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Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(347)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(792)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(73)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(123)
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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
(595)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(159)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(597)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(383)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1427)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2148)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(142)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(533)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2228)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(1005)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(901)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(482)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(394)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(169)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Tre LuneTre Lune
(487)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Mollie'sMollie's
(523)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(441)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1818)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1100)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(593)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(254)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(813)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(81)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

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

Everything was delicious! We ordered many small plates and drinks and did not get a main. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
390 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Some of the best food I have ever had! Amazing service also! More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2228 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Love this place! Whenever I'm in Santa Barbara, I always go out of my way to have a dinner here!!! More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1013 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Very nice ambiance. Good selection on the menu. Nice cocktail selection. Some food was from local farms, and you could taste the difference. More

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

My husband and I drove up from LA to Santa Barbara just to visit this restaurant and stay at the hotel is connected to. It was absolutely worth the drive the food was delicious and Chef Philip is one of the best, his staff was amazing and the service was impeccable. More

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

Beautiful classic French restaurant. Efficient service. Quiet location (except for the trains) by the lake More

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

We really liked the place and food, especially the meat was excellent! It it not cheap at all, we were a bit surprised about the bill, but service and food was really good! More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2694 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Bouchon is a wonderful dining experience in Santa Barbara. The food is exquisite, creative, and home grown. The service is impeccable. The wait staff is knowledgeable about their menu and wines. It has a delightful ambiance with indoor/outdoor covered dining. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bouchon and will definitely go back again when in Santa Barbara. More

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

Your large selection of dishes and Excellent food and presentation are first rate. You are one of my favorite restaurants because you have maintained the quality of your food over the years. Your service is also excellent; your servers are very pleasant and attentive. The food presentation is also nice. More

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

Had friends from Austin Texas in town and we went out each of the four nights.....As I took them to the airport this AM, I asked what was your favorite restaurant experience in SB? ......Their answer was "I wish we had a Milk and Honey in Austin". That says it all. Great food, service...great experience.....Congrats, D More

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

One of our favorite go to restaurants for last minute decision. The service and food is always very pleasant and it is a restaurant that seems to draw a nice collection of clientele More

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JaneJane
565 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The sea bass fish was lovely, expertly prepared. Charming spot. More

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

The service and food was amazing. The only thing I would recommend would be some better bread and/or rolls. The bread that was served was just average. Good but something more exciting to eat before your meal. More

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Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
1005 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Just simply fantastic. The only problem is making a decision on what to order. A wide variety of menu items and then the specials of the day! The service was perfect; very knowledgeable, polite and friendly server. I would go here again and again and again. You should also. More

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

Always amazing and never disappoints. This is a go to spot and we love it! More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
2121 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Delicious food items, excellent service and suggestions, loved courtyard seating. Fun and flavorable. Would return often if we lived in town. More

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

Excellent food - the watermelon, spiced sugar snap peas, and carnitas taco special had amazing flavors. You can tell this food is made with special attention and love - excellent scallops and beet salad (with yummy goat cheese panna cotta!). I love bone marrow and this preparation makes it in a way that was a great introduction for everyone. Easy to relax and enjoy atmosphere. I wish we had the Black Sheep in my town. More

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

We love Olio Pizzeria! Had the fried cauliflower this time and it was perfect! The four-cheese pizza was perfect. Delicious crust, too. More

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

Food was fantastic. Sevice was very prompt. Enjoyed the music too. Staff was very friendly! More

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

This place is top notch - best grass fed fillet I’ve had for a long time, cooked to perfection. Only drawbacks are the price and hotel guests with tottlers screaming at dinner after 8pm. This is a fine dining environment, but some guests think it appropriate to bring kids and show up in t-shirts. More

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

An absolutely top notch experience. The service was impeccable. Our starter of oysters was perfect; the lambshank, I am told was excellent, and my scallops were perfection. The wine list is good and the desserts were wonderful too. There is no reason to keep this spot for special occasions and we will gladly return. More

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

Best Italian food ever looking forward to coming back! More

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

Great outside dining, burritos are the best, fajitas were excellent but margaritas were weak and tasteless. More

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

We chose to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary at the hotel, we had visited some years ago and were so pleased to find that the restauraunt was excellent and the staff very friendly we hope to return next year! More

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China Pavillion at ChapalaChina Pavillion at Chapala
27 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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Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
792 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We have been to this restaurant several times and the food and wines are always great. This time we had one issue...we ordered the grilled octopus for an appetizer. It came out very tough, undercooked and very briny. There was no problem sending it back, but had to wait a long time for a different appetizer to come out. Partly fo e as we needed to drink wine and eat bread to get the bad octopus taste off our pallets. The rest of the meal was delicious. We just found it odd the the management did not offer to comp anything for the bad experience....not even a drink or dessert. Oh well, times are hard and margins slim I guess. We still recommend this place for great food, wines, and atmosphere. More

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

Service was incredible, waiter gave amazing suggestions, highly More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
114 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Though creative, the dishes had some odd pairings and not necessarily enjoyable. Did not like the charcuterie... most of it was flavorless, as was my yellow tail appetizer. Overall, expensive and not so amazing. More

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

Great ambiance, friendly service. Our server`s recommendations were spot on , we had a delicious meal , including dessert.. I wish they had a liquor license since I love a martini when dining out ! More

