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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Santa Barbara

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 (2321)
$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
CherylTvip
Dined 3 days ago
As always, they never disappoint! Food and service and nothing short of amazing. Our server, Alex; is an absolute GEM. Thank you, Alex!!!
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 6 days ago
Best pasta and service!!! Been here three years in a row. Spectacular.
A photo of LOCAL Montecito restaurant
4.8
4.8 (197)
$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.
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SantaFe2
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent Branzino! Great house salad & jalapeño corn bread. Inventive cocktails.
A photo of Intermezzo By Wine Cask restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1682)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Intermezzo by Wine Cask
New Menu by Executive Chef Josh Brown

Modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist

Top review
Foodie
Dined 6 days ago
We always stop at intermezzo for dinner when in Santa Barbara as we love the ambiance and food. Our server was fine, but seemed disinterested in serving us. But the food was great!
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 4 days ago
Pleasant, comfortable, quaint atmosphere. Home style italian cuisine and delicious dessert. Very attentive wait staff and friendly hostess!
A photo of Convivo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2005)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant and bar with an Italian soul. Chef-Owner Peter McNee's food is best described as ‘Nomad Italian’. It strays from the standard or traditional Italian, sourcing inspiration from many other cultures’ cooking but its soul is thoroughly Italian. The ever-changing menu includes small plates, housemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood and steaks served family-style. McNee’s all-star supplier network provides the freshest produce and local seafood the region is famous for.

Inspired by the bounty of the sea, the lush farms and abundant vineyards nearby and the cooking methods of Italy, Convivo is a festive gathering place for locals and visitors alike inside the newly-restored Santa Barbara Inn.

Top review
JoPFvip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Renee was over the top excellent and sweet! She made my birthday very special!
A photo of OKU restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1601)
$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
LenaLvip
Dined 1 day ago
AMAZING!!! Great wine and drink menu but the sushi is absolutely phenomenal. Everybody loves Raymond and Crazy Rich Asians rolls - bomb bomb bomb. Yakisoba also delicious which seems to be rare for a mostly sushi focused menu. Great service and vibe too!
A photo of The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara restaurant
4.5
4.5 (520)
$50 and over
American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Named “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” by OpenTable, The Bistro offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads and the signature Santa Barbara burger.

Recent upgrades to The Bistro’s patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.

Locals can enjoy a 10% discount.

Please note that holiday reservations are only available for in-house guests - room confirmation number is required to officially confirm your dining reservation during these times.

Top review
KatrinaZ
Dined on May 5, 2024
The quality and service matched the prices found at a Ritz. Great location by the pool and ocean.
A photo of L'Antica - Santa Barbara restaurant
4.4
4.4 (155)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Indulge in the rich flavors of Italy at "L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele," an enchanting culinary haven nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara, California. Our authentic Italian restaurant and pizzeria invite you to savor the essence of Italy without leaving the West Coast. Immerse yourself in a gastronomic journey that captures the soul of Napoli, birthplace of the pizza we know and love today. At "L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele," every dish is a masterpiece crafted with passion and tradition, showcasing the finest ingredients meticulously sourced for an unparalleled taste experience. Our charming ambiance, reminiscent of a rustic Italian trattoria, provides the perfect backdrop for romantic dinners, family gatherings, and celebrations. Whether you're seeking the perfect Margherita pizza, sumptuous pasta dishes, or a delectable tiramisu, our menu is a symphony of authentic Italian flavors designed to tantalize your taste buds. We take pride in our commitment to excellence, ensuring that each dish is a testament to the heritage of Italian cuisine. With a dedication to organic and locally-sourced ingredients, we create dishes that not only delight your palate but also support sustainability and the local community. At "L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele," we don't just serve food; we craft memorable experiences that transport you to the charming streets of Italy. Join us in Santa Barbara's culinary gem, where authenticity meets innovation, and where every meal is a celebration of Italian culture and passion. Come and experience a slice of Italy, right here in California.
Top review
GenXMommy
Dined 6 days ago
4 times a year, business associates of mine come to Santa Barbara. Every time, we go to a different restaurant. At the conclusion of our meal at L'Antica last night, my colleague said it was the best meal he's every had in Santa Barbara. Truly, every single item was prepared to perfection. It's obvious the restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients, and it shows in the food. Wow, delicious! The pizza crust is particularly special. It is a delicacy unto itself.
A photo of Caya Restaurant restaurant
4.1
4.1 (381)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Inspired by the fresh coastal flavors of Santa Barbara, CAYA restaurant invites everyone to “Come As You Are” for a modern culinary adventure paired with a mood as relaxed and inviting as a California sunset.

Embark on a delectable journey through the West Coast with our seasonal menus influenced by sustainably sourced local ingredients and global cuisine inspirations. From social gatherings to intimate dinners, indulge in the relaxed and inviting indoor and outdoor atmosphere while your tastebuds savor the culinary traditions of the west through nostalgic homemade dishes and signature craft cocktails.

Top review
BrittanyM
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Very good food and the patio atmosphere was great! Accommodating staff and yummy brunch! Great drinks too
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