Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(926)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(299)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(62)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(757)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(103)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(222)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(524)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(554)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(109)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(347)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1300)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2018)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(95)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Jacks - Portola Hotel & SpaJacks - Portola Hotel & Spa
(49)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(1976)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(906)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(826)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(378)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
CadizCadiz
(613)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(347)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(128)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Tre LuneTre Lune
(421)
$$$$
Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Trattoria MollieTrattoria Mollie
(481)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(379)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1659)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(967)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Favaloro's Big Night BistroFavaloro's Big Night Bistro
(405)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(174)
$$$$
Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(746)
$$$$
Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(539)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

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

Casual, locals cafe (though tourists are now discovering it). Very caring staff and Alissia is on top of all. No bocce tonight-so settled inside. Olympics on tv- so bar action—a fun atmosphere. Caesar salad always great and large enough to split and pasta special was good . Pizza not on menu—but love very thin crust w/mushrooms—yum. More

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Stonehouse at San Ysidro RanchStonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
1269 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We loved our experience at the Stonehouse. We loved the ambience and service was wonderful. More

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Les MarchandsLes Marchands
82 reviews
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Bistro | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Love this place. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch with friends. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2498 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent french cuisine. Great venison, first rate dessert More

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LoquitaLoquita
571 reviews
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Spanish | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The service was excellent. The staff is fully aware of all of your needs. You never have to look around to find a server. The fourth time we’ve eaten here we will come back. More

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

The food is always very good and different. It's fun to share the dishes with friends. I have never been disappointed. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
1976 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Delicious meal, wonderful choices available, and great service. Our first time here, but we will be back! More

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

We were there on Valentines with a fixed menu. Although what we received was delicious, I also felt it was quite overpriced. Because it was Valentines I wish they had made a little more effort to make the atmosphere romantic. Decor maybe? Free glass of champagne? I had pre requested a "Quiet table" however was given a seat right by the front door which kept being thrown open with cold air pouring in and people standing around waiting for the hostess to get to them. Service was good. It's a nice spot but they could try just a bit harder to make it more special. More

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

Gourmet dining experience at below market prices with excellent service, a beautiful quiet setting, very charming. More

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

Just a delicious an delightful restaurant to visit everyone very polite an helpful More

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

Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. Service was attentive, professional & pleasant. 11/21/17 More

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

Absolutely outstanding food, service and ambiance. A great night out ! More

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

Was great. Get a booth if you are on a date More

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

This place is a Mesa gem! The food just gets better and better! Among our favorites are lamb sliders ("Lamborghini ") and "Date With a Pig" (bacon wrapped date).... Yum! Our waitress at our last three visits was Veda, who is delightful. More

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

Good Food. Excellent service. Very attentive. Would be happy to visit again. More

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JaneJane
446 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Busy evening for Jane, but our service was very polite and attentive. The three of us had respectively the chicken piccata, Jane’s grilled chicken breast and the filet mignon. All three dishes were excellent. Shared the coconut cake for dessert which is also a favorite. We will be back soon. More

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

We had a great dinner! More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
1827 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Not only was the food amazing, but the staff had a deep understanding of the menu. We continue to come back for the amazing food and experience. More

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

Great attentive service! More

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

The food was excellent. Flavorful and satisfying. No leftovers. We cleaned our plates. This will be my "go to" spot whenever I'm in Santa Barbara. More

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

Delightful Valentine’s Day lunch. More

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

The restaurant itself was fine and the food was outstanding. We were seated right away and the waiter was friendly. We were however expecting line dance lessons at 7:00 per their website but were told this was not going to happen. Dancing started at 8:00 and no one was on the floor so we left at 8:15. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
286 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Every dish was unique and exquisite. The waiter was perfect. More

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

Best pizza in Santa Barbara More

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

Amazing Valentine’s Day!!! More

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

Wonderful restaurant, amazing food, great team service for the tables. The only drawback was that we were seated at a 2 person table adjacent to the door that connects the two rooms they have and that is also where the staff hangs out and talks and so it was really not a good place to enjoy each other's company. I should have asked if another table was available but didn't. More

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

This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara .. food is great , service is impeccable 5 stars , great for visitors and is unforgettable ... Gary Rollé More

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ConvivoConvivo
378 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We opted for the Pre-Fixe Valentine's Day menu. My wife also had the wine pairing. Each dish was well-presented and delicious. We also had the soup and focaccia bread. Both were very good complements to our meal. The coffee served was also very good. We were greeted by the host staff upon arrival, promptly seated with a perfect sunset view, and expertly cared for by Nicole. We'll definitely be back. More

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

Lots of character, downtown Santa Barbara. Well healed crowd. Good Italian. Lasagna was solid. Chicken parma was ok. Service was very slow, with the excuse that a bus boy did not show. Waiter argued with us when we took exception to her order of service... salad, then drinks, then main course within 5 mins of salad. Weird. More

