With more than 450 different Santa Barbara restaurants to choose from, you’ll find the perfect spot to enjoy, from five-star dining to mom-and-pop cafés to the burger joint voted Best Tasting in the United States. You’ll find memorable meals here that are sure to delight — no matter your taste.
From California-centric interpretations of Mediterranean flavors to spicy regional Mexican cuisine, you’ll find plenty of great food. Seafood lovers will delight in tasting the catch of the day, fresh from our own waters off the Channel Islands. And no matter where you choose to dine, there’s likely to be a selection of local wines grown in one of the nearby AVAs. Taking advantage of fresh ingredients paired with local wines and beers, you’re sure to discover something delicious here that you won’t find anywhere else.
Treat yourself to a farm-to-table dinner in Santa Barbara you won’t soon forget. The area has some of the best weather year-round, which makes for bountiful harvests in our fields and vineyards. Our restaurant’s creative chefs are sourcing from daily farmers markets that feature beautiful local produce and fish markets situated adjacent to the Santa Barbara Harbor for the freshest seafood. These wonderful local ingredients build the foundation for incredible dishes and an unforgettable dining experience. If you’re wondering what wine or local craft beer to pair with your meal, just ask your server — they’re likely a trained sommelier or cicerone and can offer insights into a fantastic local discovery.
Where to Eat in Santa Barbara
Splurge-worthy fine dining, off-the-beaten-path taquerias, or family-friendly restaurants with an oceanview — you’ll find a variety of dining experiences in Santa Barbara, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Continue reading this page to discover featured local restaurants, articles packed with recommendations and insights, and more to help you plan your next delicious visit to Santa Barbara.
Arguably the most beautiful restaurant setting in Santa Barbara, the Boathouse sits on the sand at Hendry’s Beach, amidst the bluffs. Large beachside patio with giant fire pit, inside/outside bar with fabulous cocktails (try the…
lunch: monday-saturday 11:30am - 2pm dinner: nightly from 5pm up to 32 guests in the TAVERNA ROOM at Olio Pizzeria welcome to olio pizzeria, our simple pizza bar-wine bar-full bar casual concept that was inspired by the myriad neighborhood pizzerie…
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!
Treat yourself to a gorgeous table right on the patio overlooking the ocean and eat our way through the menu at Bella Vista at Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram @_thomasdawson
Enjoy a taste of Italy at Olio Pizzeria Enoteca & Bar. More in the mood for pasta? Don't fear! The formal Italian dining is just around the corner at Olio Limone. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @oliosantabarbara
This mouth watering dish comes with a melange of wild mushrooms, toasted almonds, red peppers, carrots, zucchini, red and green cabbage, surrounded by fresh capri tomatoes, avocados and crispy wontons. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @opal_sb