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

Having successfully navigated the catering industry since 2014, Beans Barbeque is now a permanent fixture on State Street, where you can get your tangy BBQ fixings to enjoy in the sunshine. The family-owned restaurant offers a vast selection of meats, sandwiches, salads and platters, along with mouthwatering sides like beer battered onion rings, brown sugar baked beans and five cheese mac ‘n cheese. Be sure to grab napkins with your order, as the dishes tend to be finger-licking good. Learn More

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Fully embracing the vibrant colors and flavors of Sicily, Bedda Mia has brought handmade Italian fare to Santa Barbara’s State Street. Think fresh seafood, like ammaru cu l’ogghiu santu (braised spot prawns), artisan pastas such as panziteddda di porcu (bucatini with spicy pork belly sugo) and spaghetti cu l’ova di tunno (spaghetti with tuna roe), and other Italian classics. Don’t forget to pair your meal with hand-selected wines and other curated cocktails. Within walking distance of the Santa Barbara Arts District, the State Street Promenade, and the heart of downtown, Bedda Mia is the perfect European escape, no passport required. Saluti! Learn More

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Known in Santa Barbara’s culinary scene for their popular lobster, uni and oyster pop-ups at Municipal Winemakers, Broad Street Oyster Company is here to permanently serve up mouthwatering seafood classics at Kim’s Service Department. While the flagship location is still in Malibu, the new Santa Barbara locale is ideally situated between Shaker Mill and Modern Times in downtown Santa Barbara. So grab a drink and take a bite of incredible lobster rolls, oysters, raw bar and other delicious dishes. Simply experiencing the spot’s ocean-themed, funky restaurant decor is worth a trip on its own! Learn More

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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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Open Tuesday through Sunday in their freshly expanded location on Figueroa Street, Hook & Press is known for their handmade and seasonally flavored donuts and craft coffee. Select from the mouthwatering classic brioche, deluxe brioche or cake bases with an unbelievable variety of glazes, toppings and fillings. Some local favorites include blueberry crisp, lavender lemon and horchata latte. Be sure to stop in early though as these donuts tend to fly off the counter during the breakfast rush. Craving more than just a super-Instagrammable sweet treat? The restaurant serves up a full breakfast menu until noon, including the likes of egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, avocado tartines, fruit bowls and buttermilk biscuits. Learn More

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Get your caffeine fix at Little Heart Cafecito, the newest coffee hotspot to open up within Santa Barbara Public Market. The coffee shop also offers Mexican-style breakfast (think tacos, burritos and more) all morning. Supplement your morning churro latte with the El Tejano taco, made with farmers market eggs, bacon, potatoes and melty cheese. The Santa Barbara Public Market is the perfect location to stop for a bite to eat while perusing the State Street Promenade, exploring the Saturday farmers markets and so much more in downtown Santa Barbara. Learn More

Coast Village Road’s newest culinary-focused resident is already making epicurean waves. LOCAL’s menu spans from crudo of the day and freshly cracked oysters for starters, to Korean maple glazed chicken wings, juicy steak frites and handmade pasta. If you aren’t drooling yet, the spot’s specialty cocktail list includes the lilikoi daquiri, white falcon fuzz and hibiscus paloma, all to be savored on the outdoor patio, complete with firepits and lit by dreamy Edison bulb fixtures. Pair your meal with a dessert (or two!) such as coconut pana cotta with yuzu lemon or gluten-free chocolate peanut butter pie to end the night on a sweet note. Don’t miss the restaurant’s live music on Monday and Wednesday, where you can jam along to local singer songwriters as you dine. Learn More

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Southern comfort food is the name of the game for the Santa Barbara Public Market’s latest addition, Matty’s Hot Chicken. Open Thursday through Monday, 12 p.m. to  3 p.m. and 5 p.m. until sold out, 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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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 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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Home-cooked, passed down by generations, Soul food is the main attraction at Soul Bites. Situated in Music Alley on lower State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, the African American comfort food restaurant is sure to warm hearts and fill bellies. Chef John Cleveland’s menu features smaller bites like smoked mac ‘n cheese and collard greens with smoked turkey, and larger dishes like maple brined fried chicken and fish and chips. Don’t skimp on the handmade sauces either. The fresno chili aioli is fried chicken’s best friend. Catch dinner and a show at Music Alley or order lunch to go; the options are endless! Learn More

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Smashburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, fries and soft serve ice cream, what combination could be better? XO Santa Barbara, 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 Santa Barbara 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.

But that’s not all! XO Burger also offers a breakfast menu of fried egg sandwiches. Whether you’re searching for the breakfast of champions or a way to cure a weekend hangover, menu items like the Dirty Diner and Hangover Fries are sure to do the trick. Learn More

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New Restaurants in Goleta

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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Santa Barbara locals Tom and Amber Ramirez and executive chef Tony Bones have brought BBQ cuisine to Old Town Goleta. Feast on juicy brisket, tri-tip, pork belly, pulled pork and more, with classic barbeque favorites including potato and macaroni salad, coleslaw, fries and baked beans. Dine in for lunch or pick up dinner for the whole family at this homegrown spot, and enjoy the sweet mesquite smoke that wafts through the restaurant as you choose your meal. The welcoming atmosphere and hearty plates are sure to leave you satisfied. Learn More

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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

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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