The Santa Barbara Area

Restaurants in The Santa Barbara Area

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.