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230 E. Victoria St. (Santa Barbara St.) Send to Phone

Dinner Wed.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED William Restaurant Review

: Chef-owner William Rogers has created a casual yet charming neighborhood bistro here, one with a cheerful atmosphere and a friendly staff. The recently renovated, wood-beamed dining room reflects a sunflower motif, homage to Rogers' love of Arles. Entrées hover around the $15 mark; appetizers are under $9. Interestingly, at about the same time that the restaurant was remodeled into an exact replica of a French bistro, Rogers shifted the menu away from traditional French country cuisine and more into the realm of California bistro fare. The European influence remains, however, one can find it on the menu and the wine list as well as the décor. Signature appetizers include portobella mushroom french fries with truffle oil and rabbit pâté with crostini and Dijon mustard garnish. The most popular entrée is the sautéed sand dabs. Customers claim that Rogers' sweetbreads are the best they've ever had---though this dish is not for everyone, of course. For dessert, try the lemon tart or the apple tart Tatin served with French vanilla bean ice cream. The wine list is eclectic and reasonably priced, and 20 different bottles are available by the glass.


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