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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Santa Barbara

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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 Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2416)
$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 5 days ago
Always a great experience with views, great service and food.
A photo of Bouchon - Santa Barbara restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5290)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
We are delighted to have added additional outdoor seating but Santa Barbara nights are chilly so bring a sweater or light jacket!

Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace. Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. We believe you’ll taste the difference. Bon Appètit!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Really excellent food and service - we felt very welcomed here!
A photo of Barbareño restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1794)
$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
JimA
Dined 4 days ago
The tomahawk is expensive but it was literally the best steak I've ever had in my life. Every single item we got was a bulls-eye, not a single thing I would not order again. Service was great, ambiance was great, food was fantastic. Five stars all around.
A photo of Ca Dario Montecito restaurant
4.8
4.8 (809)
$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
RickyL
Dined today
Comprehensive menu with excellent choices. Food and service were outstanding. We were celebrating a birthday and will definitely be returning.
A photo of Tre Lune restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1881)
$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
NotfromMalibuvip
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous as always! First time having breakfast/brunch. It was amazing. The food is so fresh and enjoyable.
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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!
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4.8
4.8 (2796)
$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
eddieHvip
Dined 1 day ago
Always a great experience. Food and service was great.
A photo of Toma Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5333)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Toma Restaurant and Bar a waterfront bistro, located along Santa Barbara's picturesque Cabrillo Blvd. Experience Santa Barbara waterfront's most romantic restaurant. Savor exquisite Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes from Santa Barbara's seasonal bounty, supporting our local fisherman, farmers, foragers and food artisans. Pour over local and Italian wines along with a full bar of handcrafted cocktails and spirits. Enjoy warm and attentive service while dining window side with a view of the enchanting Santa Barbara harbor.
Top review
Victoria
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious meal wonderful birthday celebration. Great service! We love coming to Toma!!!!
A photo of Opal Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1670)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
We have inside and limited outdoor sidewalk dining. If you prefer to sit outside, please indicate that with your reservation request.
To accommodate our second seating, early parties should plan for a maximum stay of 1.5 to 2hrs, depending on party size. Please call 805 966 9676 for more details.
A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant & bar’s Eclectic California Cuisine fuses creative world cuisine influences with American Regional touches, from a 14 oz. Herb-Grilled Ribeye Steak on Tuscan White Beans, to Fresh Pan-Seared Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas, fresh Baked Breads, imaginative Salads, & Homemade Desserts.
We have a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, & a full bar with seasonal Craft Cocktails.
Our entire dining room staff assists to take care of each table, enabling exceptional service in a warm engaging manner, properly nuanced to your mood & taste. Our staff genuinely cares about giving you the best possible experience!

Top review
C7Ksbvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great food and service!! Glad to see that the shack has been removed from in front!
A photo of OKU restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1654)
$31 to $50
Asian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Tina Takaya, proprietor, welcomes you to our newest two story restaurant on the water. We feel the key to success is our passion for creating the highest quality food and warm friendly service.

We hope you will enjoy your experience as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
"We want Locals to feel like Family and Visitors to feel like Locals"

Our menu draws from Asian favorites that inspire and excite such as Wagyu Steak, Japanese Sushi, Chinese Dumplings, Garlic Noodles and fresh local seafood.

We are located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront and Funk Zone Districts. Come enjoy lunch or dinner, soak in the sun by day at our waterfront rooftop bar while sipping on a refreshing cocktail surrounded by our beautiful ocean vista and by night, enjoy lounging by the fireplace after a delicious meal and a great glass of wine.

Our chef uses the freshest ingredients from central coast farmers and local fisherman to create dishes with the best of what California has to offer.

Top review
KevinL
Dined 6 days ago
Food was very good and service was good restaurant is very close to street so some traffic noise
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