MICHELIN Guide 2019

Sama Sama Kitchen

  • 1208 State St., Santa Barbara, 93101
  • 25 - 50 USD • Asian
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MICHELIN Guide 2019

Sama Sama Kitchen

  • 1208 State St., Santa Barbara
  • 25 - 50 USD • Asian
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

This eatery in the heart of downtown is not only good fun but also good for the wallet. Here, the Chefs/partners bring their disparate expertise—one is a barbeque aficionado from Nashville, the other is Indonesian, and together they turn out a menu of thoroughly pleasing Southeast Asian food. Attractions include a well-spiced rendition of green papaya salad, mixing aromatic herbs, chilies and peanuts. Bao can be ordered fried or steamed, which yields a pillowy soft bun to be filled with crunchy fried chicken in a tangy sauce. The interior is appealingly simple, but the back patio is a hidden gem, filled with string lights and communal tables that can be booked for parties. Weekday happy hour simply means steep discounts on a variety of food and drinks.

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  • = Bib Gourmand • Inspectors’ favourites for good value
  • ò Comfortable

Facilities & Services

  • a Wheelchair accessible
  • r Outdoor dining
  • Ä New establishment in the guide
  • E Establishment totally or partly reserved for non-smokers


+1 805-965-4566
Opening hours
Dinner Tue - Sun

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