About Tyger Tyger


Tyger Tyger is inspired by the bold flavors and fresh ingredients discovered in street food carts from throughout coastal southeast Asia. Tyger Tyger’s menu is scratch made from the year round local bounty of fresh produce, seafood, and proteins from the Central Coast. Wine and beer selections from around the world reflect the popular and the uncommon, expertly matched with the flavorful cuisine.

Chef Nikolas Ramirez


Holding to his father’s mantra, “Love what you do and never work a day in your life,” Nik Ramirez pursued a career in professional soccer, a profession that led him from the warm breezy islands of Hawaii to the cold climates of Romania. The world of competitive sports taught him valuable principles that served him from soccer to the kitchen.


Born in Maui, Nik came to Santa Barbara for college, followed by his move career to Eastern Europe for soccer competition. After a year in professional soccer, Nik was ready for a change. With encouragement from friends and family, he entered the Culinary Arts program at Santa Barbara City College in 2008. It wasn’t long before Nik’s dedication and passion were recognized. He soon found leading positions in the city – first as sous chef, then chef de cuisine at the iconic Wine Cask and then as sous chef at the Belmond El Encanto.


Having found what he loved to do, Chef Ramirez dove into expanding his culinary repertoire, making his way to award-winning restaurants 22 Kitchen & Bar at the Dusit Thani hotel and Gaggan, both in Bangkok, Thailand, culminating to 108 in Copenhagen. These influences, along with his mastery of flavors discovered during his global adventures throughout Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, France, Copenhagen and more, bring him finally to his own kitchen at Tyger Tyger where he can express his ideas and passion for Asian inspired cuisine.

Katy Babcock, Manager


Katy was home birthed and raised in Carpinteria but did spend some childhood years in Lake Tahoe. Katy attended culinary school at Santa Barbara City College. She says that food service and hospitality have always been a driving focus for her and source of fulfillment in her life. Katy loves the feeling of family in the guest relationships she and the team create and hopes to grow more, personally and professionally, every year.

For more information, visit tygertygersb.com

121 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | 805-880-4227
Sunday – Thursday 11am to 9pm | Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm

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