Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Best Restaurants

Loquita Santa Barbara 202 State St, Santa Barbara Spanish • $$$

“Loquita Santa Barbara is a highly-recommended restaurant that offers an exceptional dining experience. The outdoor patio is beautiful, and the service is informative, kind, and quick. The food is exceptional, with dishes such as the chicken paella and tapas being standouts. The restaurant is great for those who enjoy ordering smaller dishes and dining for a longer period of time, making it a perfect spot for tapas. While some guests may find the prices to be high, the value is reflected in the generous portion sizes and high-quality food and drinks. Overall, Loquita Santa Barbara is a great choice for a special occasion or a night out with friends or family.”

4.4 Superb181 Reviews
Los Agaves Restaurant 600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Los Agaves Restaurant offers incredible, high-quality Mexican food served promptly and fresh. The quesabirria and agaves enchiladas are must-try dishes, with the mango chipotle sauce adding a unique touch. Don't miss out on their delicious churros for dessert. The self-service ordering system is convenient, and the friendly staff ensures a pleasant dining experience. With a unique salsa bar and affordable prices, this restaurant is a definite recommendation.”

4.8 Superb102 Reviews
The Lark Santa Barbara 131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara New American • $$$

“The Lark Santa Barbara is a charming restaurant located in the heart of the "Funk Zone" area. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a complimentary serving of popcorn infused with hints of lime and sugar. The restaurant's atmosphere is cozy and upscale, with a lovely patio area sheltered from the wind. The menu features a range of delicious dishes, including the popular chicken dish, shakshuka, chicken and waffles, and small plates like beets, crudo, and Brussels sprouts. Each dish is expertly prepared with clever pairings of flavor, and the service is top-notch, with friendly and informative staff. Overall, The Lark Santa Barbara is a must-visit for a memorable dining experience that epitomizes the city's charm.”

4.4 Superb111 Reviews
Barbareño 205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara American • $$$

“Barbareño offers delicious, innovative food with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The menu, featuring local ingredients, changes frequently while keeping favorite dishes. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive, providing recommendations and explanations of the dishes. Customers enjoy dishes such as mussels, the Especial, and Santa Maria BBQ. Whether for a special occasion or casual dining, Barbareño is a top choice for fantastic food and excellent service.”

4.6 Superb310 Reviews
The Stonehouse Restaurant 900 San Ysidro Ln, Santa Barbara American • $$$$

“The Stonehouse Restaurant offers a unique dining experience with exceptional service. Standout dishes include the abalone and oyster appetizers, black cod entree, ribs, and chocolate Crème brûlée. While the duck and steak entrees were less impressive, the intimate wine cellar dinner with wine pairing is highly recommended. The property tour, learning about the history and gardens, and the wine cellar visit with a knowledgeable guide add to the memorable experience.”

4.5 Superb372 Reviews
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Opal

Opal 1325 State St, Santa Barbara American • $$

“Opal is a gem of a restaurant that offers a variety of tastes. The Calamari, including the Asian calamari, is a standout dish, with many considering it the best in town. The menu features delicious, well-prepared options, including the popular Duck breast. The restaurant provides a charming atmosphere and outstanding service, making it a top choice for any occasion, whether it's a special celebration or a simply fabulous dining experience. Don't forget to order the cheesecake for dessert!”

4.6 Superb415 Reviews

Restaurants by Cuisine

Stella Mare's 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara French • $$$

“Stella Mare's consistently impresses with great food, ambience, and service, making it a top choice for special occasions and visitors. Waiters are excellent, providing attentive and engaging service. While the wine list falls short, the outstanding food deserves better pairing options.”

4.6 Superb322 Reviews
Rodeo Room 231 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara Cocktail Bar • $$

“The Rodeo Room in Santa Barbara is a great spot for food and drinks, known for its luxury log cabin ambiance and friendly service. The staff are welcoming and treat customers with kindness. The cocktails are a highlight, with a knowledgeable bartender named Bethany who can craft drinks with specific spirits in mind. The menu offers a variety of options, such as churros, a burger, and vegetarian tacos. While the tacos could use more seasoning, the churros and burger are standouts. The Rodeo Room also features a soothing atmosphere with nostalgic music and a dark, speakeasy-style bar. It's a perfect place for a night out with friends or a date.”

4.8 Superb93 Reviews
Santo Mezcal 119 State St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Santo Mezcal is a delightful restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. The staff are friendly and accommodating, with special thanks to Angel, who ensures everyone's comfort and drink order is correct. The menu features a variety of tasty dishes, including Guacamole with warm chips, CAZUELA POBLANA with grilled chicken and Oaxaca cheese, and CRISPY TACOS with shredded beef and toppings.”

4.4 Superb212 Reviews

Restaurants with Delivery

Loquita Santa Barbara 202 State St, Santa Barbara Spanish • $$$

“Loquita Santa Barbara is a highly-recommended restaurant that offers an exceptional dining experience. The outdoor patio is beautiful, and the service is informative, kind, and quick. The food is exceptional, with dishes such as the chicken paella and tapas being standouts. The restaurant is great for those who enjoy ordering smaller dishes and dining for a longer period of time, making it a perfect spot for tapas. While some guests may find the prices to be high, the value is reflected in the generous portion sizes and high-quality food and drinks. Overall, Loquita Santa Barbara is a great choice for a special occasion or a night out with friends or family.”

4.4 Superb181 Reviews
Los Agaves Restaurant 600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Los Agaves Restaurant offers incredible, high-quality Mexican food served promptly and fresh. The quesabirria and agaves enchiladas are must-try dishes, with the mango chipotle sauce adding a unique touch. Don't miss out on their delicious churros for dessert. The self-service ordering system is convenient, and the friendly staff ensures a pleasant dining experience. With a unique salsa bar and affordable prices, this restaurant is a definite recommendation.”

4.8 Superb102 Reviews
The Lark Santa Barbara 131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara New American • $$$

“The Lark Santa Barbara is a charming restaurant located in the heart of the "Funk Zone" area. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a complimentary serving of popcorn infused with hints of lime and sugar. The restaurant's atmosphere is cozy and upscale, with a lovely patio area sheltered from the wind. The menu features a range of delicious dishes, including the popular chicken dish, shakshuka, chicken and waffles, and small plates like beets, crudo, and Brussels sprouts. Each dish is expertly prepared with clever pairings of flavor, and the service is top-notch, with friendly and informative staff. Overall, The Lark Santa Barbara is a must-visit for a memorable dining experience that epitomizes the city's charm.”

4.4 Superb111 Reviews
Barbareño 205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara American • $$$

“Barbareño offers delicious, innovative food with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The menu, featuring local ingredients, changes frequently while keeping favorite dishes. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive, providing recommendations and explanations of the dishes. Customers enjoy dishes such as mussels, the Especial, and Santa Maria BBQ. Whether for a special occasion or casual dining, Barbareño is a top choice for fantastic food and excellent service.”

4.6 Superb310 Reviews
Mony's Mexican Food 217 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $

“Mony's Mexican Food is a popular restaurant in the Santa Barbara area, known for its delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine. The menu features a variety of tasty dishes, including a flavorful asada and a standout bean and cheese burrito made with Peruvian beans. The portions are generous, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant boasts a beautiful outdoor seating area, making it a great choice for dining when the weather is nice. Overall, Mony's Mexican Food is a local gem that is highly recommended for both residents and visitors of Santa Barbara.”

4.6 Superb116 Reviews
Helena Avenue Bakery 131 Anacapa St c, Santa Barbara Breakfast • $

“Helena Avenue Bakery offers a wonderful ambiance in the Funk Zone, serving delicious meals like the Matcha Latte, Potato Leek Soup, and gluten-free blueberry muffins with crumble topping. They accommodate early customers and offer tasty breakfast sandwiches on biscuits. The bakery's fresh and healthy ingredients create a lovely breakfast/brunch spot with a relaxed Santa Barbara atmosphere, especially enjoyable on the lovely patio. A must-try for anyone in the area!”

4.6 Superb103 Reviews
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams 728 State St, Santa Barbara Ice Cream Shop • $$

“McConnell's Fine Ice Creams offers a unique experience with a "flight" taster of 5 ice creams, where one flavor might be odd but the rest are great. Their ice cream is high quality, made with minimal ingredients, and sourced locally. Located in Santa Barbara, the shop has limited seating but excellent customer service. The options may be limited, but the flavors are incredibly delicious. A must-visit spot for a perfect sweet treat in a clean and cozy setting.”

