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Lilac Patisserie Dedicated Gluten Free
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 3

Review Type: Other
1017 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Dedicated GF: Yes
Phone: 805-845-7400
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Santa Barbara cafe and bakery is Heaven on Earth for gluten free diners,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by Lovetodinegf

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Oh my goodness...I don't even know what to say about this place. It is literally Heaven on Earth for anyone who is gluten free, especially those with Celiac Disease. That's because it's 100% gluten free, so there is no risk of cross contamination, and you can order anything in the restaurant. There is some seating here (but not a ton), and they offer savory breakfast and lunch entrees, in addition to many baked goods and sweets.

We had lunch here, ordering an array of sandwiches, grilled cheese, salads and brunch items. Then, we went back a little while later to get cookies, lemon bars, and cake slices for dessert -- and then some coffee cakes and muffins to take with us for breakfast the next morning.

They are only open until 5 pm, so if you want a light dinner, you have to eat early. Otherwise, this cafe is perfect for any healthy meal, and their pastries and baked goods are absolutely divine. There is no way to tell they are gluten would never guess it. They were moist and perfectly prepared. The bread for the sandwiches was outstanding, too. They make 4-5 varieties in house, and we even ordered a loaf of the honey oat to take with us. They brioche bread was equally outstanding.

I have to say this may just be the very best dedicated gluten free cafe/bakery we've ever been to. Because we only need to be gluten free (not dairy free or free of any other allergens), I didn't pay particular attention to whether they also offered items free of other allergens. But if you are only gluten free, this is the place for you. I am so sad we don't live closer (we made a point of coming here while on vacation, after reading other reviews of the cafe/bakery on this website). Can't wait to go back to Santa Barbara again someday just to visit Lilac Patisserie! I'd give this a 10-palm rating if I could!

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Heaven on Earth,

Reviewer: from Fairfax, VA - See all reviews by Galina

5.0 Palms
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We stumbled upon this amazing place purely by chance, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the display of beautiful cakes, tarts, and other treats. The guy at the counter laughed when my son tentatively asked him which of the cakes are actually gluten free. He spread his arms wide, and replied: "Everything you see is gluten free!". I must admit that we went a little overboard when we started ordering everything in sight. An elderly couple at the next table gently smiled at my son's excitement when all the treats were finally delivered to our table. We tried several different tarts, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake, Chocolate Decadence Cake, Coconut Cream Cake and Tiramisu. Everything was very good with unsurpassed freshness. They bake everything right there, and you can even observe how they decorate their cakes.
Pretty soon we realized there is no chance we are going to finish even half of what we ordered, so we left the cafe with a bag filled with boxes and boxes of leftovers that kept bringing us joy for the next two days.
I must mention that they also have "normal" food, such as salads, sandwiches, quiche and soup. We have not tried any of those items, but they looked pretty good on the tables surrounding us.

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Yum -- gluten free dining in Santa Barbara!,

Reviewer: from Santa Barbara, CA, US - See all reviews by Hannahmcdaniel

5.0 Palms
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Lilac Patisserie is an amazing gluten free place to eat while in Santa Barbara. They have the best breakfast and lunch meals with amazing looking and tasting food. The restaurant itself is beautiful and inviting, and the owners are so cute. I had an albacore sandwich "The finest white albacore tuna tossed with celery, green onions, lemon juice, and mayonnaise. Served with lettuce and tomato and your choice of housemade artisanal bread." Says their menu, and it was amazing! The most delicious gluten free bread!

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