Goat Tree

36 State St, Santa Barbara
(805) 882-0137

Recent Reviews

Shannon Singler

As we sit here in a beautiful courtyard, it’s so sad to see the hostility amongst staff and management. The wait staff are running their tails off as servers, bussers, bartenders, food runners, and the owners are snapping at them to do better. No hostess as the owner is seating people, but not in a welcoming way. During these incredibly volatile times, your cooks to waitstaff are telling you that you “suck” owners, and you need to listen. Good service from top to bottom means everything during these times and you are missing the mark, big time. Even if the food was good, and our server really tried his best, being run too thin reflected poorly on the whole restaurant experience, and not him. Shame on you for running a skeleton crew and expecting glorious results in the heart of Santa Barbara.


Great local place for breakfast. The lemon ricotta pancakes are to die for. Great service. A must do when you are in town.


After a week of trying Breakfast / Brunch places, Goat Tree was our Favourite. I had the best BLT ever and wife’s frittata was amazing. My kids loved it too!!

Michael Gage

Perfect spot a block from the ocean. The patio under the palms is great ambiance. Great food and great staff

Kyra S.

Got seated around 8. We were offered water about 5min later and the waiter took our drink order. However it did not come out for over 20 minutes. My boyfriend saw that our drinks were just sitting on the bar and ended up walking up himself to get them. The hostess was more attentive than our server. She kept coming over apologizing on his behalf and ended up getting us water. When we finally ordered, we waited more and the food was not hot. The food was delicious though. We were not offered a dessert menu. Service was AWFUL. It wasn't even all that busy because it was so late. It was frustrating because we would watch our waiter serve other tables way before ours and get their food and drinks our to them when we weren't even given water and we got there before other tables. When we got our bill we were expecting to maybe being compensated at least our drinks or dessert or something for the way we were treated but did not receive anything .This was the first time we have ever been to this restaurant and were highly disappointed. I hope the servers get better because they are 50% of the restaurant experience.

Mike Demler

Service was excellent. I tried chicken & waffles. Buttermilk brined chicken was very good, but waffles are a total #fail. First, they're thinner than an Eggo, and not crispy to begin with. Adding a little freshness with arugula seems a good counterpoint to waffle sweetness, but predressed on top of the already soft waffle... We had to chop you.

Lee J.

Father's day Brunch at Goat Tree in Santa Barbara was a real treat, and the pinnacle of a four day weekend in the area. We passed by the restaurant twice while walking on State Street, and decided that outdoor dining and plates that we could spot were really inviting. My family and I ordered two Avocado Toasts and one Salmon Toast. Absolutely delicious. I would say that the Salmon Toast was probably the best Salmon Toast that I've ever had. Given the pandemic related rules, we felt safe on the outdoor dining patio, with at least 8-10 feet between tables. The place is extremely clean, the staff wears masks and gloves. We will definitely be back to the Goat Tree on our next visit to Santa Barbara!

Brice J.

The food here is absolutely exquisite! Best brunch I've had in years!!!! Highly recommend if you're in Santa Barbara!!!

Vanessa L.

Wow! This place is a complete gem. We came here on a whim from out of town and HANDS DOWN this was the best dining experience in all aspects from start to finish. Bobby was our server, he was absolutely INCREDIBLE, friendly, knowledgeable, and just all around a cool dude. Then, there was THE FOOD! Wow wow wow! I had the roasted turkey & provolone sandwich, it was amazing and perfect for the bottle of Cab we ordered. She ordered the cheeseburger and as a cheeseburger connoisseur, she said it was the hands down without a doubt 100% THE BEST BURGER EVER (I tasted it, I agree), also, the amount of "omg this burger" comments confirmed it. In other words, this place won our hearts and stomachs & I'd recommend everyone check it out and ask for Bobby, he's the real joy! Thank you Bobby! We loved you and the bottles of Cab! Much gratitude, Vanessa & Tori

Natalie I.

I ordered the plain avocado toast and it was rich and creamy, just like I had expected. The perfectly boiled egg and cheese were a perfect addition and brought the whole plate together. Now for the dish of the day: Chicken & Waffles. This is not your traditional fried fried chicken and thick waffle, but to my surprise, I liked the Goat Tree version WAY better. The chicken was perfectly cooked, and the thin waffle gave it a nice contrast. The honey was to die for. We asked the waiter where we could buy it, but he said they make it in-house only. I would definitely recommend this place for a brunch or a quick snack!

Bob Bobson

Mediocre. This is one of those places that clearly relies on its location. It’s on the most touristy part of State, has a nice patio and appealing ambience. But the core part of the restaurant experience is lackluster. The food is about average and the service is meh. For the prices and being tied to a five star hotel, I would expect more.

Elissa L.

Wow! Rudest service we have ever had! After waiting nearly half an hour for 2 coffees, our order was wrong. We advised the lady server that the order was wrong and she said "no it isn't" whilst staring us down. Unbelievable. It was a beautiful morning and not the way we wanted to start the day.

Melanie F.

My husband and I were eating lunch outside near goat tree coffee just now. I stayed outside with our food while my husband walked in to get a coffee. He came out and I walked in at 2:58 and they said sorry we are closed. I said it's 2 minutes til closing can't I just get a quick coffee before I head home 3 hours? She said no sorry we are closed. You would think if she was the actual owner of the place they would want to make the money and not turn customers away especially during this time of covid. Not a fan of the employees. I hope the owner reads this. It's really to bad not everyone is accommodating to customers. Especially when they should have still been open and closed early. Won't ever be going back there. Rather give business to people who want business. Very disappointed


I had the Avocado Toast and am still dreaming about it! Outdoor seating, open and airy indoor seating, nice waitstaff, varied menu. Directly across the street from Hotel Californian and I believe you can get room service if you are staying there.

Jill Braun

Great little breakfast/coffee place. Big, and I mean big cups of good coffee. Wish I remembered our waitress’s name she was so sweet. Great apricot scones!

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