The Santa Barbara Area

Restaurants in The Santa Barbara Area

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.

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.

"Charlie Chaplin slept here" is a frequentand often untrueSoCal refrain, but it's apt at the Montecito Inn, which the famous actor built in the 1920s.

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

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

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 the same, but offerings at this fish shack-designed restaurant have expanded over the past three decades.

This kitschy, mock-Danish community of year-round Christmas lights and ebelskiver has never seen anything like Bradley Ogden’s latest venture, a destination restaurant as polished as its gleaming walnut floors.

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

The more casual option of Bacara Resort's restaurants, The Bistro serves Mediterranean and Continental cuisine in both indoor and patio settings, with prime views of the Pacific Ocean.

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.

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

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