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Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(966)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(330)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(776)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(69)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(115)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(230)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(560)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(134)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(577)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(365)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1362)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2074)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(117)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(512)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2112)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(970)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(863)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(422)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
CadizCadiz
(629)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(377)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(152)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Tre LuneTre Lune
(458)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Trattoria MollieTrattoria Mollie
(503)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(410)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1746)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1025)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(570)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(210)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(783)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(57)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

LoquitaLoquita
619 reviews
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Spanish | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Best Spanish restaurant in California!! Wonderful patio. More

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Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2112 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food and service. Looking forward to going back. More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
334 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had a delightful, albeit pricey, meal there Monday. Our waitress was outstanding and took time to explain the reasons behind their very creatively named dishes. The Baked California dessert was absolutely outstanding! I would make it a point to return again. More

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

We love Sama Sama kitchen... the atmosphere, food and libations are amazing! More

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

Good food, nice waitress, relaxed atmosphere More

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

Delicious, Authentic Italian Cuisine with lovely service! A cut above the nearby Italian restaurants with tremendous choices and a ever so slightly upscale service. Great for pre-event dining, very accommodating without being rushed. The eggplant melanzanie starter is amazing! More

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

We had a great meal at wine cask. The short rib is awesome. Thank you! More

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

This is our second Mother’s Day at Les Merchands. The service was polite and friendly. We enjoyed our food. The table was terrible. I was very frustrated that they would seat us on top of the waiter station. One of our guests was constantly being bumped into and they were opening drawers into his back and his chair. We felt like the waitstaff was on top of us. It was disappointing and distracting . More

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

The strip steak was awesome with an intriguing topping and the spare ribs were divine. Our server was very attentive and even comped us dessert for our special occasion. Would love to try lunch there. More

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

The lighting here is wonderful, very romantic. the paintings are great, hearkening back to 1920-40's France. Roast duck entree is always a favorite, and their dishes are accompanied with good greens. wish they would bring back their Jack Daniels chocolate creme brulee, with its thick glaze on top, fabulous. All their food looks really appetizing. Service is very professional and pleasant. just wish their wine were lower-priced. More

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

Ca’Dario was great! The staff made wonderful wine and food suggestions for us. The Burrata and Ravioli were favorites. More

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

Funky, friendly, really good tapas, waitress Zoe was terrific, great off-the-beaten path non touristy taste of Santa Barbara. More

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

I love everything about this place ,the energy, the ambience, the staff, the service and let's not forget the FOOD. More

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Bouchon - Santa BarbaraBouchon - Santa Barbara
2592 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

the food was delicious and the service outstanding. We had looked the restaurant up and it seemed a good fit for us and it was better than expected. Most enjoyable meal. When I return to Santa Barbara I will definitely return to Bouchon! More

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JaneJane
502 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Food and service were excellent. Loved the duck and the lemon dessert. More

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

Vacation, always love the wonderful service we get and the food is heavenly. More

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ConvivoConvivo
422 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Excellent food and excellent service. Our waiter went over and beyond to make sure we had a great dining experience! He was wonderful!! More

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

We went there for a graduation dinner and it was fabulous, food ambiance overall will be going back next time we are in Santa Barbara. More

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The Lark - Santa BarbaraThe Lark - Santa Barbara
1959 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

The brussel sprouts are always a must when visiting The Lark. This time we tried their pasta dish as well and it was delicious. It is best to order family style and trust your waiter about how many dishes you should get for the table. More

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

Amazing food. Laid back atmosphere. Highly recommend!!! More

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

A home run! A most enjoyable lunch, we'll be back next time for dinner! Terrific meal, loved the french dip! More

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

Best service we have had in a long time. Don't change a thing. We felt professionally doted upon. Food was OK. The ceasar salad needs anchovies and more garlic; the French onion soup was gelatinous; the Kobe beef was outstanding (buttery); the diver scallops were outstanding; the house rolls are superb as is the flavored butter. More

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

Service and food is great and I love that it is dog friendly. I do wish the noise level were lower, especially inside where the sound really bounces around. That is the only thing that keeps me coming more often. More

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

Lovely interior to the restaurant! We loved the luminous blue ceiling! We split a very large bowl of mussels ( three could share, actually) and they were delicious! The broth had a north African flavor and we used up all the extra bread sopping it up that our very nice waitress brought us. I had excellent Italian sausage wrapped up in home-made pasta with peas and nettles, he had the Grilled Steak Frites which came with a pile of really delicious fries. A wide variety of wine prices. Excellent; we'll come back to eat our way through the menu! More

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

This is our favorite restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and it did not disappoint. Food and service; excellent. More

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

Edgar and team were great! Because of them, we will be back. More

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RoyRoy
204 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We love eating at Roy. The owner/chef has a fantastic menu. I always get the seafood pasta with cream sauce. We tried the cheese board and it was delicious. My wife had the Salmon and it was cooked perfectly. Chef Roy came out and talked to us about our experience which was overall exactly what my wife and I were looking for. Roy is one of our favorite spots in Santa Barbara. More

