About Loquita

 

Loquita serves authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fired grilled seafood and meats, and seasonal paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood an ideal match. The wine list is comprised almost entirely of Spanish wines with exceptional local wines that pair well with the cuisine. Loquita’s cocktail list showcases Spanish vermouths, farmers’ market Sangria, hand-crafted cocktails and a rotating selection of Spain’s king of cocktails, the Gin-and-Tonic.

Executive Chef Peter Lee

 

Peter Seung Lee learned his way around a kitchen at an early age and much of his home life was centered on the pride and tradition that came with preparing food of his rich Korean heritage. His illustrious resume includes Sous Chef positions at El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma and the acclaimed Gusto in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2015, he was selected among many hopeful candidates to work at the award-winning Jöel Robuchon in Las Vegas. Here, Peter learned discipline and creativity, producing menus from local produce and specialty purveyors while working under the enormous pressures and scrutinization that comes from a Michelin-starred restaurant and celebrity chef. At Loquita, Peter’s cooking is a departure from his gastronomic heritage and professional background yet he is confident and intensely passionate about Spanish food.

Stephanie Perkins, General Manager

 

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree for Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, Conrad Hilton College. After graduation, she moved to Napa Valley to attend the Culinary Institute of America- Greystone for the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program. Upon completion, she obtained her Level 2 Sommelier certification and CSW. Stephanie found herself back in Texas working in restaurants and a boutique wine bar and decided it was time to find her way back to California. So she did just that. As a successful manager at The Lark, Acme decided she was the perfect fit for General Manager at Loquita.

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

 

2016 Top Ten Winners of America’s Best New Restaurant – USAToday

2017 Readers’ Choice Best New Restaurant (under 1 year) – Santa Barbara News Press

 

For more information or reservations, visit loquitasb.com

202 State Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101 | 805-880-3380
Sunday – Thursday 5pm to 9pm | Friday & Saturday 5pm to 10pm

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