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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Santa Barbara

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Santa Barbara? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Secret Bao restaurant
4.8
4.8 (566)
$31 to $50
Asian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Modern Asian American Restaurant from Chefs Peter Lee & Felicia Medina.

"Consider the bao. Chinese in origin, it’s most easily described as a steamed bun filled with something savory. Yet, like the American concept of a sandwich, the bao exploded into a flexible format of untold bounds — served at any meal, filled with you-name-it, completely closed or wide open, with endless regional variants from across Asia and far beyond." - Matt Kettmann (SB Independent)








1 Block From State Street, Easy Parking, Public Lot Nearby, Free 75 Minute Parking, Walking Distance, El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District, Superior Court, Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Courthouse Gardens, Bell Tower, Bao, Food, Restaurant, Asian, American, New, Modern, Fried, Chicken, Octopus, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paelo, Friendly, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Patio, Heaters, Warm, Inviting, Hospitable, Modern Design
Top review
Ninky
Dined 1 day ago
Delicious, hearty boa and yummy seafood dumplings with a lobster reduction sauce.
A photo of Tre Lune restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1854)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montecito
About the restaurant
"Upbeat and comfortable, serving real-deal pastas and pizzas that make you feel like you're in Italy again." - ZAGAT 2010

Fresh fish, veal scaloppini, osso buco, prime steaks, Kobe-beef burgers, organic salads, and house-made desserts.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner-Cocktails.

Award Winner of Italian wines list.

Please call to make reservations.
Top review
nodoubt
Dined 4 days ago
This is a wonderful restaurant with a history going from the golden age of Hollywood to present day movie stars who dine there because it's so good. It's a unique place with great Italian food that would be a standout anywhere.
A photo of Ca Dario Montecito restaurant
4.8
4.8 (793)
$50 and over
Italian
Montecito
About the restaurant
Ca' 'Dario's newest restaurant on Coast Village Road promises the same authentic and fresh Italian cuisine as our other locations, now easily accessible for residents of Montecito!
Enjoy outdoor dining on our patio, or indoor in our elegant dining room.
Top review
KenSvip
Dined 5 days ago
Food and wine selection was excellent! Service is always great!
A photo of Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2356)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
The Stonehouse, located in a beautiful 19th-century citrus packing house, offers an unparalleled dining experience. Guests can unwind in a relaxing lounge with full bar service or enjoy the ambiance of the separate dining room, complete with a crackling fireplace and world-class views. Chef Matthew Johnson creates evocative regional cuisine, utilizing fresh herbs and vegetables from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden. The Stonehouse boasts the only Grand Award-winning wine program in Central California, ensuring an unparalleled selection of wines to complement your meal. For a unique twist, visit the restaurant's speakeasy for before or after dinner drinks, where you can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails in an intimate, nostalgic setting.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience overall, we will be back! Thank you!
A photo of Barbareño restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1761)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
At Barbareño we seek to help further shape and define Central Coast cuisine. We take our inspiration from traditions and specialties of our area, delicacies unique to our region, and the many outstanding purveyors with whom we are so fortunate to work. In all of our efforts, we hope to capture the essence of a particular place or local flavor, embracing the nuances that make our food and drink unique to our home.
Top review
DaveSvip
Dined 4 days ago
A real gem in the Santa Barbara dining scene. Food was extraordinary, service very attentive and a really interesting wine list.
A photo of Gala restaurant
4.8
4.8 (216)
$31 to $50
European
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Gala exudes a European meets Santa Barbara charm, where you feel like you’re transported to a beautiful bistro somewhere in the Mediterranean. Enjoy shared tapas, seasonal favorites, oysters and a great steak with bone marrow butter & chimichurri. Or cozy up with a pulled pork sandwich or our duck confit. Experience craft cocktails with fresh juices & house infused liquors as well as local Spanish wine & beer. Right down the street from the Santa Barbara Courthouse enjoy an evening at Gala.








1 Block From State Street, Easy Parking, Public Lot Nearby, Free 75 Minute Parking, Walking Distance, El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District, Superior Court, Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Courthouse Gardens, Bell Tower, Farm to table, Farmer's market driven, Tapas, Seafood, Steak, Oysters, Happy Hour, Food, Cocktails, Wine, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Friendly, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Patio, Heaters, Warm, Inviting, Hospitable, Modern Design
Top review
AnnaS
Dined 3 days ago
First time eating at Gala and it was a wonderful experience! At first I thought it might be too loud, but we all heard each other fine. And the buzz made it feel exciting and festive. Service was excellent and the food exceeded expectations. Our party had branzino, mussels and the duck and everyone raved about their food. We started with the ham appetizer and that was marvelous. Cheesecake and chocolate cake were outstanding. And the cocktails were fun and delicious. A good time was had by all! We will be going back! (Maybe next week!)
A photo of Lucky's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2771)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Montecito
About the restaurant
LUCKY'S is widely known for its exclusive selection of USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, farmer's market vegetables, no-nonsense cocktails and world class wine cellar.
For take-out, please call the restaurant.
We do not accept bar table reservations online, please call the restaurant.
For larger parties, please call or email the restaurant directly.
Top review
JeffOvip
Dined 7 days ago
Wow! Great ambience, amazing food and excellent service! My wife had a fillet that was prepared to perfection. I ordered the ahi and it was the best I’ve ever had. Thanks to our server, Ethan for an awesome dining experience!
A photo of Corazon Comedor restaurant
4.8
4.8 (156)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Corazon Comedor emerged from the longing of nostalgic food from the streets, markets, and homes of Mexico. We look forward to bringing this experience in each dish.
Top review
StevenD
Dined 1 day ago
The food is very good. Seems cooked to order. Ingredients are the best and cuisine is creative.
A photo of Arnoldi's Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (734)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Oldest Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara! We have two bocce courts on our patio with outdoor dining. Lots of pasta, steaks, salads, chicken dishes and homemade desserts...extensive Italian wine and local wine on our wine list...indoor or outdoor seating. We are a true local's secret and kid friendly.Open dinner 7 days a week! We also host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and large birthday parties.We also host kid's birthday parties during the weekends, bring in a jumper, music, popcorn machine and face painters!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Pleasant, comfortable, quaint atmosphere. Home style italian cuisine and delicious dessert. Very attentive wait staff and friendly hostess!
A photo of LOCAL Montecito restaurant
4.7
4.7 (201)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Montecito
About the restaurant
Incredible outdoor seating with two heated patios, firepit, couches, and a 360 degree bar. Featuring local ingredients and exceptional dishes from multiple cuisines paired with an extensive and rare wine collection, LOCAL has it all in the heart of Montecito.
Top review
Scottovip
Dined 7 days ago
The manager Carlos was great ! Mel our server was exceptional !! My wife and I went for our anniversary. We felt we were treated like royalty !!
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