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Eating at the bar in Santa Barbara

50sGuy Dec 16, 2012 10:18 PM

Have one night in downtown SB after the first of the year, will be by myself, no car. Looking for a nice place to eat dinner at the bar. Not a bar that serves food, but a nice place that serves from their menu at the bar. I find this comfortable as a single diner. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    glbtrtr RE: 50sGuy Dec 16, 2012 11:13 PM

    Male or female -- there might be a different feeling at different places by gender but here are some good ones:

    --Hungry Cat - much better than table service actually
    --Julienne - top choice for food and very hospitable service attitude
    --Sushi Teri on Bath Street - my favorite low-key "female" place to go on my own - more sushi bar than drink bar (or other sushi places - always have a sushi bar where you can get their menu items as well
    --newly opened Relais de Paris - peeked inside and they have a generous bar area and their menu which is getting a lot of positive reviews (a chain actually - have not been there myself)
    --Chase on State - venerable old standard for Italian and twinkle lights this time of the year

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      sbgirl RE: 50sGuy Dec 18, 2012 04:00 PM

      Many moons ago when I was single I often ate at the bar at Paradise Cafe. Also suggest Intermezzo and Opal.

      1. Beach Chick RE: 50sGuy Dec 18, 2012 04:12 PM

        Chase is my fave and love sitting at the bar and eating my fave, calamari picatta with a side of fettucini....calamari is some of the best on the planet.
        Brophy Brothers at the dock has a great bar with lots of fresh seafood.
        Lucky's in Montecito that has a great bar with food..pricey and lots of celebs but a good place to dine and drink.

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          benburleson RE: 50sGuy Dec 19, 2012 06:27 AM

          Holdrens is a pretty good option for bar dining. It's also in the heart of downtown State St.

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