The American Institute of Wine and Food

Join us at the El Paseo Restaurant for a South of the Border dinner under the whisk of Chef Alex Castillo. Chef’s Alex’s bold, new Mexican cuisine is getting rave reviews. We will dine in the courtyard and start with either wine or the unofficial fiesta drink, margaritas.

“A historic local restaurant has landed a culinary match made in food-heaven. The landmark El Paseo Restaurant, Santa Barbara’s oldest restaurant, has welcomed locally-renowned Chef Alex Castillo as their new Executive Chef with open arms, and is launching an all new menu inspired by Castillo, and his years of experience in the kitchens at some of Santa Barbara’s top restaurants, including the Wine Cask, Lucky’s and Piatti’s.

Chef Alex Castillo’s interpretation of delicious, quality Mexican cuisine has resulted in an updated menu featuring a mix of traditional favorites with a refined “homemade” feel. With Castillo as the creative director in the kitchen, the focus is on rich flavors and fresh local ingredients, and “back-to-basics” Mexican dishes that will you want to come back for more.” Edhat

Time: 6:30-8:30

Date: Tuesday, September 14

Format: Dinner, two drink tickets for wine or margaritas

Place: El Paseo Restaurant, 813 Anacapa St, (805) 962-6050

Cost: Members $48, Guests of members $60 inclusive of dinner, beverages, tax and gratuity.

Dress: Casual


Mail your check to:

Terrie Bugay
2504 Calle Montilla
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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For questions or last minute reservations call Jean Schultz at 805 967-5358 or e-mail at

El Paseo is located at 10 El Paseo in the El Paseo complex, and is open for dinner seven days a week, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Happy Hour is Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information and to make reservations please call (805) 962-6050. For the full menu visit

History of El Paseo Restaurant
The El Paseo Restaurant is a treasured Santa Barbara landmark that embodies a proud and historic tradition of service, style and hospitality. The restaurant was first built in 1922 as part of the 1826 El Paseo adobe complex, which housed the Commandante of the Presidio Royale de Santa Barbara. La Casa de la Guerra was home to the Civilian Governor of the area stretching from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. The El Paseo is on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past century, the restaurant has been the site of countless fiesta celebrations and host to numerous dignitaries, luminaries and legends, including Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Jean Harlow, Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Salvador Dali and Herbert Hoover to name a few. Celebrities returned to the El Paseo Restaurant time after time for its tradition of hospitality and regard for their patrons. The El Paseo Restaurant continues a proud tradition of excellent service and authentic Mexican cuisine … “Mi casa es su casa”!