Restaurants in The Santa Barbara Area

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Small plates (tomato-and-basil-stuffed artichokes; smoked salmon on baguette) make up the menu at this diminutive tapas bar inspired by chef Laurel... Read More

The more casual option of Bacara Resort's restaurants, The Bistro serves Mediterranean and Continental cuisine in both indoor and patio settings, with... Read More

Try a breakfast Portobello Mushroom Benedict off of the seasonally inspired menu. Read More

The restaurant is known for its frikadeller (meatballs) and medisterpolse (sausage). Read More

The kitchen serves excellent pastas (pumpkin-filled tortelloni, gnocchi Gorgonzola) to a crowd of professors and local families. Read More

This Montecito restaurant draws on influences from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Locals pile into the yellow-walled dining room and fill the patio... Read More

The pizza bakery sells to the West Coast’s Whole Foods. Friday through Sunday, it morphs into a restaurant and serves the pies fresh. Look for... Read More

Try the Greyhound Proper, a cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, gin, and candied grapefruit peel (or any other drink from their menu, which is... Read More

Denim-and-diamond clad regulars dance the two-step to country bands and then chow down on sandwiches. Read More

Spanish surrealist painter Joan Miró inspired this upscale, dinner-only restaurant at northern Santa Barbara’s ritzy Bacara Resort. Chef de... Read More

"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... Read More

Begin the day with just-baked blueberry muffins or decadent cinnamon-roll French toast. Read More

Fuel up the morning of the trip on homemade strawberry jam and pecan-topped waffles. Read More

Pick over a smorgasbord of Danish meats and cheeses, meatballs and smoked fish—or maybe some hakkebøf (ground beef and onions)—at the... Read More

This kitschy, mock-Danish community of year-round Christmas lights and ebelskiver has never seen anything like Bradley Ogden’s latest venture, a... Read More

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... Read More

The open-air trolley on State Street leads to organic lunch spot Scarlett Begonia, which serves one of the best brunches in town. Snag a table in the... Read More

Order the chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at this tiny spot. Read More

Amid the vintage Victorian houses on nearby Summerland's main shopping street, Stacky's Seaside stands out like a grounded trawler. Fortify yourself... Read More

Dine on the slate patio of this 15-year-old local institution that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with organic produce from area farmers. Read More

Have dinner of rack of lamb with mushroom cream in this beautiful courtyard setting. Read More

Santa Barbara's latest arrival is a casual breakfast-and-lunch spot whose home-style sandwiches are inspired by Ugandan street food. For breakfast, try... Read More

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