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The Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Shrimp caprese at The Bistro at Bacara Resort & Spa

Whether you are looking for the highest-rated Santa Barbara restaurants when it comes to food, or the most romantic, or the best steakhouse, you can follow these top 10 Santa Barbara restaurant lists and recommendations. Here you can see the best restaurants in Santa Barbara in a variety of categories.

TOP 10 SANTA BARBARA
RESTAURANT LISTS

Wine Cask is one of the Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Wine Lists in Santa Barbara

Food Ratings

Romantic

Seafood

Steakhouses

Wine List



BEST SANTA BARBARA
RESTAURANTS BY CATEGORY

Rodney's is one of the best steakhouse restaurants in Santa Barbara

With so many great restaurants in Santa Barbara, it can be difficult to narrow a list down to just 10 restaurants to be featured in a particular culinary category. These lists below offer more suggestions for the best seafood, steakhouses and more.

Barbecue

Breakfast

Heart-Healthy

Kid-Friendly

Outdoor Dining

Seafood

Steakhouses

Value Restaurants



BEST SANTA BARBARA HOLIDAY RESTAURANTS

GAYOT has you covered for the holidays with ideas on where to dine out for Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve in Santa Barbara. Find out where to take that special someone for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day.

Easter Brunch

Mother's Day

New Year's Eve

Thanksgiving

Valentine's Day


RESTAURANT AWARDS

GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.