4.7 Superb233 Reviews
We Want The Funk 210 Gray Ave # A, Santa Barbara Pizza • $$

“We Want The Funk is a restaurant that serves exceptional food and provides a unique dining experience. The menu features delicious options like oysters, the Funk Burger, and creative flatbreads, such as the Shroomin' Flatbread. The House Fries are a standout, with a flavorful chili and lime seasoning and a side of lemon aioli dip. The restaurant boasts a funky atmosphere, complete with Beatles-inspired coloring pages for kids and a fun, eclectic decor. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring a high level of quality and customer satisfaction. With wheelchair accessibility and a funky vibe, We Want The Funk is a must-visit destination for foodies and families alike.”

4.7 Superb48 Reviews
Maiz Picante Taqueria 2714 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $

“Maiz Picante Taqueria offers a delightful dining experience with its extensive menu of delicious tacos, including a variety of tasty vegan options. The restaurant is known for its exceptional birria and al pastor dishes, as well as its flavorful salsas. Customers praise the fresh, high-quality ingredients and the clean, friendly atmosphere.”

4.8 Superb127 Reviews
Santo Mezcal 119 State St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Santo Mezcal is a delightful restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. The staff are friendly and accommodating, with special thanks to Angel, who ensures everyone's comfort and drink order is correct. The menu features a variety of tasty dishes, including Guacamole with warm chips, CAZUELA POBLANA with grilled chicken and Oaxaca cheese, and CRISPY TACOS with shredded beef and toppings.”

4.4 Superb212 Reviews
Opal 1325 State St, Santa Barbara American • $$

“Opal is a gem of a restaurant that offers a variety of tastes. The Calamari, including the Asian calamari, is a standout dish, with many considering it the best in town. The menu features delicious, well-prepared options, including the popular Duck breast. The restaurant provides a charming atmosphere and outstanding service, making it a top choice for any occasion, whether it's a special celebration or a simply fabulous dining experience. Don't forget to order the cheesecake for dessert!”

4.6 Superb415 Reviews
Corazon Cocina 38 W Victoria St Unit 122, Santa Barbara Mexican • $

“Corazon Cocina is a standout Mexican restaurant that consistently delivers fresh, flavorful, and creative dishes. From their homemade tortillas and sauces to their exceptional ceviche and tacos, the restaurant raises the bar for a quick, satisfying bite. The staff is efficient, the kitchen is well-run, and the Michelin Guide has even recognized their excellence. Whether you're in the mood for a healthy salad or their renowned tacos, Corazon Cocina is a must-try for anyone seeking a delightful Mexican dining experience.”

4.5 Superb84 Reviews
milk & honey 30 W Anapamu St, Santa Barbara Spanish • $$

“Milk & Honey is a pleasant spot with excellent food, cocktails, and friendly service. It's perfect for a night out, with favorites like Brussels sprouts and Brie cheese dip. The ambiance is romantic with dim lighting, making it ideal for a date night or girls' night. Don't miss the lamb sliders and unique cocktails like the heat of passion. Free city parking lot available nearby.”

4.5 Superb81 Reviews
Bettina 1014 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara Pizza • $$

“Bettina offers excellent food like handmade tagliatelli with braised lamb and arancini. Their Caesar salad and mushroom pizza are outstanding. The seasonal specials and mocktails are a must-try. The atmosphere is terrific, staff is kind, and service is great. Reservations are encouraged due to long waits. This Santa Barbara restaurant at Montecito country mart is a top choice for a delicious meal.”

4.4 Superb140 Reviews
Stella Mare's 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara French • $$$

“Stella Mare's consistently impresses with great food, ambience, and service, making it a top choice for special occasions and visitors. Waiters are excellent, providing attentive and engaging service. While the wine list falls short, the outstanding food deserves better pairing options.”

4.6 Superb322 Reviews
Validation Ale 102 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara Brewery • $$

“Validation Ale is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy attentive and friendly service, great drinks like the Cucumber Seltzer, and delicious food. Catch sports on TVs, live music, and events like trivia nights.”

4.7 Superb126 Reviews
Toma Restaurant & Bar 324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Italian • $$$

“Toma Restaurant & Bar offers an outstanding Italian dining experience, with impeccable service and delectable dishes. The owner's personal attention and the server's professionalism ensure a memorable visit. While the food is generally praised, occasional inconsistencies in preparation have been noted. Overall, Toma is a highly recommended destination for authentic and innovative Italian cuisine.”

4.5 Superb536 Reviews
bouchon Santa Barbara 9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara French • $$$

“Bouchon Santa Barbara offers a nice covered outdoor atmosphere with a great wine list. The waiters are knowledgeable and friendly, guiding you through the menu and wine selection. The crab cakes are very good, though a bit more breading than some might prefer. The steak aux poivre is an excellent choice, with perfectly cooked asparagus and delicious sauce. Desserts like the chocolate lava cake and profiteroles are sublime. Despite a minor error with an order, the staff is gracious and prompt in correcting it. Overall, Bouchon is a wonderful restaurant with delicious cuisine and a great place for celebrations.”

4.5 Superb496 Reviews

Outdoor Dining

Lilly's Taqueria 310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $

“Lilly's Taqueria offers tasty and affordable tacos, with various options such as beef, pork, chicken, and vegetarian. The meat portions are generous, and the absence of dairy makes it accommodating for dietary restrictions. Toppings are self-serve, allowing customers to customize their meal. The service is fast, and the vegetarian tacos are filled with a good mix of vegetables. The asada and lengua tacos are particularly flavorful. Parking is available on the street.”

4.7 Superb133 Reviews
The Stonehouse Restaurant 900 San Ysidro Ln, Santa Barbara American • $$$$

“The Stonehouse Restaurant offers a unique dining experience with exceptional service. Standout dishes include the abalone and oyster appetizers, black cod entree, ribs, and chocolate Crème brûlée. While the duck and steak entrees were less impressive, the intimate wine cellar dinner with wine pairing is highly recommended. The property tour, learning about the history and gardens, and the wine cellar visit with a knowledgeable guide add to the memorable experience.”

4.5 Superb372 Reviews

“Indian Tandoori Kingdom serves authentic and delicious Indian food, including tender lamb curry, heavenly butter chicken sauce, and flavorful lamb korma. The restaurant offers a great atmosphere, both indoors and outdoors, with friendly and accommodating staff. With a huge variety of dishes at impressive prices, it's a great find for those seeking flavorful Indian cuisine.”

4.7 Superb145 Reviews
Rodeo Room 231 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara Cocktail Bar • $$

“The Rodeo Room in Santa Barbara is a great spot for food and drinks, known for its luxury log cabin ambiance and friendly service. The staff are welcoming and treat customers with kindness. The cocktails are a highlight, with a knowledgeable bartender named Bethany who can craft drinks with specific spirits in mind. The menu offers a variety of options, such as churros, a burger, and vegetarian tacos. While the tacos could use more seasoning, the churros and burger are standouts. The Rodeo Room also features a soothing atmosphere with nostalgic music and a dark, speakeasy-style bar. It's a perfect place for a night out with friends or a date.”

4.8 Superb93 Reviews
Rascal's 432 E Haley St Suite # A, Santa Barbara Vegan • $

“Rascal's is a restaurant offering excellent comfort foods, known for its generous portions. Popular menu items include the breakfast crunch wrap and sandwich, both praised for their taste and quantity. The restaurant is vegetarian-friendly, with vegan options available for all dishes. A full vegan menu can be found in Santa Barbara, where the restaurant is located. Rascal's also offers beverages like horchata and a selection of wines. The staff is known for their kindness, and leftovers are generously sized.”

4.7 Superb125 Reviews
Cold Spring Tavern 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara American • $

“Cold Spring Tavern offers delicious food and a unique dining experience. The menu features standout dishes like the bison burger, chili sampler, and barbecue options such as the tri-tip and venison sandwiches. Onion rings are a must-try appetizer. The service is attentive and the atmosphere is bustling with live music. The restaurant is located in a beautiful setting, and the gift shop offers branded items. Parking is available below the restaurant. It's a great destination for a relaxed and enjoyable meal.”

4.6 Superb214 Reviews
Norton's Pastrami & Deli 18 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara Sandwich Shop • $

“Norton's Pastrami & Deli, located on Figueroa Street, offers a variety of delicious sandwiches in a clean and cozy setting reminiscent of New York City. The restaurant is known for its pastrami, which is featured in dishes such as the pastrami dip, pastrami dog, and the Pastrami & Cheese sandwich. The pastrami has a rich flavor and is complemented well by the fresh sourdough bread, tomatoes, and onions. For those who prefer other options, the Italian and Turkey and Provolone sandwiches are also highly recommended. The restaurant offers free parking across the street and serves a side of excellent potato salad. Overall, Norton's Pastrami & Deli is a great spot for fresh and tasty sandwiches.”

