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Japanese Restaurant Goshi
(138)
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Japanese | San Luis Obispo
Granada Bistro
(131)
$$$$
Californian | San Luis Obispo
Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(113)
$$$$
Italian | San Luis Obispo
Mistura
(125)
$$$$
Peruvian | San Luis Obispo
Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn
(130)
$$$$
American | San Luis Obispo
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(291)
$$$$
Steakhouse | San Luis Obispo
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Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
(1375)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The most amazing restaurant in California, never disappoints, beautiful setting, lovely staff ,can’t wait to return, hopefully tonight if we get a booking 💙 More

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Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Bouchon - Santa Barbara
(3075)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

SENSATIONAL DINNER in every respect. Charming, interesting and quiet ambiance. (You can actually carry on a quiet conversation with your date from across the table!). Our waiter was a “professional”! He knew the EXTENSIVE wine list and was right-on in his recommendation of a local wine of the style we like. And our two dinners were, simply put, World class: salmon and venison. And all this at a reasonable price. Simply could not recommend this place highly enough. Gene More

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Barbareño
Barbareño
(590)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Really amazing food. Great explanation of how each dish is prepared. In short, in ways that would take me hours at home (I’m a decent cook). Really enjoyed the dinner. They accommodated our kids, but most of the great food was just not for them. More

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Toma Restaurant & Bar
Toma Restaurant & Bar
(2789)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food! Had the chicken and scallops and they were large portions. Amazing and fresh taste! Great ambiance, will come back again soon. More

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Opal Restaurant & Bar
Opal Restaurant & Bar
(349)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Staff recognized it was a business meeting and all touchpoints were appropriately timed. More

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Olio e Limone Ristorante
Olio e Limone Ristorante
(1229)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Exquisite. The ambiance was great food delicious and service impeccable. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone More

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Louie's California Bistro
Louie's California Bistro
(12)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Food and setting were lovely! James was a wonderful server. More

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The Black Sheep
The Black Sheep
(446)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We were quite pleasantly surprised at the quality of the cuisine and service. Simply divine! The Gezpacho exceeded any I had in Spain last year. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
Finch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(1240)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food and service was great! More

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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
(796)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had a wonderful birthday celebration on the terrace. What a special day. More

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The Monarch
The Monarch
(176)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Our server Dan couldn’t Have been more knowledgeable or more “on it”. The food was fantastic and intentional with the abalone and the cappallini as favorites. That said, the short ribs are always melt in your mouth great too. We are fans. More

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Stella Mare's
Stella Mare's
(846)
$$$$
French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Beautiful location, beautiful decor and exquisite food and wine selection--outstanding! More

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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
(1002)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Seasons and it never disappoints. Food, great. Service, fabulous. All around, great. More

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Ca' Dario Ristorante
Ca' Dario Ristorante
(1078)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Ca ‘Dario is a very special restaurant that we love to go to! We were there recently for our wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the absolutely delicious special, the service and all that it has to offer! More

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Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(386)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

It was great. We had the bone marrow as a starter and it was the bomb. We had Shalom and Julia as our server and helper. Both did an excellent job. Manager was very “robot-y” and kind of creepy. Overly nice and didn’t seem human. Didn’t know the name but it was the dude in the suit. Overall, 5 stars. More

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Convivo
Convivo
(691)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Food was amazing! More

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Roost
Roost
(8)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food and very pleasant, helpful staff. Good value too. More

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Mollie’s
Mollie’s
(196)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

This is the best Italian food in SB! The crepes stuffed with ricotta is absolutely outstanding. More

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Wine Cask - Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa Barbara
(895)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

What a beautiful dining experience at Wine Cask! The venue is stunning and it's a great location in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, but a short distance away from the State Street crowds. Our meal was delicious and unique, and we couldn't have asked for better service. Highly recommend for a special occasion or for a romantic night out. More

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Blackbird
Blackbird
(232)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

