10 Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Santa Barbara

You may not want to eat dinner on a farm while you're on vacation. Mud, pigs, squawking hens... no, thank you! But enjoying a meal made of ingredients fresh from a farm when you're in California's bountiful Central Coast? That's an entirely different story.

If you're visiting or living in or moving to (lucky you!) beautiful Santa Barbara, there's no shortage of farm-to-table dining options. Many area restaurants even feature the farm their meats and produce originates from on the menu, sometimes even in the description of the dish itself. 

To impress a date - or a group - book a table at Bouchon or The Lark. The Lark is centrally located in the city's happening Funk Zone, whereas Bouchon is quieter, tucked on a beautiful side street downtown. Both have high-end dishes and sophisticated wine lists that celebrate local vintners.

For a more casual meal, pop over to Scarlett Begonia and indulge in a breakfast that you can't wait to tell your friends about. They even have a bacon latte! Or, if it's lunch time, grab a pizza and a carafe of red or white wine at the Lucky Penny.

Whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Santa Barbara has the perfect farm-to-table restaurant for you!

Lucky Penny
Photo courtesy of Rob Stark for Lucky Penny

Go for the wall, stay for the thin-crust pizzas. Lucky Penny is a cute cafe/coffee shop/pizza restaurant that is centrally located in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. If you're trying to find it, you could map it on your phone, BUT you'd really have...  Read More

Finch and Fork is a fun bar and restaurant hidden inside one of downtown's finest hotels. Their ingredients are homegrown and locally sourced from farmers, fishermen and vintners. They also serve fresh seafood, including oysters and Santa...  Read More

If you're looking for a fine dining experience in Santa Barbara that feels both elegant and effortless, make a reservation for dinner at the Wine Cask. Located in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara (tucked away in a secluded courtyard), this...  Read More

Scarlett Begonia
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives

There is not enough space here to describe how truly scrumptious and utterly satisfying a meal at the Scarlett Begonia is. First, everything they serve is created in-house. From pastries to ketchup to pickles, it's all made just steps away in...  Read More

Fancy something fresh and just a little bit fancier for dinner? But nothing froufrou of course, no starched linens or dress codes. You do? Then for a truly scrumptious meal (without the stuffy attitude), head over to Barbareno. Located downtown,...  Read More

This restaurant in Santa Barbara's beautiful Mesa neighborhood is a vegetarian's dream. Mesa Verde's flavor-packed menu goes far beyond your standard garden burger offerings, plunging you into a colorful world of bright local flavors. For lunch,...  Read More

The Black Sheep
Photo courtesy of The Black Sheep

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

Santa Barbara

This intimate restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Barbara, and the heart of Santa Barbara is evident in their menu. Bouchon's fresh vegetables are sourced from Santa Barbara's daily farmers' markets, and meat is purchased from local...  Read More

The Lark
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives

Located in the heart of the food and wine-loving Funk Zone, The Lark is the ultimate farm-to-table restaurant in Santa Barbara. Their seasonal menu changes with what's fresh, and you'll definitely see more than one local farm in the roster. Want...  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