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Judge For Yourself Cafe

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1218 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2015
+1 805-966-9000
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Santa Barbara
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This place is old-school awesome. I go here about once/week for an amazing omelette and hash browns. Like clockwork, our regular server knows our order and the owner is behind the counter cooking it up. Breakfast is my favorite meal and this is my favorite place to partake.

Thank stephfah
Riverside, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Clean, great service, and full menu selection. The only concern was it was a warm day and there wasn't air conditioning. I would however highly recommend this cafe!

Thank Cheryl23L
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This place is great: we ate breakfast early in the morning (7:30am) and had to make it out quickly for our kayaking trip. The server was polite and quick to seat us and take our orders. He worked with the cooks to get the food to us as quickly as possible, and even through the blur of 30 or so... More 

Thank Michael D
Ogden, Utah
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Stumbled across this place while trying to find a parking spot for the courthouse so we could view the city. Not busy on a Friday at 11:00. Had a great bacon blue cheese burger. The potatoes were a little spiceless though. Service was great, appeared to be family owned and laid back. Would stop there again for sure, but I... More 

Thank Russ P
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4 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We had a very highly rated breakfast spot the day before we visited here, and it was a little trendy, and slow service. If you want to relax, have great service and awesome food, come here. It is quiet and the pancakes can't be beat... It is an original recipe from decades ago... Same chef cooking then.

Thank Paul C
Tigard, Oregon
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We needed one last meal before our long drive home and my cousin suggested this place. We had brunch here and the portions were substantial and the quality was excellent. I had the bacon and bleu cheese omelette and the cheese was very strong...and i loved it! Anyway, the setting is very casual and fairly quiet. The atmosphere isn't a... More 

Thank glovestory
Leicester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

This is a great little place, probably family run, basic, but clean and wholesome - with a huge menu to choose from. Coffee came quickly and was very good, food excellent and service also brilliant. There was a good veggie selection available - particularly the omelettes which were delicious and fresh cooked. Best I've tasted. I had fruit with my... More 

Thank Kay M
Los Angeles, California, United States
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015

Every time I travel up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco and beyond I make a deliberate effort to stop here for breakfast. Everything is fresh and well prepared.

Thank Hugh L
Goleta, California
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309 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014 via mobile

Locals know this cafe, it's been here for over 25 years, most of that under the same owner. It's across from the county admin bldg, near courthouse, professional offices and a few commercial businesses. They are known for their excellent and varied omelettes and burgers. We meet here often for breakfast, it's usually quiet and service, food are always good.... More 

Thank Cathy M
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2014

Me and my partner went for a bike ride to find somewhere to go for breakfast, we took a back street off state street because we wanted to get off the hustle and bustle of the main road. we literally stopped to see where about we were, and noticed this lovely little restaurant across the road and thought we would... More 

Thank Chris T

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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 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1218 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9000

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