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.

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

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.

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

This venue is closed.

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

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

"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.

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.