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Natural Cafe

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508 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-962-9494
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Sacramento, California
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted something wholesome and fresh, and this place seemed like it was well – priced. We thought it would be a hippie joint, and have some interesting 60s Decor. Unfortunately we found it to be almost cafeteria – like compared to the interesting little restaurants all up and down State Street. As visitors to Santa Barbara, we decided that... More 

Thank Sylvia232323
Level Contributor
52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Discovered Natural Cafe on TripAdvisor and ended up eating here most nights during a 2 week holiday. There's something for every appetite on the menu - great salads or more substantial meals like burritos or enchiladas. A lot of vegetarian options, plus chicken or fish. Always found something we wanted to eat and thought it was very good value. Staff... More 

Thank JAMC7
Chicago, Illinois
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1,187 reviews
551 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 613 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I had some business in Santa Barbara and, since it was over a weekend, my partner flew in, too. We were staying off State Street and headed to Natural Cafe for lunch on our first day. We ended up going back a couple of other times during our visit--I love this place, because the prices are reasonable, the service nice,... More 

Thank brmusicman
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a light, quick, healthy lunch. You order at the counter and they bring your food to the table. The portions were generous. Our friends shared a salad and it was more than enough. We shared a bowl of chili and guacamole & chips. We were all pleased.

Thank mwilson1827
Ojai, California
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185 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Simply great! Lots of choices including soups, salads, sandwiches and more. I opted for the small Greek salad with salmon (extra). Salmon was cooked just right. Salad & lemon dressing were good (with one exception - the black olives were from a can. euuuu). Very friendly staff who seemed to care. Sit inside or out. They have several other locations... More 

Thank Lydia G
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Finally we encountered a restaurant with a wide variety of vegetarian choices. The food was good and reasonably priced. Also great smoothies!

Thank Jasper d
Long Beach, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is another of our Santa Barbara dining favorites. Everything from quesadillas to smoothies with an excellent grilled eggplant sandwich in between are available from 11am on. Excellent patio for people watching along State Street, or to treat your dog to a tasty outing. We eat here everytime we are in Santa Barbara.

Thank blueangel728
Los Angeles, CA
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138 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

What a huge array of food from smoothies to fish entrees to burgers. Vegetarians and meet eaters alike will be happy. I had a delicious veggie chill and a "Killer Quesadillas" and was in heaven. My friend had a salad and she also said it was excellent. I sort of wish I lived closer so I could check out other... More 

Thank TravelSecrets78
Winter Haven, Fl
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134 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

My wife and I were visiting beautiful Santa Barbara for the day. We enjoyed seeing all of the downtown area from the pier up to the all the sights in Old Town Santa Barbara. While we were looking around, we started reviewing area restaurants to have lunch. We decided upon the Natural Cafe and we were not disappointed. The restaurant... More 

Thank CarpeDiem0212
London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

There's pretty much something for everyone on the menu. The standard huge portions, but the quality wasn't quite as good as hoped for. Decor and ambiance inside leaves a little to be desired. Also not a fan of the self-ordering at the till. Decent nonetheless.

Thank jamesamar

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-9494

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