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Tupelo Junction Cafe

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1218 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2608
+1 805-899-3100
08:00 - 14:00
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Boulder Creek, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sometimes it's good to have your favorite restaurant closed on a Sunday, because then you get to try something new - and Tupelo Junction Cafe was wonderful. We were intrigued by the menu, and are so glad we stopped in. Very interesting small plates - when is the last time in California you saw fried green tomatoes on the menu?... More 

Thank Jeannie S
Spokane, Washington
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We so enjoyed our Happy Hour menu choices prior to attending State Street Ballet's performance nearby. The portion sizes were just right, the service was friendly, and everything was delicious.

Thank Dlswoboda
San Luis Obispo
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After hearing friends rave about Tupelo Juntion Cafe I decided to give it a try. My group shared the hush puppies as an appetizer and WHOA they were SO good! I had the Char Grilled White Cheddar Burger. It was the best burger I've ever had! The fried pickles took it above and beyond! My friends ordered the fried green... More 

Thank MissPea1978
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were going to a performance at the Granada Theater and were looking for somewhere for a quick dinner. Right around the corner from the theater was this unprepossessing little place we had never visited before. We looked at the menu in the window and immediately went in. The staff was very friendly and we were immediately seated. The rest... More 

Thank ACK22
Aptos, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tupelo Junction was a great breakfast place. Their coffee was amazing and served in oversized mugs (my fav). My mom ordered freshly squeezed OJ, also refreshing and great! We then ordered the Apple Cinnamon Beignets. These were delicious in flavor, but rather too dense and seemed undercooked. My scramble and the other entrees were great and both had large servings!

Thank pookiehanaa
Crockett, Texas
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47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Fun place for breakfast or lunch. Portions are large and the staff are very friendly. If you do not mind drinking out of a mason jar, this is the place for you!

Thank Nancy55690
Gig Harbor, Washington
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This is an exceptional find. We did the happy hour small plate menu. Wonderful selection of unusual dishes. Reasonably priced happy hour drink specials. Wonderful service. Great location on State Street in Santa Barbara. We will definitely return.

Thank Mike P
Santa Barbara, California
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Tupelo is always a wonderful lunch. I usually meet girlfriends for lunch but this time I let my teenage son. We both enjoyed the fried chicken salad and the fried green tomatoes. Tupelo is bright and cheery and the staff is always friendly. You can't go wrong at this place.

Thank Barbara G
Santa Barbara, California
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365 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Lunch choices are a matter of taste and the nature of the occasion. Tupelo works for a wide range of tastes and occasions. Good healthy food and well prepared and good breadth. Fresh ingedients and good service. The room is pretty informal and rather mid range. If you care about the feel of a fine dining room, this isn't it.... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Los Angeles
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Marvelous experience start to finish! FANTASTIC food, happy, friendly employees, charming ambience, and absolutely superior, unobtrusive, A-1 top-notch service. Can't say enough how great it was. Drinks are refilled instantly, food is served the second it comes out of kitchen, fresh flowers even in the restroom (!), and the waitstaff is patient and pleasant. Recommend fried green tomatoes, collard greens,... More 

Thank Carol S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1218 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2608
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-899-3100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?