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Santa Barbara City Trip - Restaurants

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Where to Eat in Santa Barbara

Here's where to eat during your stay.

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Arts & Letters Cafe California
12/20
Sullivan Goss
7 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
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...

Blue Agave Eclectic
13/20
20 E. Cota St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
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
Menu
Classic Northern Italian fare served in a trattoria-style setting. More...

Cafe del Sol Mexican
11/20
30 Los Patos Way
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Café del Sol offers an eclectic mix of flavors, mainly Mexican, in an attractive setting. More...

Cava Restaurant & Bar Mexican
13/20
1212 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Latin cuisine from Spain, Mexico and South America served in a cozy Montecito setting. More...

Clementine's Steak House Steakhouse
14/20
4361 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Classic American country fare served in a charming, family-run setting. 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...

D'Angelo Bakery
Quick Bite
25 W. Gutierrez St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
This working bakery turns out the best loaves in town, while also serving a sophisticated breakfast and lunch. More...

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

The Hitching Post II American
14/20
Dining Room at The Hitching Post II, Buellton, CA 406 E. Hwy. 246
Buellton, CA 93427
Menu
A bastion of oakwood-fired barbecue, grilled artichokes, fresh fish, seasonal game --- and own-label Pinot Noirs. More...

The Hungry Cat Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at The Hungry Cat, Santa Barbara, CA 1134 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
A small seafood and raw bar menu with East Coast influences served in an intimate urban atmosphere. More...

Joe's Cafe American
10/20
536 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Come for a beer, the stiffest drinks in town, to gobble spaghetti, and see and be seen. More...

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe European
13/20
Dining Room at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, Los Olivos, CA 2879 Grand Ave.
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Menu
Located squarely in the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café offers Mediterranean-themed cuisine and an array of wines. More...

Lucky's Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at Lucky 1279 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Lucky's is a sophisticated steakhouse with an impressive wine and spirits list. 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...

Olio e Limone Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Olio e Limone, Santa Barbara, CA 17 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Friendly neighborhood trattoria with an adequate wine list. More...

Olio Pizzeria Italian
13/20
11 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
A casual yet first-rate pizzeria and enoteca. More...

Opal Restaurant & Bar California
13/20
1325 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Opal offers eclectic, wine-friendly California cuisine in the heart of Santa Barbara's downtown theater district. More...

The Palace Grill Cajun
13/20
8 E. Cota St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Traditional New Orleans cooking in the city of Santa Barbara. More...

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

Pane e Vino Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Pane e Vino, Montecito, CA Montecito Upper Village Shops
1482 E. Valley Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Tucked away in one of Santa Barbara's poshest communities, Pane e Vino offers a genuine taste of Italy. More...

Panino – Los Olivos Deli
Quick Bite
2900 Grand Ave.
Los Olivos, CA 93441

A casual yet topnotch deli in the heart of the wine country. More...

Paula's Pancake House Coffee Shop
12/20
1531 Mission Dr.
Solvang, CA 93463
Menu
Pancakes thick and thin attract a well-deserved breakfast crowd to Paula’s each morning. More...

Root 246 New American
No Rating
Dining Room at Root 246, Solvang, CA Hotel Corque
420 Alisal Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463
Menu
A delightfully simple approach to cooking takes full advantage of the region's bountiful ingredients. More...

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company Seafood
13/20
Stearns Wharf
230 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Menu
Fresh local seafood in an unbeatable setting at the end of the pier. 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...

Sly's Steakhouse
14/20
686 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Menu
Prime steaks and notable seafood are the signatures dishes of this Carpinteria restaurant. 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...

Trattoria Grappolo Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Trattoria Grappolo, Santa Ynez, CA 3687C Sagunto St.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Menu
A favorite with locals, the atmosphere of this Italian eatery is loud but communal. More...

Trattoria Mollie's Italian
14/20
1250 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Refined Italian dining in an elegant location characterizes this Montecito eatery, a favorite haunt of local celebrities. More...

Via Vai Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Via Vai, Montecito, CA 1483 E. Valley Rd., #20
Montecito, CA 93108
Menu
Wood-fired pizzas and other rustic Italian specialties are especially winning in an outdoor-patio setting. 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...

The Willows American
14/20
The Chumash Casino Resort Hotel
3400 E. Hwy. 246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Menu
An unexpectedly elegant dining experience away from the bells and whistles of the Chumash Casino. More...


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