New Restaurants in Santa Barbara

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN SANTA BARBARA

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 Santa Barbara restaurants are cooking up with the ingredients of the season. From casual to refined and everything in between, this fresh crop of eateries is ripe for your restaurant picking!

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Aperitivo Wine Bar

Chef Brian Dodero, the mind behind the popular S.B. Test Kitchen pop-up series, and sommelier Andrea Girardello teamed up to open Aperitivo Wine Bar adjacent to Oat Bakery on West Haley Street. With an emphasis on biodynamic wines from Italy, the complementary small bites menu changes weekly and draws inspiration from both rustic and modern Italian cuisine. The sophisticated dishes include bruschettas, salads, crudos, fresh pasta, snacks, and dessert and the elegance carries over into their thoughtfully designed, contemporary space serving the 21+ crowd. For the time being, you can take advantage of their weekly Pasta & Vino Club special menus and featured pairings. Learn More

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Better Burritos

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast burrito?! It’s the perfect antidote to a late night and there’s no better post-hike, post-surf fuel to keep your energy up. Burritos also travel well, so they make for great morning picnic fare while enjoying Santa Barbara’s great outdoors. Enter Better Burritos, a genius new contact-free delivery service. You place your order by 7:00 p.m. the night before and they’ll deliver to your specified location in Santa Barbara or Goleta at the time of your choosing between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The menu is simple—bacon or veggie, with some customization options for dietary restrictions. Learn More

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Cheese Shop Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s beloved C’est Cheese reopened as Cheese Shop Santa Barbara. The mom-and-pop neighborhood cheese store is a haven of gourmet goods including the best artisan cheese selection on the South Coast, house made pâtes and baked goods and imported cured meats. Their shelves are stocked with everything you need to uplevel your pantry, from olive oils and crostinis to nuts and jams. If you’re hosting a social distanced backyard soiree or planning a special occasion picnic, order one of their delectable platters, which are made to order and customizable. Learn More

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CHOMP on the Rocks

Downstairs from SALTY is CHOMP on the Rocks in the former Chuck’s at the Harbor space. The family-friendly sister restaurant to its Solvang original serves elevated American diner classics. Think decadent burgers with creative toppings—vegetarian and vegan friendly options included. Plus, patty melts, hot dogs, salads, fish tacos and so much more goodness. The kids’ menu features tried and true crowd pleasers like sliders, mac n cheese, grilled cheese and corn dogs. The young ones will be extra enthusiastic about the old-fashioned shakes, malts, floats and sundaes, too. Did we mention the ocean views? Learn More

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Corner Tap

The Mesa neighborhood warmly welcomes Corner Tap, an inviting beer bar and eatery. The no-nonsense menu features appetizers, salads, and flatbreads that pair well with their craft beer selection. The beers skew heavily local with labels like M. Special, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., and Topa Topa, alongside standout Californian beers from places as diverse as Redlands, Los Angeles, Ventura, and SLO County. For the non-beer drinkers, there’s a thoughtful selection of local wines as well as creative Sabe cocktails made with a sake-like spirit. Think of Corner Tap as a lowkey casual spot that caters to curious palates. Learn More

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Costa Kitchen & Café Lido

Lucky for foodies, the rebrand of Hyatt’s waterfront Mar Monte Hotel into a more modern, boutique concept under the chain’s Unbound umbrella included the relaunch of the property’s two onsite restaurants. The menu at Costa Kitchen & Bar draws inspiration from the Italian coast while maximizing the fresh seasonal ingredients available on the Santa Barbara South Coast. Café Lido is the more casual, easy, breezy poolside companion eatery. There you’ll find an all-day menu of Mediterranean influenced plates, from fritto misto and prosciutto paired with fruit to a Sicilian tuna tartine and Cali prime burger. The drink menu of healthful smoothies, local brews and wines and craft cocktails are made for alfresco sipping. Learn More

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Crazy Jim's Tacos y Más

Lower State Street has another new hot spot to feed your taco cravings—and then some. Crazy Jim’s Tacos y Más serves soft and hard shell tacos, inventive burgers, nachos, burritos and more comfort food decadence. With outdoor seating for dine-in, their $1 wine slushies have been a big hit. Learn More

JJ's Diner

JJ’s Diner is a new daytime diner located on lower State Street that serves breakfast and lunch daily. The breakfast menu hits all the start-your-day-right notes with omelets and scrambles, benedicts, biscuits, a French toast PBJ and so much more. A tightly edited menu of burgers, sandwiches, and patty melts makes lunch a straight-forward affair. Kids will appreciate the menu designed just for them (chicken fingers and all) as well as the classic desserts (milkshakes and floats!) and old school Mario Brothers arcade video game. Early birds get the worm at JJ’s—when you dine before 9:00 a.m., they’ll take 20% off your tab. Learn More

