New Restaurants in Santa Barbara

A fresh crop of new restaurants in Santa Barbara is spicing up the already delicious culinary landscape. As far as we’re concerned, there’s always room for more good eats in our bountiful city surrounded by organic farms, family-run ranches, avocado and citrus orchards and the seafood-rich Santa Barbara Channel. You’re definitely going to want to sample what these new dining establishments are cooking up with the ingredients of the season—and check out their cool, thoughtfully-design spaces while you’re at it. Each of these new Santa Barbara restaurants are ripe for your restaurant picking!

New Restaurants in Santa Barbara


Bettina Pizzeria in Montecito Country Mart is a new cozy neighborhood restaurant serving naturally-leavened, Neapolitan-style pizza made with seasonal ingredients. The menu adeptly caters to gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan pizza eaters’ needs without sacrificing on deliciousness. Bettina hosts an “aperitivo hour” every day from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with drink specials and $10 margherita pizzas. Now, that’s a deal! Learn More

(1014 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108. 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily)

Bossie’s Kitchen

The 1939 Streamline Moderne building on the corner of Milpas and Canon Perdido is now home to Bossie’s Kitchen.  Named for the plaster cow perched atop the building, “Old Bossy,” the restaurant is the creations of chef power couple Lauren Herman and Christina Olufson. It blends their respective sweet and savory talents in the kitchen—fare they describe as “everyday organic.” Indeed, it is the kind of place you could eat every day! Pop-in for happy hour at 4:30 p.m. before dinner service begins to snack on deviled eggs, beet hummus, pork belly sliders and more. Learn More

(901 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, dinner 5:00 p.m. to close Tuesday through Sunday, brunch 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)

Café Ana

Café Ana is a very welcome addition to town, with its unique take on the fine-casual concept. The all-day service spans from breakfast through early dinner. Happy hour runs 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday evenings, and there’s special weekend brunch menu offered Saturday and Sunday. Expect tasty toasts, flavorful mezze plates and wholesome egg, grain and vegetable dishes. Soups, sandwiches and salads round out the mid-day menu. Learn More

The Cruisery

On the corner of State and Haley, The Cruisery, is turning out elevated fare and smooth-as-can-be beers. The brewing operation is helmed by award-winning brewer Dave “Zambo” Zamborski, while Katie Stowell and Raul Fernandez work their magic in the kitchen. Think off-the-cobb elote, pescatarian-friendly crudos, savory street tacos, bright salads, substantial flatbreads and decadent sandwiches. Learn More

(501 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. daily)


The team behind Barbareño introduced a unique mash-up of Cuban and Californian cuisine with their new restaurant, Cubaneo. Located on lower State Street, it’s family friendly by day and a stellar late-night dining option for those enjoying Santa Barbara after dark. Expect creative interpretations of traditional Cuban dishes and a perfectly-edited menu of sandwiches, plates and sides. With their companion bar, Shaker Mill, it’s a perfect pairing all-around. The affordable price point also goes down real’ easy. Learn More

(418 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily)

Institution Ale Company

Craft beer lovers must hit up Institution Ale Company’s Santa Barbara satellite tap room. More than 20 different styles of the Camarillo-brewed suds are available on draft as well as in cans and by the growler. Pair a refreshing pint with one of their thin crust pizzas and snack on satisfyingly soft pretzels served with IPA mustard and spicy cheese sauce. With 10 TVs and ample seating—including patio and back room spaces—Institution Ale is a hopping spot to catch a game or meet a group of friends. Learn More

(516 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday)

Khao Kaeng

Sister restaurant to the beloved local favorite, Empty Bowl Gourmet, Khao Kaeng (meaning “Curry on Rice”) is a Thai-inspired noodle bar in Montecito. Khao Kaeng features family recipes inspired by Chef Nui’s native Bangkok prepared with the premium ingredients. Thai classics like papaya salad, tom kha soup and pad thai wow alongside comforting curries like lamb massaman and chuchi salmon. The fiery, savory cuisine is complemented by an outstanding wine selection. Learn More

(1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 9, Montecito, CA 93108. 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. dinner nightly)

Monkeyshine Ice Cream

Monkeyshine shares space with its sister restaurant, Tyger Tyger. The whimsical, irresistibly Instagrammable dessert outpost specializes in Asian inspired frozen popsicles and flavored soft serve ice cream. Presentation is everything with the adorable housemade, fish-shaped taiyaki waffle cones and heaps of colorful toppings. Learn More

(121 East Yananoli Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday)

Rosewood Miramar Beach

The opening of the ultra-luxurious Rosewood Miramar Beach brought with it seven new dining and drinking establishments. Caruso’s is the fine dining, dinner-only Italian spot, perfect for a special occasion or glamorous night out. Malibu Farms at Miramar is an elevated, all-day, California casual eatery from acclaimed chef Helene Henderson. Miramar Beach Bar takes full advantage of the oceanfront setting with daily services from 11:30 a.m. until sundown. The Manor Bar is an elegant spot to sip and nosh on bar bites. The Cabana Bar and Scoop Shop offer refreshments at the two pools. And The Living Room is a sweet spot to wine down during the late afternoon hours. Learn More

(1759 South Jameson Lane, Montecito, CA 93108. Times vary by location.)

Shaker Mill

Shaker Mill comes from the minds behind two perfectly vibey and delicious cocktail bars locals just can’t get enough of—The Good Lion and Test Pilot. Adjacent to Cubaneo, Shaker Mill embraces the Cuban spirit, from the bright, colorfully adorned space complete with flamingos to the tropical vibes of the artfully prepared classic Cuban cocktails. The original recipes are all made to pair well with food, so, naturally, ordering food at the bar is highly encouraged! Learn More

(418 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily; 21+ Thursday-Saturday after 10:00 p.m.)

Sushi Bar | Montecito

Run by power chef couple, Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas Lee, Sushi Bar | Montecito delivers a 17-course Omakase experience at the 10-seat chef’s counter tucked into the Montecito Inn. Lucky patrons get to watch chef prepare the meal, artful slice by artful slice, savoring the “new wave nigiri” and creative iterations of tradition sushi. Tickets are available through the Tock booking system. The $110 per person seating includes a welcome cocktail enjoyed in the hotel’s lobby upon arrival. Learn More

(1295 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108. Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:00 p.m. –  10:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

Tyger Tyger

When looking for this new Santa Barbara eatery, you’ll know you’re on the right track when you spot the sea of pink lanterns. Tyger Tyger’s bright, effervescent menu is inspired by Thai and Vietnamese street food. Current greatest hits include the crispy rice salad, crispy pork belly banh mi, Vietnamese crepe and DIY summer rolls. Learn More

(121 East Yananoli Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday)