Popular restaurants in Central Coast

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Japanese Restaurant Goshi
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Japanese | San Luis Obispo
Novo Restaurant
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Global, International | San Luis Obispo
Granada Bistro
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Californian | San Luis Obispo
Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(157)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo
Vegetable Butcher
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Latin American | San Luis Obispo
Big Sky Café Inc.
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Contemporary American | West Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara Restaurants

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2460 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

My wife and I took a couple days to drive up Highway 1 to San Francisco and Toma was recommended by our hotel. Incredible service, incredible taste both the lasagna and rack of lamb. The chocolate desert we ordered was wonderful…thanks for a fantastic culinary experience! More

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

Sama Sama was super super. Food was unusual and excellent. Service was helpful and allowed us to enjoy the different dishes without feeling rushed in the least bit. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
482 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Outstanding! Every dish was a finely crafted experience with unique and exquisite flavors! Hands down our favorite place to eat in Santa Barbara. More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1116 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Third time at Olio y Limone and it never disappoints! Exquisite prix fixe menu with multiple options in each category, sure to please anyone. Every aspect of our dinner was just delightful, despite the fact that it was Valentine’s Day and the restaurant was filled to capacity. All staff exemplified grace under pressure and despite the line outside (found when we departed), we never felt rushed. Sublime! More

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

Excellent service, fantastic seafood. A great spot on State Street. More

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JaneJane
687 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Salmon and steak cooked to perfection. Ambiance quaint, but sophisticated. Great experence. More

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

We had not eaten at Stella Mare for many years and had breakfast there about a month ago - we looked at the dinner menu and decided to do a post Valentines dinner - it far exceeded our expectations and we told a number of our friends how great it was - we will not wait as long for our next visit. Service was fantastic and so was our food! More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2864 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing experience as always. Wonderful food and service. Thank you! More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1116 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food was healthy and unique. The staff was friendly. The ambiance was acceptable. More

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

Food and drinks were excellent. Room was cold and a bit noisy though. More

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

My husband and I went here on New Year's Eve. We had a table for two in the back. The booths are small and have curtains that divide each table. Very private vibe. The food was awesome. Each dish we tried was great. Highly recommend the brie dish and tuna tartare. More

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

Very nice Chinese restaurant, ambience, decor, food, menu choices. More

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Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
1001 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Valentine's day went surprisingly smooth despite it being super slammed. Super friendly staff, surf and turf was AMAZING. good experience. More

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Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraAngel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
305 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

It was our anniversary and we were sat at an amazing table. The food was amazing and the service couldn’t have been better. Afterwards we received a tour of the 12k bottle wine cellar. More

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ConvivoConvivo
573 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Good food and great service. I look forward to trying Convivo again. More

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

Our waiter was beyond knowledgeable about his wines and paired my wife’s food with every glass superbly. The gift for the Valentines Day dinner at the end was special and amazing. It was Romantic and beautiful, we will definitely try and go back. More

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

Great food, drinks and service. Definitely recommend for everyone to try when in Santa Barbara. Will definitely go back when I’m back in Santa Barbara! More

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

Food was incredible, service was top notch. Our table had an amazing ocean view. Price for dinner for 2 on Valentine's day was a bit much. More

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

Great service, friendly staff, owner was making rounds and very personable. Food was tasty More

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

The food at Monarch is innovative and fresh. I have been delighted with both meals I have eaten at this restaurant and can’t wait to go back! More

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

Small and charming, with a great happy hour menu, great wine and great service. Highly recommend. More

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

The best eggplant and great pizza!! Enjoying waitress was attentive and helpful. A little noisy at first but the restaurant was very busy. More

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

This place is great! Best French onion soup and the owner always stops by to say hi. More

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

Best in downtown Santa Barbara. Hands down More

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

We had a wonderful time with a spectacular view, delicious food and warm staff. We look forward to returning soon! More

