Award & Accolades

The Best Bakery Award - 2017 Winner

As Voted By The Santa Barbara Independent Reader's Choice

The Santa Barbara Independent announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 6 years running!

Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence - 2017

Recognizing consistently excellent reviews on Trip Advisor

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business' tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Santa Barbara News Press 2017 Readers Choice Awards

The Reader's Choice: Best Bakery Award - 2017

As voted by readers of the Santa Barbara News–Press

The Santa Barbara News-Press announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice Awards, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 5 years running!

Best of Santa Barbara 2016 Winner

The Best Bakery Award - 2016 Winner

As Voted By The Santa Barbara Independent Reader's Choice

The Santa Barbara Independent announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 5 years running!

Santa Barbara News Press 2016 Readers' Choice Awards Winner

The Reader's Choice: Best Bakery Award - 2016

As voted by readers of the Santa Barbara News–Press

The Santa Barbara News-Press announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice Awards, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 4 years in a row!

The Best Bakery Award - 2015

As Voted By The Santa Barbara Independent Reader's Choice

The Santa Barbara Independent announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 4 years running!

Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner

Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence - 2015

Recognizing consistently excellent reviews on Trip Advisor

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business' tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Readers Choice Awards 2015

The Reader's Choice: Best Bakery Award - 2015

As voted by readers of the Santa Barbara News–Press

The Santa Barbara News-Press announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice Awards, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 3 years running!

The Best Bakery Award - 2014

As Voted By The Santa Barbara Independent Reader's Choice

The Santa Barbara Independent announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 3 years running!

Trip Advisor 2014 Winner

Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence - 2014

Recognizing consistently excellent reviews on Trip Advisor

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business' tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Santa Barbara News-Press 2014 Readers Choice Awards Winner

The Reader's Choice: Best Bakery Award - 2014

As voted by readers of the Santa Barbara News–Press

The Santa Barbara News-Press announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice Awards, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery for the second year in a row!

Readers Choice Awards 2013 Winner 20 Years

The Readers Choice: Best Bakery Award - 2013

As voted by readers of the Santa Barbara News–Press

The best chocolate croissant you will ever enjoy is not waiting for you in Paris. (Sorry if that shakes up some plans for intercontinental travel but, don't worry, they still have the best escargot.) No, it is right here in Santa Barbara, waiting, nay, beckoning from the beautiful glass case at Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro. Before you even take the first bite, you know there is something different about this croissant, something that makes it superior to any previous croissant you've eaten. Just put one finger on the shell and you will feel the difference; the crust is so flaky and perfectly baked that it literally shatters at the touch! And yet somehow, through a magical method likely known only to Monsieur Renaud, the interior is still moist and chewy. And the chocolate? Of the highest quality, dark yet sweet and not too much. The almond croissants certainly aren't shabby, either.

USA Today 10 Best
10best.com

2013 Best of Santa Barbara Winner

The Best Bakery Award - 2013

As Voted By The Santa Barbara Independent Reader's Choice

The Santa Barbara Independent announces WINNER for 2017 Reader's Choice, Renaud's Bakery named Best Bakery 2 years in a row!

2012 Best of Santa Barbara Winner Independent

The Best Bakery Award - 2012

As Voted By The Santa Barbara Independent Reader's Choice

They’re the new kids on the block who have already been here five years. (I know, really?) But this year, the readers are confirming what a lot of the city has been saying for some time: Nicole and Renaud Gonthier’s little Loreto Plaza bakery — and they’re now serving at Arlington Court, too — is très superbe. “We’re really happy about it,” said Renaud. “I think our secret lies only in our commitment to quality. We love our food, and we hope that love comes across to the people who eat it.”

October 18, 2012
D.J. Palladino
The Independent

Santa Barbaras Independent

"Perhaps this is Paris" Award - 2010

The Santa Barbara Independent 2010 Foodie Awards

Renaud Gonthier evidently is taking it easy on the competition, for his wife, Nicole, when asked, "Is there anything Renaud can't bake well?" answers, "Renaud is an extremely talented pastry chef, so there is nothing that he can't cook well. The one item that he chooses not to cook: cupcakes." But those chocolate-and-almond croissants have led to religious experiences for many, to the point where there are now two Renaud's and one on the way in Gelson's. And while he also won the UCSB Arts & Lectures - and Whole Foods Market-sponsored, King of Pastry contest this spring, don't just go for the sweet treats – try the spot-on pan-bagnat or any of the egg dishes, and you'll see that he can do pretty much anything in the kitchen.

September 29, 2011
George Yatchisin
The Independent