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


Goleta Red Distilling Company

Goleta’s first legal distillery specializing in meticulously handcrafted small batch Rums, Agave spirit and Gin.  Goleta Red Distilling Company emerged from a dream with painstaking attention to detail.  We aim to create the finest…


The Mill

Stylistically restored respecting the buildings’ original heritage, Darrell and Kirsten Becker have put a modern spin on The Feed Mill originally constructed in 1904 by the Boykin family. Coined The Mill, the corner of Laguna and Haley is now…


Santa Barbara FisHouse

Huge tropical fish tank, display kitchen, fire pit, oceanfront location, patio dining, innovative cocktails & an extensive wine list.  In its ten years of operation, the FisHouse has quickly become second to none in Santa Barbara’s…



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…



Benchmark Eatery

BENCHMARK eatery is uniquely situated in the heart and soul of Santa Barbara’s business and cultural arts district. With a 360 degree bar and outdoor patio, Benchmark is fast becoming a gathering hub for all of downtown. It’s…


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