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$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, Pub
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18 E. Ortega St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-568-0702
11:00 - 02:00
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Torrance, California
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Great traditional Irish pub with outstanding food. Shepherd's pie and Irish stew was excellent. Good selection of Irish and local beers. Pool hall connected. Only in town for two days and already planning on coming back.

Thank Kevin s
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere! Great fun! Great food! The shepherds pie is the best I've had ever! I come to Santa Barbara a couple times a year for vacation and I make it a point to go to Dargan's every time!

Thank Lisa M
Napa, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Whenever my boyfriend and I travel we always see if there's an Irish Pub...well, because they never treat us wrong and this place is no exception. The atmosphere was fun, the staff was nice AND they had a scotch we had been looking for for years so of course we toasted! Grab a few pints the next day as well!... More 

Thank Michele Q
Brantford, Canada
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Not sure if this is only the favourite of locals or not. Had lunch here on a busy Tuesday afternoon (from a cruise ship). The place was empty. Our server was very helpful. Food was delicious and well prepared and nicely presented. Seek this one out if you are in Santa Barbara.

Thank Travellers195
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a great place to meet friends with two separate bars in one. We didn't try the food, but the drinks were strong, so you certainly get your money's worth. Karaoke was on when we went and there are also pool tables. Great night all round.

Thank m4rcus2001
St. Louis
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117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Wanted to try out a Santa Barbara karaoke venue on a Tuesday night, and picked Dargan's so I could have dinner first. Great choice! Location was easy to find, and I parallel parked on the street nearby. Dargan's is organized in two "halves" connected by a corridor. Front half: bar, pool tables, and karaoke; back half: bar and restaurant. I... More 

Thank Lowell M
Ashford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Well worth a walk up or down State St to find this pub. Great beers and lovely food. Friendly staff and the barman knew his stuff. Great atmosphere. A friend I was with stated it was hard to find as the pubs sign was obscured by other business signs. Perseverance is the key, you will not be disappointed.

Thank iancuthbert03
Lake Forest, California
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101 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We and another 100,000 visitors arrived in Santa Barbara to watch the Old Spanish Days Festival parade. It was daytime mayhem—thousands of pedestrians, closed off streets, and no parking anywhere. Fortunately, one of our favorite restaurants, Dargan’s Irish Pub (on Ortega Street off State Street) is located next a public parking structure. We enjoyed a delightful dining experience. As usual,... More 

Thank Robert D
Scottsdale, Arizona
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128 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Well, they say traditional and it indeed is wonderful. I think a little more like Celtic Thunder and I love that sound. Thursday night is music night. The food is good and the Guinness is good.

Thank Kathie M
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90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Dargan's is always a great, somewhat low-key place off State Street for delicious Irish and other brews such as my favorite nitro Boddington's, Harp, Guinness, etc. The staff is always helpful and remembers my name, thus providing that small town warm welcome feel whether you're a local or not. See you all soon! Thanks for the consistently great service! Best,... More 

Thank Sam D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 E. Ortega St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-568-0702

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?