KQRR – Beachside Bar-Cafe

I’d like to introduce KQRR, a little section I’d like to call Kaitlin’s Quick Restaurant Reviews.  Its just a little run down of my raves, reviews, and commentary regarding the places I find and like to share.  I have a few reviews from my old foodie blog (www.eatingoutsidethebox.blogspot.com) if you have any further curiosity.

Let’s dive into my first spot, Santa Barbara’s Beachside Bar & Café.  This is one of my grandparent’s favorite and it actually located in Goleta, at the base of UCSB’s Isla Vista.  My grandpa Bob claims he likes it because it reminds him of Hawaii.  I could see the similarities with the light, tropical music, floral shirts worn by the staff, and seating that looks out onto the ocean.   The casual lunch/dinner spot has been around for over 25 years and has excellent food and service.  I’ve only been lucky enough to eat there for lunch, so I can’t offer my words of wisdom for the dinner menu.

What I can say is that their menu offers a solid variety of food from seafood to popular land options (juicy burgers or sandwiches anyone?) and I have to put in a special recommendation for their fish and chips (more emphasis on the fish part…their chips are regular waffle fries, nothing to write home about).  Today’s trip was more of a lighter affair with Meghan’s Chinese Chicken Salad, Mom’s Caesar Salad, Nancy’s Fish Tacos (off the special menu), and my own Ono Pasta Salad.

If you have the option to order their fish selections, DO!  This was probably the best Ono (and fish really) I have had in a long time.  It wasn’t smothered in a creamy sauce, which usually restaurants do, ultimately masking the fresh fish, removing any health benefits it might have provided. No, instead the dish came with fresh charbroiled Hawaiian Ono basted with a lemon butter on a bed of baby greens, pearl couscous (my new favorite pasta), grape tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and tossed in a light cilantro lime dressing.

I was completely stuffed from the meal (even skipping out on the warm sourdough roll…don’t worry, Meghan, our Bread Queen, dominated it for me) and had to pass on dessert.  However, if from my previous experience, I know they have a delicious coconut ice cream.  Like many other restaurants in Santa Barbara, The Beachside offers a selection of McConnell’s Ice Cream, an ice cream company that was actually founded and is still based in this gorgeous seaside city.  So don’t worry if you can’t find room to squeeze in dessert, there are plenty of other places in SB to make it happen!  You might even be lucky to find it in one of your local Southern California grocery stores (Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods)

Beachside Bar-Café, Goleta, CA
5905 Sandspit Road, Goleta, CA 93117
Lunch M-F 11:30-4:30pm
Lunch Sat/Sun11:00am-4:30pm
Dinner service begins nightly at 5:00pm


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