Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

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Steakhouse
Holdren’s, located on State Street, serves up a delicious and diverse menu of seafood and steaks, where the portions are always generous and the prices always reasonable. Our surf and turf menu, including our favorite crab cakes or coconut shrimp or our USDA prime steaks that are charbroiled over a mesquite grill, is complimented by an extensive wine and beer list, a healthy assortment of premium spirits, and a selection of signature drinks. Daily lunches and dinners can be enjoyed in our cozy, and dark saloon-inspired dining room, or on our outdoor patio. The indoor dining room is adorned with brown leather booths, dark wood paneling, and funky artwork lining the exposed brick walls. Holdren’s has been voted as the best steakhouse for six times by the Santa Barbara Independent’s Reader’s Poll and by the Santa Barbara News Press’ Reader’s Choice Awards.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was amazing super friendly and food was delicious!

G
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Holdrens just charges too much for average food. The atmosphere is fun and servers are great, but food is only okay for a little more there are better steakhouses in town.

CB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good! The food was exceptional. My wife had a cob salad while I had the medallions. We shared the crab cake appetizer. A good pit stop between Monterey & LA.

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was terrific and the service was quick and friendly. We love coming here and will be back as soon as we can!

CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have told many people that when in Santa Barbara they must go to Holdren's.

We had excellent food and service.

The only thing I didn't like was Happy Hour was only served at the outside tables and bar.
I think it should also encompass the inside table seating too.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food

G
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went to this restaurant based on their reviews on both OpenTable & Yelp. We went fairly early & sat outside, so I can't really say if it would have been noisy inside & later. My husband ordered the filet mignon with twice baked potato & I ordered the rib eye with a baked potato. We also each had a salad. His was the Wedge, he said it was very good. Mine was a beet salad & it was wonderful. His filet had a horseradish blue cheese crust on it & that was a good flavor choice. Mine had no crust, but it was just okay. I know rib eyes are marbled with fat & that's why I like it, but this was way too chewy. Wouldn't recommend it. The blueberry lemon drops were really yummy though. We had the mud pie for dessert & it was very good. All in all, it was a good experience for our 15th anniversary.

DW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cioppino with a little kick.
Friendly wait staff.

GZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always excellent. Great value for your dollar.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and delicious food!!!

LM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Tender beef. Great drinks. Perfect service. All at a reasonable price!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th Wedding. Great night, service and food. Will visit again.

ZR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was fantastic! Very flavorful and filling. We had the spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer and it was plenty for the three of us. The steaks were very tasty and they had a wide variety of options that was very satisfying. However, the service was less than impressive. As a younger group, it definitely seemed like the staff felt they didn’t need to take care of us as much as the older customers. It’s this kind of attitude that makes us not want to return.

SN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday event

R
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion the food is outstanding

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with friends sitting outside in perfect SB weather.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the lobster and it was incredible!!

C
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Local restaurant… Great steaks salad and baked potatoes

SM
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old style restaurant! I loved the ambiance of the place! Classic steakhouse where you could imagine the Rat Pack showing up to or big time Hollywood deals being mulled over. Parking is convenient adjacent to the restaurant. From the moment we opened the door and the amazing smells that hot us we knew we were in for a great night! The service was exceptional, with glasses being continually filled and other needs checked. The staff was very helpful with recommendations, very friendly and very professional! The food was outstanding! We both started with the lobster bisque, which was delicious. Their sourdough bread is great! We both had the caramelized Apple and candied walnut salads. Yum! Then I had the swordfish filet and mashed potatoes and my wife had the ribeye and loaded baked potato. So tasty and both prepared perfectly. We topped it of with a piece of rich chocolate cake.

MS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had three business associates in from out of town. Since they were staying close to Holdren's it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. It did not disappoint! Food and service were excellent. One of the best steaks I've had in a long time. Cooked to perfection and super tender and flavorful. My guests really enjoyed their fish selections.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant on lower State. It is actually kind of easy to miss, but it's well decorated and clean. The food was good and was paired well with a variety of wines.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was great quality. Presentation was outstanding.

2
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Steak was good, service decent but wasn't to write home about

OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were greeted with a smile and seated in a quiet booth. The food was delicious and we received excellent service. Couldn't ask for a nicer evening. We were stuffed and enjoyed every bit of it.

s
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Arrived at 6 o’clock for our reservation and was seated immediately, the service was impeccable, the food was delicious and we had a great time celebrating our mothers birthday.

OT
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were good. Hoping to be seated outside but there wasn't a table for 6 on the patio. We did make our reservation last minute, but it would have been a tight squeeze regardless.
Menu Prices were fine but drink prices were high. Not unusual for this area but it does add a level of pricing for dinner.
We weren't sure which of our servers were shadowing the other but neither told us of the specials until asked, and weren't sure of the prices of those daily specials on the board above the bar.
Overall, It was a very nice evening and hated to miss the flourless cake for dessert but the group had already agreed to ice cream on our way home.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed everything we ordered. Nicole our server was a delight and feel we got our monies worth. Good experience.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always, and the perfect location was provided.

RV
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holdrens is a great place for drinks, appetizers a romantic dinner or even just a casual dinner.

J
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot in Santa Barbara. Cioppino was fantastic!

EB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointing

IE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food very fresh the service was amazing great atmosphere

M
Los Angeles
132 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and excellent customer service

MH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than a neighboring table that was extremely loud, this was a great place to eat. The waiting staff were very efficient and gracefully friendly. My steak was perfect and the mushrooms Devine! We will return, soon I hope🌸

JC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered the ribs from Holdrens and they were the best ribs I have had.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Holdren's Steaks and Seafood a few times and always had a GREAT time.
Food is great and drinks and desserts are wonderful. Everyone is always so nice.
Thank you!!!

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service good. Food ok. Will not rush back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The waiter was very polite. The steaks were disappointed, no flavor and wrong cooked point.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Wine tasted old, our salads came out before our drinks. The waiter seemed spread thin. Food was ok.

CM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I had a lovely experience and a delicious meal. The Popcorn Halibut appetizer was scrumptious, and the warm bread very satisfying. Our steaks were delicately seasoned and cooked to perfection. We did think that the Garlic Mashed potatoes were a bit too "garlicy" for our taste. To be fair they are called "Garlic" mashed potatoes so, going into it, we knew that would be a possibility--but the dish would benefit from a bit more subtlety. This would make me reluctant to order anything on the menu that has the word "garlic" in the name (for example, Garlic Brussels Sprouts) . Apparently, according to our waiter, even the Sauteed Broccoli is prepared with garlic--so I asked that ours be prepared without--and the chef did so, beautifully. We would gladly come back for the steaks alone!