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 killer cocktail experience in an ultra-chic setting, check out Somerset. Want tapas and grilled octopus? Loquita is your new Spanish dining destination. In fact, it's so tasty it was recently voted one of the top 3 best new restaurants in the country by 10Best readers.
We've got bakeries and burger joints and oyster bars for you to explore. Get ready to add some new "old favorites" to the rotation!