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Brunching in Santa Barbara

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There’s no better way to start your morning than with brunch, your best friends and family, and a breathtaking location. Whether you prefer sweet or savory flavors, mountain or ocean views, here are the best places for brunch in Santa Barbara:

Bella Vista at The Biltmore

Enjoy a decadent, five-star Sunday brunch overlooking Butterfly Beach while you rub elbows with the elite guests of the Four Seasons in Montecito. When brunching at Bella Vista, make your way through the ultimate in indulgent buffets, including caviar, sushi, and chocolate fondue stations. Relax on the outdoor patio for a leisurely late breakfast and let the sunshine and picture-perfect landscape complete this dreamy dining experience.

D’Angelos Bread

If you’re pining for brunch in the city, settle down at one of the sidewalk tables and try not to drool on the menu that boasts dozens of bread flavors — including the renowned olive bread — and baked goods. And don’t pass up the egg items on the menu, like the Egg’s Rose that wowed local chef and Iron Chef star Cat Cora.

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El Paseo Mexican Restaurant

Eat a hearty Mexican, buffet-style brunch — complete with bottomless mimosas — in the city’s only open-air restaurant, which  is hidden inside the El Paseo courtyard. This 1922 restaurant was designed to match the city’s original Presidio neighborhood and has been host to many celebrity events from the early 1900s to now. Come back later to El Paseo Mexican Restaurant for lunch or dinner to taste from the extensive tequila menu.

Goodland Kitchen & Market

Go off the beaten path to Old Town Goleta for a farm-fresh, locally sourced down-home cookin’ style breakfast. Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables on the outdoor patio in Goleta’s up-and-coming industrial neighborhood. Then, feast on a seasonal farm-to-table breakfast worth writing home about.

Jeannine’s Restaurant & Bakery

Choose from uptown, downtown, or Montecito for a tasty brunch experience at this bakery and café-style restaurant. Feast your eyes on the baked goods and cakes displayed in glass cases while you wait in line to make the toughest decision of the day: Which delicious dish to order for breakfast?

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Our Daily Bread

Brunch like a local at this upper De La Vina Street sidewalk café and bakery that has been a residents’ favorite for over 30 years. Enjoy a healthy breakfast complete with freshly baked breads and pastries — including gluten-free and vegan options — that are sure to fill your belly to the brim.

Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro

Fancy a French breakfast complete with buttery croissants and delicate macarons in an adorable bistro setting? Oui do, too! Choose a dish from the French European breakfast menu or choose a few delicacies from the bakery case that are arguably as good as the ones made in Paris. 

Sambo’s

Enjoy brunch with a view at this family friendly, local institution that overlooks West Beach along the iconic palm tree-lined East Cabrillo Boulevard. At Sambo’s, feast on classic breakfast dishes like chocolate chip pancakes and chicken fried steak and eggs. But get there early, as there’s usually a line out the door.

Scarlett Begonia

Enjoy a locally sourced, organic meal inside or on the patio of this quaint café tucked away in the Victoria Courtyard in downtown Santa Barbara. Choose from gluten-free or traditional brunch options that are as creative as they are tasty. While you wait for your order to arrive, treat your taste buds to the complimentary chef’s choice amuse bouche. Insider tip: Make reservations or risk a lengthy wait time.

Tupelo Junction Cafe

Next door to The Granada Theatre, this Cajun-style restaurant will serve y’all one scrumptious breakfast. Indulge in classic Southern small dishes like cinnamon apple beignets with crème anglaise or bring your big appetite for a large plate of pumpkin oatmeal waffles with caramelized bananas, candied pecans and real maple syrup.

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Sambo’s Restaurant

This is the ' ORIGINAL' Sambo's Restaurant that started it all! The restaurant is currently owned and managed by the original founders' grandson, Chad Stevens. Sambo's continues the family tradition established by Chad's grandfather Sam. (In fact…


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