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Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

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3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
+1 805-569-2400
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07:00 - 17:00
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Sun 07:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
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Olympia, WA
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You order at counter and seating inside and out. Locals brought us twice during our visit. I enjoyed the limitless self-serve coffee and sampled various croissants - almond was my favorite. Others in party enjoyed egg sandwichs and quiche. All was good and it was wonderful to sit outside. Our service was fine.

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Thank NWRunner
Denver
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92 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While staying in Santa Barbara for a week, we were so pleased we stumbled upon Renaud's for lunch. Good food and dog friendly patios are not usually synonymous except we found both. My husband pointed out that he was the only man seated for lunch in a sea of women, lunching in small friendly groups. I had a raceltte cheese... More 

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Thank GoldenJudy
California
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Always come to Renaud when in Santa Barbara for an afternoon snack or breakfast. The food is really good and they have an amazing organic coffee selection. I almost feel like at home when eating pain au Chocolat and their croissants.

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Thank COMTECIERGE
Los Angeles, California
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120 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Renaud's is known for its pastries, which are indeed awesome. Order anything complex, however, and the service is slow and missed vital things (like my coffee order). Next time I will take "to go".

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Thank ladodgerone
Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Have you been to France and had a croissant in one of those patisseries. Well, you can get those in Santa Barbara. The croissants at Renaud's are authentic Parisian delights. The chocolate croissants are a must try - flaky, good chocolate filing and perfect texture. If you are not a croissant person, try their fabulous assortment of breakfast specialties. The... More 

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Thank Robbie D
Santa Barbara, California
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Close your eyes and your in France. Renaud's has brought a new level to Santa Barbara. Everything he makes is just pure heaven. The pastries are just right not to too sweet, perfection.

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Thank Patti G
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

This popular place is known for great pastry and also a tasteful brunch and lunch place near Chaucer's book store. I love their quiche as well as most of their brunch items. It can get busy on weekends. Very casual and it is really counter service and you are on your own, which is not a problem when you know... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Renaud makes decent pastry but grossly under staffes his restaurants, they are poorly organized, virtually unsupervised. Tables are chronically dirty, service is poor, and staff is sometimes grumpy from being overworked. If you are a little old lady from a nursing home, with two hours to kill and want a cup of tea and a decent French pasty--not a bad... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Had breakfast twice here during our stay in Santa Barbara and it was convenient for us because it was so close to Agave Inn where we were staying. There is a good selection of pastries and the cooked breakfasts also provided a hearty meal to start the day.

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Cincinnati, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Breakfast reminds you of being in Paris, nice selection of pastries, breakfast items and coffee. Can be a little pricey.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
French, Cafe, European
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 15:00
Monday
07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 17:00
Thursday
07:00 - 17:00
Friday
07:00 - 17:00
Saturday
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-569-2400

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