Roy Roy
7 W. Carillo St. (State St.)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Cuisine: American
An artfully styled neighborhood restaurant known for its hip vibe and late-night dinners.
Openings: Dinner nightly


Roy Restaurant Review:

Known to locals but largely overlooked by the masses of tourists, Roy offers a hip vibe and above average food, not to mention the occasional neighborhood backgammon tournament. Dinner is served until midnight, making the restaurant an anomaly in sleepy Santa Barbara. Dishes are well prepared, but the menu lacks the sort of creativity that otherwise prevails. Lackluster entrées, such as chicken Marsala with sliced mushrooms, clash with the stylish dining room, which also serves as an art gallery. For something less commonplace, try an appetizer of grilled fennel and seasonal wild mushrooms folded into crêpes --- a sweet and creamy red bell pepper sauce lends rich flavor to the dish, and pine nuts add texture and contrast. Grilled Harris Ranch steaks highlight the main courses, all of which are served with house-baked wheat bread, soup and an organic salad. The wine list, comprised primarily of California labels, offers a nice selection, including a few top-shelf options, and a full bar is stocked with premium liquor. For dessert, don’t miss the flourless chocolate cake --- a dense nugget served with fresh whipped cream and a strawberry reduction.

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