CLOSED: Adama

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428 Chapala St (at downtown), Santa Barbara, California, USA, 93101

Vegan restaurant, bar and lounge, in-house gluten-free bakery. Opened since May 2011. Located in a building built in the 1920s and features different seating arrangements including rooms, alcoves, nooks, and crannies. Has a bakery counter, and breakfast is offered on weekends. SHUT DOWN END OF NOV 2014 CONFIRMED BY ITS FB.

Categories: Vegan, American, Pizza, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Bakery

45 Reviews

First Review by OD

Great food but very pricey - Edit

We ordered the lasagne and the pot pie, and were very satisfied - both were healthy and delicious, and the serving sizes were just right. I couldn't believe the lasagne was gluten-free, as normally gluten-free pastas are gluggy but this one had the texture of normal pasta.

The restaurant was surprisingly large, but the layout of it made it feel cosy, with a few different dining rooms each with different set ups and themes.

The only negative was the price - it was very expensive for what it was. We spend about $50 for our two mains (no desserts or drinks). I would go there again, but only for a special occasion as I can't warrant the cost.

Pros: great food, cosy, friendly service

Cons: expensive

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Delicious Lunch! - Edit

Nice large menu and everything was delicious! The baked dessert goods were just okay, although I'm used to the amazing vegan desserts in Oakland & San Francisco.

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Favorite restaurant in SB - Edit

This is the only vegan restaurant that I know of in all of Santa Barbara, so by default, it is my favorite restaurant in all of SB. Adama specializes in vegan comfort-cuisine. Here you can get your tacos, pizzas, and my favorite, the KF-no-C. They also have many odd dishes and specials, and none of them have ever been disappointing. Adama has a fabulous full bar, stocked with all the top shelf spirits, and the staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant is very clean and has an interesting layout with little cubby-holes and dens. The only downside is that it is quite $pendy. For two people, I never get out of there without dropping at least $75 (but that includes dessert from the yummy bakery case). That being said, I can usually cook at home getting the same quality food for about 1/5th of the price, so going to Adama is reserved for special events like birthdays and anniversaries. However I would probably go once a week if it were possible.

Pros: Vegan, YUM, In Santa Barbara

Cons: $pendy, $pendy, $pendy

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great vegan food and desserts - Edit

We had a great meal here -- friendly service and amazing food. We especially liked the chick'n piccata and the fajitas. Sophisticated, well-presented food, appropriate for foodies. We were a family group of four, but we also saw cozy bankets (sp?) that would be nice for a date. The vegan dessert choices were wonderful. We'll definitely return!

Pros: sophisticated food, cozy setting, warm service

Cons: limited hours -- check before going

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Fabulous Food Vegan& Gluten Free !!! - Edit

Surprisingly there are few vegan restaurant options in Santa Barbara so we were apprehensive when we entered Adama for lunch.
There was no need as the menu was varied and innovative and the food was extremely tasty and satisfying.
I had my first quiche(gluten free crust!) in over 30 years (I have been vegan for over 30 years) and it was quite exquisite -light and tasty and filled with veggies.My husband had the Chipotle Panini which was had a lovely chipotle aoli which gave it a great flavor - the gluten free bread was unique and irresistibly crisp.I couldn't finish my quiche so took some home for later and my husband took and apple pie home and we thoroughly enjoyed later with a cup of tea.
Because of the aforementioned shortage of vegan options we went back for dinner and were just as impressed.
We shared an onion soup -the cheesy crisp topping was outstanding - and then I had Tandoori Spiced Cauliflower and lentil curry and my husband had the Pot Pie - both were very good indeed and the we both really enjoyed the flavors and textures the chef created.
Marsha,the manager.couldn't have done more for us and the rest of the staff at both meals were friendly,attentive and very knowledgeable about each dish (I ask lots of questions)
Don't miss this restaurant when you're in Santa Barbara

Pros: Great Menu Selection, Tasty Food, Gluten Free

Cons: none

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Tasty baked goods - Edit

I had read about this place on HappyCow and was in town, so I went in for a look. Here's my Adama review.

A small set of stairs takes up to the entrance, and the space felt like a series of adjoining caves, with each room changing into another styles and mood once you enter another. Very unlike other restaurants.

Upon entering and looking to the right I saw a bakery case, and behind it, a bar area with a server and bar seating. It was early in the day, so I just asked for a muffin and a thumb print like cookie with jam in the center. I was told that the baked goods were gluten-free. Anyways both tasted good.

I would definitely return to try lunch or dinner another time.

