Restaurants

Delicious Santa Barbara Restaurants

With more than 470 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.

Can’t decide where to eat first? Get recommendations for a few must-try restaurants in Santa Barbara to help you start planning.

Farm-to-Table Dining

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.

Restaurants in Santa Barbara


The Club & Guest House at UCSB

The Club & Guest House welcomes guests to dine, stay, meet and gather in an architectural icon—recently renovated and expanded—in the heart of the UC Santa Barbara campus. The facility offers an all-inclusive guest…


Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, features innovative artisanal pizzas from a wood-burning oven, with locally sourced garden fresh salads, delicious hot & cold sandwiches, handmade sweet treats, beer, wine…


San Setto

San Setto, or sunset in English, draws inspiration from its unique locale atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and breathtaking sunsets. Simplicity, authenticity, and integrity combine to create a menu of traditional sushi, sashimi, and…


Loquita Santa Barbara

Loquita serves authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fire grilled seafood and meats, and seasonal paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally…


Olio e Limone Ristorante

Olio e Limone (“Oil and Lemon” in Italian) RistoranteInnovative Italian CuisineHusband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello rely on the integrity of ingredients and the quality of the preparation to offer Santa Barbara creative,…


Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant

With a double-sided bar looking out over the harbor, and the spirited atmosphere of good times and great people, Brophy Bros. Santa Barbara doesn’t disappoint.   Genuine - Local - Causal. Since 1986


Saint Remy

Discover Saint Remy. Tempt your appetite and entice your senses. Saint Remy features the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, delivered with a Mediterranean coastal twist. From breakfast through dinner, every meal is uniformly inventive and…


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