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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Santa Barbara

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants 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 Corazon Comedor restaurant
4.7
4.7 (152)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 16, 2024
very well done and creative "Mexican food". The tamales are the best I have ever had and I lived in New Mexico 40 years. The special salsa are real treat.
A photo of Stella Mare's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2147)
$31 to $50
French
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
French country bistro...Between Montecito and Santa Barbara, Stella Mare's Bistro is located in a historic Victorian home overlooking the Bird Refuge. French country cuisine rules the menu, with dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and moules frites. Sip seasonal cocktails amid cozy décor -- all the right ingredients for a great dining experience. Bon appétit!

When requesting the greenhouse please note that is considered indoor dining.

Top review
KCsMomvip
Dined 4 days ago
One of the best meals you can have in SB. The bacon wrapped pork tenderloin was tender and moist…and the butternut purée and spinach complemented the flavorful cherry glaze . A night to remember
A photo of Ca Dario Montecito restaurant
4.8
4.8 (783)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
Best pasta and service!!! Been here three years in a row. Spectacular.
A photo of Barbareño restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1747)
$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
AshleyH
Dined 5 days ago
Great service and amazing food! Loved the patio and unique food options.
A photo of Gala restaurant
4.8
4.8 (208)
$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
Tracedvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Gorgeous food, attentive and thoughtful staff. It was a beautiful night out.
A photo of Bouchon - Santa Barbara restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5221)
$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
DaveL
Dined 4 days ago
Our anniversary dinner was fantastic from the minute we walked in we were made to feel special with rose petals and cards and our server, Russ was excellent!!! He made our night and made us feel so special. The food and dessert were simply amazing! Can’t wait to return again. Highly recommend sitting on the romantic patio. Candles and water feature made for a very romantic and intimate setting.
A photo of Arnoldi's Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (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 Tre Lune restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1842)
$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
NicoleK
Dined 3 days ago
Some of the best pasta my husband and I have had, and we’ve traveled to many places throughout Italy. If we ever in the area again, we are sure to be back.
A photo of Secret Bao restaurant
4.8
4.8 (552)
$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
kristinaavip
Dined 3 days ago
Everything excellent from bao buns to noodles to dim sum ! Fun cocktails as well
A photo of Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2328)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, the Stonehouse Restaurant features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with a crackling fireplace and creek side views. Chef Matthew Johnson evocative regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden.
Top review
BGM123
Dined 4 days ago
The service, starters and wine recommendations were outstanding. The main entrees were good but not exceptional. The grounds were stunning.
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