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Woody's BBQ

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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5112 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2526
+1 805-967-3775
11:00 - 21:00
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened to stop by here when we saw there was a Groupon while we were roadtripping the PCH. BEST DECISION WE EVER MADE! Food was amazing, quantities were huge, and surprisingly when we ate it the next day as we had do much left it was amazing cold.

Thank KelseyJ1
Santa Barbara, California
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316 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Woody's has great BBQ and the people working there are good people. A simply pulled pork sandwich and a draft beer for under 15 bucks. Inside a little dark for dining and the patio outside is quaint for a ralph's plaza. Really solid place.

Thank expectquality1942
Santa Barbara, California
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

So surprised this place has been in business for as long as they have. The food is horrible. Dry like wood shavings. Cooked, reheated, reheated, again and again ... open salad bar is disgusting.

Thank Christine K
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

I love their tri-tip sandwich, so tender! Their choices of BBQ sauce are also perfect, great value and great food!

Thank PAM I
London, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Not sure about some of these reviews. I have been here many times and every time I need a bbq meat fix Woody,s delivers in spades.

Thank chris c
Long Beach, California
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

Wooden barn walls, sawdust on the floor, the permeating smell of smoke wafting into the air while you wait, even a bathtub to wash your hands and face in after inhaling your meal.Beef,pork,links,chicken,evenprime rib to tickle taste buds. If feeling guilty;there's even a pretty decent salad bar.

Thank white0rca
Goleta, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

This location is near where I work, and since I had a craving for pizza, and , called them, and asked if they had any special. The guy, who I think may be a manager there, told me they have no specials , he was very rude and I felt he didn't want to take my order.

Thank David20013
Ellen F, Web Manager at Woody's BBQ, responded to this review

David, I've spoken to the owner, Kim, and she would like to offer you a free meal to make up for your disappointing experience. Just print out this message and bring it in. Or email info@cateringbywoodys.com and refer to this message. We want everyone to have a good experience at Woody's!! More 

Santa Barbara, California
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126 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

The sauce is disappointing, the food average, service poor, and the prices are high. I do love the decor, though. Being a southerner, I admit I'm biased when it comes to real BBQ. There aren't many decent offerings in the area, and the best I've found so far is from one of the local food trucks.

Thank Mark Y
Goleta, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

I'm done. With Woody's. I've been a customer since the first day when Dean opened on Montecito Street in the late 80's. Since then, years go by, different owner. Prices go up, quality goes down. $15 for their half chicken dinner which was the driest chicken I've ever had there. Maybe because I got it to go and once out... More 

Thank Drach1111
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015 via mobile

I'm from the South as well and in my opinion the barbecue was pretty good although it was a little on the pricey side. Everything thing was fresh and warm and the service was good. Hope this helps all you bbq lovers! :-)

Thank Giovanni V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
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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: 5112 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2526
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-967-3775
For more than 25 years in a row, Woody's BBQ has been voted the Best BBQ in Town. From our mouthwatering Ribs to our Oak-Smoked BBQ Chicken and Unique "Favorite Sandwiches", Woody's BBQ serves up the most delicious BBQ in Santa Barbara County, all for a price that is kind to your wallet. Check out (our online menu) to see everything we have to offer. Woody's is a family friendly restaurant with enough knickknacks on the walls and ceiling to keep you entertained while you are enjoying your delicious meal. We have an array of video games to keep the little critters busy too!

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