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woodranch Nov 3, 2010 10:04 AM

I will be seeing a evening show at The Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara soon and was hoping for a recommendation of a great restaurant that is not to far from the theater.We love all types of food and price is not an issue.Just looking for a fabulous meal.Thanks in advance!

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    syrahgirl RE: woodranch Nov 3, 2010 01:11 PM

    Olie e Limone for Italian is very good, for fine dining check out The Wine Cask. :)

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      Ginger9 RE: woodranch Nov 3, 2010 07:08 PM

      Close by in Montecito is the Stonehouse Restaurant at the San Ysidro Ranch. Spectacular location (10/10) with outdoor terrace (heated nicely at night at this time of the year), very good food (8/10), good service and massive wine list. Worth the short drive...

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      Stonehouse Restaurant
      107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, CA 95959

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        glbtrtr RE: woodranch Nov 3, 2010 07:41 PM

        A fabulous meal would be Julienne which is a few blocks away at Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Streets. In walking distance from the Arlington right next door is my favorite Downey's (Traditional elegance).

        And there are also more casual meals at Ca D'Ario (N. Italian) , Arigato (Sushi), Hungry Cat (seafood) and Opal (California bistro) just a very few easy doors away from the Arlington. You are in restaurant ground zero in this location except the best one we have is Julienne which is more out of the way, but at the top of the local heap in my opinion.

        The San Ysidro Ranch (Stonehouse) is about 20-30 minutes drive away on the freeway.

        1. iamgirlfriday RE: woodranch Nov 5, 2010 03:10 PM

          Bouchon! It's just around the corner. Great food and service. Also I second Olio e Limone.

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          Bouchon
          6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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            sbwino RE: woodranch Nov 15, 2010 12:08 PM

            Within one block of the Arlington you have multiple great choices - Bouchon (calif fresh local and a GREAT wine list), Olio e Limone (Sicilian), Carlitos (Mexican), Jane (calif cuisine) and Opal (bistro/pizza) are all on our lost of "go to" restaurants. Or if you really want to splurge try Downeys. Yep they are all within one block.

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              glbtrtr RE: sbwino Nov 15, 2010 02:05 PM

              Downey's has a very nice four course prix fixe every evening which includes their very elegant and unique desserts. I would not consider them a "splurge" if one is also talking about buchon and Olio et Limone in the same area and similar price range. Not sure if buchon or Olio also offer a prixe fixe like Downey's.

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                syrahgirl RE: glbtrtr Nov 16, 2010 09:29 AM

                We love Olie e Limone, the restaurant at The Biltmore in Montecito is also awesome! :)

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