Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(1067)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(375)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(819)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(85)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraThe Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(239)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(135)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(646)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(201)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(622)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(415)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1519)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2234)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(175)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(562)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Tre LuneTre Lune
(519)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2378)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(1062)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(955)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(533)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's CafeArnoldi's Cafe
(421)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant Bar & GrillChase Restaurant Bar & Grill
(195)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(488)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1928)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1198)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(625)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(311)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(855)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(108)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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

Always excellent. food is very authentic and delicious. More

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Mosto CrudoMosto Crudo
14 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

New favorite in SB. Scott was fantastic and the food is fresh, interesting and perfect proportions. More

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Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosNorman at the Skyview Los Alamos
37 reviews
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

This was our first time at Norman's in the Skyview Motel (itself worth a stay!) We started at the bar with cocktails and then moved to a table for dinner. There was limited space, but our maitre d'hotel was more than gracious to let us sit at a larger table side by side. Nice accommodating customer-focused touch. We began with the charcuterie plate that was beautifully served on a wooden pallet. We then had the skirt steak entree and one of the other hors d'oeuvres lamb meatballs. We topped dinner off with a tasty apple tart. The food here is beautifully prepared and is simply delicious. Add to this attentive and superb service this restaurant is worth the drive and visit. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Santa Barbara's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Lucky's1. Lucky's
1043 reviews
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Steakhouse | Montecito, Santa Barbara

I’ve reviewed Lucky’s so many times and it only ever gets better, if perfection can be improved upon. I have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the world and not one of the others comes close to Lucky’s. I truly love this place, it is my all time favorite. More

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Oliver's2. Oliver's
361 reviews
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Vegan | Montecito, Santa Barbara

Excellent tasting and very creative vegan food. Great ambiance as well. More

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Stella Mare's3. Stella Mare's
710 reviews
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French | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

A perfect way to celebrate a friend's special occasion. More

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Tre Lune4. Tre Lune
519 reviews
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara

As always, Tre Lune had perfect service and the food was delicious! Will continue to dine here! More

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Barbareño5. Barbareño
456 reviews
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Californian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

We had an amazing time, service was impeccable and food was really good. I love the industrial ambience. They made my birthday very special. More

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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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