Natural Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 508 State St

    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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  • 805-962-9494

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361 Hitchcock Way Santa Barbara, CA

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This place is second-to-none. I used to eat here like everyday. Set on the main street of Santa Barbara, a people friendly and slow-moving affair ending at the ocean, this restaurant has a breezy open patio in front leading into a half-enclosed interior. The food is American and Mexican classics but with all-natural, organic breads, meats, and veggies. Staff are mostly hemp-variety and prices average. I would love to eat everyday at this place again, it's the best!

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★★★★★

This place is second-to-none. I used to eat here like everyday. Set on the main street of Santa Barbara, a people friendly and slow-moving affair ending at the ocean, this restaurant has a breezy open patio in front leading into a half-enclosed interior. The food is American and Mexican classics but with all-natural, organic breads, meats, and veggies. Staff are mostly hemp-variety and prices average. I would love to eat everyday at this place again, it's the best!

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Based on reviews, we tried the Natural Cafe on our recent getaway to Santa Barbara and had a pleasant experience. It was a relaxed cafe with friendly and knowledgable staff who knew my dietary restrictions as a Vegan without me having to explain. The Vegan burritio was very good and there is a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy State St.

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★★★★★

Based on reviews, we tried the Natural Cafe on our recent getaway to Santa Barbara and had a pleasant experience. It was a relaxed cafe with friendly and knowledgable staff who knew my dietary restrictions as a Vegan without me having to explain. The Vegan burritio was very good and there is a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy State St.

Pros: Vegan Dishes, Good Food, Friendly & Knowledgable Staff, Outdoor Patio

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Went for lunch on a Saturday. No wait despite arriving at a very busy time. I ordered the falafel in pita. Big, tasty falafel's with yummy gingery sauce. My husband ordered the grilled chicken caesar salad. Salad was large, fresh and tasty. Many menu options for vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat eaters. The staff was friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Great place for those concientious about what they eat. Good food, good prices.

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★★★★★

Went for lunch on a Saturday. No wait despite arriving at a very busy time. I ordered the falafel in pita. Big, tasty falafel's with yummy gingery sauce. My husband ordered the grilled chicken caesar salad. Salad was large, fresh and tasty. Many menu options for vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat eaters. The staff was friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Great place for those concientious about what they eat. Good food, good prices.

Pros: Great vegetarian/vegan options

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not bad, definately prime place for people watching on state street, good selection of tea, but cups they are served in are too thick, too healthy chocolate shake, but this is what you get for a health place. the adjacent store offers prime shopping for candles, incense, tonic elixirs, palm readings and other esoteric stuff (that sort of seems out of place in the middle of california, far far away from any true yogi or tibetan monk)

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★★★☆☆

not bad, definately prime place for people watching on state street, good selection of tea, but cups they are served in are too thick, too healthy chocolate shake, but this is what you get for a health place. the adjacent store offers prime shopping for candles, incense, tonic elixirs, palm readings and other esoteric stuff (that sort of seems out of place in the middle of california, far far away from any true yogi or tibetan monk)

Pros: People Watching, Lavender Rooibos Tea

Cons: Tuna Melt stench, Service girly

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I was not impressed with Natural Cafe. The food is overrated and bland. It's healthy but that's about it.

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★★★☆☆

I was not impressed with Natural Cafe. The food is overrated and bland. It's healthy but that's about it.

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This place is great--not only is it a paradise for vegetarians, but the meat-dependent will find plenty of great stuff too. In my opinion, they have the best veggie burger in town, the Natural Burger. They grill it on a real grill, top it with grilled onions and thousand island dressing, and serve it with lettuce and tomato. I recommend it with cheddar cheese. At about $7, it's a pretty good deal. The only downside is that it's served with chips. They also have pretty good burritos, and really fancy things like salmon pasta specials and the like. My other favorite is the tostada salad with tahini dressing--very filling. Another recommendation: they serve Zhena's teas, organic and very good (plus, it's a local company). It's a pretty good spot for lunch, though it can get very loud and crowded at both the downtown location and the new one further uptown.

