United States > California > Santa Barbara
t0rin0 (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 4, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited November 3, 2013.
This is located near the onramps for 101 and 154 and itís also on the other side of town from downtown and all the bars so parking is a little bit easier. Another plus is that this is located right next to a Taco Bell. The parking lot however is cramped and the spots are very small. The one-way aisles are too narrow and the cars hang out a good ways into the road. Inside is pretty standard for a Whole Paycheck. Lots of stuff they try to convince you that you need, extra organic and earth conscious versions of what you normally buy for a third of the price, and lots of cheese. The beer section is also about average for a Whole Foods. A good portion of it is California-made in addition to the usual imports (Kwak, Weihenstephaner, Dupont, Wells, and Lindemans). I noticed that they have the Traquiar 2020 for $10 per bottle, which unless this is a new batch, is considerably cheaper than when it came out a few years ago. No free cheese samples here sadly. Bottle prices are high as expected.
Thrillhouse35 (37) California | October 15, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Good selection dominated mostly by Cali beers and other domestics, with a much smaller section dedicated to imports. Nearly everything is refrigerated, which is convenient. Prices are on par with the area.
bytemesis (566) Sunnyvale, California | February 4, 2013| Updated February 11, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure why this place is clocking in so high; maybe because there are not many choices in Santa Barbara. In my opinion it is an average whole foods. Decent selection of not hard to find Belgians, Germans, and locals. Nothing really stands out, but its all refrigerated and the local selection is good. The beer buyer seems to know his stuff.
iacopino_IpA (118) , | October 17, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Good supermarket with a very nice selection of craft beers from all over the world( i found also mikkeller beers) very nice selection of CA micro breweries and also other gems form all over states. Nice spot
crajun (23) , Texas | July 18, 2012| Updated December 15, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Set up like in Dallas but had CA beers; GREAT service - proactively asked if they could help and told me to call back next day (shipment day) as they might receive some RR. did find some things I couldnít find elsewhere in SB. The proactively pointed out a special FW brew also..
peteinSD (57) San Diego, California | June 23, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Swanky grocery store with a damn fine beer selection with 95% in an open cooler. Good prices and there always seems to be a solid collection of seasonal offerings from the most popular breweries in southern california. Definitely worth a look if youíre in the area.
craftbeerdesign (120) Fort Collins, Colorado | July 11, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Nice sized Whole Foods on upper State St.... although the parking lot is tight. Very nice beer selection with a good SoCal beer selection - found lots of AleSmith including the new Decadence - didnít see that anywhere else on my trip. A few 12 oz singles were available. Some homebrew stuff too. Love the sandwiches at Whole Foods - great lunch to go!
joohefner (3) Isla Vista , California | November 23, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Located across the street from Downtown Brew Co. I have only have been there once but the alcohol manager was checking the stock. Friendly and willing to accommodate suggestions. The had stocked an impressive Russian River selection. I believe Consecration, Pliny the Elder, Damnation, and Sanctification. There was some other nice offerings including a good choice of Avery brews. Everything was pretty well priced too which is nice for Santa Barbara.
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