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Restaurants in The Santa Barbara Area

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these The Santa Barbara Area restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best The Santa Barbara Area 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 The Santa Barbara Area 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 The Santa Barbara Area restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in The Santa Barbara Area.

  • A-ru Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Azu

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Small plates (tomato-and-basil-stuffed artichokes; smoked salmon on baguette) make up the menu at this diminutive tapas bar inspired by chef Laurel... More
  • 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
  • Ballard Inn

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Big Sky Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Try a breakfast Portobello Mushroom Benedict off of the seasonally inspired menu. More
  • Bit O' Denmark

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The restaurant is known for its frikadeller (meatballs) and medisterpolse (sausage). More
  • Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Buona Tavola

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The kitchen serves excellent pastas (pumpkin-filled tortelloni, gnocchi Gorgonzola) to a crowd of professors and local families. 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
  • Deco

  • Full of Life Flatbread

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 topp... More
  • Grappolo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • 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

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