Eating and Drinking in Santa Barbara
Collected by Alexandra Cheney , AFAR Local Expert
Local, seasonal menus define the Santa Barbara dining scene, whether downtown, on the Mesa or in neighboring Montecito. Chefs shop at the Santa Barbara farmers markets not only for their produce and ranch-raised meats, but for inspiration, and many menus, from fine dining to mobile food trucks, change daily, weekly or monthly.
1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, USA
Overlooking Montecito's Butterfly Beach, outdoor terrace at Bella Vista, the restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara, has stunning views of the ocean and coastline, plus a retractable glass roof and...
202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Loquita epitomizes Santa Barbara's love affair with Spain, from the walnut bar to the tiled outdoor patio. The cuisine is rustic and farm-based with plenty of tapas options, like the iconic pan con tomate, a Spanish staple of freshly...
1919 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA
For chef Greg Arnold's organic menu at Mesa Verde, he sources locally harvested ingredients to create the strictly vegetarian, mostly vegan cuisine. In the leafy space located on the Mesa, Santa Barbara's bluff-top neighborhood...
131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
The Lark is easily the best restaurant in the Funk Zone: The food is fresh, seasonal, and local, the dishes surprising yet always comforting, and the portions sizes generous (a rarity in this era of tiny plates). My perfect day in Santa Barbara...
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
About a 20-minute drive from Santa Barbara, Cold Spring Tavern up the winding San Marcos Pass was built in 1886 and originally functioned as a stagecoach stop. Not much has changed: the Western style is complete with wagon wheels and...
119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA
A local legend for its fresh seafood and particularly its clam chowder, the super-casual Brophy Bros. is right on the marina. There's an oyster bar, or you can sit on the upstairs terrace overlooking the pleasure craft coming and going. The...
38 W Victoria St #119, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
The premise is simple at Bigeye Raw Bar, but executed with precision: Poke bowls, sushi, tartare, handrolls, and oysters are all locally-sourced and super fresh. Inside the Santa Barbara Public Market, an urban marketplace and food hall,...
127 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Make good friends with the folks at Lucky Penny because, if you're staying here for a few days, you'll see them often. The place is just that addictive and utilitarian. Go for breakfast and you'll find lattes, eggs cooked and served in a cast iron...
331 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
A local favorite, BYB (as its fans call it) now has multiple locations in Santa Barbara and LA, and is the go-to spot for acai bowls, smoothies, and breakfast bowls. The non-dairy milks—cashew and hemp—are made in-house and to...
205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
The team at Barbareño change the menu monthly, although the oak tagliatelle with acorn flour and oak-smoked veggies is a mainstay, and the red-oak wood grill gives many dishes their distinctive taste. The building once housed the...
406 E Haley St #3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
While Santa Barbara might be home to more than 200 wineries, the craft brewery scene is heating up. Kris Parker, the grandson of famed Santa Barbara winemaker and resort owner-operator Fess Parker, is a founder of Third Window...
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