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. 

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  • #1
    East Beach Tacos
    #1 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 167 reviewsTripAdvisor (167)
    $ | 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 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 881 reviewsTripAdvisor (881)
    $ - $$ | American
    728 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
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  • #3
    Bouchon
    #3 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1047 reviewsTripAdvisor (1047)
    $$ | French, European
    9 W Victoria St Cross Street is State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
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  • #4
    the black sheep
    #4 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $ - $$ | Gastropub
    26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1629
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  • #5
    Toma Restaurant and Bar
    #5 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1881 reviewsTripAdvisor (1881)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary
    324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
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  • #6
    Handlebar Coffee Roasters
    #6 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $ | Cafe
    128 E Canon Perdido St Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2294
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  • #7
    Los Agaves
    #7 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1220 reviewsTripAdvisor (1220)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3027
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  • #8
    Lilac Patisserie
    #8 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 205 reviewsTripAdvisor (205)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
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  • #9
    Mony's Mexican Food
    #9 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 186 reviewsTripAdvisor (186)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    217 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1805
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  • #10
    Barbareno
    #10 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary, Fusion
    205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3706
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  • #11
    Mesa Verde Restaurant
    #11 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 294 reviewsTripAdvisor (294)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Contemporary
    1919 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1503
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  • #12
    Jeannine's Bakery
    #12 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripAdvisor (201)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    15 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2781
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  • #13
    Savoy Cafe & Deli
    #13 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 358 reviewsTripAdvisor (358)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups
    24 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3104
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  • #14
    Zaytoon
    #14 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 373 reviewsTripAdvisor (373)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2221
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  • #15
    Lilly's Tacos
    #15 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 169 reviewsTripAdvisor (169)
    $ | Mexican, Latin, Fast Food
    310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
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  • #16
    Arigato Sushi
    #16 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 566 reviewsTripAdvisor (566)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
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  • #17
    Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
    #17 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1189 reviewsTripAdvisor (1189)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
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  • #18
    Via Maestra 42
    #18 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 223 reviewsTripAdvisor (223)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Deli
    3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
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  • #19
    Santo Mezcal
    #19 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripAdvisor (147)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3529
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  • #20
    Figueroa Mountain Brewery
    #20 of 615 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 173 reviewsTripAdvisor (173)
    $ | Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
    137 Anacapa St Ste F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1848
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