4.4 Superb77 Reviews

“Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Montecito offers some of the best sushi around, with top-quality ingredients and welcoming chefs. With only ten seats, the dining experience is personalized and unique, making it a favorite spot for many. The staff is incredibly inventive and creative, serving fresh and fantastic sushi that keeps customers coming back for more. Despite the higher price point, diners find the experience non-negotiable and well worth it for the 17-piece sushi meal and tasty dessert. The intimate setting allows for interaction with the chefs, creating a memorable and authentic fine dining experience. The team, including Chef Sean, Chef Aluka, Chef James, and Bartender/Chef Kevin, works well together to provide exceptional service and delicious food that guests will long to experience again.”

4.4 Superb76 Reviews
Lilac Pâtisserie 1017 State St, Santa Barbara Bakery • $$

“Lilac Pâtisserie is a gluten-free haven, offering a variety of options including breads, sandwiches, soups, cakes, muffins, and cookies. This charming bakery and coffee shop provides a comfortable atmosphere with nice staff, making it an excellent alternative to hotel breakfast. The menu is carefully crafted to cater to dietary restrictions, with many items also being egg and dairy free. With its warm and friendly ambiance, Lilac Pâtisserie is a must-visit for those with gluten intolerance, serving up delicious breakfasts that are hard to distinguish from their gluten-containing counterparts. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this gem is a paradise for celiacs and a great spot to grab a meal or pick up some baked goods to go.”

4.7 Superb113 Reviews
CAJÉ Coffee Roasters 416 E Haley St, Santa Barbara Coffee Roasteries • $

“CAJÉ Coffee Roasters is a beautiful gem located across the street from local shops, perfect for enjoying a delicious decaf iced chai latte. The staff is friendly, and there are plenty of outlets and great WiFi available. This spot offers classic and specialty coffee drinks like the vanilla latte, Rosemary Latte, Burnout, Yemen, and the Bella Rose Matcha. It's an ideal place to work or catch up with friends, with almost every seat equipped with a plug for charging devices. The atmosphere is conducive to productivity, with a cute bar area and a welcoming ambiance. Don't miss the opportunity to try their delicious iced matcha latte when you visit this new favorite spot!”

4.7 Superb111 Reviews
East Beach Tacos 226 S Milpas St, Santa Barbara Tacos • $

“East Beach Tacos in Santa Barbara is a favorite spot for many. With outdoor seating near the batting cages, it offers a variety of tacos, including gluten-free options. Don't miss the "beach ball" taco with chips. The menu features about 10 taco variations, such as carne asada, bahn mi, and grilled shrimp. Parking can be limited, so plan accordingly. Overall, a delicious and flavorful experience worth returning to.”

4.7 Superb110 Reviews
bouchon Santa Barbara 9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara French • $$$

“Bouchon Santa Barbara offers a nice covered outdoor atmosphere with a great wine list. The waiters are knowledgeable and friendly, guiding you through the menu and wine selection. The crab cakes are very good, though a bit more breading than some might prefer. The steak aux poivre is an excellent choice, with perfectly cooked asparagus and delicious sauce. Desserts like the chocolate lava cake and profiteroles are sublime. Despite a minor error with an order, the staff is gracious and prompt in correcting it. Overall, Bouchon is a wonderful restaurant with delicious cuisine and a great place for celebrations.”

4.5 Superb496 Reviews
Dusk Bar 524 State St, Santa Barbara Bar • $$

“Dusk Bar is a cozy spot with a friendly, intimate atmosphere. The creative drinks menu features unique cocktails like the Oaxacan old fashioned and peppermint espresso martini, which are expertly crafted and delicious. The bar also offers fresh oysters, topped with a house mignonette and micro cilantro, which are a must-try. The service is top-notch, with friendly and professional bartenders. With a small, dark setting and limited seating, Dusk Bar is perfect for a chill evening out or a date night. The happy hour BOGO oysters are a great value, making it a great spot to return to again and again.”

4.9 Superb58 Reviews
St. Bibiana 17 W Ortega St, Santa Barbara Pizza • $

“St. Bibiana is a charming and cozy restaurant that offers high-quality pizza options. The menu is simple yet diverse, with customers praising the flavorful sausage pizza and the Whole Shabang. The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions. The restaurant features a small arcade game area that customers can enjoy while waiting for their orders. The pizza is described as thin-crust, with a perfect chew and a flavorful sauce. The only downside mentioned is the limited seating, which can lead to a wait for a table. Overall, St. Bibiana is highly recommended for its delicious pizza and welcoming atmosphere.”

4.7 Superb99 Reviews

Oku

Oku 29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Sushi • $$$

“Oku is a popular restaurant in Santa Barbara, known for its sushi and cocktails. The outdoor deck offers a beautiful view of the waterfront. The staff is well-trained, eager to ensure customers have a pleasant dining experience. They take allergies seriously, adjusting meals accordingly without compromising taste. However, some dishes, like the fire cracker shrimp, may be found lacking in flavor. Overall, Oku is a solid choice for those seeking good food and service in a pleasant atmosphere.”

4.5 Superb390 Reviews
Dusk Bar 524 State St, Santa Barbara Bar • $$

“Dusk Bar is a cozy spot with a friendly, intimate atmosphere. The creative drinks menu features unique cocktails like the Oaxacan old fashioned and peppermint espresso martini, which are expertly crafted and delicious. The bar also offers fresh oysters, topped with a house mignonette and micro cilantro, which are a must-try. The service is top-notch, with friendly and professional bartenders. With a small, dark setting and limited seating, Dusk Bar is perfect for a chill evening out or a date night. The happy hour BOGO oysters are a great value, making it a great spot to return to again and again.”

4.9 Superb58 Reviews
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Bettina

Bettina 1014 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara Pizza • $$

“Bettina offers excellent food like handmade tagliatelli with braised lamb and arancini. Their Caesar salad and mushroom pizza are outstanding. The seasonal specials and mocktails are a must-try. The atmosphere is terrific, staff is kind, and service is great. Reservations are encouraged due to long waits. This Santa Barbara restaurant at Montecito country mart is a top choice for a delicious meal.”

4.4 Superb140 Reviews
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Oku

Oku 29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Sushi • $$$

“Oku is a popular restaurant in Santa Barbara, known for its sushi and cocktails. The outdoor deck offers a beautiful view of the waterfront. The staff is well-trained, eager to ensure customers have a pleasant dining experience. They take allergies seriously, adjusting meals accordingly without compromising taste. However, some dishes, like the fire cracker shrimp, may be found lacking in flavor. Overall, Oku is a solid choice for those seeking good food and service in a pleasant atmosphere.”

4.5 Superb390 Reviews

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Toma Restaurant & Bar 324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Italian • $$$

“Toma Restaurant & Bar offers an outstanding Italian dining experience, with impeccable service and delectable dishes. The owner's personal attention and the server's professionalism ensure a memorable visit. While the food is generally praised, occasional inconsistencies in preparation have been noted. Overall, Toma is a highly recommended destination for authentic and innovative Italian cuisine.”

4.5 Superb536 Reviews
Corazón Comedor 29 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Corazón Comedor offers delicious Mexican cuisine with a step above quality. The restaurant features a nice ambiance and good service. The menu includes tasty dishes such as enchiladas with excellent mole sauce. The spicy margaritas are also a highlight. With a welcoming vibe, Corazón Comedor is a great spot for dinner and a drink.”

4.5 Superb356 Reviews
Secret Bao 1201 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Asian • $$

“Secret Bao is an Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara, offering a sumptuous and delicious menu. The Pork Belly Bao is a must-try, and reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating. Customers have praised the restaurant's excellent and unpretentious service, as well as the quality of the food, which is comparable to some of the best establishments in the area.”

4.5 Superb300 Reviews
Intermezzo by Wine Cask 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Fine Dining • $$$

“Intermezzo by Wine Cask offers an excellent atmosphere and service. The food is very good, although the main course menu may feel limited. Some dishes overuse fennel. Each visit is a special experience with fantastic food, desserts, and wine. The staff, including John O Neil, ensures a memorable night. While the drinks and desserts are good, some may find the portion sizes humorous given the price. Service can be a bit short-handed during busy times.”

4.5 Superb245 Reviews
Sama Sama Kitchen 1208 State St, Santa Barbara Cocktail Bar • $$

“Sama Sama Kitchen is a popular restaurant known for its award-winning dishes and creative cocktail menu. The menu features a variety of unusual and tasty options, including the signature wings and duck salad. While the portions may be small for some, the overall dining experience is described as flavorful and satisfying. Visitors should be aware of the mandatory 20% gratuity, which can make the meal a bit pricey, but the restaurant is highly recommended for its efficient service and unique culinary offerings.”

