10Best Santa Barbara, CA Restaurants

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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 are 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