Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant, Blackbird brings fine dining to the Santa Barbara waterfront. Open for dinner only, the Mediterranean-leaning spot serves a mix of classic and contemporary dishes, all with a focus on locally sourced, hyper-seasonal ingredients. Either in the Art Deco dining room or outside on the State Street patio, diners pair specialty cocktails and regional wines with creative plates like gazpacho with soft-shell crab, and scallops with feta gnocchi and six-minute egg. Not to be missed is the “charcuterie” plate, which swaps the usual cured meats and cheeses for smoked seafood and country pâté.

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