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Olio Pizzeria 11 W Victoria St #21, Santa Barbara
Olio Pizzeria
Italian • $$

Olio Pizzeria

11 W Victoria St #21, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Stopped here after almost drooling on a few of their pictures. Rolled up with no reservation right when they opened and got seated right away. The outside...

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

Honor Bar

1255 Coast Village Rd STE 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

The food is worth the wait. I had a roast beef French dip to go and even sitting in my car eating it was heavenly. The au jus is indescribable. The flavor, the...

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Oliver's 1198 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara
Oliver's
Vegan • $$$

Oliver's

1198 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

It was my birthday. We were meeting new friends. What started out as 2 became 6 and Oliver’s was terrific about accommodating our growing party. The...

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Cody's Cafe 4898 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara
Cody's Cafe
American • $$

Cody's Cafe

4898 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

This was the first time I've been to a sit down waiter serviced restaurant since the covid shutdown, I had lunch with a couple of friends and hung out for...

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

Loquita Santa Barbara

202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

From the great food, drinks and service, I can see why we had to wait an hour for this place on a Monday night. The ambiance was pretty and I liked the outside...

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bouchon Santa Barbara 9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara
bouchon Santa Barbara
French • $$$

bouchon Santa Barbara

9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We had a wonderful experience. It was my partner’s birthday. They gave him a card and a candle on his dessert. The food was excellent. One of the best meals...

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Opal 1325 State St, Santa Barbara
Opal
American • $$

Opal

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Food was good but one of the elder waitress wasn't as present. I decided to get dessert and it took her 16 mins to finally get back to me to take my...

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Santo Mezcal 119 State St, Santa Barbara
Santo Mezcal
Mexican • $$

Santo Mezcal

119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

It is a busy restaurant on a busy Saturday. Luckily there were couple of seats available at the bar. We order our food and they brought us the dry yummy free...

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

Corazon Cocina

38 W Victoria St Unit 122, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

I've tried a number of things now, and this is a spot to enjoy a modern/contemporary take on Mexican food. It's really great quality ingredients...

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

Boathouse at Hendry's Beach

2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Incredible food and overall dining experience!! The location of this restaurant is elite, right on the beach with great views and ample outdoor seating. We...

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Shalhoob's Funk Zone Patio 220 Gray Ave, Santa Barbara
Shalhoob's Funk Zone Patio
Tapas/Small Plates • $$

Shalhoob's Funk Zone Patio

220 Gray Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

June 2021 update - this place still kicks some BBQ butt! Ordered the staple here (tritip sandwich) and it was bomb as usual! Tons of perfectly smoked tri tip...

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

Toma Restaurant & Bar

324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

My friend and I loved this place! We were vacationing in Santa Barbara and we were delighted with the food choices, the service and the ambiance. Everything...

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

Los Agaves Restaurant

600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Los Agaves was exactly the restaurant I was hoping to find my first night in Santa Barbara. Yummy food (loved trying the salsas with the complimentary chips -...

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

Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Great Sunday with friends and a lot of other happy-to-be-out people. Music was great as usual. Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan back to playing every Sunday....

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

East Beach Tacos

226 S Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

This place deserves all the hype. The tacos were amazing. I've had a lot of fish and shrimp tacos in my life but these were the best ive ever had. Also...

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Lure Fish House 3815 State St Suite G131, Santa Barbara
Lure Fish House
American • $$

Lure Fish House

3815 State St Suite G131, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Super good food! The portion is big, fish is fresh and worth the price. The waitress is very nice and friendly, recommended us to order sea bass and it was so...

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Mesa Verde Restaurant 1919 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara
Mesa Verde Restaurant
Vegan • $$

Mesa Verde Restaurant

1919 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

One of the best vegan joints around - certainly of the ones I've been to - and I've been to quite a few! There's not one thing on the menu so...

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

Zaytoon

209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

WOW!! The food was incredible! The ambiance with all of the plants and hanging lights made us feel we were back in the Mediterranean!! Our servers, Rosina and...

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Buena Onda Empanadas | Restaurant in Santa Barbara 724 E Haley St, Santa Barbara
Buena Onda Empanadas | Restaurant in Santa Barbara
Caterers • $

Buena Onda Empanadas | Restaurant in Santa Barbara

724 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

If I could give this place 10 stars, I would. First. The empanadas are are scrumptious! Crispy outside with tender, juicy delicious fillings, with chimichurri...

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

The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Absolutely fantastic food, totally on par with New Orleans, fresh delicious red fish. We went on a thursday and it was empty but heard things get tight on...

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  • Superb221 Reviews4.6
Chads Cafe 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Chads Cafe
Breakfast • $$

Chads Cafe

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We came to Chad's based on reading reviews and it did not disappoint! I loved that they provide every table with a muffin basket! I've never seen...

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the black sheep 26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara
the black sheep
American • $$

the black sheep

26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The tasting menu is a great choice. Great variety that highlights the diversity of the chef. Service is friendly but can be a bit slow as more tables are...

