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Benchmark Eatery

1201 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
+1 805-845-2600
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good43%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (12 reviews)
“fried pickles” (2 reviews)
“fish tacos” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1201 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
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1 - 10 of 105 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very casual place with friendly efficient service in a great location in the cultural area of SB. Food is very good. Recommended.

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spotted this joint by walking by. They had awesome reggae vibes throughout so I had to venture inside. The food was excellent and the people were chill.

Thank Teri R
Reviewed 10 December 2017

We were at the Benchmark with a large party prior to the Santa Barbara Symphony's season opener - nearly all from out of town. The staff was ready for us - and other large parties. The service and food were handled excellently. Lots of local...More

Thank ChuckBrownSV
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped here driving north to Paso Robles. We all ordered a bowl of clam chowder. It was very good. Two of us had wine and two of had a Benchmark Blonde beer - good! The burgers looked very good!

Thank JimW551
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The Benchmark Burger is big, 8 oz., juicy, flavorful and very fairly priced for a Santa Barbara State street restaurant. +Comes with good fries. Make a reservation for Friday or Saturday night.

Thank TravelinAlan
Reviewed 13 September 2017

My wife and I recently ate lunch on the semi-enclosed outdoor patio. Our waitress was pleasant and helpful and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. This is a casual restaurant that we will return to on our next visit.

Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Nice atmosphere with outdoor seating to enjoy the wonderful weather. Good location right on State Street, parked on the street a few blocks away. Our food was very good and everyone was full and satisfied. Good selection of craft beer as well. When in Santa...More

Thank Keith G
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Sunday dinner in midtown. Wanted something lite to eat and their menu had it. Seafood pasta with tomato sauce. Food was great and service good. Seating however was uncomfortable and hard. Not good if you want people to stay in the restaurant longer. Portion sizes...More

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Good choice of food on the menu and it all tasted great. Nice to sit in the outside seating area of an evening. I'd definitely go there again.

Thank Algebra73
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped in today for a quick lunch. Enjoyed sitting on the patio and eating great fish tacos! Two tacos were more than enough. Pleasant waitress (Haley) was most helpful and attentive. First time ever at this restaurant. Great menu with diverse choices. Would return again!

Thank hutchss
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-2600
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