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Tupelo Junction Cafe

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1218 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2608
+1 805-899-3100
08:00 - 14:00
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Crockett, Texas
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47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Fun place for breakfast or lunch. Portions are large and the staff are very friendly. If you do not mind drinking out of a mason jar, this is the place for you!

Thank Nancy55690
Gig Harbor, Washington
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This is an exceptional find. We did the happy hour small plate menu. Wonderful selection of unusual dishes. Reasonably priced happy hour drink specials. Wonderful service. Great location on State Street in Santa Barbara. We will definitely return.

Thank Mike P
Santa Barbara, California
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Tupelo is always a wonderful lunch. I usually meet girlfriends for lunch but this time I let my teenage son. We both enjoyed the fried chicken salad and the fried green tomatoes. Tupelo is bright and cheery and the staff is always friendly. You can't go wrong at this place.

Thank Barbara G
Santa Barbara, California
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346 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Lunch choices are a matter of taste and the nature of the occasion. Tupelo works for a wide range of tastes and occasions. Good healthy food and well prepared and good breadth. Fresh ingedients and good service. The room is pretty informal and rather mid range. If you care about the feel of a fine dining room, this isn't it.... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Los Angeles
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Marvelous experience start to finish! FANTASTIC food, happy, friendly employees, charming ambience, and absolutely superior, unobtrusive, A-1 top-notch service. Can't say enough how great it was. Drinks are refilled instantly, food is served the second it comes out of kitchen, fresh flowers even in the restroom (!), and the waitstaff is patient and pleasant. Recommend fried green tomatoes, collard greens,... More 

Thank Carol S
Upland, California
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Walking up State street with my wife and made a quick decision to stop and eat at Tupelo Junction. Turned out to be a good decision. Nice friendly,greeting when we walked in. Very quick, friendly service from out server. I had a fried green tomato BLT which is served with home made potato chips, excellent. My wife had a fried... More 

Thank GCSQ
Santa Barbara, California
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Tupelo is a favorite go-to for me. Lunch is particularly wonderful; the cafe has great lightening with a casual feel. The fried pickles are the BEST. I usually order the friend chicken salad or turkey sandwich. Don't miss this place when visiting SB - it's near the historic courthouse, art museum, and library.

Thank Barbara G
Long Beach
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120 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Hubby always orders the Bloody Mary with the crab claw and as usual they did not disappoint. He also had the crab cake hash with avocado mash, which was delish! I ordered the collard greens and mac & cheese w/bacon. The greens had WAY too much vinegar and the mac was really good just missing the bacon! I was too... More 

Thank Sara H
Paso Robles, California
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Happy hour includes very good local wines and a good variety of small plates. Two such plates are a meal.

Thank Robert S
Franklin, MI
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53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We happened upon this cafe on our way out of Santa Barbara and felt very lucky to have done so. The menu is creative and it was hard to choose but we settled on the pumpkin/oat waffle with carmelized bananas and real maple syrup and a delicious egg scramble with a biscuit and homemade jam. All of it was delicious.... More 

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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$30 - US$30
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1218 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2608
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-899-3100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?