Pizza Guru

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3534 State St, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 93105

Serves meat, vegan options available. Pizzeria. Has Daiya vegan cheese and faux pepperoni and faux bacon. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Italian, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by xDalstarx

The best vegan pizza ever!! - Edit

From their pick and chose menu we created our own vegan pizza and it was truly amazing! All of it was really good but the red (bottom) tomato sauce was just so tasty as well as the pizza dough.

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Very Good Vegan Pizza - Edit

My wife and I shared a medium with four toppings: artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions, vegan Canadian bacon. Nice to see lots of vegan meat options, and a long list of exotic veggies. They offer Daiya vegan cheese, but we prefer to go without. It was all very tasty, but probably could have gone with only two or three toppings (the C-bac was bland in that Tofurky-kind of way, so probably didn't add much). Red sauce was good (but I was tempted to try the vegan white!), crust was better than average.

Pros: Many vegan options, Reasonably priced, Tasty pizza

Cons: Small room, Daiya cheese, Needs more beverage options

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lots of vegan options - Edit

During our trip to Santa Barbara, we stopped in for lunch. There's outdoor and indoor seating. The menu has lots of vegan options. The cheese is Daiya, but there's several vegan meat choices as well as lots of veggies, including some that are not that common. We got a large pizza with vegan garlic white sauce covered with artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, pine nuts and Canadian ham. It came out fairly quickly and was quite good. I loved having the choices of sauces. It tasted even better the next day as we took leftovers. Friendly staff too.

Pros: lots of vegan options, friendly staff

Cons: serves meat and dairy

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One of the best pizza's ever - Edit

We were passing through the area and decided to try them since they sounded vegan friendly. Wow, they are extremely vegan friendly. Staff was very friendly and helpful and explained that almost all of their menu can be made in a vegan version. We got the buffalo chicken pizza and garlic bread. It was really good crust and flavor was fantastic. I would eat there again in a heartbeat.

Pros: Vegan versions of everything almost, Friendly staff

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Pizza Redemption! - Edit

I had just about given up on pizza until trying this place! Vegan cheese is still the weak link but over all very good.

Pros: Gluten Free, Gornet Pizza, Gluten Free Beer

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Great pizza! - Edit

Food is fabulous and they're very careful about making sure your order is correct. If you get vegan bacon and regular cheese they check and double check. The extra effort is very much appreciated.

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THE BEST VEGAN-GLUTEN FREE PIZZA I EVER HAD!!! - Edit

THANKS TO HAPPYCOW SITE I WAS ABLE TO FIND SOME GOOD VEGAN/VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY PLACES TO EAT IN SANTA BARBARA WHILE ON VACATION. MY HIGHLIGHT WAS PIZZA GURU. THE BEST VEGAN- GLUTEN FREE PIZZA I EVER HAD. I ORDER THE NIRVANA WITH DAIYA CHEESE AND GLUTEN FREE CRUST MINUS THE FETA CHEESE OH AND THE CLOVES OF GARLIC(I LIKE GARLIC BUT IT SOUNDED LIKE TO MUCH FOR MY TASTE BUDS). ANYWAYS, STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY IN HELPING US DECIDE WHAT TO GET SINCE IT WAS MY FIRST TIME. MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE IT!!! I STILL DREAM OF THE DAY WE GO BACK TO SANTA BARBARA AND GET TO EAT SOME OF PIZZA GURU'S DELICIOUS PIZZA. I TRYED MANY GLUTEN FREE PIZZA IN THE LA AREA AND THEY HAVE BEEN A DISSAPOINTMENT.

EVERY TIME I AM IN SANTA BARBARA I WILL BE EATING AT PIZZA GURU.

Pros: DAIYA CHEESE, YUMMY GLUTEN-FREE CRUST, FRIENDLY STAFF

Cons: NONE

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Pretty Good - Edit

We ate there on Saturday around 4:30pm had a large Vegan Mystic pizza, and beer. The pizza was exquisite; it satisfied all our pizza cravings. The cashier/waiter was pleasant and our pizza was ready in 15 minutes. Yum.

Pros: Vegan pizza, Fast service, Beer & Wine

Cons: Pricey

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Yummy! - Edit

I love that Pizza Guru actually offers Vegan pizzas WITH "CHEESE" and veggie "meats"! The atmosphere is very like a cozy traditional pizza-parlour, just like I remember going to when I was a kid. It's a wonderful treat and their pizzas are always fresh and delicious! They serve a nice selection of local wine too!

Pros: Vegan cheeses, Vegan "meats", Great crust

Cons: Delivery takes quite a while

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Yum - Edit

The vegan pizza here was really great. I loved the cheese and all the different varieties of pizza you could order... Also, there are chalkboard walls in the bathroom. Guiltlessly drawing on the walls rounds off my restaurant experience.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: only one bathroom

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WHHHAAAAA?! - Edit

First thing: The cheese this place is using is wayyy better than FYH, I think they made a good move switching over to whatever this new stuff is. Just have to say your triiiipppiiinngggggggg if you think FYH was better, cuz its not. just saying.

I like their pizza and especially like their beers at a good price too! Totally a rad place to hang out drink beers with your friends for not much money and eat some pizza

YA!

Pros: Good Beer, Vegan Friendly, Happy Hour Deals

Cons: slow , slow, slow

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Going Downhill - Edit

Pizza Guru used to be my favorite vegan-friendly joint in Santa Barbara. I'd eat there at least once a week. Unfortunately, they've switched to a severely inferior "cheese" and the customer service has gone downhill.

When I asked why they'd stopped using "Follow Your Heart" the employees blamed it on the vegan customers-- stating that vegans were demanding their money back because the cheese "didn't taste vegan." He wouldn't respond on if he'd told them that they'd been using the product from the well-known Follow Your Heart deli, but instead switched to a product that is dry and essentially tasteless.

Pros: Good beer on tap, Some friendly employees

Cons: New employees not friendly, Nasty "cheese"

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The GU - Edit

The best vegan pizza I have ever had. the only thing close to as good is pizza pi from Seattle. The white house is amazing and so the pesto pizza along with faux pepperoni.

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Annakin 22 Mar 2010 - The vegan pizza here was great. Pizza Pi in Seattle is better, in my opinion, but they are both excellent finds. :)  


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