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Wine Country Cuisine

Santa Barbara, California

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bouchon opens for dinner nightly at 5pm, serving 7 nights per week

Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm
Last Seating at 9pm with service until 11pm

Friday-Saturday 5-10pm
Last Seating at 9pm with service until 12pm

Business Office Hours
Sunday noon-4pm | Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
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Wine Country Cuisine

Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambience with engaging service at a relaxed, leisurely pace. This is bouchon. We source our ingredients using an “as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible” approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented with our local wines.


Dinner Nightly

bouchon opens for dinner nightly at 5pm, serving 7 nights per week

Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm
Last Seating at 9pm with service until 11pm

Friday-Saturday 5-10pm
Last Seating at 9pm with service until 12pm


‘Market Tour & Gourmet Dinner’


Join bouchon santa barbara on either the Tuesday afternoon or Saturday morning Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market for an informative ‘foodie stroll’ followed by a wine pairing dinner designed so you can relax and enjoy an evening of Wine Country Cuisine. Market Tour & three-course dinner with wine, $150/per person and for maximum benefit with limited market intrusion, tours are limited to six guests.

For ‘Market Tour & Gourmet Dinner’ reservations
Contact: (805) 730 – 1160 or: info@OriginalCaliforniaBouchon.com

More Information
Read Carl S.'s review of Bouchon on Yelp

An Introduction

Owner, Mitchell Sjerven introduces bouchon.

bouchon Santa Barbara's zagat rating

What People Say About Us

bouchon Santa Barbara, with its warm and inviting ambience, is the perfect place to dine at a leisurely pace and enjoy an authentic regional wine dining experience. Our “exclusively Santa Barbara County” wine list has earned Wine Spectator magazine’s “Award of Excellence” for our focus on regional wines for 10 years running! We’ve also been voted by Trip Advisor as a “Hall of Fame” recipient in addition to being recognized in local Independent and Santa Barbara News-Press newspapers. Click on our nightly notes tab to view comments from customers or visit Yelp to read what others say about us.



quotes from customers of bouchon Santa Barbara

Nightly Notes

We feel honored to have received so many awards over the years. But, to be honest, there is nothing more gratifying than reading a note written directly from one of our customers. This is just a small sampling of some of the notes our customers have left behind.

Best of Santa Barbara 2019 – Best French Restaurant
independent.com
October 16, 2019

Foodie Awards 2019
independent.com
August 28, 2019

Bouchon rated a “four-diamond” restaurant by the American Automobile Association
santaynezvalleystar.com
March 19, 2019

The 15 Best Restaurants & Bars in Santa Barbara
tastingtable.com
February 27, 2018

The People Behind the Passion

Mitchell Sjerven, Founder & Proprietor of bouchon Santa Barbara

Mitchell Sjerven
Founder & Proprietor
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Mitchell Sjerven, Founder & Proprietor of bouchon Santa Barbara

Mitchell Sjerven

Founder & Proprietor

A 25 year restaurant veteran, Mitchell owns and operates bouchon. His passion lies in providing an authentic, regional dining experience. Mitchell graduated the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in International Relations, Political Scienceand and is a member of the School of Culinary Arts faculty at Santa Barbara City College.

Amy Sachs, Proprietor of bouchon Santa Barbara

Amy Sachs
Proprietor
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Amy Sachs, Proprietor of bouchon Santa Barbara

Amy Sachs

Proprietor

A 25-year industry veteran, Amy moved to Santa Barbara from Pasadena, CA in the late 1980s. Ms. Sachs attended the Cal Poly Pomona School of Hospitality Management (now called the Collins College of Hospitality Management) and honed her restaurant skills at LA-area institutions The Daily Grill, Barney’s Beanery and Maple Drive. Upon arrival in Santa Barbara she managed local icons Piatti and Acacia until the opening of bouchon in 1998. Her passion for the restaurant is evident in her attention to the details of every guest experience.

Nate Van Etten, Executive Chef of bouchon Santa Barbara

Nate Van Etten
Executive Chef
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Nate Van Etten, Executive Chef of bouchon Santa Barbara

Nate Van Etten

Executive Chef

Born in Denver and raised in a large, poor family my 1st job as a cook was at KFC when I was 16—I didn’t even know what fine dining was until my 20s. Born in Denver and raised in a large, poor family my 1st job as a cook was at KFC when I was 16—I didn’t even know what fine dining was until my 20s. My friend and mentor Chef Robert Dixon was instrumental in helping me hone my craft over the ensuing 14 years during which time I realized my obsession of food and everything kitchen-related was definitely the career path I was meant to follow.

In 2019 I joined the bouchon staff where under chef Murphy I learned teamwork, self-discipline and the framework of wine country cuisine. My passion now is to create a culinary culture at bouchon that both excites our guests and inspires others who want to learn and share our culture through food.

Looking back now I realize I was surrounded by ‘fine dining’ my whole life, whether it was meals my mom made from family recipes or the passion my dad had for trying new foods, and I now strive to show them my love for cuisine through my cooking.