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La Paloma Café

We love a good reinvention story and that’s exactly what the new and improved La Paloma Café embodies. Technically a return to its original roots dating back to 1938, when Jennie’s La Paloma Café was Santa Barbara’s premier purveyor of Mexican cuisine, the space served as home to the equally beloved Paradise Café for the past 37 years. Acme Hospitality—the group behind The Lark, Loquita, Lucky Penny, and more—took over and crafted a new concept for the space that pays tribute to its storied lineage. With respected Central Coast Chef Jeremy Tummel at the helm, the modern California cuisine takes full advantage of the wood-fired grill. The distinctive nuance of California oak comes alive in dishes like Santa Maria-style Angus tri-tip, Mexican prawn alla diabla, and slow-cooked local pinquito beans. The tequila driven cocktail menu is the perfect complement to wash it all down. Learn More

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M. Kitchen

Fans of Goleta’s beloved M. Special Brewing Co. Taproom were delighted to welcome the craft brewer’s second location on State Street this September. Even better, it features their first ever M. Kitchen restaurant. That means you can feast on burgers, bacon, brats, salads, sliders and more epic deliciousness while enjoying their fine brews. The taproom is open daily with extended hours on weekends. Cheers to that! Learn More

MOR Doughnuts

MOR Doughnuts is here to make your weekends that much sweeter. The made-from-scratch mochi doughnut creations are exclusively available for pre-order pick-ups. Every Tuesday, the founder and owner Tommy releases his flavors of the week via Instagram and on his website. Not your ordinary doughnuts, his menus feature elegant, creative flavors like matcha, churro, black sesame, and milk & cereal. They look as good as they taste and are packaged in a shiny silver box that calls for a photo op. Don’t blame us if you get addicted! Learn More

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Rascals SB at Bibi Ji

Vegans rejoice! Rascals, a purely vegan pop-up, is now dishing out Dalan Moreno’s super flavorful, innovative plant-based fare for pick-up at Bibi Ji. He’s currently there from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays. The ever-changing, Mexican-American menu features delectable delights like a chile relleno Impossible Burger, al pastor tacos, pozole, asada fries and so much more sinfully delicious, genuinely healthy fare. Go get it while it’s hot…and spicy! Learn More

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Revolver Pizza

Pizza lovers rejoice! Santa Barbara welcomed a new chef-driven, New York style pizza shop on San Andres Street in the Westside neighborhood for take-out, dine-in and delivery. Revolver Pizza’s deliberately simple menu features hand-crafted pizzas using premium ingredients like fresh, hand-pulled mozzarella. Think red and white pies with toppings like clams, pepperoni and broccolini. Freshly baked sourdough and seasonally driven, shareable dishes are also in the mix, plus beer and natural wine for beverage pairings. And if you’re dining in on the patio, you can expect to hear some vinyl on rotation which is all part of their throwback vibe. Learn More

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SALTY at the Beach Bar and Grill

The former Endless-Summer Bar Café at the Harbor was reimagined and reopened under new ownership as SALTY at the Beach Bar and Grill. The dockside restaurant perched on the upper level of the Naval Reserve Armory building overlooks Santa Barbara’s waterfront with spacious patios and refreshing ocean breezes. The lunch and dinner menu features California tavern cuisine from the team behind Solvang’s CHOMP. The line-up of cocktails crafted for seaside sipping includes the Endless-Summer’s beloved Mai-Tai as a nod to its predecessor. Learn More

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Third Window Kitchen Pop-Up

Third Window Brewing, an anchor of the cooperative The Mill space, introduced a lively new pop-up kitchen concept. The rotating line-up of imaginative, delicious savory treats features Pita Ria’s globally inspired concoctions like Parisian falafel and Coco Loco’s famous fish tacos and ceviches—offered the first and third Wednesdays of the month and second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, respectively. Thursdays are all about Uno Mas’s tri-tip bundles, while Waygu Smashburgers are served up Fridays through Sundays. The father-and-son duo known as The Bagel Boiz are also popping up at Third Window. Instagram preorders (via direct message) for their gourmet bagels and schmears open every Wednesday evening when the week’s menu is announced for Saturday morning pick-ups at The Mill. Learn More

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Venus in Furs

A new concept by Good Lion Hospitality in collaboration with Barbareño, Venus in Furs is a 1960s-swanky natural wine bar serving wine cocktails, wine by the glass and small-plate Santa Barbara regional cuisine with decor and music inspired by the Velvet Underground and its ’60s and ’70s cohorts. Pop-up Barb’s Pies offers its wildly popular oval-shaped sourdough pizzas at this location. Please Note: While food service is currently suspended, the Bottle Shop at Venus in Furs is open for to-go orders. Learn More

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Yona Redz Queso Tacos

Taco connoisseurs get ready to indulge as 532 State Street is now home to Yona Redz Queso Tacos. It’s 100% worth the visit to bite into their crunchy, hard shell tacos which are fried right before your eyes. They have beef and cheese versions and dipping them into a special sauce is what makes them “red.” Learn More

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