Visit Santa Barbara, and you'll soon discover that the locals like to dine out... and often. With more restaurants per capita than most other North American cities, Santa Barbara boasts dining destinations that feature cuisines from around the world. German, Indonesian, French, we like to dabble in it all - preferably on outdoor patios if the weather is nice (and it usually is).
Start your day with a foamy cappuccino and crisp croissant at Renaud's before taking a tour of the historic El Presidio de Santa Barbara, a Spanish compound built in 1782. When it's time for lunch, grab some authentic tacos from La Super-Rica. Stroll over to Paseo Nuevo for some outdoor shopping or wander the side streets to peek into local boutiques. Evenings will find most locals out for bite and a drink, whether that means a fancy cocktail or one of the county's famous wines. Santa Barbarans are a social bunch, so it is common for restaurants to offer counter dining. Just take a seat and soon you'll be making new friends and, more than likely, learning about their favorite places to grab a bite.
Whether you're visiting town for a week or weekend - or maybe you already live here but are looking for some new suggestions - explore this list for a variety of the best flavors Santa Barbara has to offer. Staying downtown? You'll be happy to find that a majority of these stops are within easy walking distance.
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