The Santa Barbara Area

Restaurants in The Santa Barbara Area

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 hidden courtyard and order the salmon carpaccio.

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 the scrambled eggs, bacon, and smoked tomato on house-made flatbread.

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

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

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


Small plates (tomato-and-basil-stuffed artichokes; smoked salmon on baguette) make up the menu at this diminutive tapas bar inspired by chef Laurel Moore’s travels in Spain.

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 toppings like wild chanterelles and nettles.

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 constantly changing based on what’s fresh from the farmers’ market.)

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