relished criteria

In the spirit of first impressions and second chances, Relish Santa Barbara believes that everything deserves a minimum of two interactions before we pass judgement. We won’t ever publish a recommendation if we don’t believe it’s well-deserved, and we always try to be honest about our experiences. We’re also pretty sure that your preferences may differ from ours—so we invite you to add your thoughts in the form of a tasteful comment, and encourage you to support the Santa Barbara local community by visiting these places for yourself.

Food
presentation, technique, quality of ingredients, creativity, taste.
☆☆☆☆☆ – Offensive. You call this food? Send it back.
★★★★★ – Over the top. Perfection on a plate.

Wine
list variety, price range, stemware, temperature, pairability.
☆☆☆☆☆ – House plonk, if they even carry wine.
★★★★★ – Options for every palette + pocketbook, pairs perfectly with the menu.

Service
appearance, attitude, knowledge, finesse, attentiveness.
☆☆☆☆☆ – Excuse me for interrupting your life.
★★★★★ – You make me realize just how special I really am.

Ambience
atmosphere, setting, noise level, decor, cleanliness.
☆☆☆☆☆ – Order to go, there’s no point.
★★★★★ – Perfection, exactly what the occasion calls for.