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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

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512 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-965-3363
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun 15:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Hornnes, Norway
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose this place because it was near the hotel I was staying at. The service was fast and efficient - almost too fast: I had hardly started on my cocktail before the food arrived. The appetizer came with locally made rolls called Squaw bread, which were absolutely delicious. The rib-eye steak was good too. The only minus point was... More 

Thank perryhs
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117 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great anniversary dinner do over. No reservations was able to sit immediately. Salad baked potato and wonderful ribeye. My dm had tomatoe soup lobster n ribeye. Awesome meal awesome service. Great evening.

Thank infogal
Las Vegas, Nevada
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met some friends for appetizers and drinks to bid one them farewell as they were taking a new job. This was during the Christmas season. So you can imagine, the staff should have been stressed. But, even though our waitress was a bit out of sorts as we took a small side room for only 4 people to begin... More 

Thank Scigris
Montecito, CA
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Holdren's is a very good restaurant located on lower State St. I would give it five stars if it had a better location (lower state st. is a bar area that is a bit on the seedy side), ambiance and decor. The room is somewhat small, but there are many booths, patio seating with heat lamps and a large bar... More 

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New York City, New York
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242 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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
Michelle Q, Public Relations Manager at Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, responded to this review

Julie, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with fellow TripAdvisor readers. It is because of reviewers like you our Restaurant continues to welcome guests from all over the world! We look forward to feeding you again on your next visit to Santa Barbara! More 

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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
Michelle Q, Public Relations Manager at Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your review with fellow TripAdvisors readers. It is because of reviews like yours our restaurant continues to boast a, "Best of" award. We will be sure to review the restroom call out with our management staff. More 

Simpsonville, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 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
Michelle Q, Public Relations Manager at Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, responded to this review

We are always thrilled to hear customers exclaim their meal at Holdren's was, "the best I've ever had." Your review contributes to our best of TripAdvisor award, and for that we thank you! More 

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
Michelle Q, Public Relations Manager at Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, responded to this review

HGrant, Thank you - it is because of reviews like yours we continue to be awarded, "best of" and the TripAdvisor award of excellence. We look forward to feeding you again soon, maybe for one of our dinner specials - Sunday - Thursday (visit our website of Facebook to learn more). More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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45 reviews
32 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

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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
  • 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?