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, living in or moving to (lucky you!) beautiful Santa Barbara, there's no shortage of farm-to-table dining options. Many area restaurants even list the farm their meats and produce originates from right on the menu.

For the purest take on farm-to-table dining, head straight to The Bear and Star, a restaurant with it's very own ranch just a few miles away. The ranch supplies the restaurant with Wagyu cattle, quails, chickens, eggs, herbs, fruits and vegetables for a menu that is truly seasonal.

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.

Feeling a little more casual? Pop over to Scarlett Begonia and indulge in a brunch that you can't wait to tell your friends about. 

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




This restaurant in Santa Barbara's beautiful Mesa neighborhood is a vegetarian's dream, focused on locally sourced produce. Mesa Verde's flavor-packed menu goes far beyond your standard garden burger offerings, into a colorful world of bright...  Read More




Scarlett Begonia is a casual farm-to-table place with a brunch menu that can't be beat. First, everything they serve is created in-house. From pastries to ketchup to pickles, it's all made just steps away in their bright and bustling kitchen....  Read More


The Black Sheep
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Do you like the farm-to-table concept, but think it can be a little high-falutin' in practice sometimes? Well, if you like fancy food but hate stuffy vibes, The Black Sheep might be just the place for you. Located on a welcoming side street in...  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




Finch and Fork is a fun bar and restaurant hidden inside one of downtown's finest hotels. Its ingredients are homegrown and locally sourced from farmers, fishermen and vintners. Executive Chef Peter Cham's menus show his appreciation for Santa...  Read More


Barbareno
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For a truly scrumptious farm-to-table meal in a relaxed atmosphere, head over to Barbareno. Located downtown, just two blocks off busy State Street, this restaurant looks, feels and tastes like pure California. Think warm wood, glowing lights,...  Read More


The Monarch
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Helmed by chef Phillip Frankland Lee and pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee of Scratch Restaurants, The Monarch is hyperfocused on celebrating the bounty of the Central Coast. In fact, The Monarch is so serious about the local farms and purveyors...  Read More


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




Located in the center of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone, The Lark is an incredible farm-to-table restaurant with a seasonal menu that changes with what's fresh. Responsibly grown produce from local farms is featured in every dish, even the cocktails....  Read More




You can't get more "farm-to-table" than The Bear and Star, a restaurant with its own farm! The menu here serves up refined ranch cuisine that changes with what's in season. Most of the meat, eggs and vegetables are sourced from the restaurant's...  Read More


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