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The Nugget

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American, Bar
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5687 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2318
+1 805-964-5200
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Sacramento, California
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567 reviews
471 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for the first time, and it is like stepping into an old west saloon. Food is good, prices were really good for Santa Barbara. Staff were friendly and attentive.

Thank george p
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Large portions of food. Good variety in the menu with daily specials. Friendly wait staff with good humor.

Thank Shirley A
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are never disappointed when we visit The Nugget, either here is Goleta, or Downtown Santa Barbara. Chicken wings, burgers, salmon salad, steak never disappoint

Thank Martha R
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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342 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 469 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a visit to the Old Mission Santa Barbara and to the University of California Santa Barbara, what better way to top-of-the-day than to enjoy dinner at The Nugget in Goleta. My wife and I stopped in for a late afternoon dinner. In some respects, The Nugget is very similar to a sports bar. Unlike a true sports bar, there... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The Nugget has turned into my favorite happy hour gathering spot. Adequate space, stiff drinks, friendly staff. The Nugget is exactly that, a great nugget.

Thank maxwell r
Tucson, Arizona
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I come here at least one night when I am traveling. Staff is great, food is awesome, but WAY too big- share it, box it or get an app.

Thank treas12017
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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157 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Living in the big city my whole life I miss the small town entrepreneur who carves out a livelihood for himself while providing good food at reasonable prices to locals. This is NOT a gourmet experience to die for yet it is a restaurant that I could return to time and time again and still get enjoyment. I say to... More 

Thank Les M
Santa Barbara, CA
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Good happy hour prices and nice casual atmosphere. Lots of locals and a patio. The Nug is a nice local spot in Goleta

Thank maxwell r
Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Recently had a luncheon meeting at the Nugget, a great little restaurant in Goleta. there were six of us in a very large booth, eating and working on a project for the HR Association we all belong to. i had a really good grilled cheese sandwich, so thick with yummy melted cheese I could not finish. Fries were good as... More 

Thank kmckee3730
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The Nugget is a great neighborhood bar and restaurant, one of my fav's! The prices are very reasonable, the service is friendly, the food is tasty! There's something for everyone on the menu! Comfort food like meatloaf and stroganoff to chicken piccata, burgers, pork chops and salads! They have my favorite beer on tap, Firestone DBA! What more can you... More 

Thank j9calgal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5687 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-964-5200

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Thousand Oaks, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?