The Santa Barbara restaurant scene is great. In fact, there are more than 450 restaurants to choose from! But here are two very real things that happen to hungry people:
1. Santa Barbara locals end up visiting their same favorite dozen or so restaurants, month after month.
2. Visitors to our beautiful beach town get the same dining recommendations, year in and year out.
Yes, the view at Brophy's is fantastic and La Super-Rica is legendary, but if you're ready to switch it up a little... well, we're here to help. The 10 restaurants on this list are new to the scene and delicious (because that's important too).
For a flavorful meal in wine country, check out The Bear and Star at the gorgeous Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. Want tandoori octopus? Bibi Ji is your new "unauthentic" Indian dining destination.
We've got coffee shops and pasta joints and vegan restaurants for you to explore. Get ready to add some new "old favorites" to the rotation!