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The Blue Owl

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5 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3208
+1 805-705-0991
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 23:30 - 02:30
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Blue Owl too much. The fried rice and the pork bahn mi are my favorites, plus I like that it's locally owned.

Thank Jessica G
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208 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch & shared, the grilled cheese sandwich with Kim Chi , the pork Banh Mi & the fried rice with chicken. All the items were absolutely fantastic, bursting with flavour. Perhaps, if I had to choose, I might say the Banh Mi was the winner, in part because of the wonderfully crunchy baguette & delicious, tender... More 

Thank htravelbug
Santa Barbara, California
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226 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This review could have been more positive because the first visit was a great experience. The second visit had one of the diners feeling poorly after the Tri-tip sandwich. We have discussed the experience and will make a third visit. Its a lovely little spot but perhaps there needs to be more attention placed on hygiene? I travel about 180... More 

Thank Heligypsy
Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Came here as part of the after party of my wedding, and everyone had a blast! THe food was also tasty.

Thank Emily B
Vineland, Canada
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146 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

We had a great experience here. The beer and wine selection looked good (we brought a bottle and paid corkage though). The food options are interesting and a fusion of styles. Everything was tasting and fresh. I would highly recommend!

Thank ScubagirlToronto
Santa Barbara, California
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Whenever I feel in the mood for bahn mi (which is quite often), I wander over to The Blue Owl. The meat, sauce and bread on this sandwich are the perfect emulsion of spicy, sweet and salty, soft and crispy. That and a beer on tap are the perfect combo.(Yum. I could go for one now.) The offerings lean toward... More 

Thank SusanMFlorida
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Had dinner with friends Saturday night and everything was so tasty especially the hand made noodles with pork! My friends loved the basil grilled cheese sandwich and mango mint salad and I had the bahn mi sandwich. It was good, not authentic (they use pulled pork shoulder whereas I love the customary pork belly) but a good sized sandwich for... More 

Thank Fromjessicaskitchen
Carlsbad, CA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Very fresh and good crab meat sandwich. Get here early as it does get crowded at noon. Just off the Main Street in Santa Barbara.

Thank fidelman
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

They recommended me to try the fried rice and it was delicious! The portion is huge and it comes with a lot of vegetables. I tried it with beef and loved it. Looking forward to visiting again!

Thank Elena C
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This little place really packs in the flavor! They have something for everyone. I love the eggplant sandwich and the tofu bahn mi. They also have a late night menu with delicious comfort food.

Thank Sunnymoonz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
10:00 - 15:00
10:00 - 15:00
10:00 - 15:00
23:30 - 02:30
10:00 - 15:00
23:30 - 02:30
10:00 - 15:00
23:30 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3208
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-705-0991

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