Food & Drink

Taste the best of the Central Coast’s food and drinks 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 at restaurants in Santa Barbara. Locally sourced, farm-to-table meals, craft brews and critically acclaimed wines await your palate. When it comes to food and drink here, 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 and beers.

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 the abundance of harvest is celebrated with food- and libation-centric festivals.

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

Food & Drink in Santa Barbara



1880 Union

The 1880 Union is a historic landmark stagecoach stop built by Wells Fargo in the late nineteenth century in the town of Los Alamos. Since the early 1900s it has operated as a hotel & saloon, and now offers an authentic,…


C’est Cheese

Gourmet Cheese Shop   C'est Cheese is Santa Barbara’s premier gourmet cheese shop.  We feature over 100 artisan cheeses from all over the world, which we sample and cut to order. Our meat case features over a dozen types of…


Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.

Initially established in 1979 as a buying station for local lobster and abalone, Santa Barbara Shellfish evolved into the area expert when it comes to local crustaceans, shrimp, and other seafood specialties. Very affordable fresh fare!


Convivo Restaurant and Bar

Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant with an Italian soul. Chef-Owner Peter McNee's food is best described as ‘Nomad Italian’. It strays from the standard or traditional Italian, sourcing inspiration from many other cultures’…


Sambo’s Restaurant

This is the ' ORIGINAL' Sambo's Restaurant that started it all! The restaurant is currently owned and managed by the original founders' grandson, Chad Stevens. Sambo's continues the family tradition established by Chad's grandfather Sam. (In fact…


Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

Finch & Fork Restaurant is a gathering place where guests are welcomed to share in small plates and great conversation. Chef Peter Cham brings to life a menu designed to be paired with craft cocktails, artisanal wines and great…


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