great things about Industrial Eats; I think that's how I found out about Valley Piggery. They have a pork CSA! I haven't bought in.
http://valleypiggery.com/heypiggy/
Have been to Grappolo's a couple of times.

Other obligations made time short; we had lunch at the old tried & true favorite, the Brew House. :-) (Black Sheep opens at 4)
Filet mignon enchiladas, seared ahi on risotto with spinach. Delicious but way over-salted, if those two can go together... I had the chef informed. Awesome waitress!

 

 COMMENT 541221P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 06:26 PM

Wanted to add that I love, love, love pea soup, green or yellow. Besides my own, I eat canned Andersens. Nice to have that comfort food tucked away in a cupboard. Hope to try Nikka soon.

 

 COMMENT 541262P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 12:06 AM

Paloma is Muy Bueno - we really enjoy taco tuesday (can't go wrong) although I usually veer into the burrito menu... que bueno

 

 COMMENT 541264 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 05:33 AM

Beachside at Goleta Beach, incredible food, can't be the ambiance if you love the beach

 

 ARTFLUX agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 08:11 AM

Cafe del Sol across from the bird refuge.
Good food, good drinks, pleasant interior or some patio seating with a view of the bird refuge.

 

 AGENTSME agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 08:23 AM

Opal - next to the Arlington.
Far enough away from the madness, yet close enough to catch some Fiesta spirit. They have specials for Fiesta and their food and service is always great.

 

 COMMENT 541299P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 08:32 AM

I agree with Nikka on the north side of Calle Real in Goleta. Excellent food - not much ambiance.

Here's another one that is very suprising - Outback Steak House (also on the north side of Calle Real in Goleta). The fish is really good and I love the fresh baked bread.

 

 COMMENT 541334 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 10:38 AM

In Goleta: Outback better than most in the chain; Pepe's on Orange for Mexican, or Domingo's on Hollister; Nikka for sea food (no atmosphere, tho); The Nugget on Calle Real near Kellogg. Our favorite is the Beachside..try the calamari appetizers...best anywhere.

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 12:46 PM

A few doors down form Paloma, which is good, there is a fish place, also good.

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 12:50 PM

109P Buchering on site? Not for my tastes.

 

 COMMENT 541397P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 02:34 PM

Stella Cafe across from the Muni. Golf course

 

 COMMENT 541408P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 03:13 PM

Meat doesn't grow on styrofoam, plastic-wrapped trays. Yet. What are you afraid of? Every piece of meat that you eat grew and died to feed you, just the methods differ. (need I add "IF you eat meat"?)

butchering workshop:
http://industrialeats.com/workshops/

Has link to Valley Piggery.

 

 COMMENT 541410P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 03:14 PM

The person who first introduced me to the Brew House also introduced me to Opal -- when it was Brigitte's.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 03:19 PM

About the Goleta Nugget, are the fries as good and thin as I remember from 10-20 years ago at the Summerland Nugget? And the burgers? Will they cook it medium rare? Probably my favorite burger place ever, though I'm sure the atmosphere and full bar helped. I plan on going to Goleta for a burger fix.

 

 COMMENT 541443 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 05:42 PM

the Dutch Garden Restaurant at 4203 State Street (close to where 154 ends) - funky place, full of garden gnomes, beer mug d├ęcor and a few deer heads (and butts) - great food and a good selection of European beer.

 

 COMMENT 541475P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 09:24 PM

Flavor of India! Ate there last night.

 

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