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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

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512 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-965-3363
16:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 15:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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239 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm pretty picky when it comes to steak, and this place delivered a great atmosphere, delicious cocktails, good service, and excellent steak and garlic mashed potatoes. Centrally located on State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Thank NYCJulieB
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place for steak in Santa Barbara. They have a huge choice of different cuts of meats and choice of sides. Service is brilliant and attentive. The food was well made and tasted really good. Ask for a booth for more privacy. Rest rooms were really bad so I can't score this any higher!

Thank PEMtheDane
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delightful dining experience!! My husband had the Midwest Corn Feed Filet Mignon!! Outstanding!! Nothing better than corn feed beef. I had 1/2 rack of BBQ Ribs so meaty and tender. The best I have ever had. Wait staff very friendly and professional. Would highly recommend this as a dining destination in Santa Barbara!

Thank chrkencas
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Holdren's has a great menu and stellar service. I order the same thing every time I go- artichoke appetizer and the herb crusted chicken breast for my main course. I actually prefer to use with my artichokes the melted herb butter served with the bread over the butter it's served with! Martinis are large but delish, and the wine list... More 

Thank HGrant24
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stayed the night in Santa Barbara - was wanting to go to Toma restuarant as had seen it was #1 in town but couldn't get them on the phone; so ended up wandering the streets looking for somewhere else to eat. Really should have checked Trip Advisor again first ...... Came across Holdren's & thought it sounded good. Had to... More 

Thank trumpedup
Omaha, Nebraska
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Went there for my birthday while traveling, service was excellent, food was amazing, creme brûlée was to dies for!! Definitely would return and recommend.

Thank Amysue2014
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

My wife and I both had steak here and both were cooked to perfection. Good friendly atmosphere in the place which was very busy on the night.

Thank Steven R
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We were recommended to go to Holdrens while staying in Santa Barbara as we wanted a great meal and to relax after a long 10 hour drive.. We had not booked a table but the hostess quickly found us a booth while we had a drink at the bar, once seated our lovely waitress Cassidy took our order, I had... More 

Thank Julie H
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Having grown up in Colorado beef country, I love my steaks and I know my steaks. This place has superb, mouth-watering steaks. I ordered mine medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. The sides were all excellent and the creme brulee for dessert was heavenly. Everything all 4 of us ordered was delicious! It was rather expensive but not outrageously... More 

Thank Judy S
Surprise, Arizona
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

This State Street restaurant specializes in steak so maybe ordering chicken and shrimp wasn't the best decision. The flavors were great but the overcooked protein was a bummer. Great service and it's always nice to dine alfresco and watch the foot traffic.

Thank phxwilsons

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
15:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 512 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-3363

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