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Best Santa Barbara Kid-Friendly Restaurants

For restaurants' pint-size patrons, chicken fingers dipped in marinara can't taste any better than when there's butcher paper lining the table and a glass of crayons to color with. When the dough and toppings are put directly in your child's hands, pizza becomes an interactive sport. Okay, not all restaurants have to offer entertainment in this form or the extreme---television, clowns and video games---to keep the youngsters happy. A warm waitstaff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child's palate and a room of diners tolerable of tantrums all add up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home. Take a look at our kid-friendly restaurants in Santa Barbara that can please both big and little diners.


 


Beachside Bar & Cafe American
12/20
5905 Sandspit Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117
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Beachside Bar & Café's oceanfront location is prime for summer noshing. More...

Boathouse at Hendry's Beach Seafood
11/20
2981 Cliff Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Food plays second fiddle to views at this seaside restaurant, where an idyllic location is the main draw. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
Paseo Nuevo Mall
719 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Pizzas with cross-cultural toppings are the main draw at this casual chain restaurant. More...

Cold Spring Tavern American
12/20
Dining Room at Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara, CA 5995 Stagecoach Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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A rustic setting and weekly game dishes, steaks, burgers and barbecue. More...

East Beach Grill American
Quick Bite
1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Burgers, burritos and breakfast at the sands of East Beach. More...

Esau's Cafe California
12/20
721 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Heaping portions of quality food keep locals happy at this surf-themed California café. More...

The Habit Burger Grill Burgers
Quick Bite
216 S. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Smoke from the charbroiler beckons crowds to this Santa Barbara original. More...

Kahuna Grill California
Quick Bite
Camino Real Marketplace
7010 Market Place Dr.
Goleta, CA 93117
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Hawaiian surf theme meets California cuisine at this island-style eatery. More...

Longboard's Burgers
10/20
Stearns Wharf
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Great views and tasty fare. More...

Lucky Penny Pizza
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Lucky Penny, Santa Barbara, CA 127 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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A takeout operation for wood-fired pizzas and more in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. More...

Paula's Pancake House Coffee Shop
12/20
1531 Mission Dr.
Solvang, CA 93463
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Pancakes thick and thin attract a well-deserved breakfast crowd to Paula’s each morning. More...

Pea Soup Andersen's American
11/20
376 Avenue of the Flags
Buellton, CA 93427

This place is legendary for its split pea soup, an original recipe created by Anton Andersen in the 1920s. The large dining room can get packed and very loud at lunch and dinner. More...

Peebee & Jay's Sandwiches
Quick Bite
1007 Casitas Pass Rd.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Soups, salads and sandwiches made with quality ingredients. More...

Petrini's Restaurant Italian
11/20
Calle Real Shopping Center
5711 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
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A Goleta version of Santa Barbara's original Italian restaurant. More...

Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch Barbecue
Quick Bite
2618 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch is a casual place popular for its home-style approach to barbecue and Mexican specialties. More...

Summerland Beach Cafe American
12/20
2294 Lillie Ave.
Summerland, CA 93067

Summerland Beach Café offers home-style breakfast and lunch dishes in a casual setting with a beautiful view. More...

Taffy's Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
2026 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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A classic California version of the family-style pizzeria. More...

Tinker's Burgers
Quick Bite
2275 Ortega Hill Rd.
Summerland, CA 93067
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A classic beach town burger joint with a perpetual line out the door. More...

Woody's Bodacious Barbecue Barbecue
Quick Bite
Magnolia Shopping Center
5112 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111
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Woody's big, tasty servings of classic barbecue dishes and its very casual environment make it a popular destination for locals. More...

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