It's been awhile since we've gone to Blackbird and we're sorry we've been away. The food and service were both excellent. Always loved the atmosphere. More

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Sama Sama Kitchen
Sama Sama Kitchen
(269)
$$$$
Southeast Asian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food, location, interior decor, comfort, ambience and service. We shared a lot of the plates on the menu between us and everything was great including the specials. Between us we had a mixture of cocktails, beer and wine and all enjoyed our drinks. We had a late seating at 9.30pm and missed out on the Bao and Noodles but everything else we ate was delicious. We were still at our table close to midnight after everyone had left and staff had started to pack away - we didn't want to leave! More

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Olio Pizzeria
Olio Pizzeria
(883)
$$$$
Pizzeria | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Our waitress was delightful. Our food was delicious. We had olives, cheese, salami and bruschetta that we shared. The artichoke salad is excellent. The pizzas were very good. We sat outside on a Monday evening. It was great. More

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Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina
Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina
(170)
$$$$
Mexican | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Fabulous! But they told Opentable we didn’t show up for our RSVP, but we did n we were 5 minutes early. More

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Arnoldi's Cafe
Arnoldi's Cafe
(484)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Such a gem with great food, drinks in a family run atmosphere. More

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Jane
Jane
(795)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Very pleasant saying with good food which was well prepared. There was a nice selection of both food and wines. It is located on State Street but away from the beach and traffic. We were staying nearby so we walked so we can not comment on parking. Save room for dessert. More

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China Pavillion at Chapala
China Pavillion at Chapala
(45)
$$$$
Chinese | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and it was a pleasant evening,, food was great, service was outstanding and everyone enjoyed dining there! A big shout-out to Jose he was an excellent waiter! We will be back😁 More

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Roy
Roy
(255)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Roy's: our family favorite since my husband and I met, 20 years ago. Always delish, service superb, music last Friday was epic :) Thanks . . . The Rabins More

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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
(411)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food was amazing. We both order a filet, the quality of the meat was outstanding and cooked exactly as we asked. The wife got the twice baked and me the baked potato. Both were so good!! We were shocked once we go the bill we order drinks and appetizer along with our main entree, not overpriced at all. The value we got for the experience, food and service would blow away most places we have been!! More

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Outpost at the Goodland
Outpost at the Goodland
(270)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Lovely atmosphere especially on the patio. Service was excellent from start to finish as was our food. More

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Mosto
Mosto
(36)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great restaurant, intimate and innovative when it comes to cuisine and drinks. Plenty of vegetarian fare and one of my favorite small places to take friends to enjoy! Nice people who work and serve. A little Santa Barbara Secret you will be pleasantly surprised to discover! More

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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant
(130)
$$$$
Mexican | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Wonderful waitress. Great tasty food. Relaxing atmosphere. Always eat at Sandbar when in Santa Barbara. More

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Benchmark Eatery
Benchmark Eatery
(157)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Every time we are in Santa Barbara we visit Benchmark! Love the large covered patio. Food is fresh, clean and creative. Good value, great service and friendly atomosphere. More

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Chuck's Waterfront Grill
Chuck's Waterfront Grill
(323)
$$$$
Steak | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Where else could you get the town's best steaks (thanks, Chucks) AND the town's best fish (thanks, WATERFRONT) in one restaurant? Friendliness of staff (especially Alvin) is much appreciated, too. We love this place! More

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Joe's Cafe
Joe's Cafe
(116)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Overall truly recommend Joe's. Great food and range of menu, including Californian sparkling wine. A tradition and ambiance from a bygone age. More

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Patxi's - Santa Barbara
Patxi's - Santa Barbara
(36)
$$$$
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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Moby Dick Restaurant
Moby Dick Restaurant
(54)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent views across the waterfront and great service and food. More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
(1253)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

It was my birthday and I was treated really well. The woman who seated us was very nice and made a special effort to give us a great table as it was a special occasion for us. Our server was also great. Both really made my day, plus the food and drinks were also great! More

