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Santa Barbara Best Value Restaurants


Looking for a steal of a meal? For a gourmet experience that won't break the bank, check out these Best Value Restaurants in Santa Barbara that give the most bang for the buck, including fine destinations where one can dine well for a reasonable price.

The Blue Owl at Zen Yai Thai
Quick Bite
425 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Thai influences meet California cuisine at this unique downtown eatery. More...

The Brewhouse American
13/20
229 W. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

A lively hub of local energy, where the mixed crowd enjoys international comfort food and a full bar. More...

Bucatini Italian
13/20
436 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Traditional Italian favorites meet al fresco dining in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. More...

Cajun Kitchen Cafe Breakfast
12/20
1924 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
A locals’ favorite breakfast house disguised as a Cajun restaurant. More...

Edomasa Japanese
12/20
2710 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Menu
Santa Barbara’s oldest late-night sushi bar, Edomasa serves traditional Japanese cuisine in a mellow atmosphere. More...

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

Flavor of India Indian
13/20
3026 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Menu
Warm service and traditional northern Indian food made from scratch keep the locals coming back year after year. More...

Fresco Cafe California
13/20
Five Points Shopping Center
3987 State St., Ste. B
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Menu
Known for healthy California cuisine, Fresco Café offers fresh, organic salads, sandwiches, pizzas and desserts. More...

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

Jeannine’s American Bakery & Restaurant Breakfast
Quick Bite
1253 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108

Locals flock to this breakfast spot for gourmet egg dishes, fresh-baked pastries and bottomless cups of strong coffee. More...

La Super-Rica Taqueria Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at La Super-Rica Taqueria, Santa Barbara, CA 622 N. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
A humble Mexican restaurant, housed in a tin roof shack, with a first-rate reputation. More...

Los Arroyos Mexican
Quick Bite
14 W. Figueroa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
It's small, but hard-working Tony Arroyo and Maria Rickard pride themselves on serving nothing but the freshest ingredients. More...

The Montecito Cafe Contemporary
13/20
The Montecito Inn
1295 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Characterized by quality food at sensible prices, The Montecito Café is a locals’ favorite. More...

The Natural Cafe Healthy
Quick Bite
508 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Natural Café may not be all natural, but offers relatively healthy food at good prices. More...

Palazzio Italian
11/20
1026 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Hearty portions are the trademark of this casual Italian eatery, where even half-orders require a take-home box. More...

The Palms Steakhouse
12/20
701 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Menu
Local character and a unique cook-it-yourself concept distinguish this Carpinteria institution. More...

Reyes Market Mexican
Quick Bite
4795 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Menu
Mexican food is done right at this longstanding restaurant-market in Carpinteria. More...

Reynaldo's European & Mexican Bakery Mexican
Quick Bite
895 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

An informal Mexican eatery with a devoted following of tamale aficionados. More...

Rose Cafe Mexican
12/20
1816 Cliff Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Menu
Mexican fare in one of Santa Barbara's oldest family-owned restaurants. More...

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

The Shop Cafe New American
Quick Bite
730 N. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

A contemporary American restaurant disguised as a humble diner. More...

Sojourner Cafe Healthy
12/20
134 E. Canon Perdido
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

A vegetarian favorite since 1978, serving hearty soups, satisfying main courses and outrageous home-baked desserts. 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...

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

 

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