Popular restaurants in Central Coast

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Japanese Restaurant Goshi
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Japanese | San Luis Obispo
Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(157)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn
(397)
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Steakhouse | San Luis Obispo
Granada Bistro
(130)
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Californian | San Luis Obispo
Novo Restaurant
(80)
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Global, International | San Luis Obispo
Vegetable Butcher
(101)
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Latin American | San Luis Obispo
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Santa Barbara Restaurants

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2507 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Perfect! Excellent service and amazing food. More

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Sama Sama KitchenSama Sama Kitchen
223 reviews
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Southeast Asian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Interesting, fresh tasting food. My favorites were the Gado Gado salad, the wings and the Chinese sausage with crispy rice. Be sure to get the Sambal trio for only $3, that provides three great condiments More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2889 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

First time visit to this restaurant; service was friendly, informative and attentive without be overbearing. Food was outstanding as was the pairings with local wineries. A definite return when in the area. More

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JaneJane
708 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food is consistently fabulous, the service regularly pleasant, and the setting fabulously relaxed and enjoyable. More

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Outpost at the GoodlandOutpost at the Goodland
248 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent Food and Service in a wonderful restaurant. Food and Service was quick and very helpful. this is a place that I would highly recommend. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
499 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Enjoyed our dinner. Farm to table Santa Barbara cuisine. We had the Panzanella salad with delicata squash and apples which was OK not great. Everything else was great, starting with the home made sour dough bread and butter. We had the Ranch fired chicken and the local black cod in miso as our mains. Both were excellent. More

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Opal Restaurant & BarOpal Restaurant & Bar
259 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great and different food. More

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Stella Mare'sStella Mare's
749 reviews
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French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful as always More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1156 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Olio is always outstanding. The food; the service; the quiet ambiance. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1145 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Service was good, food was fantastic, and the ambiance was very inviting. I would certainly recommend this place to anyone looking for a good meal. More

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China Pavillion at ChapalaChina Pavillion at Chapala
39 reviews
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Chinese | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Yes, it is always the same, predictable and easy to make a reservation. Parking is excellent. Would love to see some new dishes or perhaps a tasting menu. More

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Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
99 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Joe's remains a Santa Barbara (and beyond) treasure and a MUST-EAT stop when visiting! More

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Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraAngel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
317 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Just so attentive making you feel special. Food excellent. More

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Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
1021 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food never disappoints. Love their fish. Nice wine selection. Good service. More

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Holdren's Steaks & SeafoodHoldren's Steaks & Seafood
333 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The People were great. Our server was fantastic. We had sea bass and a Parmesan crusted pork chop both cooked perfectly. Great atmosphere and a super fun night out. More

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ConvivoConvivo
592 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

A nice restaurant. Great foccacia. Good soup and salad, excellent Guinzaglio, but the Spit Roasted Chicken was dry. Management replaced the chicken meal with the best Margherita pizza I've ever had. All in all, a good place to eat. More

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Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
855 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food was excellent . The waiter was very knowledgeable about the local wines and the menu . Great bread and butter which in my experience is always a good indication of what the quality of the food will be . More

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The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
405 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent food in a laid back environment. As good as any food you will find in Santa Barbara. This family operation creates the best high end prepared food but the atmosphere is low key and pleasant. No pretense here, just good food and wine. The tasing menu is fun and diverse. More

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Belmond El Encanto Dining RoomBelmond El Encanto Dining Room
735 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Gorgeous view of trees, hills and ocean sitting from SB hillside terrace dining. Delicious food and wine! Fantastic service! A must for special occasions!!!! More

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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa BarbaraBella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
902 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

My husband and I are in town celebrating our anniversary, and Sunday Brunch being one of my favorite indulgences, we were not disappointed! More

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The MonarchThe Monarch
138 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful restaurant and amazing menu. Some servers are more experienced than others. We were asked if anyone had food allergies and we mentioned there was a nut allergy... and the Goddess Salad was served with nuts. Server asked the question robotically, but our answer did not register. Suggest they pay more attention. Also, restaurant was empty for a 5:30 seating and they put guests right on top of one another. Otherwise amazing. More

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Olio PizzeriaOlio Pizzeria
818 reviews
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Pizzeria | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Mushroom truffle pizza is the best! Rose provided us with absolutely the best service ever. She took her time to educate us on the designation given to cheeses, and other things we wanted to know about. Very knowledgeable. Took her recommendation for the top shelf Parmesan in the Caesar salad. Wow! what a difference it makes. Will always order this now. Try it. You'll be amazed at the difference! More

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Mollie’sMollie’s
129 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

They've moved to State St. from Montecito recently. I hadn't been there previously, but had heard nice things. Had a very nice dining experience. Food was very good. Servers pleasant and attentive. Nice attention to detail in the decor, design and ambiance. I have one small complaint. The staff were a little too quick to remove used plates, etc. Our conversation was constantly interrupted by staff asking to remove items. Don't get me wrong. I get very upset when they take a plate or glass of wine that's not finished. However, that also can be taken too far. More

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Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
144 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Very good food prepared quickly and presented well. Service is very efficient with a very nicely controlled noise level. More

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Smithy Kitchen+BarSmithy Kitchen+Bar
315 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Our server, Stefan, was outstanding: attentive, charming, handsome, efficient. We attended an 8pm show at the Granada Theater (next door). Stefan took care of us so well, never made us feel rushed, and ensured that we got to the theater on time. The food & drinks were delicious. The ambiance and setting are beautiful. We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back. More

