10 Best International Restaurants in Santa Barbara: Travel the World Without Leaving Town
Santa Barbara is well known as one of the top dining destinations on the Central Coast. Fancy restaurants, lunch counters, food trucks, we are lucky enough to indulge in it all. One of the top benefits of living in - or visiting - this gustatory paradise is the wide variety of international cuisines available. On any given night you can sample the regional fare of New Orleans, London, Bangkok and many more. This list contains your best bets for a world-class dining experience.
Local Expert Tip: "Pho is always a great choice when, well, let's just say you may have indulged a little too much the night before. The salty beef broth, chewy noodles, fresh greens, citrus and spice accents are sure to revive you."
Local Expert Tip: "Bring cash and your sense of adventure. At La Super-Rica, you need to order several of their small plate specialties to make up a meal."
Local Expert Tip: "When they ask if you want soup or salad with your meal, always say soup. Ken's famous soup of the day is unparalleled. It might be sorrel. Or celery root. Or almond carrot. Whatever Ken's cooking, it's always good!"
Local Expert Tip: "Save room for dessert! The good folks at Mac's happily fry up a selection of British and American candy bars to sate your sweet tooth. Served naked or with chantilly cream."
Local Expert Tip: "Try the Shintori Dome, a delicately layered dome of rice, tuna, scrab, shrimp and avocado. It's refreshing, unusual and easy to share (but you may not want to!)."
Local Expert Tip: "If you've got the time, and you notice that there's only one or two chocolate croissants lingering on the tray, step out of line and wait a minute. Chances are, a fresh batch of piping hot croissants will emerge from the kitchen any minute. Those are the ones you really want."
Local Expert Tip: "All wines by the glass - delicious, local wines - are half price every Tuesday. And what goes better with your big, delicious burger than some local wine? Oh, well maybe beer. Don't worry, they have that, too."
Local Expert Tip: "If your pizza arrives on the special brown pizza plate - instead of a customary white one - it's free! Not hungry for pizza? Visit around lunch time for a melty and delectable panini."
- Cuisine: American, Cajun, Continental, Creole, European, Italian
- Average Main Course Price: $30
- Neighborhood: Santa Barbara
Local Expert Tip: "Good food, strong drinks, great service and a fun atmosphere make this the place to take a group for a celebration or special event."
Local Expert Tip: "Nothing special from the outside, warm and bright on the inside. If you're lucky, you'll get a seat by the aquarium so you can watch the beautiful fish while you eat."