Downtown Santa Barbara: Where Everything (Delicious) Is Waiting for You!

Question: Where should you go for good food in downtown Santa Barbara?

Answer: Almost anywhere!

There are so many delicious restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara that it can be hard to pick a destination. Thankfully, 10Best is here to help. Just pick the type of food you're in the mood for and then consult this list to find out where to go. Spanish, Japanese, Indian, hyperlocal... taste the world right here from this small city by the sea.

If you want to feel like you're on vacation (even if you're lucky enough to live here), chart a course for Loquita. From grilled octopus to gorgeous platters of paella, Loquita serves up dishes with Spanish flare. They also have an amazing cocktail menu that highlights seasonal ingredients.  

Other tasty regional and ethnic fare are represented, too. Head to Sama Sama Kitchen for Indonesian-inspired dishes or pull up a seat at Corazon Cocina for some of the area's best tacos.

Prefer a menu that hits close to home? Both The Lark and Bouchon celebrate local flavors with farmers market fresh finds and seasonal menus.

You really can't go wrong at any place on this list, so pick one and make a reservation already!

Sama Sama Kitchen
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Go to Sama Sama Kitchen in downtown Santa Barbara for satisfying, Indonesian-inspired dishes and cocktails. Exotic flavors like anise, cumin and starfruit are de riguer here. There are classic dishes, like chicken sate and nasi goreng, and...  Read More

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Photo courtesy of Ca'Dario Ristorante


Ca' Dario is a charming neighborhood Italian restaurant with an intimate setting, tucked just one block to the side of busy downtown Santa Barbara. Born and raised in Italy, chef Dario Furlati dishes up a menu featuring savory Northern Italian...  Read More

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Brophy Bros.


Brophy's isn't downtown exactly, but if we left this beloved seafood spot off any Santa Barbara best-of list, hordes of locals and regular visitors would be aghast. Brophy's recipe for success pairs unbeatable harbor views with delicious seafood...  Read More

Corazon Cocina
Photo courtesy of Julia Garcia


For ceviche, tacos and other Mexican favorites that are farmer's market fresh, visit this restaurant tucked inside The Santa Barbara Public Market. Chef Ramon Velazquez prepares dishes you won't find elsewhere in town, like fresh scallop ceviche...  Read More

The Black Sheep
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If you like fancy food but hate stuffy atmospheres, The Black Sheep might be just the place for you. Located on a welcoming side street in downtown Santa Barbara, this is the kind of restaurant you hope to stumble into on your first night of...  Read More



The Lark is a popular indoor/outdoor restaurant located in the heart of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. The menu here celebrates Central Coast fare, from fruits and vegetables to meats and wines. Food is intended for sharing and served family-style....  Read More

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For cuisine that makes the most of regional ingredients, look no further than Bouchon. This intimate restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Barbara, and that is definitely reflected in their local-centric menu. Fresh vegetables are sourced...  Read More



Enjoy a traditional Japanese multi-course dining experience at Yoichi's, the place to get the freshest seafood in Santa Barbara. Get seven-courses that change with the season at this traditional Kaiseki-style restaurant in the heart of downtown....  Read More



Billing itself as "unauthentic Indian," Bibi Ji is home to some of the brightest flavors in Santa Barbara. Helmed by chef Jessi Singh, known for his Babu Ji restaurants in San Francisco and New York, and opened in collaboration with celebrated...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Loquita


Take a romantic trip to Spain without the expense of air travel. Loquita is a Spanish restaurant in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone that serves tapas, dinner and more. Decorated with patterned tile floors and copper cookware, the setting is a...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva