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Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(1041)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(357)
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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
(80)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(129)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(237)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(626)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(185)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(613)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(399)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1482)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2202)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(154)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(549)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2312)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(1041)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(935)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(516)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(416)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(175)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Tre LuneTre Lune
(509)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(468)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1887)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1154)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(614)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(281)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(831)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(96)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

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

Great service and food was outstanding. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
433 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had an amazing anniversary dinner. Started with a comped glass of bubbles and moved on to some amazing appetizers and food. If you were looking for a romantic restaurant in Santa Barbara that serves incredible food I would highly recommend this restaurant More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1041 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great Italian food, quiet, tables are close, but a great dinner. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2312 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had another superb meal there. The ahi tuna cones were perfect , as usual. The octopus was as well. Attentive service. More

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

Good food and good service. We've only had brunch here and the food is consistently good. More

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

Fantastic food and service. Staff are all genuinely nice but also very professional. Food is a little bit different then your typical sb restaurant but I really enjoyed trying new things. Great spot for sure! More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2753 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara, and one of our favorites anyplace. We often eat there twice during a visit (and once ate there three nights in a row), and I've never been disappointed by the food or the service. The ambience is 'cozy' (not at all flashy) and the patio is a particularly nice for dining in warm weather, but we've sat at almost every table in the place. The menu is especially inventive, and the chef does a remarkable job of blending flavors on the plate to create surprising and delightful food. Everything is fresh and of very high quality. They're well-known for their wine list, but I'm not a drinker so I couldn't say. It's easy to spend $100 per person, but I find it well worth it. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1041 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Delicious food and great knowledgeable service. We will be back! More

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

Best experience available in Santa Barbara since Stonehouse closed. This place is in a league of its own. The chef is a culinary genius and the service is beyond impeccable every step of the way. More

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

Fantastic tapas, wine and service! All of the dishes were amazing More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
2225 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Fantastic food...service....ambiance. Our server Wyatt was stellar. Great experience. More

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

Consistently good food and knowledgeable service. Seabass special in saffron cream sauce was fantastic, as was the fillet with chili. Good local wine selections and Paul had good recommendations. Always our pick when we're up from San Diego. More

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

The wings were some of the best we’ve ever had. More

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

Wait staff, drinks, and food, all outstanding. Celebrating our 32 wedding anniversary. Would come back, if ever in Santa Barbara again. More

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

We loved it, came here with our 2 kids and loved the authentic and delicious food. Great food and service! More

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JaneJane
618 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We sat upstairs facing the street. The food is always good here. We go to Jane often. I had a special fish stew in a coconut base and it was delicious. They have a nice wine selection as well. Great service all the time. Love this place More

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

This is one of my absolute favorites! The calamari picatta is the best! Wonderful service and ambiance. More

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

Took my wife out to celebrate our anniversary. Location and ambiance was perfect. We enjoyed the window view and table location. Daniel, our waiter did a phenomenal job and recommended the perfect items for us. We will definitely be back and bring some friends to enjoy the experience. More

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

Lovely dinner serverd by a pretty Irish waitress. The seabas was outstanding including the dessert treio. More

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

Great food and an excellent view on the ocean and the sunset. Highly recommend! More

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

Roxanne is exceptional! Excellent customer service and knows her customers!!! We only ask for Roxanne!!!! More

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

I had not been to El Encanto for years, and had always wanted to go for a special occasion. So we went for our 26th anniversary. I had read reviews saying that service was spotty, but we did not find it so. Service was gracious, efficient, friendly but not intrusive. The entire staff was polite and did everything possible to make our time enjoyable. We had the sashimi appetizer (outstanding) and the caesar salad (an original take on the classic). For entrees, we had the tenderloin with smokey mashed potatoes and the roast chicken with the slaw and faro. The tenderloin was cooked exactly as my (picky) husband had asked and he was delighted. The smokey mashed potatoes are a reason to go back. The bread, housemade, includes a charcoal apricot bread and comes with a flavored butter, which was outstanding. My chicken was perfection and the autumn flavors of apple and raisins (just a hint) were excellent. We splurged on wine and dessert (we had the floating island and the chocolate cake). The sun sat as we sat on the quiet, dreamy terrace. After dinner, we walked around the grounds. The arbor was in use, with dozens of candles. Very romantic. We plan to return. More

