Republique welcomes guests to its warren of intimate dining areas with an abundant display of oysters, charcuterie and an ample bar. At the center and beneath a skylight, the fully open kitchen provides entertainment for a long communal table. Details are thoughtfully integrated—even the servers’ aprons match the indigo wall color.
The cooking follows suit with a consistent show of talent, right from the first bite of their parmesan grissini. The menu goes on to explore the cuisine of Southern Europe through local Californian ingredients. Expect finely crafted cavatelli dressed in a simple springtime array of morels, trumpets and wild ramps; grilled octopus salad with Santa Barbara pistachios; or saffron mezze maniche with lamb ragout.