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Best Romantic Restaurants SANTA BARBARA


Whether you're celebrating a milestone with someone special in the Santa Barbara area or looking for the best date restaurants that are sure to impress, a romantic setting can set the mood for a night to remember. We've selected the best romantic restaurants in Santa Barbara to share a memorable meal with your sweetheart.

View our lists of the Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Santa Barbara and
Santa Barbara Valentines Restaurants.


 

Bella Vista Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Bella Vista , Montecito, CA Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Dr.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Italian-inspired Californian coastal cuisine in one of Santa Barbara’s best settings. More...

Blue Agave Eclectic
13/20
20 E. Cota St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
An eclectic menu utilizing local ingredients and a trendy vibe make Blue Agave a must-stop in downtown Santa Barbara. More...

bouchon Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at bouchon, Santa Barbara, CA Victoria Court
9 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Santa Barbara and Central Coast cuisine complemented by local wines. More...

Ca' Dario Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Ca 37 E. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Authentic northern Italian food in downtown Santa Barbara. More...

Cielito Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Cielito, Santa Barbara, CA La Arcada Courtyard
1114 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
An upscale approach to Mexican food in Santa Barbara’s La Arcada Courtyard. More...

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

Downey's Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Downey 1305 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Contemporary cuisine for those who appreciate a more formal dining experience. More...

Intermezzo Bar + Café California
13/20
Dining Room at Intermezzo Bar + Café, Santa Barbara, CA El Paseo
819 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Wine-focused food and an intimate setting make this one of Santa Barbara’s favorite places to gather. More...

Julienne American Regional
14/20
138 E. Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Farm-to-table comes to fruition at this classic American bistro. More...

The Lark New American
14/20
Dining Room at The Lark, Santa Barbara, CA 131 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Seasonally inspired fare in Santa Barbara's trendy Funk Zone. More...

Louie's California
15/20
Dining Room at Louie The Upham Hotel
1404 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
A quintessential Santa Barbara experience featuring California Wine Country-style cuisine in a country cottage setting. More...

Mirabelle Restaurant New American
14/20
Mirabelle Inn
409 First St.
Solvang, CA 93463
Menu
Elegance in the heart of the Santa Barbara County wine country. More...

Olio e Limone Ristorante Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Olio e Limone Ristorante, Santa Barbara, CA 17 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Friendly neighborhood trattoria in downtown Santa Barbara. More...

Petit Valentien French
14/20
La Arcada
1114 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

A delightful downtown setting and French cuisine draw an eclectic crowd. More...

Plow & Angel Bistro American
14/20
Dining Room at Plow & Angel Bistro, Montecito, CA San Ysidro Ranch
900 San Ysidro Ln.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Casual dining at Montecito’s San Ysidro Ranch. More...

The Restaurant at Ballard Inn California
14/20
The Ballard Inn
2436 Baseline Ave.
Ballard, CA 93463
Menu
Fresh ingredients from farmers markets inform the menu, creating unique dishes that pair with local wines. More...

Seagrass Restaurant Seafood
15/20
Dining Room at Seagrass Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA 30 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Seagrass offers a limited menu built on locally sourced seasonal ingredients. More...

Stella Mare's Contemporary
14/20
50 Los Patos Way
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Stella Mare's offers satisfying French-inspired food and a lengthy list of local wines in a comfortably elegant country setting. More...

Stonehouse Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Stonehouse, Montecito, CA San Ysidro Ranch
900 San Ysidro Ln.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Rustic elegance at one of Santa Barbara’s most storied properties. More...

Toma Restaurant & Bar Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Toma Restaurant & Bar, Santa Barbara, CA 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Fine Italian and Mediterranean fare on the Santa Barbara waterfront. More...

Tydes Restaurant & Bar Italian
14/20
Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club
1281 Channel Dr.
Montecito, CA 93108

One of Santa Barbara’s most unique restaurants, Tydes is recognized for its limited access and contemporary architecture. More...

The Vineyard House California
13/20
3631 Sagunto St.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Menu
Local produce and the bounty from the on-site herb garden factor into the cooking at this Santa Ynez Valley restaurant. More...

Wine Cask California
No Rating
Dining Room at Wine Cask, Santa Barbara, CA El Paseo
813 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
One of Santa Barbara County’s most comprehensive wine-and-dine experiences. More...


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