Santa Barbara

Cava

50

1212 Coast Village Rd.,
Santa Barbara,
CA,
United States,
93108.

This Montecito restaurant draws on influences from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Locals pile into the yellow-walled dining room and fill the patio for tostadas and sandwiches at lunch, as well as dishes like seafood fajitas and paella Valenciana at dinner. Santa Barbara is a coastal city, so it should come as no surprise that seafood plays more than a supporting role. Papaya salsa accompanies grilled salmon, and fish like mahi mahi and sea bass are regularly served. Cava lays claim to the “ultimate” margarita, hand-shaken with fresh squeezed lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila. A besito (little kiss) of Cava arrives in the form of a chocolate torte.