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  • CathyR
    California Central Coast •2 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 2 days ago
    It checks all the boxes, incredibly delicious meals, the ambience is beautiful & the service is first class!!!
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    Intermezzo By Wine CaskPrice: Expensive• Californian• Santa Barbara
    4.7
  • JamesT
    San Francisco Bay Area •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 3 days ago
    Excellent Italian food. Good service. Nice place.
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    Chase RestaurantPrice: Moderate• Italian• Santa Barbara
    4.6
  • OpenTable Diner
    San Francisco Bay Area •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 5 days ago
    Exceptional food, ambience and service! I would recommend for brunch and the Kimpton hotel is lovely.
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    Finch & ForkPrice: Expensive• American• Santa Barbara
    4.3
  • OpenTable Diner
    Los Angeles •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 7 days ago
    Best and most amazing food i have ever had. The tapas style food was so great and the steak with fries was so tasty
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    GalaPrice: Expensive• European• Santa Barbara
    4.7
  • PasoDanvip
    San Francisco Bay Area •19 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on Apr 11, 2024
    Very nice brasserie. The atmosphere is casual chic and the service is quietly attentive. Based on the two dishes we ordered, the food is simple, yet cooked elegantly, perfectly, and very delicious. We decided to split an appetizer and a main. To start, we had the beet and chevre "cheesecake." This was goat cheese whipped up with some beets or beet juice and served with more beets and topped with a crumble. The dish was inspired. The tangy goat cheese needed something to balance it and the beets performed admirably. Plus, it was larger than a couple of bites, so it was a perfect dish to share before the entrée. We had the coq au vin for our main. So good! We've had this dish many times in restaurants over the years and have made it ourselves too, but this was the best version we've ever had. The sauce was not too thick, very very rich, and slightly sweet, maybe including some Marsala wine? The chicken literally fell off the bones, to the point we could eat 100% of the meat and not leave anything on the plate. Carrots, turnips, and creamy potatoes completed the dish. Outstanding. This is not fussy food administered in multiple micro-courses. It's hearty, simple, yet delicately flavored. We enjoyed ourselves a lot at the Black Sheep and we'll be back again next time we're in town. Highly recommended.
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    The Black Sheep SB BrasseriePrice: Expensive• Contemporary French / American• Santa Barbara
    4.5

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Discover Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a true melting pot of cultures, and the culinary possibilities for you to enjoy in this coastal city are representative of the city’s incredible diversity. American options for steak lovers and vegetarians alike are available in sophisticated dining rooms as well as casual restaurants. With Santa Barbara's unique location close to the Pacific Ocean, you can enjoy fresh seafood dishes at your choice of elegant restaurants or cafes overlooking the coast. European eateries feature Mediterranean, French, and Italian options that will delight you. You can also enjoy dining at a Chinese, Japanese or Thai restaurant with an Asian vibe. You will never tire of the options available when you are in Santa Barbara.

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Celebrate special occasion at the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. Our customers recommend Bouchon - Santa Barbara, Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch and Opal Restaurant & Bar

As of April 19, 2024 there are 66 restaurants in Santa Barbara. Filter by “outdoor dining”, “romantic” or “dog friendly”.

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