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

Super friendly staff. Decent wine list, could be a bit more upscale. More

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

Good food. Fun atmosphere. Nice outdoor heated seating. More

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RoyRoy
198 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Roy really knows how to cook. Hand made pasta with fillet mignon meatballs were excellent. Best pasta and meatballs you will find. More

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

I just love this place and there’s always something new and interesting to try More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
55 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Best restaurant in Santa Barbara. Hands down. Creative, fun, great chef, great sommelier, great service. More

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

Amazing time! Good food. Great deal... $30 for 2. Sat by window. Beautiful view. Good service. More

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CadizCadiz
613 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Overall, very good. It was a price fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. The service was just “okay”. Meh. But we’d return and I talked it up with some of my colleagues. More

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

Always come here! Love this place!!! Service and food are always perfect! A must try. Check out the bloody Mary bar its totally awesome. DIY bloody Mary's for brunch and the avo toast is so gooooood! More

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

I had the Pork Banh Mi and it was incredible!!!! Cozy outdoor seating with heaters and a beautiful view of state street. Very reasonably priced delicious food. More

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Paradise CafeParadise Cafe
160 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Celebrated a Valentines dinner. We sat inside and enjoyed the quiet ambiance. Service was very good and we enjoyed our dinner salad and burger. More

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

Great time, great food, exceptional service. Paid 10/11 bucks for grilled artichoke with a couple of bites of choke, out of season? It tasted good but tiny and not worth it. Rest of meal was perfect! More

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

Beautiful patio seating. Clean inside. Food was delightful. Will be back. More

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

Good food but a bit pricey. Food is fresh. Hosted is vey helpful. More

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

It was lovely. More

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

At Moby Dick Restaurant, in Santa Barbara, you'll get not only fresh seafood and excellent service, but an amazing view along with your meal. Situated on the pier itself in Santa Barbara, Moby Dick Restaurant is a fantastic place with a fantastic atmosphere to get something to eat.



Whether you're after breakfast, lunch or dinner there�s sure to be something on the menu to please. Fried favorites at Moby Dick Restaurant include clam strips and chips, chicken wings and chips and many others. You can also order burgers, sandwiches and vegetarian fare. Fresh seafood specialties include grilled Cajun swordfish, bacon wrapped shrimp and grilled fresh salmon.More

The Little Door - Santa BarbaraThe Little Door - Santa Barbara
60 reviews
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Mediterranean | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Absolutely wonderful. Loved everything we had. Service was outstanding and they were very accommodating. Can't wait to come back again!! More

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California Pizza Kitchen - Santa Barbara - PRIORITY SEATINGCalifornia Pizza Kitchen - Santa Barbara - PRIORITY SEATING
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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

Dargans Irish Pub & RestaurantDargans Irish Pub & Restaurant
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Irish | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Dargan’s in Santa Barbara was Established in October 1997 , but the name Dargan’s has been associated with public houses in Ireland since the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1927, Lawrence Dargan built a Pub and grocery to serve the small population of Cookstown, a market town in the north of Ireland. He and his family ran a successful business, well known locally as a center of Irish traditional music and craic (Gaelic for good times).

The tradition has spanned three generations, with Paul Dargan (Lawrences' Grandson), who moved from Ireland when he was 21, now the proud owner of Dargan’s in Santa Barbara.

Come on in and join us for some warm Irish Hospitality with authentic food, over 100 single Malt Scotches, excellent pints from over the pond and a full Local Craft selection.

Irish owned and operated.

Céad míle fáilte romhat! - A hundred thousand welcomes to you!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
Stonehouse at San Ysidro RanchStonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
1269 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We loved our experience at the Stonehouse. We loved the ambience and service was wonderful. More

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Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
347 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Casual, locals cafe (though tourists are now discovering it). Very caring staff and Alissia is on top of all. No bocce tonight-so settled inside. Olympics on tv- so bar action—a fun atmosphere. Caesar salad always great and large enough to split and pasta special was good . Pizza not on menu—but love very thin crust w/mushrooms—yum. More

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Les MarchandsLes Marchands
82 reviews
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Bistro | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Love this place. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch with friends. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
1976 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Delicious meal, wonderful choices available, and great service. Our first time here, but we will be back! More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2498 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent french cuisine. Great venison, first rate dessert More

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LoquitaLoquita
571 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The service was excellent. The staff is fully aware of all of your needs. You never have to look around to find a server. The fourth time we’ve eaten here we will come back. More

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

Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. Service was attentive, professional & pleasant. 11/21/17 More

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

We were there on Valentines with a fixed menu. Although what we received was delicious, I also felt it was quite overpriced. Because it was Valentines I wish they had made a little more effort to make the atmosphere romantic. Decor maybe? Free glass of champagne? I had pre requested a "Quiet table" however was given a seat right by the front door which kept being thrown open with cold air pouring in and people standing around waiting for the hostess to get to them. Service was good. It's a nice spot but they could try just a bit harder to make it more special. More

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

Great attentive service! More

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Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
757 reviews
$$$$
American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Delightful Valentine’s Day lunch. More

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