Food & Drink

Taste the best of the Central Coast in The American Riviera®; from the Santa Ynez Valley to downtown Santa Barbara you’ll find the freshest ingredients on your table and in your glass. Locally sourced, farm-to-table meals, craft brews and critically acclaimed wines await your palate. When it comes to food and drink in Santa Barbara, perhaps the hardest choice you’ll make is where to dine. Fresh-off-the-boat seafood, Santa Maria-style barbecue, authentic Mexican cuisine and other coastal-inspired creations all pair perfectly with local wines.

If you’re looking for a new way to discover Santa Barbara, plan an unforgettable foodie feast through town and indulge in unique, creative, and delectable dishes. You’ll be hard-pressed to find chain restaurants in our neck of the woods!

For more of a hands-on experience, treat yourself to a fun and educational cooking class or book a food or wine tour where you’ll go behind the scenes, meet the makers and find out why our restaurants and tasting rooms are so special. And keep Santa Barbara on your calendar during the month of October, as we host epicure.sb, our 31-day celebration of the local food scene and seaside culture.

Dig in and discover new places to dine and drink every time you come to Santa Barbara. Every meal is a reason to celebrate.

Featured Food & Drink in Santa Barbara


Global Gardens Los Olivos Farm Stand

Visit the Global Gardens® Los Olivos Farm Stand, just a one-mile country walk, bike or drive down Grand Ave, right on Alamo Pintado Road! We are Santa Barbara's only complete specialty food product line & food tasting room featuring…

Jilli Vanilli

Hand Crafted from the purest organic, fair-trade and local ingredients, our vanilla products are hand infused in small batches making it the most flavorful and best quality vanilla products on the planet and for the planet.

El Paseo Restaurant

The romantic and historic El Paseo Restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine and has been a  favorite for local patrons and visiting guests for decades.  Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, the El Paseo has been a restaurant since…

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