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686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040
+1 805-684-6666
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (9 reviews)
“abalone” (17 reviews)
“steak” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never disappointed with James Sly's ambiance and food! Great crafted cocktails along with prompt precise service. Very tasting side dishes with superb desserts. Will keep coming back for special events.

Thank wh1066
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were rushed through the meal, probably because we came an hour before closing. We would have preferred it to be denied the table instead of this rush. Food was ok, but not worth the high price.

Thank EG871
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered mussels in a shallot/cream sauce, mussels were poor-tiny and no sign of a shallot, just cream. Paid $13 for 3 tiny profiteroles, the quality did not match the ridiculous prices. The most ripped off we have felt so far on this holiday.

Thank MammaGump
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Slowish service although place 80% empty, food mediocre; perfectly fine if you're hungry. Nothing special, a bit of a forgettable experience.

Thank koppany76
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sly’s has a great happy hour, and that’s where most of the action is. And now I know why. The family ate there recently and pretty much nothing worked. The menu is upbeat and extolls their variety and quality. But they did not deliver, and...More

Thank Artsy12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here with friends. It's a nice restaurant but unpretentious, it's perfectly ok to walk in here with shorts and a T shirt after a day on the beach. There is an extensive menu so plenty of choices. Service was very good and...More

Thank radar60
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was very good and it is in a really great little town on the southern California coast. It has a full bar and a decent beer selection. However my wife ordered abalone. We had not had abalone for years and were really looking...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This is a throwback to what might have been considered a "sophisticated" restaurant in the 1970's or so. The food is fine, but nothing special. Likewise the service. Cheesy interior. Grossly overpriced and overrated.

Thank PickyVoyager
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

This is my second time at Sly's and it will definitely be my last. Do not go here. The prices are very high and the food quality is very mediocre to poor. We had the steamed clams and they were terrible, lacking any flavor, kind...More

Thank diningoutfoodie
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We had a family birthday dinner, including a 2 year old. The staff and their service is 5 Star as is the food. I had the special 2 1/2 lb. lobster, excellent. My wife had the baseball sirloin it too was excellent, as we're all...More

1  Thank ricklA7163BT
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040
    (7th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-684-6666
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