Vicken Tavitian, Chef de Cuisine of bouchon Santa Barbara

Vicken Tavitian
Chef de Cuisine
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Vicken Tavitian, Chef de Cuisine of bouchon Santa Barbara

Vicken Tavitian

Chef de Cuisine

Born and raised in Glendale, California, Vicken was immersed in the intricacies of California cuisine since birth. His Armenian and Syrian background, coupled with his fierce interest in world cultures, combined to create a desire to incorporate global flavors and techniques into each and everyone one of his dishes.

Vicken’s biggest inspiration came from wanting to help his father in the kitchen, constantly eager to learn more about food from an early age. Living in Los Angeles for most of his life played an obvious and inspirational role as one can find nearly every cuisine within blocks of each other.

A graduate of UCSB, Vicken has been a part of Santa Barbara’s unique community for years, and pulls on his various experiences to toe the line between highlighting the incredible local foods and integrating outside influences to create the bouchon Santa Barbara experience.

Eric Hanson, Wine Director & Manager of bouchon Santa Barbara

Eric Hanson
Wine Director & Manager
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Eric Hanson, Wine Director & Manager of bouchon Santa Barbara

Eric Hanson

Wine Director & Manager

An unwavering passion for service and a strong desire to always perfect a guests experience are trademarks of Eric Hanson, Restaurant Manager at bouchon. Working within the bouchon family since 2006, Eric has honed his knowledge of food & wine on the American Riviera, including achieving his Sommelier Level 1 in 2012.

In his free time, Eric thoroughly enjoys traveling to cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago to try the latest and the greatest. An avid fan of restaurants and risk-taking plates, he can always be impressed by a great burger. Although the metropolitan areas may be some of his favorite dining destinations, he always returns to bouchon inspired, and invigorated.

David Fainberg, Sommelier & Manager of bouchon Santa Barbara

David Fainberg
Sommelier & Manager
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David Fainberg, Sommelier & Manager of bouchon Santa Barbara

David Fainberg

Sommelier & Manager

Born and raised in the small resort community of Lake Arrowhead, California, David found a love for food at a young age. With over 18 years in the restaurant industry, David has nurtured the art of hospitality while furthering his insatiable passion for food, wine, and craft cocktails. After passing the sommelier level 2 at the age of 23, David went on to become the beverage director of several award-winning wine and spirit programs including Santa Barbara’s distinguished restaurant, Wine Cask. David’s passion for the hospitality industry shows through his unwavering dedication to providing his guests with unforgettable dining experiences.

Chava Riley, Assistant Manager of bouchon Santa Barbara

Chava Riley
Assistant Manager
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Chava Riley, Assistant Manager of bouchon Santa Barbara

Chava Riley

Assistant Manager

Chava loves both delicious cuisine and being part of a community so found the restaurant environment a perfect fit. Early career work in Southern California at Duke’s Malibu and The Chart House had her realize she thrives most in a fast-paced environment while working at the beloved Paradise Café in Santa Barbara refined her tastes to family-run, locally owned restaurants. Helping manage a dinner house allows Chava time during the day to pursue her other passion– yoga instruction—while at the same time keep an eye on her two kids and enjoy our beach community.

Contact Us

9 West Victoria
(1/2 block west of State St.)
805.730.1160


Dinner Nightly

bouchon opens for dinner nightly at 5pm, serving 7 nights per week

Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm
Last Seating at 9pm with service until 11pm

Friday-Saturday 5-10pm
Last Seating at 9pm with service until 12pm


Business Office Hours

Sunday noon-4pm | Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

About bouchon

A Video Introduction
What People Say About Us
The People Behind the Passion
Join the Mailing List

Connect with Us

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Directions
Google Map
Directions to Bouchon from Points South From Northbound 101 →
  • Get off at exit 98A, CARrillo Street (NOT exit 94C, "CABrillo")
    [Confusing? There's a CAStillo in SB too!]
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Carrillo.
  • The 4th traffic light is Chapala street (Just past the fire station on your right). Turn LEFT.
  • Go past the first two stoplights on Chapala.
  • About half way up the next block on the right is a city parking lot.
    (First 75 minutes is free, then $1.50/hr)
  • Walk to the back of the parking lot and go to the left. At the street (Victoria) turn to the right. We are a 3 doors down at 9 West Victoria.
  • After 6pm and all day Sunday, there is free street parking in the green and unmarked curb areas.
Directions to Bouchon from Points North From Southbound 101 →
  • Get off at exit 98, Carrillo Street
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Carrillo.
  • The 4th traffic light is Chapala street (Just past the fire station on your right) . Turn LEFT.
  • Go past the first two stoplights on Chapala.
  • About half way up the next block on the right is a city parking lot.
    (First 75 minutes is free, then $1.50/hr)
  • Walk to the back of the parking lot and go to the left. At the street (Victoria) turn to the right. We are a 3 doors down at 9 West Victoria.
  • After 6pm and all day Sunday, there is free street parking in the green and unmarked curb areas.
Parking Directions →

City Lot #5, directly behind bouchon, is best place to park. Enter from Chapala Street.
(First 75 minutes is free, then $1.50/hr)

bouchon Santa Barbara's location in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara

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9 west victoria street   santa barbara   805.730.1160