3.9 Good85 Reviews
Alcazar Tapas Bar 1812 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara Tapas Bar • $$

“Alcazar Tapas Bar offers a unique dining experience with a dark, intimate atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for dates. The restaurant serves generous portions of tapas, including popular dishes like Brussels sprouts, Lamburghini sliders, and Gambas Alcazar. The menu also features patatas bravas, sweet potato fries, and pollo con crema tacos. The staff provides excellent customer service, ensuring a satisfying experience for customers. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy trying a variety of dishes with friends and family, and the restaurant's cocktails are also worth exploring. Overall, Alcazar Tapas Bar is a great choice for a night out, with its wonderful food, drinks, and exceptional service.”

4.4 Superb31 Reviews
La Paloma Cafe 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Cocktail Bar • $$

“La Paloma Cafe is a special place that offers an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant serves delicious oak-charred foods, including tri-tip, carnitas, and charred tuna, accompanied by crispy Brussels sprouts and burnt ends BBQ beans. The waitstaff are phenomenal, providing attentive and accommodating service. The patio is an intimate space perfect for small gatherings, such as weddings and bachelorette dinners. The food and drinks are top-notch, with guests raving about the culinary experience. The staff, including the manager, are kind, attentive, and ensure a flawless event. La Paloma Cafe is highly recommended for its excellent service, food, and atmosphere.”

4.6 Superb100 Reviews
Apna Indian Kitchen 718 State St, Santa Barbara Indian • $$

“Apna Indian Kitchen offers a cute outdoor dining area with attentive staff. Guests love the battered cat fish and refreshing mango lassi. Vegetarian options are plentiful, and dietary restrictions are easily accommodated. The butter chicken, buttery naan, and papadom are delicious. The korma curry with paneer is creamy and flavorful, with a hint of dried fruit. The chai tea is a perfect ending to a great meal.”

4.5 Superb161 Reviews

“The Black Sheep "SB Brasserie" offers an exceptional dining experience with delicious and special meals. The prix fixe menu is incredibly priced and a great value. The service is wonderful, friendly, and caring, making it suitable for both date nights and family gatherings. The chic and relaxing ambiance complements the fabulous meals, featuring delicious sauces and fantastic desserts, paired with a selection of central coast wines and craft cocktails.”

4.5 Superb148 Reviews
J. Wilkes 35 State St Suite B, Santa Barbara Wineries • $$

“J. Wilkes is a must-visit wine tasting spot in Santa Barbara, known for its fantastic wine and exceptional customer service. The cozy indoor seating and the fun people-watching from the pier and ocean view outside create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff, led by Mickey and Audrey, offer a friendly, Santa Barbara local feel, catering to both members and walk-in visitors with their excellent customer service and spot-on wine recommendations. Whether you're passing through or a local, J. Wilkes is a premier destination for an unforgettable wine tasting experience.”

4.7 Superb59 Reviews
Zaytoon 209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara Lebanese • $$

“Zaytoon is a romantic and cozy restaurant with an ambiance reminiscent of a fairytale. The food is phenomenal, with halal lamb being a standout option, accompanied by a side of lemonade. The heirloom salad and cheese are also notable mentions. The restaurant has limited seating, but the patio area is a lovely spot to enjoy a meal on a nice day. The combo kebabs, including lamb, chicken, and beef, are a popular choice, served with a small fatoosh salad and rice pilaf. Don't miss the pistachio spread, topped with pomegranates, and the side of pita bread. With attentive and pleasant service, Zaytoon is a great spot to enjoy a meal, with parking available on the street.”

4.5 Superb108 Reviews
Flor De Maiz 29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Flor De Maiz offers a nice location on Cabrillo Blvd opposite the Santa Barbara Wharf, serving delicious Mexican food including excellent ceviche and great margaritas. The restaurant is very popular and can get quite busy, with service sometimes suffering, but the food is still described as delicious.”

4.4 Superb225 Reviews
Jane 1311 State St, Santa Barbara American • $$$

“Restaurant Jane is a well-run family business that serves great food with a focus on quality rather than quantity. The menu offers a variety of options, including pork loin chop, rack of lamb, and duck. The dishes are paired with delicious sides, such as scalloped potatoes and fresh vegetables like green snap peas and yellow squash. The restaurant also has a great selection of wine, including Zoto red wine. Gluten-free options are available. The seafood stew is a standout dish, and the coconut cake is a must-try for dessert. With its welcoming environment and moderate prices, Jane is a great choice for any occasion.”

4.5 Superb94 Reviews
The Palace Grill 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara New American • $$$

“The Palace Grill is a magical and enchanting restaurant with exceptional food and drinks. The gumbo and jambalaya pasta were delicious, and the cajun martini is a must-try. The mixed seafood platter was divine and could feed for days. The cozy atmosphere makes you feel like part of a beautiful, functional family. The staff pays attention to every detail, ensuring a perfect experience. The chocolate soufflé is amazing, and the live entertainment adds to the enchantment. The owner's personal touch, including a special surprise at the end, makes this restaurant stand out as an unparalleled dining destination.”

4.5 Superb91 Reviews

“Grassini Family Vineyards offers a delightful wine tasting experience. The wines are praised as some of the best in the Happy Canyon AVA, with the Cabernet Sauvignon being a standout favorite. The staff is described as exceptionally friendly and attentive, providing a memorable visit. The Estate Flight and Chocolate Pairing is a highlight, showcasing the winery's exquisite wines paired perfectly with delectable chocolates. The outdoor seating adds to the charming ambiance, making Grassini Family Vineyards a stellar choice for wine enthusiasts.”

4.7 Superb41 Reviews
Corazón Comedor 29 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Corazón Comedor offers delicious Mexican cuisine with a step above quality. The restaurant features a nice ambiance and good service. The menu includes tasty dishes such as enchiladas with excellent mole sauce. The spicy margaritas are also a highlight. With a welcoming vibe, Corazón Comedor is a great spot for dinner and a drink.”

4.5 Superb356 Reviews
Lure Fish House 3815 State St Suite G131, Santa Barbara Seafood • $$

“Lure Fish House is a popular restaurant known for its charbroiled garlic and butter oysters, always perfectly seasoned. The creamy lobster ravioli and steamed mussels with chorizo are highly recommended. The restaurant has a lively ambiance and offers a variety of dishes, such as raw and grilled oysters, steamed mussels, cioppino, and basil margaritas. The service is commendable, making it a great place for a meal with family or friends.”

4.6 Superb139 Reviews
We Want The Funk 210 Gray Ave # A, Santa Barbara Pizza • $$

“We Want The Funk is a restaurant that serves exceptional food and provides a unique dining experience. The menu features delicious options like oysters, the Funk Burger, and creative flatbreads, such as the Shroomin' Flatbread. The House Fries are a standout, with a flavorful chili and lime seasoning and a side of lemon aioli dip. The restaurant boasts a funky atmosphere, complete with Beatles-inspired coloring pages for kids and a fun, eclectic decor. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring a high level of quality and customer satisfaction. With wheelchair accessibility and a funky vibe, We Want The Funk is a must-visit destination for foodies and families alike.”

4.7 Superb48 Reviews

24 Hour Restaurants

Denny's 3614 State St, Santa Barbara Diner • $

“Denny's is an excellent spot for families and kids, with impressive parking, wheelchair accessibility, and a welcoming atmosphere. Quality time is ensured with friendly employees, like Maria, who add to the pleasant ambiance. However, the restaurant's cleanliness and maintenance require improvement, with some tables and areas in disarray, including a leaky ceiling.”

3.4 Good79 Reviews
Jack In The Box 501 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“Jack In The Box is a convenient spot for a quick meal with a friendly staff and now improved management. The restaurant has a clean and kid-friendly environment, with free parking available. While some past mishaps occurred with incorrect orders, the place seems to be on the right track with better service and attention to detail.”

2.9 Average44 Reviews
McDonald's 1906 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“The McDonald's restaurant in the area is a popular choice among locals, offering a consistently satisfying dining experience. The food is always served warm and fresh, with a high level of accuracy in order fulfillment. While the Ferview location in Goleta is considered the weakest in the region, the SB McDonald's stands out as a superior option, praised for its efficient drive-through service and friendly, accommodating staff. Customers appreciate the cleanliness of the restaurant and the quality of the food, making it a reliable choice for a quick and enjoyable meal.”

2.6 Average51 Reviews
milk & honey 30 W Anapamu St, Santa Barbara Spanish • $$

“Milk & Honey is a pleasant spot with excellent food, cocktails, and friendly service. It's perfect for a night out, with favorites like Brussels sprouts and Brie cheese dip. The ambiance is romantic with dim lighting, making it ideal for a date night or girls' night. Don't miss the lamb sliders and unique cocktails like the heat of passion. Free city parking lot available nearby.”

