Birthday Dinner -- Help Me Choose
My birthday is this weekend and I can't decide where to go for the big dinner -- Buchon or Stella Mare's. I have been to Buchon many times and always enjoy it and I have no doubt they will make me happy. I have never been to Stella Mare's but I adore French bistro food more than anything. Anybody have any opinions that could help me decide one way or the other?
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Sorry you did not include Santa Barbara in your request or title but I recognize the two restaurants so assume you are asking about this town.
If you have money for buchon, I would definitely steer you over to Julienne (East Canon Perdido at Santa Barbara Street) for one of the best restaurants now in Santa Barbara. Similar prices but I think quite superior to buchon. Casual but definitely a true foodie place, young lively atmosphere and superb in all courses - they have various number courses prix fixe arrangements and you can pick whatever you want from the menu in 3-4-5-6 course combos for the prix fixe.
Stella Mares is a favorite along with Petit Valentin for nicely priced, nice dinners in more intimate settings. But neither are in the buchon - Julienne class for dining. Check out the website for Julienne and I will track down our local reviews.