Restaurants

Delicious Santa Barbara Restaurants

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.

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


Reunion Kitchen

At its core, Reunion Kitchen + Drink was designed from end-to-end to be the ideal dining establishment for locals, visitors, families, and friends to gather and reconnect in Santa Barbara. Located just steps from the sand at the historic Cabrillo…


Satellite

Satellite is a Farmer to Table/Farmer to Glass Restaurant & Natural Wine Shop, focused on ethical, environmentally beneficial agriculture and the freshest locally grown ingredients.  They provide an alall-dayar, lunch and dinner service as…


Kyle’s Kitchen

Kyle's Restaurant Family is a socially-responsible chain of restaurants based in Santa Barbara, California that supports organizations and initiatives dedicated to improving the lives of people with special needs living in the communities they…


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…


La Paloma Cafe

Welcome to the old way of California cooking and hospitality. Quality meats, poultry, fish and vegetables cooked over California oak.  What's Old is New Again: La Paloma Reopens after 37 Years  Welcome back in time, back in Santa…


Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

Since its inception in 2014, locals, travelers and journalists alike have embraced BOB’S WELL BREAD BAKERY artisan breads and bakery. The bakery has successfully become a family business and integral part of the growing Los…


Bettina

Bettina is a cozy neighborhood restaurant serving naturally-leavened, Neapolitan-style pizza made with seasonal California ingredients. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just grabbing a spritz at the bar, we’re committed…


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