Chuck's of Hawaii

★★★★★
  • 3888 State St

    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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  • 805-687-4417

About Chuck's of Hawaii

Hours
Sun-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm

Food

Food
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My husband always wants to go to Chucks for his steak. He says they are the most tender and juiciest stakes he has ever had. When people ask for recommendations on where to eat in SB, we first ask them what they want. If they're looking for a dress code, that's one thing, but if the best food is important to them, we always recommend Chuck's. Why? Because whether you want a steak, or feel like something on the lighter side like seafood, Chuck has the best of the best of all worlds. I would even say vegetarians would be happy here with the food, the service, and the kick back atmosphere, Chuck's is where we recommend friends to go 9 out of 10 times, again, depending on what they are looking for.

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My husband always wants to go to Chucks for his steak. He says they are the most tender and juiciest stakes he has ever had. When people ask for recommendations on where to eat in SB, we first ask them what they want. If they're looking for a dress code, that's one thing, but if the best food is important to them, we always recommend Chuck's. Why? Because whether you want a steak, or feel like something on the lighter side like seafood, Chuck has the best of the best of all worlds. I would even say vegetarians would be happy here with the food, the service, and the kick back atmosphere, Chuck's is where we recommend friends to go 9 out of 10 times, again, depending on what they are looking for.

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This is my favorite place to eat in Santa Barbara. It's away from the rest of the tourists and busy restaurants. It's low key, with dim lighting and awesome food and service. I think it's Santa Barbara's locals' best kept secret. The seafood is always fresh, and the steak is always done to perfection, just the way you like it. I've been a repeat customer of Chucks for years now and when I want to relax over a nice meal? This is where I go.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite place to eat in Santa Barbara. It's away from the rest of the tourists and busy restaurants. It's low key, with dim lighting and awesome food and service. I think it's Santa Barbara's locals' best kept secret. The seafood is always fresh, and the steak is always done to perfection, just the way you like it. I've been a repeat customer of Chucks for years now and when I want to relax over a nice meal? This is where I go.

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This place was highly recommended and the only one who would accept our group at the last minute. They did everything that they could to accommodate us and all I can say is I'll definitely be back as it is on my list of new favorites in

3
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This place was highly recommended and the only one who would accept our group at the last minute. They did everything that they could to accommodate us and all I can say is I'll definitely be back as it is on my list of new favorites in

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I had the best steak of my life at Chucks last night. Loved hanging out with my friends. Felt like I was right at home and treated right.

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I had the best steak of my life at Chucks last night. Loved hanging out with my friends. Felt like I was right at home and treated right.

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I was there last night with a group of old college buddies (and gals) and we had a blast. Were there til late and nearly closed the place. Didn't want to leave. Food, entrees, apps, drinks (and service) by far exceeded our expectations.

3
★★★★★

I was there last night with a group of old college buddies (and gals) and we had a blast. Were there til late and nearly closed the place. Didn't want to leave. Food, entrees, apps, drinks (and service) by far exceeded our expectations.

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A group of us were there last night and totally jazzed about the food, and the service. It was light a breath of fresh air! Finally, one of our friends in the group looked up the reviews and we were all astounded by the reviews of this

3
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A group of us were there last night and totally jazzed about the food, and the service. It was light a breath of fresh air! Finally, one of our friends in the group looked up the reviews and we were all astounded by the reviews of this

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Excellent food and excellent service. I love to hang where the locals go because it's low key, casual and relaxing. The food has never disappointed us, it is always consistently superb in quality.

3
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Excellent food and excellent service. I love to hang where the locals go because it's low key, casual and relaxing. The food has never disappointed us, it is always consistently superb in quality.

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If you're looking for the best kept secret in Santa Barbara, a place to get away from the tourists and go where the locals go to enjoy the best food, ambiance and service (and drinks) this is the place to be. Excellent seafood and steaks

3
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If you're looking for the best kept secret in Santa Barbara, a place to get away from the tourists and go where the locals go to enjoy the best food, ambiance and service (and drinks) this is the place to be. Excellent seafood and steaks

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Another Santa Barbara local place to dine. If you are looking for decent food and great drinks this is the place to go. The salad bar is out of this world!

4
★★★★☆

Another Santa Barbara local place to dine. If you are looking for decent food and great drinks this is the place to go. The salad bar is out of this world!

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Horrible steaks and a waitress who payed all her attention to my husband! Would not recommend this joint.

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Horrible steaks and a waitress who payed all her attention to my husband! Would not recommend this joint.