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

We were treated to an outstanding dinner. Love everything about the little door. More

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

The food here is incredible! Service is outstanding. The ambiance in the beautiful outdoor patio was awesome, on a warm October night. I highly recommend this SB gem. More

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ConvivoConvivo
516 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Convivo is a great choice for dining in Santa Barbara. Meal choices will work for everyone and the cost is reasonable for the area. It's especially nice and convenient when staying at the Santa Barbara Inn, the hosting hotel. More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
138 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had a fantastic meal at Blackbird with exceptional service and will look forward to going back again soon. More

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

The ambience is unbelievable as is three food. We went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and I couldn’t imagine a better spot in ambience, service or food. We loved it. 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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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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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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Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
129 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Stopped in before a concert and had a couple of drinks with dinner. Everything was great! More

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

We had a lovely lunch: great food, superb service, and very comfortable setting. Abbey, our wonderful waitress, made us feel welcome and provided some of the best service we’ve ever had. More

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

The food is always delicious, well-presented, and ample in portions. The outside dining is wonderful, very comfortable, and fun. Very nice place! 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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RoyRoy
217 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Bread + butter = dessert. Wonderful housemade bread meant we didn't not need to order dessert. Best thing about our meal was Melissa, our server. She made our evening wonderful! She gave us incredible recommendations for our weekend in Santa Barbara. Her ideas were spot-on, and we would not have had as memorable a weekend had we not heeded her sage advice. More

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

Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversay with a few days away in Santa Barbara-we liked this restaurant so much, we came back two nights in a row! The $19.95 Lobster Special was amazing, the staff was friendly, service was perfect and the views cannot be beat!! 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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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1060 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Meal was great and so was the staff; we had two small children and the staff handled it GREAT! Thanks! More

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

It was my husbands birthday, and I gave them a heads up before making the reservation. They were so sweet! They brought him a free dessert and were over all incredibly kind. I highly recommend Creekside to anyone looking for a relaxed and fun night out! 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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Chuck's Waterfront GrillChuck's Waterfront Grill
268 reviews
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Steak | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

I’m usually so impressed with Chucks, but it slid a notch this time. It was clearly understaffed and the server did a great job trying to keep up but she was the only server on the patio. My meal wasn’t exactly what I had ordered. At the end of the meal the manager suddenly appeared . He should haven helping out his staff more. Also detracting from the evening were 2 girls filming their whole meal with a selfie stick and a spot light shining in my eyes. More

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

Great date night spot prior to seeing a show at the Lobero Theater. Pizza was delicious! 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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Rodney's Grill at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront ResortRodney's Grill at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
101 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
677 reviews
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French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great service and food was outstanding. More

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

Good food and good service. We've only had brunch here and the food is consistently good. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
433 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Had an amazing anniversary dinner. Started with a comped glass of bubbles and moved on to some amazing appetizers and food. If you were looking for a romantic restaurant in Santa Barbara that serves incredible food I would highly recommend this restaurant More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1041 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great Italian food, quiet, tables are close, but a great dinner. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2312 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had another superb meal there. The ahi tuna cones were perfect , as usual. The octopus was as well. Attentive service. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2753 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara, and one of our favorites anyplace. We often eat there twice during a visit (and once ate there three nights in a row), and I've never been disappointed by the food or the service. The ambience is 'cozy' (not at all flashy) and the patio is a particularly nice for dining in warm weather, but we've sat at almost every table in the place. The menu is especially inventive, and the chef does a remarkable job of blending flavors on the plate to create surprising and delightful food. Everything is fresh and of very high quality. They're well-known for their wine list, but I'm not a drinker so I couldn't say. It's easy to spend $100 per person, but I find it well worth it. More

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

Best experience available in Santa Barbara since Stonehouse closed. This place is in a league of its own. The chef is a culinary genius and the service is beyond impeccable every step of the way. More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1041 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Delicious food and great knowledgeable service. We will be back! More

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JaneJane
618 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We sat upstairs facing the street. The food is always good here. We go to Jane often. I had a special fish stew in a coconut base and it was delicious. They have a nice wine selection as well. Great service all the time. Love this place More

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

Consistently good food and knowledgeable service. Seabass special in saffron cream sauce was fantastic, as was the fillet with chili. Good local wine selections and Paul had good recommendations. Always our pick when we're up from San Diego. 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.