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Chase Restaurant Bar & Grill
Chase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(261)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food More

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The Creekside Restaurant and Bar
The Creekside Restaurant and Bar
(44)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Always a treat at The Creekside More

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Harbor Restaurant
Harbor Restaurant
(534)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great view of Santa Barbara harbor! Great food. Reasonable prices. Definitely would go again. More

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Kanaloa Seafood
Kanaloa Seafood
(4)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food is good overall, very fresh salmon and tuna. It is just too pricy More

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Ca' Dario Pizzeria
Ca' Dario Pizzeria
(125)
$$$$
Pizzeria | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Cute sit-down place with pizza, salads, beer and wine. The main restaurant is three shops down on the same street. There are a few vegetarian option pizzas. Most pizzas run between 14-$16 for a single serving so it's a little on the pricey side but the ingredients are very good. More

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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara - Marbella
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara - Marbella
(1)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Nice place for breakfast! If you are lucky enough to get a seat by the window, there is a nice ocean view. More

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The Silver Bough
The Silver Bough
Reviews Coming Soon
International | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

After making a reservation, you will be contacted by our concierge to confirm the reservation, take a credit card to process, and answer dietary questions and inquiries. Your reservation is NOT confirmed until you have spoken with our concierge, who may be contacted directly at the attached number, or via email at thesilverbough@scratchrestaurants.com.

Located inside the historic Montecito Inn in Santa Barbara, Ca. The Silver Bough is a fine-dining experience like no other from the minds of Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas Lee. Drawing Inspiration from the tradition of storytelling of ancient Celtic folklore, The duo strives to excite diners over an 18-course journey with curated pairings that feature the best ingredients and vintners from around the world.

Serving dinner Thursday through Sunday, by appointment only. We are located in the Montecito Inn, at 1295 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 within The Monarch restaurant.More

Foxtail Kitchen & Bar
Foxtail Kitchen & Bar
Reviews Coming Soon
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Inspired by a passion for classic cocktails, craft beer, and Mediterranean cuisine, Foxtail Kitchen & Bar introduces a one of a kind twist of all three to Santa Barbara! More

Santa Barbara Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Barbara's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
(1375)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The most amazing restaurant in California, never disappoints, beautiful setting, lovely staff ,can’t wait to return, hopefully tonight if we get a booking 💙 More

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Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Bouchon - Santa Barbara
(3075)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

SENSATIONAL DINNER in every respect. Charming, interesting and quiet ambiance. (You can actually carry on a quiet conversation with your date from across the table!). Our waiter was a “professional”! He knew the EXTENSIVE wine list and was right-on in his recommendation of a local wine of the style we like. And our two dinners were, simply put, World class: salmon and venison. And all this at a reasonable price. Simply could not recommend this place highly enough. Gene More

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Toma Restaurant & Bar
Toma Restaurant & Bar
(2789)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food! Had the chicken and scallops and they were large portions. Amazing and fresh taste! Great ambiance, will come back again soon. More

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Barbareño
Barbareño
(590)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Really amazing food. Great explanation of how each dish is prepared. In short, in ways that would take me hours at home (I’m a decent cook). Really enjoyed the dinner. They accommodated our kids, but most of the great food was just not for them. More

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Louie's California Bistro
Louie's California Bistro
(12)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Food and setting were lovely! James was a wonderful server. More

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Opal Restaurant & Bar
Opal Restaurant & Bar
(349)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Staff recognized it was a business meeting and all touchpoints were appropriately timed. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
Finch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(1240)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food and service was great! More

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Olio e Limone Ristorante
Olio e Limone Ristorante
(1229)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Exquisite. The ambiance was great food delicious and service impeccable. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone More

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The Black Sheep
The Black Sheep
(446)
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We were quite pleasantly surprised at the quality of the cuisine and service. Simply divine! The Gezpacho exceeded any I had in Spain last year. More

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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
(796)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had a wonderful birthday celebration on the terrace. What a special day. 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.

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.