4.5 Superb81 Reviews
Secret Bao 1201 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Asian • $$

“Secret Bao is an Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara, offering a sumptuous and delicious menu. The Pork Belly Bao is a must-try, and reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating. Customers have praised the restaurant's excellent and unpretentious service, as well as the quality of the food, which is comparable to some of the best establishments in the area.”

4.5 Superb300 Reviews
Brophy Bros. 119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara Seafood • $$

“Brophy Bros. is a highly-recommended restaurant in Santa Barbara, known for its exceptional food and service. The New York strip, Ahi tuna, fish and chips, and seafood dishes are particularly praised for their delicious flavors and fresh ingredients. The restaurant's harbor views are also a major draw, making it a great spot for a meal out. While some diners have noted that the atmosphere can be a bit loud and frenetic, the staff is consistently described as friendly and attentive. With good prices to boot, Brophy Bros. is a must-visit for seafood lovers and anyone looking for a great dining experience in Santa Barbara.”

4.5 Superb264 Reviews

Takeout Restaurants

Validation Ale 102 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara Brewery • $$

“Validation Ale is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy attentive and friendly service, great drinks like the Cucumber Seltzer, and delicious food. Catch sports on TVs, live music, and events like trivia nights.”

4.7 Superb126 Reviews

“Jeannine's Restaurant & Bakery is a charming spot for breakfast, brunch, and early lunch. The service is amazing, and the food is great. Customers can order at the counter and find a table waiting for them. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including the classic Eggs Benedict and a breakfast burrito. The outdoor seating is lovely, though some customers find the music to be too loud.”

4.7 Superb90 Reviews
Tacos Pipeye 217 N Milpas St #3281, Santa Barbara Tacos • $

“Tacos Pipeye is a casual restaurant that offers delicious and affordable Mexican food. It is a great spot for both individuals and families, including children. The menu includes various options such as tacos, tortas, and quesadillas. Vegetarians can enjoy the mushroom tortilla. The restaurant is known for its quick and friendly service, as well as its homemade corn tortillas. There are around 15 stools and 5-6 tables available for seating. Additionally, the restaurant has a salsa bar. Prices are reasonable, with a 3 taco special available for $11. Parking can be found in the spots directly in front of the restaurant, but it is limited. The restaurant is located on Milpas street, which is a busy area, and outdoor seating is available but may not be suitable for all dogs due to shared sidewalk space.”

4.8 Superb66 Reviews
Lure Fish House 3815 State St Suite G131, Santa Barbara Seafood • $$

“Lure Fish House is a popular restaurant known for its charbroiled garlic and butter oysters, always perfectly seasoned. The creamy lobster ravioli and steamed mussels with chorizo are highly recommended. The restaurant has a lively ambiance and offers a variety of dishes, such as raw and grilled oysters, steamed mussels, cioppino, and basil margaritas. The service is commendable, making it a great place for a meal with family or friends.”

4.6 Superb139 Reviews
Brophy Bros. 119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara Seafood • $$

“Brophy Bros. is a highly-recommended restaurant in Santa Barbara, known for its exceptional food and service. The New York strip, Ahi tuna, fish and chips, and seafood dishes are particularly praised for their delicious flavors and fresh ingredients. The restaurant's harbor views are also a major draw, making it a great spot for a meal out. While some diners have noted that the atmosphere can be a bit loud and frenetic, the staff is consistently described as friendly and attentive. With good prices to boot, Brophy Bros. is a must-visit for seafood lovers and anyone looking for a great dining experience in Santa Barbara.”

4.5 Superb264 Reviews

“Casa Comal Cocina Tradicional Mexicana is a restaurant known for its delicious and hearty Mexican food, including birria tacos, shrimp tacos, and asada tacos. The corn tortilla tacos are meaty and delicious, offered at affordable prices for the location. The restaurant also serves flavored waters, such as horchata, and cold beers. The asada taco and octopus tacos are particularly praised for their fresh and tender taste. The service is friendly, and the atmosphere is cozy, making it a great spot to enjoy a satisfying meal.”

4.3 Superb80 Reviews

“The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach offers a delightful dining experience with breathtaking ocean views. The restaurant is known for its delicious food, with standout dishes including perfectly cooked halibut and a flavorful lobster roll. Brunch is also served, featuring tasty options and friendly staff. While the indoor seating is cozy, the outdoor seating provides a calmer beach atmosphere. However, be aware that some tables are closer together than others. The bar serves refreshing drinks to complement your meal. With easy parking and attentive service, the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach is a must-visit destination.”

4.5 Superb258 Reviews
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams 120 State St suite b, Santa Barbara Ice Cream Shop • $

“McConnell's Fine Ice Creams is a charming shop with a reputation for serving high-quality ice cream. The flavors are delicious and creamy, with options like Eureka Lemon & Marion-berries, Santa Barbara Strawberries, and Strawberry being particular favorites. The service is friendly and welcoming, with a cozy atmosphere and comfortable seating areas. While the chocolate chip cookies may be slightly firmer than some may prefer, the ice cream itself is a standout and lives up to its reputation.”

4.7 Superb81 Reviews

“Night Lizard Brewing Company is a great spot to grab a beer and enjoy live music in a spacious, open venue with books and games available. They offer an excellent selection of beers, including unique flights like the Girl Scouts cookies flight and the Monkey Flower DWIT. The service is great, with knowledgeable and friendly staff, including Collin, who is happy to share information about the business, which supports conservation of endangered species.”

4.8 Superb60 Reviews
Kin Bakeshop 199 S Turnpike Rd Suite 103, Santa Barbara Bakery • $

“Kin Bakeshop is a popular spot with a weekly rotating menu of donuts and an excellent café. Despite being a small shop with a high demand, the wait is worth it. The shop is known for its handcrafted drinks and pastries, including a black sesame seed latte and mochi. With a kind and welcoming staff, Kin Bakeshop offers a unique and delicious experience.”

4.7 Superb76 Reviews
Dawn Cafe Santa Barbara 524 State St, Santa Barbara Coffee Shops • $

“Dawn Cafe Santa Barbara is a charming spot for coffee lovers. The salted pistachio latte is a must-try from their spring menu. The baristas are friendly and skilled, ensuring a perfect cup every time. Adjacent to "Dusk" for later hours, it offers a unique cafe experience with delicious pastries.”

4.8 Superb54 Reviews

“Institution Ale Co. is a craft brewery in Santa Barbara that offers amazing beers and delicious food. The staff is friendly and helpful, making the experience awesome. The pretzel is a must-try item on the menu, and even non-pretzel lovers will love it! With a great selection of IPAs and tasty cheesy sticks, this place is perfect for beer enthusiasts. The beer garden is a fantastic location for events like Wedding Parties and Rehearsal Dinners, with wonderful food, drinks, and service. A highly recommended spot on State Street!”

4.7 Superb70 Reviews
Third Window Brewing 406 E Haley St #3, Santa Barbara Brewery • $$

“Third Window Brewing is a restaurant known for its delicious food and exceptional beer. The smashburger is a highlight, praised for its extraordinary taste and the clever use of simple ingredients. Their pizza also receives positive feedback, with customers noting that condiments like red peppers enhance the flavor. The beer selection is impressive, and the atmosphere is welcoming, making it a popular hangout spot in Santa Barbara. Excellent service and a consistently positive experience keep customers returning for over five years.”

4.6 Superb100 Reviews
Wylde Works 609 State St, Santa Barbara Brewery

“Wylde Works offers a cozy atmosphere with great crowd vibes. The dark honey beer and kombucha honey beer are must-tries, according to reviewers. On Tuesdays, they host a fun Open Mic night. The staff, like Tekaoh, provides excellent service, offering detailed explanations of beverages and letting customers taste before ordering. The dry clairette honey wine stands out as a delicious choice. Overall, a fantastic experience with top-notch service and tasty drinks.”

4.8 Superb51 Reviews
Los Agaves 2911 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Los Agaves is a restaurant that offers delicious and flavorful food, with quick service and options to dine both indoors and outdoors. The interior features a self-serve area with various salsas and pickles. Popular menu items include loaded steak nachos, Agave margaritas, and a light house salad with mandarines, cranberry, mango, and leafy greens. The atmosphere is bright and pleasant, making it a great spot for both locals and visitors.”

