Premiere Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Begins Friday

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By Bonnie Carroll
The 1st Restaurant Week is coming to Santa Barbara! This two-week long event is being organized by Santa Barbara Uncorked and sponsored by Jordano’s and the Pacific Beverage. Santa Barbara Restaurant Week will take place February 23rd through March 4th, 2018 and will include $25, $35 and $45 prix fixe menus at featured restaurants. 
Peter Jordano, CEO Jordano's Food Service and Pacific Beverages are Grand Cru sponsors for SB Restaurant Week, and during a kick-off luncheon at El Encanto Hotel Jordano and Shaun O'Bryan El Encanto Resort Manager shared their enthusiasm for this long overdue opportunity to shine a light on local food and wine business owners and they congratulated the team of local residents and restaurateurs participating in the upcoming event.
This premier event was the idea of a group of locals who have worked in the restaurant industry, and wine world of Santa Barbara and it is supported by major food and beverage people, as well as media professionals who felt this Restaurant Week in their hometown was long overdue. Over 28 local restaurants are participating, including El Encanto Hotel, The Lark, Los Arroyos and others who can be found on the event website. It was announced a portion of the proceeds from the SB Restaurant Week will be donated to help restaurant owners who were seriously affected by the recent Thomas Fire and Floods.
How does it work? Guests are invited to make a reservation at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, and in turn, will pay a discounted rate for a 3-course menu. All participating restaurants together with their menus are featured on With an abundant amount of restaurants to choose from in Santa Barbara, the possibilities are endless for exceptional dining experiences from prime steak to fresh local seafood or classic American fare to international favorites. 
In addition to restaurants featuring their signature dishes and local chef talent, wineries will provide special pricing and a unique food pairing experience. Hotels are also offering special values for accommodations during the week. Santa Barbara Restaurant Week menus exclude tax, tip, or beverages, reservations are highly recommended. For up to date information on Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, including a complete list of menus and hours of operation visit or them on Facebook and Instagram @sbrestaurantweek. Cheers to the first Santa Barbara Restaurant Week!

About Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News, and does travel and food reporting on local radio/TV, she also contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications, and is a member of IFWTWA and NATJA. Contact her at [email protected].
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a-1590849794 Mar 01, 2018 12:20 PM
Premiere Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Begins Friday

For anyone interested, my fiancee and I tried Finch & Fork two nights ago. It's $45 for three courses. All three courses are listed on their normal menu as well. If we paid normal menu price, it would have cost about $55-60 per person, so I would say it's a good deal, but we probably spent about $10 more than we would have since we wouldn't have needed three courses each. That being said, it was worth it because we got to try all the great food and the portions seemed normal. I didn't even finish my entree nor my dessert. Last night, we tried Barbareño. The price was the same, but they served four courses. The first course was very small, but listed on the menu, and really tasty. Again, I think it's worth it as a one-time thing, but normally we wouldn't spend that much on a night out. The tri-tip was phenomenal; the first time I can seriously say that the meat melted like butter. You almost didn't have to chew and the flavor was so good. Despite the price, it was great to try these fancy places that we wouldn't normally go to.

a-1590849794 Feb 22, 2018 04:42 PM
Premiere Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Begins Friday

Best deal? Joe's due to price, bring the only one at $25 per & what you get. Many of the offerings are meh for the price & most likely the portion. One place, Jane, even mentioned "petit portions" aka tiny or as we call them, "three biters" entrees. Yes, this is a fund raiser, but you need to give value like most Restaurant Weeks do all over the country during the month of February - the really s-l-o-w time of year in most places.

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