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Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(364)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(808)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(84)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(131)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraThe Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(238)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(635)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(195)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(618)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(403)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1508)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2217)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(160)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(552)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2344)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(1055)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(945)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(525)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(419)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(182)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Tre LuneTre Lune
(515)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(478)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1906)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1171)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(618)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(294)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(843)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(102)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

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

Loved the ambiance - eating in a house! The food was wonderful - had a special scallops dish and Pepper Filet Mignon. Both excellent. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
448 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Innovative, delicious, nicely presented food with really good service. Already looking forward to coming back! More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2344 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The new additions to the menu are incredible. Except for the noise level, the whole experience was wonderful. More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1055 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Beautiful dining space. Immaculate service. Moderately priced, excellent wines. Remarkable food. Absolutely worth it for a celebration or other special meal. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2776 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent service and food. Lovely dining experience More

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

Our server did a wonderful job of taking care of our party of 10. All the food and drinks I tried were wonderful--loved the Gambas Alcazar! Cozy, stylish ambiance, too. More

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

Opal is consistently great. It’s always a favorite of ours. It’s a great place for a date night More

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

This is probably one of the best foodie restaurants in Santa Barbara with fantastic mixed drinks. Perfect place to eat if you have tickets to a show at The Granada or Arlington Theaters. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1052 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food, great service. Would recommend to anyone in or visiting Santa Barbara. More

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

This is a very unique place...the chef does things his own way and it results in some very unique dishes and flavors. It's definitely a must try. More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
2264 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food and atmosphere. Even though it was very busy we still had attentive service. More

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

Excellent spot! Wine was great and recommendations from the server aere spot on! More

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

Delicious food in a comfortable, calm atmosphere. Excellent service More

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

Our meal and service were great - especially enjoyed the beautiful ocean view. They brought a black napkin (for my black pants) upon request. We'll definitely go again when we're in Santa Barbara. More

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

What a gem this place is. Loved every bite. And then came dessert. Wow, what a delightful plate that was. Our server and everyone of the 5 other staff that visited our table was extremely welcoming and friendly. More

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

Perfect for a quiet dinner More

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

We had a party of four and we’re all hungry for good steak and seafood. Everything was delicious and satisfied our cravings. Loved the shrimp/bacon appetizers and twice baked potatoes. The steaks were perfect as well as the salmon. Would definitely return! More

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JaneJane
633 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Loved our time and meal here. Already have recommended it to friends. From out of town but will revisit next time in Santa Barbara! Try the Onion Rings! More

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

As always, excellent night! The perfect spot for brunch or dinner. More

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

The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is always lively, but comfortable, More

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ConvivoConvivo
525 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We went there for our anniversary. It was delicious. They surprised us with a two delicious desserts. More

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

We sat in the courtyard which is stunning. Very romantic, great service. The wine, kale salad and Sea Bass were all amazing. Highly recommended. More

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

Great food and service. Took away a star only because our wine took forever and came after we had finished dinner. More

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

Server was great. She made the evening very enjoyable More

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

A very nice atmosphere if you sit outside. The food is tasty and the portions are good size. Also the bocce ball courts (outside) are a good feature, especially for kids (and adults as well). More

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

Great Birthday Great bar service by Travis. More

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

Stephan was a great waiter and was very attentive and polite! More

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

I really enjoy my meeting there, the services is ok More

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

Had a very enjoyable meal with my mother and teenage children. Food and service were great. A bit pricey, but the restaurant is out on the pier so a big part of that is location. More

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

Love Carlitos. Great margaritas Nice outdoor seating. Good service. Consistent tasty food More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
145 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food. The hospitality was a little off. The host seemed frazzled. We received the impression they were over booked but the dining room had open tables all night. More

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

Had a wonderful and delicious meal. We tried six different dishes, all beautiful presented, great flavor and perfectly prepared. The ambience was average, but not horrible. The lighting was too bright and eventually adjusted. The life music complemented the meal and was not too loud to have a conversation. Th staff was genuine and attentive. Would recommend Mosto Crudo for the culinary experience. More

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

The new location is beautifully appointed, the food is exquisite and Mollie's presence is warm, welcoming and happy, gracious and caring, generous and delicious. We are delighted to experience dining here before a performance at the Granada or the Arlington or the Lobero or the New Vic or all of the other wonderful venues in downtown Santa Barbara. More

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

Always excellent Chinese cuisine! Great for lunch or dinner. Dim Sum on Sunday is amazing. More

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RoyRoy
218 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had the pork special with chopped apples. Delicious. Love the potato cake. Food always good here. More

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

we were celebrating the last of my breast cancer treatments TEN YEARS AGO to the day! our server, ryan , was fantastic and the food was dee-lish! would recommend to our friends ... in fact, already have. More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1074 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

always look forward to dining here when in SB. it was mine and my wifes birthday and waiter gave us comp desert. waiter was great More

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

Great Food, Lovely outside seating, friendly staff More

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

Delicious food. Great, energetic server, happy place. More

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

Very good food. Excellent Bloody Mary. And Kim, our server, was very nice! More

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

Always love Ca Dario Pizzeria. When we arrived our reservation was delayed however the gal that worked there was mover then awesome to explain to us what was happening so we didn't feel like we were forgotten and gave us a free appetizer for our inconvenience. The Pizza and salads are always good. More

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

Excellent food. Server a bit forgetful. Had to remind about multiple things. Friendly and just nice. More

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

Service was terrific. We ordered mostly small bites from the app menu and while delicious, many of the dishes were very spicy and I like spice. We ate outside, and as the evening chilled they turned on the gas heaters and it was lovely. More

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Rodney's Grill at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront ResortRodney's Grill at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
102 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Name has changed, but food and service is impeccable. Everything on the menu was great, and our server helped us sort out our favorites (as well as getting every drink perfect at our table). Pork osoboco was an amazing crowd pleaser! Can't wait to go back! 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
Stella Mare'sStella Mare's
689 reviews
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French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Loved the ambiance - eating in a house! The food was wonderful - had a special scallops dish and Pepper Filet Mignon. Both excellent. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
448 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Innovative, delicious, nicely presented food with really good service. Already looking forward to coming back! More

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Les MarchandsLes Marchands
147 reviews
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent spot! Wine was great and recommendations from the server aere spot on! More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1055 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Beautiful dining space. Immaculate service. Moderately priced, excellent wines. Remarkable food. Absolutely worth it for a celebration or other special meal. More

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

This is probably one of the best foodie restaurants in Santa Barbara with fantastic mixed drinks. Perfect place to eat if you have tickets to a show at The Granada or Arlington Theaters. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2344 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The new additions to the menu are incredible. Except for the noise level, the whole experience was wonderful. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2776 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent service and food. Lovely dining experience More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1052 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food, great service. Would recommend to anyone in or visiting Santa Barbara. More

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

Opal is consistently great. It’s always a favorite of ours. It’s a great place for a date night More

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

This is a very unique place...the chef does things his own way and it results in some very unique dishes and flavors. It's definitely a must try. 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.