4.6 Superb94 Reviews
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara Seafood • $$

“The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach offers a delightful dining experience with breathtaking ocean views. The restaurant is known for its delicious food, with standout dishes including perfectly cooked halibut and a flavorful lobster roll. Brunch is also served, featuring tasty options and friendly staff. While the indoor seating is cozy, the outdoor seating provides a calmer beach atmosphere. However, be aware that some tables are closer together than others. The bar serves refreshing drinks to complement your meal. With easy parking and attentive service, the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach is a must-visit destination.”

4.5 Superb258 Reviews
Night Lizard Brewing Company 607 State St, Santa Barbara Brewpubs • $$

“Night Lizard Brewing Company is a great spot to grab a beer and enjoy live music in a spacious, open venue with books and games available. They offer an excellent selection of beers, including unique flights like the Girl Scouts cookies flight and the Monkey Flower DWIT. The service is great, with knowledgeable and friendly staff, including Collin, who is happy to share information about the business, which supports conservation of endangered species.”

4.8 Superb60 Reviews
Yoichi's 230 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara Japanese • $$$$

“Yoichi's is a standout restaurant in Santa Barbara, offering an exciting and fun dining experience. With a focus on high-quality ingredients, including some flown in from Japan, the kaiseki menu is beautifully executed from preparation to presentation. The owners and staff are passionate and friendly, providing exceptional service. With its unique sake pairing and attention to detail, Yoichi's is a must-visit for any food lover.”

4.9 Superb32 Reviews

Drive-Thru Restaurants

Carr Winery 414 N Salsipuedes St, Santa Barbara Wineries • $$

“Carr Winery is a charming tasting room located in a peaceful setting amidst the Santa Monica Mountains. The location has a pleasant ambiance, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing visit. The winery is easily accessible, taking only 7 minutes to reach by Uber from Santa Barbara train station. The staff at Carr Winery are friendly and attentive, ensuring a delightful 10/10 experience for all visitors. Wine lovers will enjoy the variety of delicious wines and tasty snacks available. Among the staff, Vanessa stands out for her enthusiasm, knowledge, and ability to make the tasting experience both fun and informative. The wine selection includes reds, rosés, and a Chardonnay, all of which are carefully explained by the knowledgeable servers. Although the Chardonnay may not be to everyone's taste, the other wines have received high praise from visitors. Accompanying the wine, Carr Winery offers a cheese board and other snacks such as nuts and crackers. Although these options cater well to most visitors, it is worth noting that there could be more alternatives for those with dietary restrictions, such as cheese or nut allergies. Carr Winery's patio is dog-friendly, making it a popular place for dog owners. The interior features live music, but the enjoyable patio experience often keeps visitors outside, whether it's for the company of dogs or the pleasant weather. Visitors are welcome to purchase their favorite wines, such as the Sauvignon Blanc (2022), to share with friends and loved ones. Overall, Carr Winery offers a fantastic wine tasting experience with excellent service and a wide selection of wines.”

4.7 Superb30 Reviews
Presto Pasta 2830 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara Italian • $

“Presto Pasta is a super affordable restaurant with great portions and awesome customer service. The menu features a variety of delicious dishes, including the penne puttanesca, chicken piccata, sampler, chicken parmagiana, and Alfredo sauce. The portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable. While the food may not be comparable to high-end Italian cuisine, it is still tasty and satisfying. The restaurant offers a convenient ordering system, where customers can order and pay ahead, and the food is then delivered to their table. Overall, Presto Pasta is a great option for a casual and enjoyable dining experience.”

4.2 Good83 Reviews
Yoshinoya UCSB 552 University Rd, Santa Barbara Japanese • $

“The older Asian lady here is so nice.I come here just to say hi.The food is what you expect from any Yoshinoya operated properly.If you don't mind the thinly sliced beef, I absolutely love their beef bowls.Large beef, no juice, extra grilled onions is the way to go!”

4.2 Good14 Reviews
Carl’s Jr. 7 S Milpas St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“Carl's Jr. is a fast food restaurant that offers a variety of options, including the Big Carl, large fries, and drinks. Some customers consider it the best in fast food, particularly enjoying the Western double bacon cheeseburger and Super Star with cheese. Service is described as great, with managers like Ed going the extra mile to take care of customers, even offering free items to resolve any issues. However, there have been some complaints about inconveniences, such as locked bathrooms with different codes for men and women. Overall, customers find the food satisfactory and would consider returning.”

3.6 Good26 Reviews
Taco Bell 1840 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“Taco Bell is a popular fast food restaurant with a spacious location that stands out for its willingness to work with customers. The menu offers various meals, including a breakfast Crunchwrap and chicken bowl with Diablo sauce. Although some cashiers may have issues with inputting orders, the staff is generally friendly and fast. The restaurant's cleanliness is satisfactory for fast food standards. However, there have been instances where customers found foreign objects in their food, such as a hair in a breakfast Crunchwrap. Despite these occasional issues, customers generally enjoy the food and the app-ordering option. This Taco Bell location serves as a convenient, relatively healthy meal option for those short on time and energy, making it a secret indulgence for many.”

3.5 Good34 Reviews
Baja Sharkeez 525 State St, Santa Barbara Sports Bar • $$

“Baja Sharkeez is a casual restaurant that serves affordable food and drinks. While the food may not be exceptional, it's suitable for a quick bite. The restaurant is popular with college students and those looking for a relaxed atmosphere with sports on TV. The staff, particularly the bartenders, go above and beyond to provide excellent service. The ambiance is lively, and the drink specials are a highlight.”

3.6 Good50 Reviews
Flavor of India 3026 State St, Santa Barbara Indian • $$

“Flavor of India is a popular Indian restaurant that has been delighting diners in the area for years. The menu offers an array of delectable Northern and Southern Indian dishes, from the moist and flavorful Veggie Biryani to the creamy and filling Saag Chana. The Garlic Naan is a standout, warm, soft, and bursting with flavor. The Chicken Tikka is also a tasty option, though not the highlight of the meal. The portions are generous and satisfying, easily enough to feed 3-4 people. The pricing is fair, and the service is inviting and attentive. The restaurant also boasts a welcoming atmosphere and is wheelchair-accessible, making it a great choice for a wide range of diners. Whether you're a seasoned Indian food enthusiast or new to the cuisine, Flavor of India is sure to impress with its authentic and delicious offerings.”

3.7 Good101 Reviews

“The Habit Burger Grill is a popular restaurant known for its high-quality, fresh, and flavorful burgers. The menu offers a wide variety of toppings and sides, allowing customers to customize their meals to their preferences. The service is consistently friendly and efficient, ensuring a pleasant dining experience. Customers praise the Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Sourdough as a particularly delicious menu item. The fries are also a highlight, with one reviewer describing them as the "pinnacle of fry-ness." Overall, The Habit Burger Grill is a go-to spot for delicious and satisfying burgers, with a commitment to freshness and customer satisfaction.”

3.6 Good65 Reviews
The Habit Burger Grill 628 State St, Santa Barbara Hamburger • $

“The Habit Burger Grill, while no longer a local business, continues to offer tasty burgers and fries. Located on State Street, the restaurant may feel more touristy but maintains a clean dining area. Popular items include the charburger with cheese, bacon, and raw onion, BBQ chicken sandwich, and onion rings with ranch dressing. The service is efficient and accommodating, and the veggie options are decent. However, this casual spot is best for quick meals, with onion rings and coffee shake being standouts.”

3.6 Good65 Reviews
McDonald's 3940 State St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“McDonald's is a well-known fast-food restaurant that offers a convenient and affordable dining experience. While reviews are mixed, with some customers praising the consistency of the menu items and others criticizing the quality of ingredients and nutritional value, the restaurant remains a popular choice for quick meals. The service experience can vary by location, but the Fairview location is noted for its superior fries, which are described as crispy and hot, unlike the soggy, undercooked, and oily fries at the reviewer's usual McDonald's. Overall, McDonald's provides a familiar and accessible dining option, with some locations offering a slightly better experience than others.”

3.6 Good80 Reviews
McDonald's 29 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“McDonald's is a fast food restaurant serving good food quickly, with a great view of a busy avenue in Santa Barbara. The service can be inconsistent, with some customers experiencing issues with ordering and receiving their orders correctly. This location lacks a drive-thru, play area for kids, and WiFi, making it a mid-range dining experience.”

3.5 Good64 Reviews
Panda Express 605 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Chinese • $

“Panda Express is a reliable and affordable Chinese fast-food option, offering a standard menu of familiar dishes. While the rice can sometimes be a bit dry, the overall dining experience is satisfactory, with friendly staff and a clean, welcoming environment. The restaurant's commitment to sustainability through eco-friendly practices adds to its appeal. Though not a gourmet experience, Panda Express provides a convenient and tasty Chinese food option, especially for students and those on a budget.”

