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Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(995)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(341)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(783)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(71)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(120)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(234)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(583)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(153)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(591)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(376)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1399)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2123)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(129)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(526)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2186)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(994)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(886)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(461)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(389)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(163)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Tre LuneTre Lune
(475)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Trattoria MollieTrattoria Mollie
(515)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(431)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1798)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1077)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(588)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(239)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(806)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(73)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

BarbareñoBarbareño
361 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had a great dinner with a 9:30pm seating. Great wine list. Wonderful, sharable bites. Would definitely go back! More

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

The service is over the top great and the fried chicken; worth the splurge! Great cocktails, nice patio dining More

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

Absolutely the most perfect evening. Server was outstanding, food was incredible and we loved the ambiance. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2186 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Always a big effort by owner and staff to make guests welcome and comfortable with Toma's style and the guests' choices. Table staff are pros. More

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

We went to Milk and Honey last night, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary! We had our usual favorites along with a glass of Pinot Noir. We also had the Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. It was the perfect way to celebrate! More

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

We were in town for a weekend getaway. This was the perfect place for our weekend kickoff dinner! More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2662 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Fantastic is every respect! The entire staff is very warm and makes you feel like you are part of the family. The food is always fantastic. Although there are some menu items that don't seem to change, their preparations actually adjust seasonally and never get stale. Wines are sourced from local SB area wineries and are very reasonably priced. This is most definitely worth a hundred mile drive from LA.....and we've made that drive specifically to dine ar Bouchon many times. More

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

Fabulous food. Wonderful menu. knowledgeable and friendly service. More

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JaneJane
545 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful service, very friendly and accommodating! Food was tasty and fresh. More

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

Excellent food and service. More

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

Excellent food and service always. I had the pasta special and my date had the duck ravioli. Both phenomenal and thoroughly enjoyable. More

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

Stella Mare's is a class act! One can always depend on beautiful ambiance, amazing and different food, and attentive and not intrusive staff. More

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

Amazing Asian fusion. Hot wings are the best. The whole fish is super impressive and tasty. One of our favorite places in Santa Barbara. More

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

This is our favorite restaurant for delicious and unique dishes always! We come with special friends and family, and for special occasions. It’s just a lovely and exceptional place with very thoughtful service. More

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AlcazarAlcazar
113 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful neighborhood gem. Great tapas, happy hour. Gracious service - just a wonderful atmosphere. More

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

Always consistent and delicious - highly recommend pizza, lasagne and eggplant parm ! More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
2052 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Food was fabulous as always....and just a great atmosphere is you like urban energy. Great for group get together, or friends night out. More

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

Sat outside on the patio and our server was Richard. GREAT service. GREAT location and view. Food was VERY good. I had the Pasta Experience, which was amazing although the person running it was simply going through their presentation and seemed to have no desire to do it. Overall, GREAT experience. More

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

Fabulous setting, great live music and the appetizers were the best ever. I don't know what happens if someone doesn't eat seafood as that's all there was but it was delicious to us. Best smoked salmon I have ever had. Both our entrees were great but the desserts (our favorite course) were disappointing. Beautifully displayed and nice to look at but the tastes were bland and all very similar. More

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

Wine Cask is simply a FANTASTIC restaurant .. seriously great!! STRONGLY RECOMMEND. I engaged WC for my daughter's wedding reception and ALWAYS enjoy driving up from Westlake Village, 60 miles away, for dinner. More

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

Great food, service, ambiance. All around Carlitos is fabulous and especially so on warm days and evenings so you can sit outside. More

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

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

We have always enjoyed coming here. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, the restaurant is cozy and very charming. More

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ConvivoConvivo
461 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The octopus was very tough. Very disappointing because that's what we come for. More

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

All the food was tasty but service was lacking. Had to ask for share plates for appetizers. When food was brought to table it was thrown down without saying what it was. Also, had to ask twice to get water. Overall the food was great! More

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

Baby back ribs, baby back ribs...did I mention baby back ribs? Superb coleslaw and crab cakes. Our Go-to spot for easy atmosphere relaxed dinner. Can’t beat Joe’s! More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
104 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Branzino dish the best I’ve ever had. Big tuna appetizer average. Service outstanding. Very attentive. Beautiful decor. Great location. Nice addition to the area. More

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Angel Oak at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraAngel Oak at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
232 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Everything was perfect! Great waiter(Eli). Great support staff, fabulous food and atmosphere. We are taking our daughter here at the end of the month before she moves. We have recommended the place to several people already. More

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

We had a very nice family dinner. The food is tasty and the portions are just the right size to share several plates. Our waitress was very friendly, prompt and checking on us all the time! More

