Buenos Aires Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 1316 State St

    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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  • 805-963-0242

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Overly priced. Great location and fun outdoor dining patio, to enjoy dinner before heading out for a night on the town.

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★★★☆☆

Overly priced. Great location and fun outdoor dining patio, to enjoy dinner before heading out for a night on the town.

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I got to go here for a birthday dinner and we sat out on the patio under twinkling lights next to a beautiful fountain. Everyone loved their food and I was excited to hear that they have tango once a week with a discount on appetizers. Great little Argentinian place.

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★★★★★

I got to go here for a birthday dinner and we sat out on the patio under twinkling lights next to a beautiful fountain. Everyone loved their food and I was excited to hear that they have tango once a week with a discount on appetizers. Great little Argentinian place.

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The service could be faster, but the food is pretty good. I have spent time in Buenos Aires and while some of the food comes close, it is more vegetarian friendly than food would really be in Argentina. Of course this is California, not Argentina. I recommend the salmon, it's pretty good, and if you can dine al fresco, the patio is nice.

4
★★★★☆

The service could be faster, but the food is pretty good. I have spent time in Buenos Aires and while some of the food comes close, it is more vegetarian friendly than food would really be in Argentina. Of course this is California, not Argentina. I recommend the salmon, it's pretty good, and if you can dine al fresco, the patio is nice.

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One of the worst steaks I ever had. Steak was tough and tasteless. Very pricey for bad food and an arrogant waiter.

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★☆☆☆☆

One of the worst steaks I ever had. Steak was tough and tasteless. Very pricey for bad food and an arrogant waiter.

Pros: outdoors

Cons: The Food

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It's so sad. This is one of my favorite restaurants in town as far as the food goes. There is nothing better than walking over from my office at lunch to sit on the shady patio and eat a nice salad. However, I've stopped going because the inattentive waitstaff have repeatedly caused my lunch to run over my allowed one hour.
Seriously, is there any reason ice water and a salad should take 75-90 minutes to order, serve and pay for?
Anyhow. If you have time and patience, the food is worth it. I recommend the Ensalada Buenos Aires, which is lettuce mix with white beans, artichoke hearts, avocado and tomato, and optional chicken or shrimp. I also like the entree called "Silvia's New Dish" which is grilled salmon served atop sauteed spinach, with a grilled portabella mushroom and mango salsa.
My absolute favorite thing there, though, is the chimichurri dipping sauce served with bread that is given to each table. Awesome!

Anyhow. I hold out hopes that Cafe Buenos Aires will hire some waitstaff and management who understand the need to pay attention to their tables, so that I can begin eating at one of my favorite restaurants again!

PROS: food is excellent
CONS: service is atrociously slow and inattentive

3
★★★☆☆

It's so sad. This is one of my favorite restaurants in town as far as the food goes. There is nothing better than walking over from my office at lunch to sit on the shady patio and eat a nice salad. However, I've stopped going because the inattentive waitstaff have repeatedly caused my lunch to run over my allowed one hour.
Seriously, is there any reason ice water and a salad should take 75-90 minutes to order, serve and pay for?
Anyhow. If you have time and patience, the food is worth it. I recommend the Ensalada Buenos Aires, which is lettuce mix with white beans, artichoke hearts, avocado and tomato, and optional chicken or shrimp. I also like the entree called "Silvia's New Dish" which is grilled salmon served atop sauteed spinach, with a grilled portabella mushroom and mango salsa.
My absolute favorite thing there, though, is the chimichurri dipping sauce served with bread that is given to each table. Awesome!

Anyhow. I hold out hopes that Cafe Buenos Aires will hire some waitstaff and management who understand the need to pay attention to their tables, so that I can begin eating at one of my favorite restaurants again!

PROS: food is excellent
CONS: service is atrociously slow and inattentive

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We happened across this place as we were out walking on State street looking for a romantic place for dinner. After checking out the inside, we opted for the courtyard, and were shown to a table for two right by the fountain. Our server was friendly and helpful and the food was great. The outdoor ambience with the fountain and the background music helped set a very romantic atmosphere. The owner is also part owner of a vineyard in Argentina, and we were recommended one of his reds. We were so impressed that we wanted to buy another bottle to take home. The owner then came out, introduced himself, and told us about his wine. After some interesting conversation we we able to buy another bottle of the same wine at half the menu price.
It couldn't have been a more wonderful, romantic evening. This place should not be missed.

2
★★★★★

We happened across this place as we were out walking on State street looking for a romantic place for dinner. After checking out the inside, we opted for the courtyard, and were shown to a table for two right by the fountain. Our server was friendly and helpful and the food was great. The outdoor ambience with the fountain and the background music helped set a very romantic atmosphere. The owner is also part owner of a vineyard in Argentina, and we were recommended one of his reds. We were so impressed that we wanted to buy another bottle to take home. The owner then came out, introduced himself, and told us about his wine. After some interesting conversation we we able to buy another bottle of the same wine at half the menu price.
It couldn't have been a more wonderful, romantic evening. This place should not be missed.

Pros: great food & service, romantic ambience, reasonable prices

 

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