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Dining Out for Thanksgiving
SANTA BARBARA

THANKSGIVING

If laboring in the kitchen all day doesn't sound like your idea of a holiday, leave it to the professionals to prepare your Thanksgiving meal. For an all-American feast of turkey and all the trimmings, visit these restaurants in Santa Barbara. And best of all? No dishes to wash.

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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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Italian-inspired Californian coastal cuisine in one of Santa Barbara’s best settings. More...

Blush Restaurant & Lounge Eclectic
13/20
630 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Nightlife and fine dining collide at this hot-spot 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
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Santa Barbara and Central Coast cuisine complemented by local wines. 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...

Eladio's California
12/20
Harbor View Inn
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dishes crafted with local ingredients and a picturesque setting on the Santa Barbara waterfront. More...

Harbor Restaurant Seafood
11/20
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Decent food is second to the ocean views. More...

Harry's Plaza Cafe American
12/20
3313 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Fierce cocktails and local color make this a Santa Barbara old-school classic. More...

Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood Steakhouse
14/20
512 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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A classic locally owned steakhouse in downtown Santa Barbara. More...

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

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...

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

Root 246 New American
No Rating
Dining Room at Root 246, Solvang, CA Hotel Corque
420 Alisal Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463

A delightfully simple approach to cooking takes full advantage of the region's bountiful ingredients. 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...

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...

The Willows American
14/20
The Chumash Casino Resort Hotel
3400 E. Hwy. 246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Unexpected elegant dining is tucked away upstairs at The Chumash Casino Resort Hotel. More...

Wine Cask California
No Rating
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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