10Best Santa Barbara, CA Restaurants
Mexican food, mexican food, and more mexican food. Visit La Super-Rica for a taste of Julia Child's favorite tacos.
- Carpinteria's Best
- Downtown Santa Barbara's Best
- Goleta's Best
- Los Olivos' Best
- Montecito's Best
- Outdoor Dining
- Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus
- Romantic Dining
- Take Out
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New & Notable Santa Barbara Restaurants
Hot, new Santa Barbara restaurants & notable dining experiences you shouldn't miss.
The Lark is a 130-seat restaurant centrally located in Santa Barbara's up-and-coming Funk Zone. The Lark dishes up family-style servings of Central Coast favorites, like fresh seafood and farmers market produce, in a bustling atmosphere where beautiful lighting highlights a beautiful crowd. Enjoy specialty cocktails at the long bar or make a reservation in advance to book a table. Read more »All New & Notable Santa Barbara Restaurants »
Sama Sama Kitchen is one of the newest additions to Santa Barbara's downtown dining scene - bringing the bright flavors of Indonesian cuisine to beautiful State Street. Savory meals, like nasi goreng and chicken sate, are made fresh using largely local ingredients from area farms. Sama Sama has a full bar, spacious dining area and large back patio, perfect for communal dining and informal (but fabulous) parties. Read more »All New & Notable Santa Barbara Restaurants »
About Santa Barbara, CA Restaurants
With hundreds of eateries in the Santa Barbara area, it's been rumored to have more restaurants per capita than any other California town. Locals love to eat out - and everyone has their favorite spots - but if you're visiting for the first time choosing a place to eat can be overwhelming.10Best to the rescue! No matter what kind of food you're looking for, we have recommendations for you.
If you're looking for a Southern California classic, pop into to one of many Mexican restaurants. Italian cuisine is also very popular, perhaps owing to the Mediterranean climate, so pizza and pasta is always a good choice. And there's plenty of great seafood, too! Worth noting is that many restaurants are independently owned; chain restaurants are few and far between within city limits. Call ahead to make reservations during weekends and holidays - seats fill up quickly!
- Santa Barbara Expert Geneva Ives