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Good food, but... - Edit

Me and my husband were so happy when an all vegan restaurant opened up in SB! The food is very flavorful and there are several yummy veggie-meat dishes and a few things we had never had before (like the jackfruit tacos which are delicious.) However I see from other peoples reviews that we are not the only ones who have gotten rude service in this place, nor are we the only ones to have noticed the ever-climbing price list. In fact, I am sad to say that we have finally stopped eating at Adama because of these two factors.
Last time we went there for dinner we were sad to see that the restaurant was EMPTY except for us and about 4 other people. We were seated in a dark stuffy side-room in the furthest corner table because we "didn't have reservations" and when we took a look at the menu were shocked to see that their prices had almost DOUBLED. My usual favorite (the Piccata) had gone up to $22, and the Jackfruit tacos (of which you are now served 2 when I SWEAR it was 3 in the past) are now $16!!! It makes me sad, but when the prices are going up, the portions are shrinking and the staff treats you with indifference it just isn't worth it.

Pros: Flavorful food, All vegan

Cons: VERY pricey, Indifferent / rude service

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Awesome - Edit

I loved the chipotle Panini with small side salad. The setting is fun with tables set in little alcoves and local art displayed on the wall. The service is good and just an overall great experience.

Pros: delicious food, cute setting

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Good, but pricey. Interesting ambiance. - Edit

Even in Southern California, you're hard-pressed to find a 100% vegan AND gluten free restaurant, so Adama is a gem for that reason alone. That being said, the food is good, the servings are ample, but neither necessarily merit the high dinner price tags attached - the lunch prices are much more reasonable; lunch is definitely the way to go.
I'm usually pretty happy whenever there's even one gluten-free, vegan dessert option available, so seeing the dessert case full of items I could eat was super exciting. The desserts I've tried (pecan pie, cupcakes, 'oreos') are good. The one gelato I tried was mediocre at best; it could have been just that particular flavor. I'd still like to try some of the others.

Although it seems like it's trying to go for a fine-dining approach, the establishment itself is more cute and homey, which is by no means negative, just not reflective of those dinner-time fine dining prices.

I think the main glitch, if you will is the attitude of the some of staff when you walk in. It's awkward - usually friendly, not rude (that I've experienced), but at times almost inconvenienced. The first few times we visited was at lunch time. Each time we were immediately 'greeted' with, "Do you have a reservation?". As another reviewer mentioned, when we said no, it seemed ever so slightly as though we had done something wrong, but they then proceeded to immediately seat us at one of the 8+ empty tables available, all the while behaving as though they were squeezing us in. I should also note that each time we arrived around 1:30-2pm, near the end of the lunch service, and *maybe* one or two more tables came in after us.
I don't know if it has to do with them trying to maintain on a fine dining air, so they have to act like reservations are required at all times. Still, at present, they're friendlier than not, and the vegan, gluten free aspect is a huge, huge positive.

Pros: 100% Vegan AND Gluten Free, Good portions

Cons: Pricey, Staff can be hit or miss

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Nice Choices And Presentation - Edit

The 2 appetizers were enough for an entire meal. The hot wings were great as we're the curried onion rings. The vegan ranch dip they were served with was much better than I make at home!
Out main courses were well presented and delicious.
The first gluten free beer I had was okay. The staff pointed me in the right direction for the second beer and it was much appreciated. They wouldn't let us leave without sampling some vegan Italian gelatin. All in all a nice experience.

Pros: Food, Staff , Atmosphere

Cons: Need To Discern The Gluten Free Alcohol Choices

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Vegan! - Edit

Although this restaurant is pricey I'm so glad we have a vegan restaurant in Santa Barbara. The KFC is awesome, I've never had the real thing but I don't need to with Adama.

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Pretty good food, but pricey - Edit

Fresh lemonade could definitely have had more lemons...but I have to give them credit for a great vegan / gluten free menu.

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Enjoyed our dining experience - Edit

I dined with my daughter on a Monday evening. We were seated near a warm fireplace, and our server was pleasant. I have read some of the reviews about the owner being rude and unpleasant. Indeed, we were told by our server that the "chef" does not make any changes to menu items, and we were encouraged to leave as closing time approached, even though this meant we would not be ordering dessert. However, my daughter and I did not personally experience any unpleasantness and, if anything, as mentioned, our server was particularly nice. The food was quite good; the menu selection broad.

Pros: Good food, Broad menu selection, Charming ambience

Cons: Expensive

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Delicious Vegan Food - Edit

I had the "chicken" piccata served with spinach and garlic mashed potatoes and it was delicious. However, the best was dessert. The pecan pie with vanilla gelato (made from cashews) was to die for. It made me swoon.
It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. I'll be back.

Pros: great food, good service

Cons: expensive, decor could use a makeover

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Yummy meals & baked goods - Edit

The owner, Deanna, is very nice. There's so many interesting items, it's hard not to overeat. The menu is designed to be comfort food. The bakery has soooo many choices, plan to get more than 1 & share (or not;-) Finally, a vegan restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Pros: yummy , organic, lots of choices

Cons: expensive

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Yum - Edit

Second time dining at Adama and my selection was as delicious as it was during my first visit. I had the club, which was large enough to share with another person and the meatball sub. Both sandwiches came with a small salad and both were wondeful.

Pros: many menu options, everything is vegan

Cons: slow kitchen

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Amen - Edit

Good vegan restaurants are rare. Great gluten free vegan restaurants? This is the first I have seen. Soooo good! Can't wait to go back.

