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


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,…


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!




Boathouse Hendry’s Beach

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…


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,…


Jane Restaurant

Jane is a dining establishment that brings a bit of one family's exuberate past deliciously into the present. Located in Santa Barbara & Goleta, California. 


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