3 Average32 Reviews
Chick-fil-A 3707 State St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“Chick-fil-A offers great service, with staff members going out of their way to help customers. Orders are always accurate, and the restaurant itself is great. However, the location's distance from the freeway and traffic rules can make it challenging to access. Despite being busy, the restaurant remains popular, but the quality of service has been affected, with some issues reported, such as lukewarm chicken noodle soup.”

3.4 Good93 Reviews
Taco Bell 821 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“Taco Bell, a popular fast-food restaurant, offers a great customer experience at this particular location. The staff is friendly and helpful, addressing any issues that may arise, such as when another customer accidentally grabbed the wrong order. The food quality is excellent, with classic Taco Bell dishes and vegetarian options available. The atmosphere is amazing, and the place is kept super clean. While the service can be a bit slow, especially during peak hours, the food is made correctly and tastes delicious. Overall, customers can expect a satisfying dining experience at this Taco Bell location.”

3 Average42 Reviews
Jack In The Box 3747 State St, Santa Barbara Fast Food • $

“Jack In The Box is a popular restaurant known for its affordable prices and hardworking staff. Customers praise the efficient and professional service, though some note occasional order mix-ups. Despite the small size of the location, the restaurant is a favorite among regulars who enjoy the convenient and budget-friendly dining experience.”

2.9 Average56 Reviews
Intermezzo by Wine Cask 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Fine Dining • $$$

“Intermezzo by Wine Cask offers an excellent atmosphere and service. The food is very good, although the main course menu may feel limited. Some dishes overuse fennel. Each visit is a special experience with fantastic food, desserts, and wine. The staff, including John O Neil, ensures a memorable night. While the drinks and desserts are good, some may find the portion sizes humorous given the price. Service can be a bit short-handed during busy times.”

4.5 Superb245 Reviews
Riviera Bar 20 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara American • $$

“Riviera Bar offers delicious food, including some of the best burgers and steaks in town. The cocktails are expertly crafted, and the wine list features a great selection of old world wines. The appetizers, especially the deviled eggs, are also highly recommended. The service is top-notch, and the ambiance provides an old-school, classy American diner theme. However, there have been some instances where meals were served at different times for different diners.”

4.7 Superb40 Reviews
Third Window Brewing 406 E Haley St #3, Santa Barbara Brewery • $$

“Third Window Brewing is a restaurant known for its delicious food and exceptional beer. The smashburger is a highlight, praised for its extraordinary taste and the clever use of simple ingredients. Their pizza also receives positive feedback, with customers noting that condiments like red peppers enhance the flavor. The beer selection is impressive, and the atmosphere is welcoming, making it a popular hangout spot in Santa Barbara. Excellent service and a consistently positive experience keep customers returning for over five years.”

4.6 Superb100 Reviews

Cheap Eats

Tondi Gelato 401 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Ice Cream Shop • $

“Tondi Gelato serves exceptional gelato with spot-on flavors and a smooth texture. Flavors like mango, strawberry cream, pistachio, tiramisu, lemon, and passion fruit are creamy, refreshing, and made with high-quality ingredients. The friendly staff offers free samples, and the reasonable prices make it a must-visit. Enjoy a delicious treat in a convenient location with nearby street parking.”

4.9 Superb190 Reviews

“Oat Bakery - Downtown is a charming spot with excellent service and a lovely atmosphere. While the pastry selection may be limited, the bread options are a highlight, with standouts like the moist and flavorful miso-maple focaccia and the pumpkin seeds sourdough bread. The bakery is worth visiting, especially early in the day on weekends, and is a great destination for bread lovers.”

4.8 Superb70 Reviews

“Handlebar Coffee Roasters serves some of the best cups of coffee in Santa Barbara, accompanied by delicious pastries like almond croissants. The atmosphere is great, with a lovely design and architecture, and a convenient parking lot. The friendly and courteous staff ensure a pleasant experience, even on busy Saturday mornings. Enjoy a cup of expertly roasted coffee and a great location perfect for a morning stroll.”

4.6 Superb95 Reviews
Handlebar Coffee Roasters 128 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara Coffee Shops • $

“Handlebar Coffee Roasters is a popular coffee destination in the Santa Barbara area, known for its excellent coffee, expertly made espresso drinks, and friendly, attentive staff. The coffee shop offers a welcoming environment for locals and visitors alike, with a focus on quality ingredients and customer satisfaction. Parking can be limited during busy times, but the overall experience makes it a must-visit spot in the city.”

4.6 Superb85 Reviews
Dart Coffee Co 121 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara Coffee Roasteries • $

“Dart Coffee Co. is a highly regarded cafe in Santa Barbara, known for its exceptional coffee and friendly staff. The baristas are highly skilled, consistently delivering delicious beverages, including the popular oat milk flat white. The cafe's ambiance is inviting, with a bright and airy interior and an outdoor coffee garden across the street, providing a pleasant setting for customers. The menu offers a variety of options, including vegetarian and vegan-friendly items such as empanadas and burritos. While the breakfast burrito may have fallen short in some aspects, the chocolate chip cookie and the red salsa were praised as standouts. Overall, Dart Coffee Co. is a must-stop destination for coffee enthusiasts and those seeking a cozy, welcoming cafe experience in Santa Barbara.”

4.5 Superb141 Reviews
LOKUM 1019 State St, Santa Barbara Bakery • $

“Lokum offers the most authentic Turkish delight in the states, with fresh and quality flavors like rose pistachio. The ambiance is charming, filled with Turkish delights and friendly staff. Turkish coffee is a must-try, served in cute espresso-sized cups. The shop boasts a variety of delicious desserts, tempting even those who didn't plan on buying anything. Located near paid parking lots on State Street, Lokum is a must-visit for anyone looking for a delightful Turkish dessert experience. Highly recommended for a tasty treat that won't disappoint.”

4.5 Superb137 Reviews
Chad’s Cafe 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Breakfast • $

“Chad's Cafe is a popular spot with a quick-moving line and swift service. The outdoor seating area is pet-friendly, making it a great spot to dine with furry friends. The menu offers a variety of options, including a short stack of light and fluffy pancakes, eggs Benedict, and a fresh turkey sandwich. The fresh fruit medley is a sweet treat, and the views of the ocean and downtown Santa Barbara are stunning. While the atmosphere can be loud, the food is delicious and the service is pleasant and helpful.”

4.5 Superb136 Reviews

“Petrini's Italian Restaurant offers a family atmosphere and excellent customer service. The food is great, with standout items like the best Tiramisu and wonderful meatballs. Dishes like pork chops with mushroom sauce are delicious, and the soups are loved by many. The staff is attentive, ensuring drinks are always filled and even offering Togo cups. The ambiance is family-oriented, and the cooks are praised as magic makers. Visitors are willing to travel long distances to enjoy the quality food at Petrini's.”

4.6 Superb80 Reviews
The Blue Owl 5 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara Asian Fusion • $

“The Blue Owl is a cozy restaurant with amazing food and friendly staff. The vegan burrito is a must-try dish, and Thursdays are great for trivia night. The menu offers a wide variety, including small bites and family size meals. The Thai iced tea is delicious, and the ambiance is beautiful both inside and out. Customers appreciate the clean and fun atmosphere, with live music adding to the overall experience. Kevin stands out for his helpful and kind service, making it a perfect spot to stop by for a meal after a long day out.”

4.6 Superb77 Reviews
Java Station 4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara Coffee Shops • $

“Java Station is a cozy coffee shop with a comfortable atmosphere and fireplace. The seating is good, and the staff is friendly and personal. The baristas seem genuinely happy to work there. The menu offers a variety of options, including the veggie sandwich, which is huge, and the Tri Tip Sandwich, which is a favorite. The artichoke quiche is also available, although one reviewer found it too salty. Overall, Java Station is a hidden gem worth visiting.”

4.6 Superb76 Reviews

“Buena Onda Empanadas is a small spot in Santa Barbara with a nice patio. The food is great, especially the empanadas and Torta de Milanesa. The outdoor area is beautiful, perfect for a group gathering or date night. The Carne and Chile Verde empanadas are delicious, and the Chimi Papas are perfection. The only downside is limited parking, but the overall experience is a must-try in Santa Barbara.”

4.6 Superb74 Reviews
SB Pho 1221 State Street Suite 10, E Victoria St Lot 5, Santa Barbara Pizza • $

“SB Pho is a hidden gem in downtown SB, offering delectable Vietnamese cuisine that has locals and visitors raving. Despite being a bit tricky to find, this cozy restaurant is worth the effort. The menu features an array of authentic dishes, with the Chicken Pho and Fresh Spring Rolls standing out as customer favorites. The pho is praised for its flavorful broth that leaves diners feeling satisfied and refreshed. Although the restaurant can get busy, the friendly staff ensures efficient service, even during peak hours. Whether you're looking to warm up on a rainy day or satisfy a craving for Vietnamese flavors, SB Pho is a must-try destination that delivers a memorable dining experience.”