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Convivo Restaurant & Bar 901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Convivo Restaurant & Bar
Italian • $$

Convivo Restaurant & Bar

901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

This place is fantastic. The food and ingredients are obviously well thought out. We had the shishito pepper and corn salad which was so good and the kind...

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The Habit Burger Grill 3890 La Cumbre Plaza Ln Ste 200, Santa Barbara
The Habit Burger Grill
Fast Food • $

The Habit Burger Grill

3890 La Cumbre Plaza Ln Ste 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Cmon Santa Barbara habits!! Get with the program and offer the spicy fried chicken sandwich like all of the other habits in the country. It's soooo good!...

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

Brophy Bros.

119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Great food and excellent service. Although it's a tourist attraction, the prices are reasonable considered it's a prime location in front of the...

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  • Superb267 Reviews4.4
Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen - Santa Barbara 35 State St a, Santa Barbara
Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen - Santa Barbara
Gastropubs • $$

Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen - Santa Barbara

35 State St a, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We were staying at a hotel around the corner and this was one of few restaurants open late and nearby. We were a little put off -- bar food and I have a gluten...

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

Oku

29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The sushi is made with fresh flavorful ingredients. There are some new interpretations standard Japanese dishes--I am thinking of the Wagyu beef gyoza--that...

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South Coast Deli-Chapala 1436 Chapala St, Santa Barbara
South Coast Deli-Chapala
Sandwich Shop • $$

South Coast Deli-Chapala

1436 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Best sandwiches in town! Amazing and sizeable sandwiches and so many options. There's a reason there is always a line out the door here. Even across all...

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Wine Cask Restaurant 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask Restaurant
Fine Dining • $$$

Wine Cask Restaurant

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

What an amazing experience. The staff could not have been more gracious and accommodating. Nuri’s food & wine recommendations were spot on, and Chef Josh...

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

Helena Avenue Bakery

131 Anacapa St c, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Good meal. I ordered the yogurt topped with granola, honey, and macerated blueberries. The mint was an interesting but delicious addition to the lemon flavor....

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American Restaurants

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

Jane

1311 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We've been here three times in the last 6 months, and despite being expensive, it's absolutely phenomenal. One of the best places in the Santa...

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

Barbareño

205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The food here exceeded my expectations. Came with a group of 3 and we split the crudo, especial, tagliatelle, wagyu BBQ, and a couple sides. Everything was...

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Joe's Cafe 536 State St, Santa Barbara
Joe's Cafe
American • $$

Joe's Cafe

536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cocktails anyone? Joe's is known for stiff drinks. Yet, this was my first time actually dining and eating food here. I ordered the Meatball marinara...

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Pizza Restaurants

Pizza in Santa Barbara
Marty's Pizza 2733 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
Marty's Pizza
Pizza • $$

Marty's Pizza

2733 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Marty's pizzas are super yummy. We always ask to run it twice. Great flavor, thin dough, it is always perfect. Besides, the owner is a great guy. Try,...

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

Bettina

1014 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Bettina is an excellent pizzeria and one of my new favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. I've only been in person once, but we ordered pick-up when we...

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Lucky Penny 127 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
Lucky Penny
Pizza • $$

Lucky Penny

127 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We visited late June of 2021. We bought three sandwiches before boarding the train. The train station is about a 8 minute walk away. We tried the Prosciutto...

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Mexican Restaurants

Mexican in Santa Barbara
La Super-Rica Taqueria 622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara
La Super-Rica Taqueria
Mexican • $

La Super-Rica Taqueria

622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

There is no wonder why there is a line around the corner starting at 11 am... we found the most authentic Mexican food within at least 30 miles. Highly...

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

Lilly's Taqueria

310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tacos that are well-priced, delicious, and filling! Really hard to achieve all three at other restaurants... either the food is cheap and tasty but with...

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Carlitos Café y Cantina 1324 State St, Santa Barbara
Carlitos Café y Cantina
Mexican • $$

Carlitos Café y Cantina

1324 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

I have been a patron of Carlitos for over 15 years. The one thing they do their best at is their fajitas. The steak is cooked perfectly and the vegetables are...

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Seafood Restaurants

Seafood in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company
Seafood • $$

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

We went on a Monday and there was still a pretty good amount of wait time. But the crab was delicious. Everything else left a bit to be desired, such as the...

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Santa Barbara FisHouse 101 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara FisHouse
Seafood • $$

Santa Barbara FisHouse

101 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Honestly would have given it a 5 but our clam chowders came out room temperature and the replacements were not that much hotter. Sea food platter was good and...

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Shoreline Beach Cafe 801 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara
Shoreline Beach Cafe
Seafood • $$

Shoreline Beach Cafe

801 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Mgr. Cameron, thank you so much for your incredible commitment to customer service! You truly made me feel that you wanted to help me! Thank you for taking the...

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Arigato Sushi 1225 State St, Santa Barbara
Arigato Sushi
Sushi • $$$

Arigato Sushi

1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This is probably the best sushi I've ever head especially the albacore sashimi! I tried a lot of different rolls and don't really remember the names...

