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 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ | 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 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 890 reviewsTripAdvisor (890)
    $ - $$ | American
    728 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
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  • #3
    Handlebar Coffee Roasters
    #3 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $ | Cafe
    128 E Canon Perdido St Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2294
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  • #4
    Bouchon
    #4 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1055 reviewsTripAdvisor (1055)
    $$ | French, European
    9 W Victoria St Cross Street is State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3123
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  • #5
    Toma Restaurant and Bar
    #5 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1916 reviewsTripAdvisor (1916)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
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  • #6
    the black sheep
    #6 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | Gastropub
    26 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1629
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  • #7
    Los Agaves
    #7 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1231 reviewsTripAdvisor (1231)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3027
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  • #8
    Lilac Patisserie
    #8 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 211 reviewsTripAdvisor (211)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
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  • #9
    Mony's Mexican Food
    #9 of 538 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 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 246 reviewsTripAdvisor (246)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary, Fusion
    205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3706
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  • #11
    Zaytoon
    #11 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 381 reviewsTripAdvisor (381)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
    209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2221
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  • #12
    Savoy Cafe & Deli
    #12 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripAdvisor (364)
    $ - $$ | Soups, Deli, Healthy, Wine Bar
    24 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3104
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  • #13
    Jeannine's Bakery
    #13 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 204 reviewsTripAdvisor (204)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    15 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2781
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  • #14
    Mesa Verde Restaurant
    #14 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 298 reviewsTripAdvisor (298)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Contemporary
    1919 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1503
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  • #15
    Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
    #15 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1217 reviewsTripAdvisor (1217)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
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  • #16
    Arigato Sushi
    #16 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 571 reviewsTripAdvisor (571)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
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  • #17
    Santo Mezcal
    #17 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 159 reviewsTripAdvisor (159)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3529
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  • #18
    Lilly's Tacos
    #18 of 538 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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  • #19
    Cold Spring Tavern
    #19 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 392 reviewsTripAdvisor (392)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
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  • #20
    Figueroa Mountain Brewery
    #20 of 538 Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 174 reviewsTripAdvisor (174)
    $ | Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
    137 Anacapa St Ste F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1848
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