Louie’s California Bistro is a must when in Santa Barbara and wanting some great food in a friendly yet elegant atmosphere. Locally owned and operated by Anne Rizzoli, who had worked at Louie’s for many years prior to becoming the “new” owner over 10 years ago. Louie’s has been open for over thirty years now. It has maintained the very special dining experience with the menu and food staying consistent through the years and has been described as “California comfort food served with an elegant flair.” Head Chef Tony Manzanares is going on 30 years at Louie’s. Along with a professional and loyal staff, the food, presentation and service seems effortless. The wine list is well thought-out and eclectic. It features some great Santa Barbara County and Central Coast wines, Included are Napa Valley Cabernets as well as hard-to-find boutique wines….an array of wines that suit every dish we offer.

Anne has found that she loves the restaurant business and has learned every facet of food and wine service, as well as the finer aspects of customer service, always welcoming you to Louie’s with a smile and welcome feel.

Louie’s is that “hidden jewel” located in a picturesque, amiable neighborhood, in Santa Barbara, tucked away on the ground floor of the historic Upham Hotel, and walking distance from hip State Street and the theater district that calls it home…a favorite among locals and tourists alike and has become one of the true destination dining spots in Santa Barbara.

Louie’s is one of the most cherished restaurants in Santa Barbara. We are also known as one of the most welcoming dog-friendly restaurants in Santa Barbara and we welcome dogs on our patio.

Thank you for choosing Louie’s as Santa Barbara’s premier dining experience.


  • Santa Barbara, CA
    1404 De La Vina Street


  • 805-963-7003

Opening Hours

M-F 11:30 - 2:00
Mon-Sun 5:30-close