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

My husband and I had been here before with friends, for an early dinner. Today, we had an early lunch. The ambiance, casual, was very nice. The food selection, even for this vegetarian, was amazing, and I loved my tacos. The strawberry margarita was superb. Great service, too. More

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

Classic Santa Barbara. If you've been in SB for more than 30 years you know real Santa Barbara... Joe's still has it. Good food, good selection, good service, good drinks, no hassle. More

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

Very good food and very good service. A casual atmosphere, very nice sitting outside. More

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BlackbirdBlackbird
84 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Absolutely one of the best meals we had while visiting Santa Barbara. Our server, Bobby, was great giving us a tour of the menu, pointing out outstanding dishes. Upon discovering our love of the local wines, Drew Schaffer, Blackbird's Manager, paired incredible wines with each dish. Drew and Bobby made us feel like long time friends. What a wonderful night...thank you both! We are looking forward to our return to SB and another fantastic meal at Blackbird! James L More

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

Always enjoyable meals here - lunch or dinner. Today lunch was served fast an tasty - Singapore noodles for my husband (he found them in the Soup section of the menu), and imperial scallops for me. All orders included a cip of hot and sour soup. Jasmine tea eas brought promptly as soon as we were seated. The ambience of this restaurant is very fancy with tablecloth, quality tableware, comfortable chairs. Clean and quiet, this place is great for a private meal or business meetings, never disappointing. More

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

We just LOVE this place! Wide choice of menu (great steaks, fresh seafood) and classy service. Well-priced wine list, too. More

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

We had a nice time and are frequent customers. This time I decided to order a pizza, an item not on the menu. The waiter said they could make any type of pizza so I ordered a “veggie pizza” and assumed I would get something with olives, mushroom, tomatoes, perhaps peppers and artichokes? Instead I got a pizza with carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. It was awful and not at all what I would expect when ordering a veggie pizza at an Italian restaurant. More

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

Good place, decor is a bit industrial, but the food is good and service well staffed More

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

I don't write reviews very often. This was a wonderful experience. The space is so beautiful and the patio is great. Service was quick and friendly, everyone on staff popped in to help at some point. Most importantly the food was creative and delicious. This is a great place for a special occasions, date nights, or sharing with friends. It also seems like a great place for happy hour. Highly recommend and we will be back. 10/10. More

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

My husband and I had dinner as part of our wedding anniversary weekend in Santa Barbara. The food was delicious and our waitress was wonderful. Would definitely go there again. More

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

Great food. Wonderful service! A little noisy but we sat inside and it was much better. More

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CadizCadiz
629 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

I always leave this restaurant happy. The wine and cocktail choices are excellent, the small plates and entrees always tasty and well presented, and the ambience is just lovely, whether sitting outside on the patio or inside in the main area (which is lovely and also usually quiet enough for good conversation). The menu changes periodically, to keep things fresh. And the staff are always so friendly and helpful. A Santa Barbara must! More

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

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

Cold wings cold pizza.... The upside my beer was also cold.... More

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

Had a great pre-St Patty's Day dinner at Dargon's. Our reservation was honored to the minute. Corned beef and cabbage with mashed potatoes was excellent. The Guinness and the Smithwick's were wonderful as well. Overall, it was a wonderful experience! I would recommend this establishment. More

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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa BarbaraBella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
761 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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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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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

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

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

Santa Barbara Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Barbara's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
2112 reviews
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Great food and service. Looking forward to going back. More

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LoquitaLoquita
619 reviews
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Spanish | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Best Spanish restaurant in California!! Wonderful patio. More

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

Delicious, Authentic Italian Cuisine with lovely service! A cut above the nearby Italian restaurants with tremendous choices and a ever so slightly upscale service. Great for pre-event dining, very accommodating without being rushed. The eggplant melanzanie starter is amazing! More

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

We had a great meal at wine cask. The short rib is awesome. Thank you! More

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BarbareñoBarbareño
334 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had a delightful, albeit pricey, meal there Monday. Our waitress was outstanding and took time to explain the reasons behind their very creatively named dishes. The Baked California dessert was absolutely outstanding! I would make it a point to return again. More

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

We love Sama Sama kitchen... the atmosphere, food and libations are amazing! More

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

Funky, friendly, really good tapas, waitress Zoe was terrific, great off-the-beaten path non touristy taste of Santa Barbara. More

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

This is our second Mother’s Day at Les Merchands. The service was polite and friendly. We enjoyed our food. The table was terrible. I was very frustrated that they would seat us on top of the waiter station. One of our guests was constantly being bumped into and they were opening drawers into his back and his chair. We felt like the waitstaff was on top of us. It was disappointing and distracting . More

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

Good food, nice waitress, relaxed atmosphere More

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

The strip steak was awesome with an intriguing topping and the spare ribs were divine. Our server was very attentive and even comped us dessert for our special occasion. Would love to try lunch there. More

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