BIBI JI IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL INDIAN JOINT.
With an electrifying atmosphere, Bibi Ji offers residents and visitors alike, of The American Riviera, an approachable and modern twist on traditional Indian cuisine. Located on historic State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara, surrounded by fine wine tasting rooms, handcrafted artisanal shops, and contemporary art galleries, the critically-acclaimed restaurant opened its doors in February 2018 and has quickly become a community staple. A short stroll from Stearns Wharf and the pristine beaches along the Santa Barbara waterfront, the extensive list of natural, sustainably and organically farmed wines, is the perfect way to settle into any night while on the private back patio enjoying the fresh ocean air or inside the spacious restaurant designed with a vibrant, eclectic décor.
Owners Alejandro Medina and James Beard award-winning sommelier Rajat Parr, along with Executive Chef Gary Singh, offer a menu that highlights the abundance of local seafood served sea-to-table with traditional Indian coconut curries, a bounty of fresh produce harvested from the region cooked in Indian spices, and a Chef’s Tasting culling favorite dishes from the team including selections from their new take on conventional Indian ‘street food,’ ‘tandoor & grill,’ ‘naan & sides,’ and a thali platter of curries. A highlight of the creative dishes offered at Bibi Ji include a Santa Barbara Uni Biryani, Mr. Tso’s Cauliflower, Paneer Tikka Sliders, and Kulfi Popsicle.
At Bibi Ji, all senses go with the rich and dazzling colors on each plate, fresh and exotic aromas, playful neon lighting, and enlivened sounds. With an atmosphere and menu unlike anything else in Central California, Bibi Ji is not your typical Indian joint and this year, was included in The New York Time’s “52 Places to Go in 2019.”
Where to Find the World's Best Sea Urchin
But there must be some reason why her name is the one most associated with Santa Barbara sea urchin, four reverently whispered words in the community. And why the urchins harvested by her and her business partner, Harry Liquornik, are known as "California Gold." You'll see their uni being used everywhere from Bibi Ji just a few blocks away to fine dining haven Vespertine in Los Angeles.
THE INFATUATION LA (rEVIEW)
"This restaurant serves some of the best Indian food in Southern California, and you shouldn’t just daydream about going - you should make it a reality."
"This is a neighborhood restaurant, but with food good enough to justify however long it took you to get here."
Santa Barbara Independent (Feature Story)
16 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2018
By Jeremy Repanich - 01/04/2018
“The James Beard Award-winning sommelier and winemaker Rajat Parr is teaming up with chef Jessi Singh of Babu Ji in San Francisco and New York to create an Indian
restaurant and wine bar in this town on California’s Central Coast. Two of Parr’s wine labels—Domaine de la Cote and Sandhi—are made nearby in Lompoc and draw from vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills.”
Bibi Ji, Jessi Singh and Rajat Parr’s Indian Wine Bar, Debuts Friday in Santa Barbara
By Mathew Kang - 01/31/2018
“...Singh and Parr, who both now live in Santa Barbara, plan to serve a creative take on Indian cuisine, most notably local sea urchin stuffed with biryani and a tandoori-style octopus."
734 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805- 560- 6845
Nightly at 5p
Brunch Saturdays & Sundays 11a to 2p
5-9:15pm via UberEats & GrubHub
Bookings can be made through RESY
For groups of 5 or more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 805-560-6845
Our Chef’s Tasting menu is required for groups of 10 or more.