4.5 Superb118 Reviews
South Coast Deli-Carrillo 10 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara Sandwich Shop • $

“South Coast Deli-Carrillo is a must-visit spot in Santa Barbara, offering succulent vegan sandwiches like the Tall, Dark and Vegan and the Vegan-Plant Sammie. The Buffalo Chicken Sammie is also a favorite, priced affordably at $15 for a sandwich and a drink. The toasted bread and house-made sauces add excellent details to the dishes. Despite the limited seating during peak hours, the welcoming atmosphere and friendly service make it a top choice for many. Don't miss out on their generous portions and flavorful options like the chipotle sauce - a return visit is guaranteed.”

4.6 Superb72 Reviews

“Alessia Patisserie and Cafe serves the best breakfast and desserts in town. Their croque monsieur, seasonal blueberry filled croissant, and toffee chocolate cake are highly recommended. The cafe also offers delicious coffee, including iced americano, and treats like lemon/shortbread cookie and sea salt brownie. While prices may be a bit high, it's a great spot to treat yourself. The maple bacon croissant is a must-try, and the cafe's pastries are a triumph for those searching for the perfect croissant.”

4.5 Superb96 Reviews

“Mission Street Ice Cream & Yogurt - Featuring McConnell's Fine Ice Creams is a quaint spot with a wide range of flavors. Friendly staff are happy to accommodate unique requests and offer a point system for rewards. The small, bustling location serves delicious ice cream and yogurt, with a price point similar to Cold Stone.”

4.5 Superb92 Reviews
La Paloma Cafe 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara Cocktail Bar • $$

“La Paloma Cafe is a special place that offers an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant serves delicious oak-charred foods, including tri-tip, carnitas, and charred tuna, accompanied by crispy Brussels sprouts and burnt ends BBQ beans. The waitstaff are phenomenal, providing attentive and accommodating service. The patio is an intimate space perfect for small gatherings, such as weddings and bachelorette dinners. The food and drinks are top-notch, with guests raving about the culinary experience. The staff, including the manager, are kind, attentive, and ensure a flawless event. La Paloma Cafe is highly recommended for its excellent service, food, and atmosphere.”

4.6 Superb100 Reviews
Aperitivo 7 W Haley St, Santa Barbara Wine Bar • $$$

“Aperitivo is a restaurant in Santa Barbara that specializes in Italian cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. The menu is mostly made up of fresh pastas and offers a variety of vegetarian options. They can accommodate dietary restrictions and are willing to work with customers to ensure they have a great meal. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and attentive service. The wine list features only Italian wines. Parking can be challenging, but there are some public lots and street parking available. The restaurant is not very kid-friendly, as it is meant to be a more adult spot. It is wheelchair accessible, with a few tables at the front and outside that can accommodate wheelchairs. Overall, Aperitivo is a great place to go for a romantic evening or a night out with friends, offering delicious food and a unique dining experience.”

4.9 Superb41 Reviews
Los Agaves 2911 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Los Agaves is a restaurant that offers delicious and flavorful food, with quick service and options to dine both indoors and outdoors. The interior features a self-serve area with various salsas and pickles. Popular menu items include loaded steak nachos, Agave margaritas, and a light house salad with mandarines, cranberry, mango, and leafy greens. The atmosphere is bright and pleasant, making it a great spot for both locals and visitors.”

4.6 Superb94 Reviews
Apna Indian Kitchen 718 State St, Santa Barbara Indian • $$

“Apna Indian Kitchen offers a cute outdoor dining area with attentive staff. Guests love the battered cat fish and refreshing mango lassi. Vegetarian options are plentiful, and dietary restrictions are easily accommodated. The butter chicken, buttery naan, and papadom are delicious. The korma curry with paneer is creamy and flavorful, with a hint of dried fruit. The chai tea is a perfect ending to a great meal.”

4.5 Superb161 Reviews
The Black Sheep "SB Brasserie" 18 E Cota St, Santa Barbara American • $$$

“The Black Sheep "SB Brasserie" offers an exceptional dining experience with delicious and special meals. The prix fixe menu is incredibly priced and a great value. The service is wonderful, friendly, and caring, making it suitable for both date nights and family gatherings. The chic and relaxing ambiance complements the fabulous meals, featuring delicious sauces and fantastic desserts, paired with a selection of central coast wines and craft cocktails.”

4.5 Superb148 Reviews
J. Wilkes 35 State St Suite B, Santa Barbara Wineries • $$

“J. Wilkes is a must-visit wine tasting spot in Santa Barbara, known for its fantastic wine and exceptional customer service. The cozy indoor seating and the fun people-watching from the pier and ocean view outside create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff, led by Mickey and Audrey, offer a friendly, Santa Barbara local feel, catering to both members and walk-in visitors with their excellent customer service and spot-on wine recommendations. Whether you're passing through or a local, J. Wilkes is a premier destination for an unforgettable wine tasting experience.”

4.7 Superb59 Reviews

“Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Montecito offers some of the best sushi around, with top-quality ingredients and welcoming chefs. With only ten seats, the dining experience is personalized and unique, making it a favorite spot for many. The staff is incredibly inventive and creative, serving fresh and fantastic sushi that keeps customers coming back for more. Despite the higher price point, diners find the experience non-negotiable and well worth it for the 17-piece sushi meal and tasty dessert. The intimate setting allows for interaction with the chefs, creating a memorable and authentic fine dining experience. The team, including Chef Sean, Chef Aluka, Chef James, and Bartender/Chef Kevin, works well together to provide exceptional service and delicious food that guests will long to experience again.”

4.4 Superb76 Reviews
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Zaytoon

Zaytoon 209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara Lebanese • $$

“Zaytoon is a romantic and cozy restaurant with an ambiance reminiscent of a fairytale. The food is phenomenal, with halal lamb being a standout option, accompanied by a side of lemonade. The heirloom salad and cheese are also notable mentions. The restaurant has limited seating, but the patio area is a lovely spot to enjoy a meal on a nice day. The combo kebabs, including lamb, chicken, and beef, are a popular choice, served with a small fatoosh salad and rice pilaf. Don't miss the pistachio spread, topped with pomegranates, and the side of pita bread. With attentive and pleasant service, Zaytoon is a great spot to enjoy a meal, with parking available on the street.”

4.5 Superb108 Reviews
Honor Bar 1255 Coast Village Rd STE 101, Santa Barbara New American • $$

“The Honor Bar, located in Montecito, offers a timeless and elegant atmosphere for both casual outings and special occasions. The menu features delectable dishes, including their signature burgers, fresh salads, and decadent desserts, all made with top-notch ingredients. The cocktail menu is equally impressive, featuring expertly crafted drinks. A recent visitor praised the ham and Swiss on rye sandwich special, as well as the Negroni. The service and ambiance also received high praise. The market's scones were noted as a must-try.”

4.5 Superb99 Reviews
Flor De Maiz 29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara Mexican • $$

“Flor De Maiz offers a nice location on Cabrillo Blvd opposite the Santa Barbara Wharf, serving delicious Mexican food including excellent ceviche and great margaritas. The restaurant is very popular and can get quite busy, with service sometimes suffering, but the food is still described as delicious.”

4.4 Superb225 Reviews
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Jane

Jane 1311 State St, Santa Barbara American • $$$

“Restaurant Jane is a well-run family business that serves great food with a focus on quality rather than quantity. The menu offers a variety of options, including pork loin chop, rack of lamb, and duck. The dishes are paired with delicious sides, such as scalloped potatoes and fresh vegetables like green snap peas and yellow squash. The restaurant also has a great selection of wine, including Zoto red wine. Gluten-free options are available. The seafood stew is a standout dish, and the coconut cake is a must-try for dessert. With its welcoming environment and moderate prices, Jane is a great choice for any occasion.”

4.5 Superb94 Reviews
The Palace Grill 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara New American • $$$

“The Palace Grill is a magical and enchanting restaurant with exceptional food and drinks. The gumbo and jambalaya pasta were delicious, and the cajun martini is a must-try. The mixed seafood platter was divine and could feed for days. The cozy atmosphere makes you feel like part of a beautiful, functional family. The staff pays attention to every detail, ensuring a perfect experience. The chocolate soufflé is amazing, and the live entertainment adds to the enchantment. The owner's personal touch, including a special surprise at the end, makes this restaurant stand out as an unparalleled dining destination.”

4.5 Superb91 Reviews