Santa Barbara Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Santa Barbara

Fresh local produce is a staple in Santa Barbara, thanks to a climate that's conducive to a year-round growing season. While you're walking downtown and along the waterfront, you're likely to run into multiple farmers markets, but for the ultimate experience check out the Public Market.

With its beachfront location, some of the most popular restaurants in town, including The Hungry Cat and The Lark, have seafood prominently features on their menus. If fish isn't your thing, try some of the artisan California-Italian cuisine at places like Olio Pizzeria. For a more romantic setting with views of the ocean, reserve a table at Toma.

No matter what cuisine type you choose and where you decide to dine, you're sure to find an extensive wine list. Santa Barbara County is known for being part of wine country. Just a short drive outside the city and you'll find an abundance of small vineyards and wineries that inspire the local cuisine. While you're in town, check out the area known as the Funk Zone, where you'll happen upon several wine bars and art galleries. 

Find the Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara

  • #1
    East Beach Tacos
    #1 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 139 reviewsTripAdvisor (139)
    $ | Mexican, Seafood, Fast Food
    226 S Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3608
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  • #2
    McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
    #2 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 847 reviewsTripAdvisor (847)
    $ - $$ | American
    728 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
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  • #3
    Toma Restaurant and Bar
    #3 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1809 reviewsTripAdvisor (1809)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
    324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
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  • #4
    Los Agaves
    #4 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1208 reviewsTripAdvisor (1208)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3027
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  • #5
    Bouchon
    #5 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1025 reviewsTripAdvisor (1025)
    $$ | French, European
    9 W Victoria St Cross Street is State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
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  • #6
    the black sheep
    #6 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 247 reviewsTripAdvisor (247)
    $ - $$ | Gastropub
    26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1629
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  • #7
    Handlebar Coffee Roasters
    #7 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ | Cafe
    128 E Canon Perdido St Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2294
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  • #8
    Lilac Patisserie
    #8 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 197 reviewsTripAdvisor (197)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
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  • #9
    Mony's Mexican Food
    #9 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    217 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1805
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  • #10
    Jeannine's Bakery
    #10 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    15 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2781
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  • #11
    Barbareno
    #11 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 226 reviewsTripAdvisor (226)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary, Fusion, Barbecue
    205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3706
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  • #12
    Mesa Verde Restaurant
    #12 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 285 reviewsTripAdvisor (285)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Contemporary
    1919 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1503
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  • #13
    Savoy Cafe & Deli
    #13 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 353 reviewsTripAdvisor (353)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups
    24 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3104
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  • #14
    Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
    #14 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1130 reviewsTripAdvisor (1130)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
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  • #15
    Loquita Santa Barbara
    #15 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish
    202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3850
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  • #16
    Arigato Sushi
    #16 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 556 reviewsTripAdvisor (556)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
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  • #17
    Via Maestra 42
    #17 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Deli
    3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
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  • #18
    Zaytoon
    #18 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 351 reviewsTripAdvisor (351)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2221
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  • #19
    Lilly's Tacos
    #19 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 163 reviewsTripAdvisor (163)
    $ | Mexican, Latin, Fast Food
    310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
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  • #20
    Petit Valentien
    #20 of 601 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 260 reviewsTripAdvisor (260)
    $ - $$ | French
    1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
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