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Restaurants in Santa Barbara

With fresh fish, wines from over the hills and a high-tone—and hungry—clientele, it's easy to eat well in Santa Barbara. The generally relaxed atmosphere ensures that fine dining at restaurants in Santa Barbara never feels fussy, either. Here are a few of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara:

  • Brophy Brothers Clam Bar & Restaurant. Located on the marina, this established seafood restaurant makes great cioppino—a staple from here to San Francisco—as well as sea bass, swordfish, guacamole and salsa.
  • Montecito Cafe. Located in the Montecito Inn, which was built by Charlie Chaplin in the 1920s, this Santa Barbara restaurant is a great spot for classic California cuisine. Try the grilled leg of lamb or the Mexican chicken breast with Anaheim chilies.
  • La Super-Rica. There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants around town, from upscale dining experiences to hole-in-the-wall establishments. This taqueria, located just outside of downtown, may fall in the latter category, but it draws long lines for its adobado (pork) and veggie pasilla tacos. It received its biggest boost years ago when then-local Julia Child called it her favorite Mexican restaurant.
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  • 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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