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Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

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3232 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3329
+1 805-687-1252
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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Miami, Florida
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The local is not cool But the food is special, The service is very good Is a traditional Japanese Restaurant Good price

Thank leon c
Sheffield, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Traveling through Santa Barbara and staying in motel down the street from this place we thought we'd give it a try. They have a large variety of specials such as the combination plate that I had which gave me a sampling of sushi, shrimp and vegetable tempura, beef teriyaki, a vegetable dish, as well as miso soup and salad. And... More 

Thank dalijon
Austin, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying next door at the Agave Inn and I saw Kyoto had a sushi happy hour and I had to try it. The salmon was delicious and half price during happy hour along with a number of other selections. The Ikura was also fresh and flavorful and was probably my favorite. I sat at the sushi bar so... More 

Thank Drew S
Goleta, California
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Kyoto has been around for several years now....for good reason. You are going to get good food that is not outlandish in price. The sushi is good, fresh fish most likely from the local area. Traditional Japanese dishes, you can't go wrong. I often opt for the Katsu-ju, a donburi bowl with their own sauce which is pretty dang good.... More 

Thank Irontak
Santa Barbara, California
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279 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Santa Barbara has lots of choice in sushi and there are varying opinions on quality. I do not pretend to be an expert, so this review is for a generalist. I like Kyoto because the staff are friendly, they can get food out quickly if that is what you want, and they try really hard and are well organized. I... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Living close to Kyoto is both fabulous and dangerous (because the temptation is huge). Sushi Happy Hour is from 5-6pm Monday-Thursday, where many simple rolls (i.e. nigiri & maki) are half priced. I also suggest the Negi Maki appetizer, along with the Miso Soup & Edamame.

Thank rajahstarr
Vancouver, Canada
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103 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

This restaurant has generally positive online reviews, so we decided to give it a try. It looked dated outside, and the inside was not very promising either. However I didn't want to judge a book by its cover and decided to go against my gut feelings. We ordered a Nabeyaki udon and a Kyoto steak combo with broiled shrimp on... More 

Thank crossover604
Vilnius, Lithuania
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Have been to many places cheaper, but much better quality food and better environment than this place. It is not bad, however totally nothing special - the sushi was not fresh and the environment is too noisy. Service does not stand out at all. In general - just a japanese canteen for a quick dinner.

Thank Augustas G
London, United Kingdom
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327 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Incredibly fast service on a Sunday evening. We had salads, seaweed salads and sashimi within 5 minutes of ordering. All really nice. Then the mixed sushi arrived and it was also delicious. Huge dinner for two at a very reasonable price.

Thank Granduelle
Santa Rosa, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

My husband and I were so disappointed with our dinner there. It was our last night on our 3 week road trip and we were dying to eat Japanese food. We found this place driving around and what a disappointment it was. I ordered a la carte sushi, and the seaweed around the rice should be nice and crispy, not... More 

Thank 2bean1295

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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
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3232 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3329
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-687-1252

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