New Restaurants in Santa Barbara

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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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New Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Courthouse Tavern

The newest eatery on Anapamu Street, Courthouse Tavern is a laid-back breakfast, lunch and dinner hotspot with sweeping views of the striking Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Sunken Gardens. Serving up American classics like burgers, sandwiches and salads, don’t miss out on the all-day happy hour and where you can sip on a blended strawberry margarita while relaxing under shaded umbrellas. The restaurant’s location is great for catching gorgeous elopements at the Courthouse or admiring the towering white adobe buildings that make up Santa Barbara’s iconic red tile roofed skyline while you dine. Courthouse Tavern is within walking distance from State Street Promenade as well, making it easy to peruse local boutiques and galleries after you’ve eaten your fill. Learn More

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Matty's Hot Chicken Pop-Up

Southern comfort food is the name of the game for the Santa Barbara Public Market’s latest pop-up, Matty’s Hot Chicken. Every Friday and Saturday, get ready to sizzle with your choice of spicy fried chicken sandwiches, wings, or the “Flaquito” – fried chicken breast served over white bread. The menu’s irresistible sides include mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salad, coleslaw and pickled cucumber salad. Top everything off with a refreshing lemonade or Mexican coke, and post up at the outdoor patio to watch the game, and nosh on spicy fried chicken to your heart’s content. Learn More

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Reunion Kitchen + Drink

Situated beachside at Cabrillo Pavilion, Reunion Kitchen + Drink has brought its classic, hand-crafted menu, including a stellar cocktail and draft beer list, to the Santa Barbara coastline. Explore a variety of drink options, and savor a Bloody Mary flight or Dad’s Mai Tai while soaking in oceanfront views from either indoor or outdoor patio seating. Try favorites like the miso glazed sea bass or crispy pancetta pasta, and breathe in the fresh breeze that wafts from nearby East Beach. Feeling stuffed? Take a few steps to the beach for a post-meal stroll towards Stearns Wharf. There, you’ll catch a memorable view of downtown Santa Barbara, the harbor and beyond. Learn More

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Riviera Bar

Riviera Bar brings the nostalgia back to Figueroa Street, where locals and visitors alike can appreciate bar and tavern dining at its finest. Think small plates like steak brochettes and zucchini fritters, crisp salads and larger entrees such as the brick-pressed chicken sandwich. The curated cocktails include favorites like a classic martini and old fashioned, as well as beer and small batch local and imported wines to complement your meal. The intimate setting is perfect for a small group outing or a romantic date night. Less than a block from State Street, Riviera Bar is the ideal stop for a quick bite and a cocktail or two. Learn More

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XO Burger

Smashburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, fries and soft serve ice cream, what combination could be better? XO Burger, open Thursday through Monday, adjacent to Dart Coffee on Yanonali Street, keeps it simple by offering four mouthwatering menu items and unique accoutrements. The fried chicken sandwich is accompanied by tangy slaw and a toasted brioche bun, and the smashburger includes two patties with delicious, melty cheese. Choose from a variety of sauces to dip your fries in, like herbed ranch, special sauce, ketchup or black garlic aioli. Complete your meal with organic chocolate or vanilla soft serve. XO Burger is in the heart of the Funk Zone, allowing you to take advantage of area wineries, breweries, art galleries and boutiques, all within walking distance. Learn More

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New Restaurants in Goleta

Centennial Beer Hall

Goleta’s craft brew scene just got hoppier with the introduction of Centennial Beer Hall. Named after the hops that induced revolutionary changes in the brewing industry, Centennial serves two dozen unique beers and focuses on independent American craft breweries and artisan producers. Whet your whistle on a number of IPAs, Belgian Tripels, Sours, Saisons and so much more. Along with serving refreshing beverages, Centennial Beer Hall is also host to comedy shows, live music and trivia on the weekends, so grab a pint and enjoy yourself. Learn More

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Kyle's Protein Grill

The newest concept from the creators of Kyle’s Kitchen, Kyle’s Protein Grill offers up healthy bowls and on-the-go entrees. Order from a variety of meats, grains and vegetables to create your perfect meal, but don’t forget the flavorful sauces to add an extra kick. Vegetarians can choose from a variety of plant-based options. Convenience is key, and the menu offerings are designed to be eaten easily, especially with the whole family in tow. Kyle’s Protein Grill also donates a portion of its profits to special needs causes, so you can give back while you munch on delicious food. Learn More

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Timber's Roadhouse

Built after World War II, Timber’s Roadhouse was constructed in the 1950s out of wood and metal from nearby Ellwood pier that was shelled in the war. This historic restaurant now pays homage to California’s history and cooks up tangy BBQ for friends and families to gather ‘round and feast. The expansive menu doesn’t stop at steak though, the famed oxtail mac ‘n’ cheese is a favorite, along with the grilled fish, chicken, and a number of vegetarian-friendly entrees and sides. Timber’s spacious outdoor area is the ideal spot to relax near the fire pit, play games and kick-back with a cold drink before or after your meal. Learn More

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