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

Have enjoyed Carlitos for many years. The food is good & service excellent. More

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

Great food wonderful service fine atmosphere More

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

Nice & Accommodating staff More

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Patxi's - Santa BarbaraPatxi's - Santa Barbara
33 reviews
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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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Smithy Kitchen+BarSmithy Kitchen+Bar
296 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food with great service. Always enjoy having dinner there. More

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

This restaurant lives up to its advertising; Good Food and Stiff Drinks. It has a nice, unpretentious atmosphere and the staff aims to please and really hustles. More

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

Some of the best food around, Date Nught or Family Night this is an amazing choice. More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1125 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great server, food and atmosphere. Will come again. More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
170 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food was outstanding. The octopus was the best we have ever had and the sauces were wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and Bobby was attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this restaurant. More

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

Great lunch time stop. Good variety of fresh salads and sandwiches. Also great for a late afternoon beer and appetizers. More

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

We reserved a table, but after we were seated, we were asked to move to a different table. The food was excellent, the service very good, but I did not like sitting in such close proximity of another couple. Next time I could perhaps reserve a booth. More

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RoyRoy
233 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Always fabulous ambiance and delicious food and wine. The service is always warm and friendly. The owner, Roy, always welcoming and greets you with the feeling you are special. Looking forward to next visit! THANK YOU! Diane More

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

Terrific setting and seafood with top notch service as well. A little expensive but worth it. More

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

Great as always! More

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Kanaloa SeafoodKanaloa Seafood
1 review
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing food: delicious, fresh, excellent seafood and poke. We'll be back. More

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

Great for kids More

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

What a fabulous Mexican restaurant that we’ve never been to All three of us had the fajitas, which were amazing. The chips And salsa was delish And we will for sure go back. More

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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara - MarbellaHyatt Centric Santa Barbara - Marbella
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Marbella is a casual style dining experience that blends the local flavors of Southern California with classic comfort dishes in a warm, comfortable setting. Enjoy the best of land and sea while gazing at the sweeping ocean view from the entire dining room with one of our specialty cocktails. Our bottomless mimosa brunch offers both a la carte dining as well as breakfast buffet offered on weekends.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
Sama Sama KitchenSama Sama Kitchen
210 reviews
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Southeast Asian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Sama Sama was super super. Food was unusual and excellent. Service was helpful and allowed us to enjoy the different dishes without feeling rushed in the least bit. More

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

Small and charming, with a great happy hour menu, great wine and great service. Highly recommend. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2460 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

My wife and I took a couple days to drive up Highway 1 to San Francisco and Toma was recommended by our hotel. Incredible service, incredible taste both the lasagna and rack of lamb. The chocolate desert we ordered was wonderful…thanks for a fantastic culinary experience! More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1116 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Third time at Olio y Limone and it never disappoints! Exquisite prix fixe menu with multiple options in each category, sure to please anyone. Every aspect of our dinner was just delightful, despite the fact that it was Valentine’s Day and the restaurant was filled to capacity. All staff exemplified grace under pressure and despite the line outside (found when we departed), we never felt rushed. Sublime! More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
482 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Outstanding! Every dish was a finely crafted experience with unique and exquisite flavors! Hands down our favorite place to eat in Santa Barbara. More

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

We had not eaten at Stella Mare for many years and had breakfast there about a month ago - we looked at the dinner menu and decided to do a post Valentines dinner - it far exceeded our expectations and we told a number of our friends how great it was - we will not wait as long for our next visit. Service was fantastic and so was our food! More

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

Excellent service, fantastic seafood. A great spot on State Street. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2864 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Amazing experience as always. Wonderful food and service. Thank you! More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1116 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The food was healthy and unique. The staff was friendly. The ambiance was acceptable. More

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

My husband and I went here on New Year's Eve. We had a table for two in the back. The booths are small and have curtains that divide each table. Very private vibe. The food was awesome. Each dish we tried was great. Highly recommend the brie dish and tuna tartare. More

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