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Santa Barbara Restaurants

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

Food was really tasty, the Branzino fish was excellent ( and spicy which we like ), but took awhile to come, so be aware of that. The service was just ok, but they were pretty busy, as it was a Saturday night. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2422 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

This restaurant is excellent for food, service,wine and about everything else. Don’t miss it if you are in santa Barbara. A real gem! More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1094 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Our evening at Olio e Limone was delightful. The service was exceptional. The cocktails were perfect. The meal was memorable. We will happily return whenever we visit Santa Barbara More

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

Had a great tasty lunch in the rain. Inside a very warm, affable room. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
469 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food. Amazing service. More

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

Great experience. More

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milk & honeymilk & honey
408 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

My husband and I went here on New Year's Eve. We had a table for two in the back. The booths are small and have curtains that divide each table. Very private vibe. The food was awesome. Each dish we tried was great. Highly recommend the brie dish and tuna tartare. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2831 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We were seated at a wonderful table with fresh rose petals on it, so romantic. Rack of lamb was cooked to perfection, and duck breast was very good as well, prepared in a delicious sauce. Waiter was attentive and friendly, nice wine list, all good. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1092 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food and service. There is a lively bar scene that opens into the dining room. I would suggest a later dinner if you are looking for quiet conversation. More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
2339 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Food was incredible, mix of flavours. Service was impecable and atmosphere W was great.solo diner. More

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

Lovely atmosphere and beautifully prepared local, organic ingredients. More

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

Great service from Clayton! Felt well taken care of by him and Manager Michael Brand. Ordered a few bottles of wine, all served at the perfect temperature and in Riedel glasses! Food was exceptional! Had the wagyu tataki (basically thin slices of steak plated like sushi) & bison ribeye a very unique, but flavorful cut. Highly recommended! More

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

We’ve been going to Cá Dario’s for 18 years now. The food, service and ambiance continues to be the best. More

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Les MarchandsLes Marchands
166 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The Mgr was extremely nice and knowledgeable. Small pours on the white wine. The Brussel Sprouts were too sweet for a veggie. We will try it again. More

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ConvivoConvivo
557 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great experience as always! More

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

Fantastic service ~ waiter was amazing. Ambiance a bit on the cold side ~ too much stonework? Could do with warming up a bit/get an interior decorator in there....?? More

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JaneJane
666 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Three friends met at Jane for lunch on a rainy day; the place was hopping. Clearly locals know a good place for a good lunch. We had Kale and Greek salads, both excellent. The burger at the other table looked enormous! Something on the menu for everyone. More

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

The benches need to be restuffed, too soft! Otherwise, great food, good weekly specials for locals Mon-Thr, great value!. More

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

New favorite in SB. Scott was fantastic and the food is fresh, interesting and perfect proportions. More

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

Top notch ! My favorite in Santa Barbara. Amazing food, drinks, ambiance. Very romantic, real Mediterranean restaurant. More

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

The food was great and the servers made up for our earlier troubles. We arrived for a 7pm reservation. No one greeted us. Eventually we walked up to the bar to ask did help. They seemed frazzled and the hostess offered us a makeshift table in the walkway. We asked if we could wait for a more comfortable table. She said sure. We were seated at 7:45pm. We appreciated the drink brought to us and the yummy food but the table situation was strange. We will try them again. More

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

Food and drinks were excellent. Room was cold and a bit noisy though. More

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

Our waiter Jamie made the meal most enjoyable. Ambiance was warm and food very good. More

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

We are a family of 4 and our brunch was super. Very good servings for a hungry crowd. We don't have our pet but good to see people are allowed to bring their pet in the restaurant. More

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

We brought friends who had not been to Joe's before and we all had a great time, the food was excellent. The only issue we had was a table of four guys next to us who were way too loud. More

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

Every time I visit Santa Barbara I enjoy going to Olio Pizzeria for their salumi e frommagi assortiti and a glass of Sangiovese (or 2). Love the atmosphere, decor, and ambiance. Pizzas are also diverse and delicious. More

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

Extensive menu and quality Chinese food. Traditional offerings well prepared. More

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

We got to El Encanto 15 minutes early, so we walked through the pathways around the “Turtle Pond” and the Cottages back to the restaurant. Charming! Robin our server was a delight and the food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. First time there for my wife and now she’s thinking of reasons we should go back soon. More