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ConvivoConvivo
482 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great dining experience, delicious food and nice ambiance. Deciding where to go for dinner on our last night of our vacation was tough, I have traveled in Italy and I love Italian food! What attracted me the most is the menu with middle eastern influence. For appetizers we had panisse and Shellfish roe tagliolini, for drinks my husband had Foster beer and I had a Convivo Spritz ( it was pink, I expected it to be Orange/Aperol), for dinner we shared the 40oz porter house steak topped wit arugula and the best heirloom tomatoes I’ve ever had, asparagus with lemon mascarpone and a bottle of Langhe Rossi. The service was superb, thank you Christian Castro! More

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

Arnoldies has been in SB for a longtime. It has its place for a night out. It’s definitely not the best in SB, but’s its also slightly less expensive than better- The patio is nice, the food good enough. On the night we were there inside the inside dining area was way to HOT to have been inside, and of course the ice maker picked a bad time to break. More

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

Wonderful, creative menu and great cocktails! Outdoor dining was delightful and service was excellent as well. More

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

Very pretty patio and great service! Loved the flourless chocolate cake dessert. The food we ordered was just okay. More

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

As always, this is the only really good BBQ in Santa Barbara. The baby back ribs, brisket or pulled pork are done to perfection. The sides (beans, slaw and fries) are also excellent. There is no atmosphere, one should just come here when one wants great BBQ. You never know what will be going on below the outdoor seating (and outdoor seating is the only one you would want) such as line dancing, kids playing, a wedding party, etc. Take-out for BBQ at home would be perfect as well. More

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RoyRoy
212 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Roy has been a favorite spot of mine, my friends, and family for years. Whether it's a romantic date night, a birthday celebration, a post theater/movie bite, or a quick after work drink, one always finds exceptional food, service, and ambience. Few other places have a cooler look and vibe than Roy, and it's always fun to pop in when a band is playing or an art opening is happening. And who doesn't love Roy's hand written menu or art collection! Restaurant Roy is a true Santa Barbara gem. More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa BarbaraEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara
1031 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Could not have been better. I so liked the dinner that I already posted how great it was. What restaurants need to realize is that there are so many good restaurants here in Santa Barbara that it is so important to make every effort to make your customers feel wanted and special because you could loose them maybe forever if they are not taken care of. I am happy to say we will be back. More

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

Delicious!!!!! More

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

Amazing food. Working out a few kinks in service but very attentive, awesome place to hang out. Loved the burrata and fresh tomatoes, scallops, yellowtail, bresaola, and pork sandwiches. The guitarist/singer was so talented, great to hear him and also makes conversation a little challenging. Hard trade off. Definite recommend. We were still talking about the food the next day. More

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

Attentive service and good food in a casual, friendly environment. More

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

the service was excellent and the food outstanding It was leisurely and I especially liked that the waiter waited to clear the table until everyone was finished eating The chicken cacciatore was flavorful and done to perfection we started with bruschetta that was very tasty When we are in Santa Barbara again for sure we will go back More

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

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

Lobster bisque, calamari, clam chowder, salmon, poke, and fish and chips. LOVED the bisque and everything else was good and better than my low expectations for this tourist trap. It’s not gourmet, but it was well done. View was great and was really the point of the whole endeavor. More

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

My order of steamed clams had 7 dead ones out of about 20 clams. When I pointed this out the house treated me to a a full new order gratis. This one had 6 dead clams. They need to check with their supplier to make sure the food is fresh. More

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

A great restaurant: good food and service ! Crab speciality are amazing and we drink a very good beer ! I must go another time ! More

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Fess Parker's Doubletree - Rodney'sFess Parker's Doubletree - Rodney's
99 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
Holdren's Steaks & SeafoodHoldren's Steaks & Seafood
230 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We really liked the place and food, especially the meat was excellent! It it not cheap at all, we were a bit surprised about the bill, but service and food was really good! More

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

Everything was delicious! We ordered many small plates and drinks and did not get a main. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
390 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Some of the best food I have ever had! Amazing service also! More

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Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
1013 reviews
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Very nice ambiance. Good selection on the menu. Nice cocktail selection. Some food was from local farms, and you could taste the difference. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2228 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Love this place! Whenever I'm in Santa Barbara, I always go out of my way to have a dinner here!!! More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2694 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Bouchon is a wonderful dining experience in Santa Barbara. The food is exquisite, creative, and home grown. The service is impeccable. The wait staff is knowledgeable about their menu and wines. It has a delightful ambiance with indoor/outdoor covered dining. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bouchon and will definitely go back again when in Santa Barbara. More

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

Your large selection of dishes and Excellent food and presentation are first rate. You are one of my favorite restaurants because you have maintained the quality of your food over the years. Your service is also excellent; your servers are very pleasant and attentive. The food presentation is also nice. More

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

Beautiful classic French restaurant. Efficient service. Quiet location (except for the trains) by the lake More

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JaneJane
565 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The sea bass fish was lovely, expertly prepared. Charming spot. More

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

The service and food was amazing. The only thing I would recommend would be some better bread and/or rolls. The bread that was served was just average. Good but something more exciting to eat before your meal. More

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