Cadiz hit Santa Barbara's restaurant scene a few weeks ago and all I have heard is positive. So I went to check out the situation myself. One walks into a breezy, high ceilinged dining room with reflecting lanterns projecting beautiful images onto the walls and giant palms in the corners adding a bit of movement (though I am usually not for giant indoor plants). We arrived a bit early and the managers, waiters, and designer were chatting up a storm with each other and looked like they were doing some business as well amongst themselves.
Promptly after being seated, our vivacious waitress flowed over to us wondering if we would like something to drink. We told her the usual, that we needed to choose what to eat before knowing which bottle we would like. She came back about 2 times wondering the same thing and we finally had something to tell her the fourth time she came over.
Ricotta panna-cota, pistachio wafers, blueberry marmalade. Also quite good, but did not top the yogurt!
All in all, this was a very pleasant experience. The quality of the food was lovely and the choices were interesting and unique. The atmosphere was just like being in some Mediterranean villa, though I have a feeling that when the place fills up the tile floors are going to create quite a loud space. Aside from our overly attentive waitress and managers wondering how everything was, we enjoyed ourselves and so did our stomachs.
Cadiz is located at 509 State Street in Santa Barbara. Phone: 805.770.2760