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Delicious - Edit

Great food and great atmosphere at this little gem in Santa Barbara. I had the Enchiladas with Mole sauce & Quinoa- outstanding! I picked up a few deserts for the road as well. This place is very nice & clean & staff are friendly & knowledgeable. Check it out next time you're in SB.

Pros: Great Food, Unique building

Cons: Pricey

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Okay but Expensive - Edit

A decent find in Santa Barbara. Good atmosphere but pricey. Food didn't sit too well in my stomach afterwards, though.

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Vegan Comfort Food - Edit

One of the only all Vegan menus in town.

Appeals to both vegans and non-veg eaters (like my hubby). If your looking for a Vegan option in Santa Barbara definitely come here for Lunch or Dinner.

only con - Although the restaurant is a Beautiful -Restaurant/Space feels too fancy for homey vibe of friendly staff, comfort food plates and locals who hang around.

* Think Adama would flourish +greatly benefit from moving into a new space.

Pros: vegan , good food

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Food Ok, but spectacularly, democratically rude - Edit

We've been here dozens of times because the food is OK, although not great, but at least it's vegan! However, half the time the owner is unhappy with another diner and lets us know, and the other half of the time she's unhappy with us: sighing over water refills, snarking to the servers that we left only a 20% tip, or whatever else is her "beef" of the day. The worst is when she's picking at the guests in your dinner party; it's embarrassing if you suggested the restaurant. Of the 4 or 5 other veg-oriented folk we know in town, each has independently suffered the same barbs and has eventually given up on the place.

The experience is way too Dorian Grey, as her poison attitude ruins the dining ambience, and we can't overlook it any more. We need a more pleasant vegan restaurant in this town.

Pros: only serious vegan place in SB

Cons: rude, embarrassing, food is a bit bland

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Recommend it - Edit

It's so hard to eat well when traveling if you are a vegetarian trying to avoid wheat and gluten. Fortunately, I found Adama on Happy Cow last night when I was in Santa Barbara. Fresh squeezed orange juice followed by vegan mushroom soup then a salad was wonderful. The avocado, olives, sun-dried tomato, shredded carrots and pesto salad was served in three crispy cabbage "cups." I finished the meal with a chocolate cupcake. With tip my meal was $38. Way over my dinner per diem but worth it. Service was delightful and the rambling house in which the restaurant was located was adorable.

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good place - Edit

I just stumbled onto Adama for lunch today and was so happy to find a really filling vegan meal (had the chipotle chicken panini) and on delicious, homemade gluten-free bread. I actually eat meat as well and am picky about vegan food...this definitely satisfied my hunger! And I'm super grateful to find an all gluten-free menu in Santa Barbara....hoping more places follow the trend of at least providing gluten-free options for those of us who can't have it. Very sweet place.

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cozy place - Edit

My first impression wasn't great because we walked in on a week night for dinner and our greeting was "do you have a reservation?" when I replied no the lady seemed disappointed and thought for a minute, saying "well let me see what I can do". I felt like I had done something wrong instead of feeling they were grateful for my business. She then proceeded to seat us and of course there were about ten empty tables that stayed empty all night, so I didn't understand the reservations comment.
On to the food, the "AFC" was really good! I would love to go back sometime and get that again. The food seemed a little overpriced, but it was a nice place at least and had nice decor and seating arrangements.

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Delicious - Edit

We came for breakfast and ordered lunch to go since we were traveling and their foot was so good. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. Our seat was next to a fireplace and it was nice and cozy. They had a great combination of comfort foods and healthy options. They had lots of good bakery items too. The food was great, definitely would drive out of our way to come here again.

Pros: food, great menu, friendly staff

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Pleasant road trip stop - Edit

This restaurant has a very nice atmosphere; many of the tables are in secluded alcoves. We ordered the fajitas, "KFC" fried chicken and a gluten-free chocolate cup cake. The KFC was amazing and tasted just like fried chicken. The cupcake was very good as well. However, the fajitas were very bland and this place was expensive with most meals $15-20. Overall, a decent place. But due to the high price and the inconsistent taste, we'd probably give another place a try next time we're driving through town.

Pros: atmosphere, menu, bakery

Cons: price, inconsistent taste

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Exquisite setting and food - Edit

After walking up several steps and in through the front door, my eyes were feasting upon this very unique configuration of alcoves, private rooms and other seating arrangements.

A bakery case to your right was filled with all gluten free yummies. There should be a law that says if you go to this restaurant you HAVE to buy the mini blueberry pie - it is seriously sumptuous and you can eat some of it on the 101 freeway when you are in stop and go traffic trying to get back home!! haha!

I sat on the outside patio and was served by the manager; not only was she my server but she showed me around the place while I took some pictures.

I had the Protein Scramble which scrambled my tummy with happiness!!

I left my car there and walked to the beach!

This place feels like home to me and I do hope that you have the same feeling when you go to Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine.

Pros: Unique Seating Arrangement

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