BIBI JI IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL INDIAN JOINT.
Bibi Ji of downtown Santa Barbara, is the latest of the collection of acclaimed restaruants, Babu Ji of NYC, Horn Please and Babu Ji of Melbourne, Australia and Dhaba of Kyneton, Australia who are all known and loved for their signature creative and fun approach to Indian dining.
The Hindi term, Bibi Ji is an honorific title used to offer respect to the mothers and grandmothers of India. The Bibi Ji's of India have been our teachers in hospitality. She welcomes every guest at any minute into her home, like she had been awaiting your arrival even if she never could have expected it. Upon entering, an immediate offering of a delicious treat and drink is in your hand. Her joy, gift and highest honor is being of service to others. Being served by her is an experience like no other. We love, honor and are grateful for this type of hospitality and have created Bibi Ji, the restaurant with this ethos in mind.
Chef Jessi Singh is the man behind the pots in the kitchen. As a boy in India, he fought all cultural pressures to stay out of the kitchen as it was considered a place for only females. But simply, he never wanted to be anywhere else. So he spent his childhood in a humble North Indian village kitchen, where his love of cooking for others emerged. The path he followed stretched from that kitchen to many ends of the globe, leading now to Santa Barbara to open Bibi Ji. We've stocked the beverage fridges well too. The thoughtful, unique yet always approachable wine list could only have been created by the legendary Rajat Parr, Bibi Ji partner, wine maker, author and friend. There are not many people in the world that can be recognized by their first name but in the wine world, say Raj, and they know and love the man. Then there is also beer, where we offer a 40+ selection of mostly small, local beers in our fridge and on tap.
The New York Times, WSJ, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time Out, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Infatuation as well as Australia’s The Age Good Food Guide, Broadsheet, Cheap Eats, and The Australian have all agreed that the Singh’s restaurants and comprehensive offerings across food, beverage, service and design have filled a void in the Indian dining scene and have credited the duo for pioneering a wave of "New Indian" dining.
In Santa Barbara, Bibi Ji is first and foremost a good time place. Come ready to join in our fun. We hope as you pass through our doors, you will feel the hospitality spirit of our beloved India, where it is always an honor to feed a guest.
We look forward to sharing a meal with you, Jessi, Raj, Gary, Alejandro & Team Bibi Ji
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.
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
Monday - Closed
Tuesday through Sunday - 5p
Tuesday-Sunday 5-9:15pm via UberEats & Restaurant Connection
We take bookings online only. For reservations of six or more, the Chef Tasting menu is required via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Chef's Tasting menu is an offering of all the Bibi Ji favorites. You and your guests will enjoy a variety of appetizers,curries, naan, rice and dessert for $50 per guest, exclusive of beverage.