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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.


 

Arts & Letters Cafe California
12/20
Sullivan Goss
7 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Arts & Letters Café features gallery artwork on the walls, matched by culinary artistry on the plate. More...

The Ballard Inn Restaurant California
14/20
The Ballard Inn
2436 Baseline Ave.
Ballard, CA 93463
Menu
The Restaurant at Ballard Inn emphasizes fresh flavors in original dishes that pair comfortably with locally produced wines. More...

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
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Chef Alessandro Cartumini brings fine Italian cuisine to an idyllic coastal California setting. More...

Blue Agave Eclectic
13/20
20 E. Cota St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Stylish Old Town boîte for eclectic specialties. More...

bouchon Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at bouchon, Santa Barbara, CA Victoria Court
9 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Central Coast cuisine at its best. More...

Ca' Dario Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Ca 37 E. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Classic Northern Italian fare served in a trattoria-style setting. More...

Cielito Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Cielito, Santa Barbara, CA La Arcada Courtyard
1114 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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
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A rustic setting and weekly game dishes, steaks, burgers and barbecue. More...

Downey's Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Downey 1305 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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A quiet place for diners who appreciate good, innovative cooking. More...

Intermezzo Bar Cafe California
14/20
Dining Room at Intermezzo Bar Cafe, Santa Barbara, CA El Paseo
819 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Wine-friendly food and a cozy setting make this one of Santa Barbara’s favorite places to gather. More...

Louie's California
15/20
Dining Room at Louie The Upham Hotel
1404 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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

Elegance in the heart of the Santa Barbara County wine country. More...

Miro Contemporary
16/20
Dining Room at Miro, Goleta, CA Bacara Resort & Spa
8301 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117
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The fine dining room of Bacara Resort & Spa features progressive European cuisine with global influences. More...

Olio e Limone Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Olio e Limone, Santa Barbara, CA 17 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Friendly neighborhood trattoria with an adequate wine list. 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
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Casual dining at Montecito’s San Ysidro Ranch. More...

Seagrass Restaurant Seafood
15/20
Dining Room at Seagrass Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA 30 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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
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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
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Rustic elegance at one of Santa Barbara’s most storied properties. 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
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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
15/20
Dining Room at Wine Cask, Santa Barbara, CA El Paseo
813 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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One of Santa Barbara County’s most comprehensive wine-and-dine experiences. More...


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