4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA | Directions 9311034.439622 -119.772322
Friday night "dessert night" a REAL treat! Java Station is transformed from a daytime coffee house to a warm, inviting cafe' for the weekly dessert night event - white tablecloths, candles, elegant place settings, the fireplace roaring, a trio playing original and popular music, a welcome greeting and seating upon arrival, full table service...and that's just the atmosphere! Wait until you taste the desserts! We ordered 3 items: chocolate mousse with petite baklava and a house-made caramel sauce, a 3 berry cobbler with whipped cream, and the coup de grace, Bananas Foster Flambe, prepared tableside - very impressive and delicious! I will be back to try the 6 other selections on the menu, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Check it out!
Java Station, Horrible customer service – I used to enjoy hanging out at Java Station. But the service has become terrible, and the staff is downright surly. I used to go there for my morning coffee -- and the other day I did, and brought in with me a oatmeal I had picked up ar McDonald's. I was enjoying my coffee and oatmeal and surfing the internet when the owner / manager walks up to me and says "can I take that for you? Don't bring in outside food to this coffee shop!" I can understand his policy, but it was the rudeness and manner in which he said it. I am a loyal customer and have spents hundreds of dollars there -- so I hardly think enjoying one McDonalds cup of oatmeal there will hurt his business. I will not be back to Java Station ever. Another issue is the owner / manager keeps his young toddler in the store, and she is constantly screaming "daaaaaaady!" non-stop. It is annoying and disruptive, and many customers have complained or left because of this. A coffee shop is not the place to raise you kid, in my opinion. Also, the staff constantly smokes outside, and this stench wafts into the store. Its enough to make customers gag, let alone probably a violation of health regulations. The food had never been more than mediocre at best -- dry tasteless bagels and sandwiches. And the coffee is often cold, as they keep it in large thermoses that are not changed often enough. Java Station's motto should be "come for the bad service, stay for the mediocre food!".
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