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3987 State St, Ste 5212, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3194
+1 805-967-6037
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Newport Beach, California
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We have been here many times. Portions are large, flavor is always great. Perfect patio for outdoor with dogs. People are friendly and courteous. I love the warm goat cheese salad...

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Thank worldview2016
Santa Barbara, California
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105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We eat at Fresco or get take-out from them about once a month. Always reliable, consistent. It's a cafe--they have good salads (balsamic dressing too sweet to my taste), fine sandwiches and wraps, good homemade soups daily. The pastas are unremarkable, other dinner specials sometimes great, sometimes not so good. Quiche is always good! Have not tried their pasta. Burgers... More 

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Thank SophiesAunt
Phoenix, Arizona
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stopped in with the family for a quick bite to eat. We were staying in a hotel nearby and figured we'd give this a try. They have a nice patio area but we were unable to enjoy it due to the weather this day. You order at the smaller side of the establishment and they'll give you a number which... More 

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Thank Derek F
Redlands, California
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298 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We went here for lunch during the lunch break from our conference meetings. It is an order/pay at the counter and they deliver your food to your table kind of a place. Everyone was pleased with their selections - lovely salads, sandwiches, pastries. Very fresh ingredients and great flavors. I would eat here again in the future.

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Thank SLPlovesPE42
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Had the Chinese chicken salad. It was huge and tasty. Desserts are half off at 8am. Flour less chocolate cake was spectacular with a side of whipped cream. They warmed it up too. Dave Tovar was playing Saturday evening and as usual was great. You may have seen and heard Dave playing at the farmers market on Sunday at Camino... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 24 June 2016

We live here in SB and Fresco is our go to dining location. Also excellent for lunch. Extremely good value. $5 corkage can't be beat. Informal really a local bistro.

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Thank Viajero1946
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Order at the counter, food is delivered to your table. Seating indoors and outside. Nice variety of food, including good soup, and always a vegetarian or fish option.

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Thank David S
Santa Barbara, California
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

The food and service is good. Reasonably priced. One qualm, the last time I was here, I was with a group of 5, they sat us at a table for 3. Awkward indeed but the food was still good despite the "intimate" seating arrangement

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Thank NoStopSigns
Madison, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Was really looking forward to my Santa Barbara Cheesesteak based on the Yelp reviews. This sandwich had so much potential! The bread was top notch. But the meat and cheese, while tasty, were really hard to find. If they had just filled the delicious bread with enough equally delicious meat and cheese, this would've been a quality sandwich. Alas, I... More 

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Thank Travis W
San Antonio, Texas
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

we had lunch there while visiting the grand kids. From the outside and a quick look at the menu one might think, "just another deli". However, there is alot more choices rhen one might find on a normal deli menu. There are the "usual suspects" , sandwiches, soups and salads. But they have pizzas , pasta, full course items on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 20:00
Thursday
08:00 - 20:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3987 State St, Ste 5212, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3194
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-967-6037

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