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The Little Door - Santa BarbaraThe Little Door - Santa Barbara
284 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The Little Door continues to impress and is getting better over time. They've added a full bar and now offer music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The mussels we had were absolutely delicious - very large, a good amount of them and a truly delicious sauce! The halibut was slightly overcooked but a very good portion with an excellent vegetable stew of sorts below it. The lamb chops were well cooked and served with two incredible mushroom sides. The ambiance is really quite lovely and the service was great. More

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Carlitos Cafe Y CantinaCarlitos Cafe Y Cantina
123 reviews
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Mexican | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Good pre-theatre option -- for The Granada and depending on weather, walking distance from The Lobero. Good food and service. More

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Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
441 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great service. The staff was very attentive. Food was yummy!! More

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Ca' Dario PizzeriaCa' Dario Pizzeria
119 reviews
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Pizzeria | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The best eggplant and great pizza!! Enjoying waitress was attentive and helpful. A little noisy at first but the restaurant was very busy. More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
189 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Fantastic unique food and impeccable personalized service. I will absolutely be back! More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1148 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

This is our go to spot for a large group interested in seafood. The lobster bisque is a must. More

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Mosto CrudoMosto Crudo
25 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great little getaway place. Short on tables but fun to go to. Service was excellent and the food was very good with some great dishes and some that were unusual but tasty. Definitely worth the visit. Prices were very fair. More

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Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
225 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

This place was great! More

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RoyRoy
239 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had a great time with my family and friends. Live music good food good ambience, kids loved it. Great locally owned spot!! More

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Chuck's Waterfront GrillChuck's Waterfront Grill
291 reviews
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Steak | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent service, delicious food, great harbor views. More

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Moby Dick RestaurantMoby Dick Restaurant
34 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Nice & Accommodating staff More

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The Creekside Restaurant and BarThe Creekside Restaurant and Bar
31 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The menu had a great combination of items so that the vegetarians in the group were happy. Each dish we ordered was very tasty and we tried a lot of different dishes. This was a good find for a large group and casual. The waiter could've been a bit more attentive, we kept running out of water, but overall was a good experience. More

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Harbor RestaurantHarbor Restaurant
492 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Gorgeous location. Nice environment. Good food and service. Pricey. More

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Sandbar Mexican RestaurantSandbar Mexican Restaurant
120 reviews
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Mexican | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

What a fabulous Mexican restaurant that we’ve never been to All three of us had the fajitas, which were amazing. The chips And salsa was delish And we will for sure go back. More

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Kanaloa SeafoodKanaloa Seafood
3 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food was excellent. The service was well intended but inexperienced. Very grateful for their enthusiasm. The furnishings were too sparse. Too bad they are only open until 7 pm. More

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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara - MarbellaHyatt Centric Santa Barbara - Marbella
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Marbella is a casual style dining experience that blends the local flavors of Southern California with classic comfort dishes in a warm, comfortable setting. Enjoy the best of land and sea while gazing at the sweeping ocean view from the entire dining room with one of our specialty cocktails. Our bottomless mimosa brunch offers both a la carte dining as well as breakfast buffet offered on weekends.More

HopeRanchGrillHopeRanchGrill
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Farm-to-table | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The All You Can Eat BBQ PopUp hosted by Chef Ross of HopeRanchGrill will be an unusual pop-up event that will take place on a gorgeous afternoon. On Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - 75 people, casually dressed will come to dine in a public, yet secret place in Santa Barbara, California. All guests will eat in splendor at a location they’ll only learn about minutes before they arrive.

All the produce is organic and locally grown and picked the day of the event from John Givens Farm.More

Santa Barbara Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Barbara's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2507 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Perfect! Excellent service and amazing food. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
499 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Enjoyed our dinner. Farm to table Santa Barbara cuisine. We had the Panzanella salad with delicata squash and apples which was OK not great. Everything else was great, starting with the home made sour dough bread and butter. We had the Ranch fired chicken and the local black cod in miso as our mains. Both were excellent. More

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JaneJane
708 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food is consistently fabulous, the service regularly pleasant, and the setting fabulously relaxed and enjoyable. More

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Sama Sama KitchenSama Sama Kitchen
223 reviews
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Southeast Asian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Interesting, fresh tasting food. My favorites were the Gado Gado salad, the wings and the Chinese sausage with crispy rice. Be sure to get the Sambal trio for only $3, that provides three great condiments More

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Opal Restaurant & BarOpal Restaurant & Bar
259 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great and different food. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2889 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

First time visit to this restaurant; service was friendly, informative and attentive without be overbearing. Food was outstanding as was the pairings with local wineries. A definite return when in the area. More

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China Pavillion at ChapalaChina Pavillion at Chapala
39 reviews
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Chinese | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Yes, it is always the same, predictable and easy to make a reservation. Parking is excellent. Would love to see some new dishes or perhaps a tasting menu. More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1156 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Olio is always outstanding. The food; the service; the quiet ambiance. More

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Stella Mare'sStella Mare's
749 reviews
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French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful as always More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1145 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Service was good, food was fantastic, and the ambiance was very inviting. I would certainly recommend this place to anyone looking for a good meal. More

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Discover Santa Barbara

Only a two-hour jaunt from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a busy seaside town with a relaxed vibe and proximity to California's booming wine region. Sometimes called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara exudes alfresco charm while benefiting from local, fresh produce and sustainably harvested seafood. From the taco trail to cracked fresh crab at the pier to eclectic wine bars with delicate snacks, Santa Barbara is a culinary delight for a range of tastes. One thing you won't find much of is pretentious, black-tie dining; Santa Barbara prefers it low-profile. Fresh and local is the name of the game here. Copious nearby ranch land, wine country and independent distillers and breweries keep chefs inspired to design their menus with a distinctly local bent.