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The Nugget

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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5687 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2318
+1 805-964-5200
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Nugget is a great neighborhood bar and restaurant, one of my fav's! The prices are very reasonable, the service is friendly, the food is tasty! There's something for everyone on the menu! Comfort food like meatloaf and stroganoff to chicken piccata, burgers, pork chops and salads! They have my favorite beer on tap, Firestone DBA! What more can you... More 

Thank j9calgal
Duren, Germany
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Steaks were excellent - waiter was friendly and quick - the drinks served were nice as well. The atmosphere is lovely.

Thank Ralph M
Santa Barbara
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The Nugget delivers consistently high quality "American" style food in a cool retro/historic but not to gaudy atmosphere. Meat rules at the Nugget with Steaks burgers and chops leading the way. My fav is Dr. T's Center cut Sirloin. A lot of good meat for a fair price. Drinks are solid too though they could use to expand their beer... More 

Thank digitaleye3
Goleta, California
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309 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

This is our neighborhood restaurant, we love supporting local owners. We have never had bad food here, service can be a bit spotty when it gets busy, it can also be very loud when it's busy and hard to hear. There is a patio out back where dogs are welcome, it's a bit noisy from the freeway traffic but enclosed... More 

Thank Cathy M
Santa Barbara, California
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279 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Although Summerland is a beach area, the Nugget of locals as well as visitors. It is a very low key, comfortable bar/restaurant that serves solid food and pleasant people run it in a welcoming low key way. Yes, there are lots of stuffed animals on the wall and it is a little dark, but so many good mannered and welcoming... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Goleta, California
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157 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

If you are interested in eating ordinary food in an unusal looking setting this might be a good choice. Our experiences have been mixed. Portion sizes are generous. It can be very noisy and wait staff seems quite stressed.

Thank blamboley
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

The food here is abysmal. I have tried this place several times and it is always bad. Avoid it if you value your stomach and you wallet.

Thank SBtravelgal
Independence, Missouri
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

It's worth going to just to see the bar. This place has been there a while and has a certain, "I'm old and here to stay" charm. Wait staff knew many of the customers. We had burgers and they were very good.

Thank Mary M
Santa Monica, California
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171 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Enjoyed the generous portions of fresh seafood at a reasonable price. Great place to stop for dinner on the way to Santa Barbara. Friendly locals feel to the bar/restaurant and good value for the good quantity and quality of food. The wall decorations and photos were fun to look at while waiting for dinner.

Thank Susan90405
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

The Nugget is a great place for lunch or dinner, they have a large variety and quality is always top notch! I normally enjoy lunch at the Nugget, for those of you that enjoy a drink or two with dinner, they also have a full bar.

Thank PAM I

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5687 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-964-5200

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