PROS: good vegetarian food, fresh food, organic food, reasonable prices, meat too
CONS: loud and crowded during peak times

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★★★★☆

This place is great--not only is it a paradise for vegetarians, but the meat-dependent will find plenty of great stuff too. In my opinion, they have the best veggie burger in town, the Natural Burger. They grill it on a real grill, top it with grilled onions and thousand island dressing, and serve it with lettuce and tomato. I recommend it with cheddar cheese. At about $7, it's a pretty good deal. The only downside is that it's served with chips. They also have pretty good burritos, and really fancy things like salmon pasta specials and the like. My other favorite is the tostada salad with tahini dressing--very filling. Another recommendation: they serve Zhena's teas, organic and very good (plus, it's a local company). It's a pretty good spot for lunch, though it can get very loud and crowded at both the downtown location and the new one further uptown.

PROS: good vegetarian food, fresh food, organic food, reasonable prices, meat too
CONS: loud and crowded during peak times

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I eat at the Natural Cafe all the time. . .to the point where they know me by name and can guess what I am going to order. They have a great selection of healthy meals and are vegetarian friendly. I feel like I am eating a healthy meal whenever I eat there. . .well, except for the cream soups. :o) The workers are very friendly. Their enchiladas, salads, turkey burgers, and stuffed spuds are yummy.

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★★★★☆

I eat at the Natural Cafe all the time. . .to the point where they know me by name and can guess what I am going to order. They have a great selection of healthy meals and are vegetarian friendly. I feel like I am eating a healthy meal whenever I eat there. . .well, except for the cream soups. :o) The workers are very friendly. Their enchiladas, salads, turkey burgers, and stuffed spuds are yummy.

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Wide variety of healthy - mostly organic - meals. Service staff is pleasant and there's usually ample seating either inside or out in front on the sidewalk. As with most downtown location, it can get busy during the lunch hour.

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★★★☆☆

Wide variety of healthy - mostly organic - meals. Service staff is pleasant and there's usually ample seating either inside or out in front on the sidewalk. As with most downtown location, it can get busy during the lunch hour.

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Great healthy food. Vegetarian/non-vegetarian food. Try the cabo fish tacos (voted best in Santa Barbara) and the Old Town Salad (add grilled tofu or chicken). There are 3 locations in town, I like the Hitchcock location the best, because there is lots of room (including two patios).

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★★★★★

Great healthy food. Vegetarian/non-vegetarian food. Try the cabo fish tacos (voted best in Santa Barbara) and the Old Town Salad (add grilled tofu or chicken). There are 3 locations in town, I like the Hitchcock location the best, because there is lots of room (including two patios).

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this place has some of the best natural/healthy food i've ever had. a couple of the dishes can be a bit flavorless and dry, but overall i've been satisfied with anything i've had there. i also reccommend the veggie burgers. i don't like that you have to get your own water/napkins/utensils.

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★★★★★

this place has some of the best natural/healthy food i've ever had. a couple of the dishes can be a bit flavorless and dry, but overall i've been satisfied with anything i've had there. i also reccommend the veggie burgers. i don't like that you have to get your own water/napkins/utensils.

Pros: cheap, tasty food, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: long lines, self-service

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they have delicious food. the smoothies, gardenburger (choice of different types of pattys) yogi platter and the ceaser salads are great. vegan and meat choices for the food. outside patio area is great to ppl watch. it was voted best for alone dinning as well. order at the back of the cafe..the lines can get rather long during lunch time. there is a store connected which has a great variety of teas and new age stuff.

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★★★★★

they have delicious food. the smoothies, gardenburger (choice of different types of pattys) yogi platter and the ceaser salads are great. vegan and meat choices for the food. outside patio area is great to ppl watch. it was voted best for alone dinning as well. order at the back of the cafe..the lines can get rather long during lunch time. there is a store connected which has a great variety of teas and new age stuff.

Pros: good food, inexpensive, patio

Cons: long lines

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Health food purists may poo-poo The Natural cafe, which isn't strictly organic and does serve plenty of animal products, but when you're looking for a quick and hearty meal that doesn't necessarily come wrapped in a tortilla, this is the…

 

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