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Sushi Bar 29 1134 Chapala St, Santa Barbara
Sushi Bar 29
Sushi Bar • $$

Sushi Bar 29

1134 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The sushi was great. The restaurant gave our family a reservation which was nice. Inside I had the sun shining in my face which was annoying. We ordered a...

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Sun Sushi 3631 State St, Santa Barbara
Sun Sushi
Sushi Bar • $$

Sun Sushi

3631 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Loved Sun Sushi so much. Incredibly kind and helpful staff and amazingly wonderful food! とても美味しかったです!Not only is Sun Sushi the best...

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Thai Restaurants

Thai in Santa Barbara
Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar 38 W Victoria St #109, Santa Barbara
Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar
Thai

Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar

38 W Victoria St #109, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This is our favorite Asian/Thai restaurant in Santa Barbara. You wouldn't find authentic Thai flavor here. But it's still a nice place to try if you...

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Your Choice Restaurant 3404 State St, Santa Barbara
Your Choice Restaurant
Thai • $$

Your Choice Restaurant

3404 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

This is the best Thai food I have ever had! It has been our go-to spot since we moved to SB and we order almost weekly. They also have some of the best ice...

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Zen Yai Thai Cuisine 425 State St, Santa Barbara
Zen Yai Thai Cuisine
Thai • $$

Zen Yai Thai Cuisine

425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

I had a wonderful experience eating here the other evening. They serve delicious, healthy thai food in a beautiful, calm setting. I felt very well after my...

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Burger Restaurants

Burgers in Santa Barbara
Mesa Burger - Santa Barbara, Mesa 315 Meigs Rd, Santa Barbara
Mesa Burger - Santa Barbara, Mesa
Hamburger • $$

Mesa Burger - Santa Barbara, Mesa

315 Meigs Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Very good flame grilled burgers, and prep options. Nice brioche buns. Excellent crispy skinny fries. Like the pepper they put on fries. Local beers on tap....

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Chubbies Hamburgers 2908 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
Chubbies Hamburgers
Hamburger • $

Chubbies Hamburgers

2908 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Super yummy burgers! I would rank this in my top 5 (maybe even top 3) thin style burgers I've ever eaten! I can see why this place is a local favorite!...

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Eureka! 601 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara
Eureka!
Burgers • $$

Eureka!

601 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Loved this place the vibe was chill. The food was even better i ordered the spicy chicken sandwich an truffle fries it was delicious ?. Macaroni balls are...

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Italian Restaurants

Italian in Santa Barbara
Mizza Artisan Pizza & Italian Cuisine 1112 State St, Santa Barbara
Mizza Artisan Pizza & Italian Cuisine
Italian • $$

Mizza Artisan Pizza & Italian Cuisine

1112 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Stumbled on this amazing place walking down State Street. So glad we stopped in. The food was absolutely amazing. The antipasto plate was delicious! So...

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Chase Restaurant 1012 State St, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant
Italian • $$

Chase Restaurant

1012 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We had two dishes and here is my quick review: The chicken Marsala was not edible. The sauces were vile. The pork chop was dry and the baked potato was...

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Arnoldi's Cafe 600 Olive St, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's Cafe
Italian • $$

Arnoldi's Cafe

600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The staff and service were great and the food was even better! My husband said it was the yummiest pasta and salad he's ever had. The food was really...

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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood 512 State St, Santa Barbara
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
Steak House • $$$

Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

512 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Steak was good, but the lobster tail was worth every single cent. Best and largest one I've enjoyed in all my days. Both glad and sad I don't live...

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Jill's Place Restaurant 632 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara
Jill's Place Restaurant
Steak House • $$

Jill's Place Restaurant

632 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We have been hearing good things about Jill's Place and so this is where I had my belated Mother's Day meal. It was not a disappointment. I was...

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Chuck's of Hawaii 3888 State St, Santa Barbara
Chuck's of Hawaii
Steak House • $$

Chuck's of Hawaii

3888 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

5 stars all the way around! Louie our waiter and all his helpful staff were awesome and very attentive! Food was delicious! Thanks to Jose the chef who I met...

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Pickles & Swiss 811 State St, Santa Barbara
Pickles & Swiss
Sandwich Shop • $$

Pickles & Swiss

811 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Awesome sandwiches!! We liked them so much on our 4 day trip to Santa Barbara, that we stopped by on the way to the airport for another sandwich to go....

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Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro 3315 State St, Santa Barbara
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
Sandwich Shop • $$

Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

One of my favorite spots in Santa Barbara. This location is off the main State Street area with plenty of parking, as it is in the shopping center. It does,...

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Plaza Deli 140 S Hope Ave A-105, Santa Barbara
Plaza Deli
Sandwich Shop • $

Plaza Deli

140 S Hope Ave A-105, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Phenomenal lunch.Nostalgic sodas,Birch beer soda!!!! Took me back 45-50 years as a kid. Huge selection of soda in a bottle that I haven't seen in decades....

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