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the food is ok. just from looking at the front of it, you know it's trying to be like duke's in hawaii. the food is ok, and they have a full bar, so you can make the best of it with friends. but, i would much rather go to roy's in san francisco.

3
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the food is ok. just from looking at the front of it, you know it's trying to be like duke's in hawaii. the food is ok, and they have a full bar, so you can make the best of it with friends. but, i would much rather go to roy's in san francisco.

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...Chuck's is one of those restaurants with a dark interior, making it somewhat mysterious. There is a torch out in front of their building. This restaurant has been in Santa Barbara at the same location for over 25 years that I know of. They still serve up a wonderful steak dinner with baked potato and veggies. The last time we went was a weeknight and it was crowded!

If you want a tasty steak dinner, go to Chuck's of Hawaii.

Parking is in the back of the building. Located on upper State Street, near La Cumbre St.

PROS: Known for their great steaks
CONS: a tiny bit expensive.

4
★★★★☆

...Chuck's is one of those restaurants with a dark interior, making it somewhat mysterious. There is a torch out in front of their building. This restaurant has been in Santa Barbara at the same location for over 25 years that I know of. They still serve up a wonderful steak dinner with baked potato and veggies. The last time we went was a weeknight and it was crowded!

If you want a tasty steak dinner, go to Chuck's of Hawaii.

Parking is in the back of the building. Located on upper State Street, near La Cumbre St.

PROS: Known for their great steaks
CONS: a tiny bit expensive.

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Neither my date or I were impressed with Chuck's. I really don't know why people rave about their salad bar --- it was mainly ice-berg lettuce with picked-over containers of other things, including brown-ish sprouts. And I'd like to see them get real menus, instead of having to read their items silkscreened onto a wine bottle --- and I'd prefer to read what the "specials" (ie halibut) are (and how much the cost) instead of having the listen to the waiter. If you like super-salty food, you'll love the rice here --- I don't, so I couldn't eat it. The accoustics and seating (chair arms prevent you from getting close to the table) should be improved. Overall, seemed rather expensive for the quality of the food and ambiance.

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★★★☆☆

Neither my date or I were impressed with Chuck's. I really don't know why people rave about their salad bar --- it was mainly ice-berg lettuce with picked-over containers of other things, including brown-ish sprouts. And I'd like to see them get real menus, instead of having to read their items silkscreened onto a wine bottle --- and I'd prefer to read what the "specials" (ie halibut) are (and how much the cost) instead of having the listen to the waiter. If you like super-salty food, you'll love the rice here --- I don't, so I couldn't eat it. The accoustics and seating (chair arms prevent you from getting close to the table) should be improved. Overall, seemed rather expensive for the quality of the food and ambiance.

Pros: parking

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The steak at Chuck's was very very tender...but it lacked flavor. The service was good. The drinks were excellent. The ambiance could of used a little work. The menu had more seafood options than steaks. Prices were a little high for what we receive. But as long as you come prepared with your own seasonings, you might leave happy.

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★★★☆☆

The steak at Chuck's was very very tender...but it lacked flavor. The service was good. The drinks were excellent. The ambiance could of used a little work. The menu had more seafood options than steaks. Prices were a little high for what we receive. But as long as you come prepared with your own seasonings, you might leave happy.

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Great steak and salad bar! Service can leave a little bit to be desired on busy nights. We have eaten at many steak houses in Santa Barbara (& in US), but you will have to go to South Africa to find a steak that equals theirs. I also recommend the salad bar. The cocktail bar has a nice atmosphere for pre-dinner drinks, or if you have to wait for your table. Make sure you go to the State Street branch and NOT the waterfront...the newer, waterfront restaurant (besides the location) was disappointing all around (& no salad bar).

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★★★★★

Great steak and salad bar! Service can leave a little bit to be desired on busy nights. We have eaten at many steak houses in Santa Barbara (& in US), but you will have to go to South Africa to find a steak that equals theirs. I also recommend the salad bar. The cocktail bar has a nice atmosphere for pre-dinner drinks, or if you have to wait for your table. Make sure you go to the State Street branch and NOT the waterfront...the newer, waterfront restaurant (besides the location) was disappointing all around (& no salad bar).

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Chuck's has the best steak & prawns I have ever tasted! And the best baked potatoes in town!

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★★★★★

Chuck's has the best steak & prawns I have ever tasted! And the best baked potatoes in town!

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Ironically, the Chuck's restaurants that are actually in Hawaii don't have a Hawaiian motif or moniker. They are family-friendly, impersonal and blandly decorated. In Santa Barbara, however, Chuck's is a kitschy institution and many a…

 

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