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

Fantastic spot! We loved sitting out back in the outdoor patio. Very cozy and romantic to be sure. The food was also first rate! Service was exceptional! We’ll be back soon! More

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

Fantastic pizza and selections off the CaDario menu next door. Best food in Santa Barbara and great service. More

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

Everything was very tasty and well prepared. Handsome portions and great service. More

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

Nice & Accommodating staff More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1115 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food, great service, great ambience. The first place to eat when you visit SB! More

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

This was my second visit to Mollie’s. The food was excellent. The service was good however there was only one girl taking care of the whole room at lunch. So I gave the rating a 4 rather than 5. I thought there should have been two people helping with the floor. Other than that, Mollie herself graciously greeted us as she did during my first visit. And that was very nice of her. It was nice to see her smiling face again. I would highly recommend Mollie’s to my friends. More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
164 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Creative, delicious, perfectly cooked but some quirks and deficits. Flatbread starters are not flatbread. These are hot, poofy, chewy, mini pita pockets or naan with nothing on them however a dip is provided. Cinnamon chicken had no sides, just chicken. Desert menu is sparse and uninspiring. For example, the "Milk and Cookies" was deconstructed style with a tiny dollop of cookie dough, chocolate chip ice cream, and a frozen puck of dulce d leche. The latter was impossible to penetrate. The server acknowledged this was not right. Nevertheless, what we could scrape was not sweet at all and tasted like pure fat. I would go back again for another try since my salmon with risotto dish was excellent. Incidentally, it was broiled and not pan seared as the server has said. I actually preferred it broiled. BTW. the red wine by the glass offerings were stellar. They know their wines. More

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

We had a great girlfriends get together at Chase. Beautiful ambience, good food, good service and an all around good evening. More

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Patxi's - Santa BarbaraPatxi's - Santa Barbara
32 reviews
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Pizzeria | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Pizza was good, so was meatballs. It was a bit chilly since it is an open restaurant. There is a bar with tv screens featuring sports events. A lot of families. Service was excellent. More

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

Seven of us had a graduation lunch at Harbor, and the view, the food and the service all were spectacular! We loved the restaurant, the wharf on which it is perched, and the pelicans outside. What a classic but relatively informal ambience with classic seafood specials and large portions. More

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

Really good food. Great service. More

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

Great service from Adam. Manager was on top of things. Great view of the harbor. Kitchen had trouble reading the order so a couple of do-overs. Will definitely eat here again. 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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RoyRoy
229 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Love Roy! We stop every time we’re in Santa Barbara. The food and cocktails are consistently great and we always feel relaxed and welcome to hang out. A true gem in town. More

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Kanaloa SeafoodKanaloa Seafood
1 review
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food: delicious, fresh, excellent seafood and poke. We'll be back. More

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

We have a group of 10 friends and we go out every Sat. nite. This is perfect prices, food & local. Lots of TVs so guys can watch sports if they want while girls talk. More

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

Food was really tasty, the Branzino fish was excellent ( and spicy which we like ), but took awhile to come, so be aware of that. The service was just ok, but they were pretty busy, as it was a Saturday night. More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1094 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Our evening at Olio e Limone was delightful. The service was exceptional. The cocktails were perfect. The meal was memorable. We will happily return whenever we visit Santa Barbara More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2422 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

This restaurant is excellent for food, service,wine and about everything else. Don’t miss it if you are in santa Barbara. A real gem! More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
469 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food. Amazing service. More

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Stella Mare'sStella Mare's
725 reviews
$$$$
French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had a great tasty lunch in the rain. Inside a very warm, affable room. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2831 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We were seated at a wonderful table with fresh rose petals on it, so romantic. Rack of lamb was cooked to perfection, and duck breast was very good as well, prepared in a delicious sauce. Waiter was attentive and friendly, nice wine list, all good. More

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

Great experience. More

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Les MarchandsLes Marchands
166 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The Mgr was extremely nice and knowledgeable. Small pours on the white wine. The Brussel Sprouts were too sweet for a veggie. We will try it again. More

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

Lovely atmosphere and beautifully prepared local, organic ingredients. More

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

Fantastic service ~ waiter was amazing. Ambiance a bit on the cold side ~ too much stonework? Could do with warming up a bit/get an interior decorator in there....?? 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.