About Pearl Social


Pearl Social is an intimate cocktail and music bar. Pearl Social’s name gives a nod to the celebrated first lady of Santa Barbara, Pearl Chase, a community activist who worked tirelessly on the historic preservation and beautification of Santa Barbara.


Pearl Social is intended to be a place of connection for our community to come together in a social and convivial atmosphere.


Music is a nightly feature of Pearl Social featuring jazz, blues, folk, rock, acoustic instrumental and vocal performances as well as DJs spinning favorite tunes.



The cocktail program is led by Gavin Koehn, a Santa Barbara local and long-time Acme alumnus. Starting his career in hospitality as a server at The Lark, Gavin quickly established himself as a cocktail prodigy and moved on to lead the beverage program at sister restaurant Loquita. A participating U.S.A. finalist in the Mediterranean Inspirations global cocktail competition held in Ibiza, Spain, Gavin brings his passion for Old World cocktails with modern twists to Pearl Social.



Originally from Tomball, Texas, Jason Paluska began his cooking career in San Francisco under chefs Mitch and Steve Rosenthal of Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope in 2006. Jason went on to became a sous chef at Michael Mina’s RN74 in San Francisco. For four years he worked under renowned chef Jason Berthold, formerly of the French Laundry & Per Se. In 2013 he left the Bay area and moved to Santa Barbara as the opening executive chef of The Lark restaurant. Most recently Jason and his team at the Lark received the Michelin Plate award in June of 2019.



Pearl Social’s service team is lead by Kacey House who you may know from our sister property, The Lark. After moving down the coast from San Francisco (where she hails), Kacey found herself in the midst of the Paso Robles wine country food and wine scene explosion as the General Manager of Thomas Hill Organics – a farm to table dining pioneer and pillar of the Paso Robles community. Prior to taking the helm at Pearl Social & The Lark, Kacey came from the successful opening of a Hilton Hotel pilot concept featuring Roof Top Bar & Bistro where she was Food and Beverage Director.



2017 Award of Excellence – Wine Spectator Restaurant Award – Wine Spectator

2015 Top 10 Wine Lists in Santa Barbara Area – Gayot’s

2014 “Wine Bar of the Year” – The Imbibe 75

2014 America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants – Wine Enthusiast

10 Hottest Restaurants in Santa Barbara – Zagat

Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Food in the Santa Barbara Area – Gayot’s

The Best Santa Barbara Valentines Restaurants – Gayot’s

The 21 Best Wine Bars in the Country” – Thrillist.com

Eric Railsback, Forbes 30 Under 30 – Food and Wine 2014

Brian McClintic, Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 – America’s Tastemakers 2014


For more information or reservations, visit lesmarchandswine.com

131 Anacapa St., Ste. B, Santa Barbara CA 93101 | 805-284-0380

Monday-Thursday: 3pm to 9pm | Friday: 3pm to 10pm | Saturday: 11am to 10pm | Sunday: 11am to 9pm

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For more information, visit pearlsocialsb.com.com

131 Anacapa St., Ste. B, Santa Barbara CA 93101 | 805-284-0380

Thursday-Sunday: 5pm to 10pm | Friday-Saturday: 5pm to 12am

Pearl Social | @pearlsocialsb