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

My dad and I came on a Thursday night. The food was very good as usual. We started with Calamari, was a little chewy but still tasty. He ordered the lasagana and I ordered the chicken piccata with fettuccine. It's the best! And lasagana sauce is so good and rich. We had salads and wine. I've been coming here for years and it's still good. Portions are huge. The fettuccine is the best around. Will be back. More

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

Watched bocce. Everything good, thank you! More

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

I had an excellent meal at Smithy Kitchen + Bar. I sat in the garden - which was lovely. My waiit person recommended the burrata & apricot salad. It was huge and delicious with a very lemon-y dressing. She also recommended the scallops and risotto which I also ordered. It only had two scallops but a generous portion of risotto and a generous helping of peas and asparagus. More

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

Delicious!!!!! More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1015 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We met family members visiting from SF with a toddler in tow. Great service, menu and venue was perfect for families who want good seafood in a great Santa Barbara location. More

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

Fish was fresh, mild & well prepared. Steak was flavorful & perfectly cooked. Sides were good. Definitely a waterfront (marina) view. Server was prompt & pleasant. Just Good American fare. More

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

Great service. Huge portions. Open air patio. Great experience. Will be back. Definitely recommend. More

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RoyRoy
210 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Server was friendly. But, I was not told about the high service charge for my party of 10. The mandatory 20% tip charge was told to me afterwards. I recommend the staff inform guests regarding these matters before ordering. More

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

Dinner was fantastic! Great ambiance and view! Our server was wonderful! More

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

Service was incredible, waiter gave amazing suggestions, highly More

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

Heard about this intimate gem of SB from a couple of locals in town while out wine tasting during the day. So glad we listened to the recommendations! Cozy, unique ambiance. Thoughtful service. Bomb small plates. Perfect for some great conversation and a couple apps before or after dinner. More

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

Food was delicious! Waitress outstanding! I am visiting from Minnesota and loved the place. When I accidentally spilled the half glass of wine, it was replaced for me and that impressed us all! Will definitely visit again. More

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California Pizza Kitchen - Santa Barbara - PRIORITY SEATINGCalifornia Pizza Kitchen - Santa Barbara - PRIORITY SEATING
1 review
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

California Pizza Kitchen welcomes you by PRIORITY SEATING to reduce your wait time in the restaurant.

California Pizza Kitchen is a casual-dining restaurant serving up California creativity through its innovative menu items. CPK provides a range of California-inspired dishes, from signature hand-tossed and hearth-baked pizzas, to imaginative salads, pastas, entrees, soups, sandwiches and cocktails.More

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

Excellent food and service. Owners stopped by to chat at our table. Pizza is fantastic and meatballs were delicious. Definitely will come again next time we are in Santa Barbara. More

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Fess Parker's Doubletree - Rodney'sFess Parker's Doubletree - Rodney's
98 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent steak; server was new and overworked. He functioned as host, bartender and wait staff. Too many tables to provide the detailed service needed. Nervous. Did not notice the finer details such as the table was not set for the number of people in the party, nor that the meal ordered required a steak knife. Hilton management trying to cut corners by not having enough wait staff on schedule for busy holiday weekend. More

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Intermezzo Bar + CafeIntermezzo Bar + Cafe
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Comfort Food | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Intermezzo is Wine Cask's casual venue, open for lunch and dinner nightly. Reservations are available for lunch; dinner is a walk-in basis only (no reservations are accepted for dinner in Intermezzo due to high volume). Intermezzo has an outside area, if you prefer outside dining please request it with your lunch reservation. 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
BarbareñoBarbareño
361 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had a great dinner with a 9:30pm seating. Great wine list. Wonderful, sharable bites. Would definitely go back! More

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

The service is over the top great and the fried chicken; worth the splurge! Great cocktails, nice patio dining More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2186 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Always a big effort by owner and staff to make guests welcome and comfortable with Toma's style and the guests' choices. Table staff are pros. More

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

We went to Milk and Honey last night, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary! We had our usual favorites along with a glass of Pinot Noir. We also had the Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. It was the perfect way to celebrate! More

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

We were in town for a weekend getaway. This was the perfect place for our weekend kickoff dinner! More

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

Excellent food and service always. I had the pasta special and my date had the duck ravioli. Both phenomenal and thoroughly enjoyable. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2662 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Fantastic is every respect! The entire staff is very warm and makes you feel like you are part of the family. The food is always fantastic. Although there are some menu items that don't seem to change, their preparations actually adjust seasonally and never get stale. Wines are sourced from local SB area wineries and are very reasonably priced. This is most definitely worth a hundred mile drive from LA.....and we've made that drive specifically to dine ar Bouchon many times. More

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ConvivoConvivo
461 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The octopus was very tough. Very disappointing because that's what we come for. More

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

Absolutely the most perfect evening. Server was outstanding, food was incredible and we loved the ambiance. More

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JaneJane
545 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful service, very friendly and accommodating! Food was tasty and fresh. More

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