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Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Santa Barbara restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Santa Barbara restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Santa Barbara to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Santa Barbara restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Santa Barbara.

  • Bacara Resort's Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The more casual option of Bacara Resort's restaurants, The Bistro serves Mediterranean and Continental cuisine in both indoor and patio settings, w... More
  • Café Buenos Aires

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A steak with chimichurri sauce and a bottle of Malbec pair well on the shady patio of this Santa Barbara staple that serves South American cuisine. More
  • Cava

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This Montecito restaurant draws on influences from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Locals pile into the yellow-walled dining room and fill the pa... More
  • Hungry Cat, Santa Barbara

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Try the Greyhound Proper, a cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, gin, and candied grapefruit peel (or any other drink from their menu, which ... More
  • L'Ombretta

  • Miró

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Spanish surrealist painter Joan Miró inspired this upscale, dinner-only restaurant at northern Santa Barbara’s ritzy Bacara Resort. Chef de cuisine... More
  • Montecito Cafe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    "Charlie Chaplin slept here" is a frequent—and often untrue—SoCal refrain, but it's apt at the Montecito Inn, which the famous actor built in the 1... More
  • Quantum Kitchen & Cocktails

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Since 1980, Tom White has featured local shellfish at his eatery at the end of Stearn’s Wharf, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Views have remained t... More
  • Sevilla

  • Square One, Santa Barbara

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This venue is closed. More
  • Stacky’s Seaside

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Amid the vintage Victorian houses on nearby Summerland's main shopping street, Stacky's Seaside stands out like a grounded trawler. Fortify yoursel... More

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