Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Goleta the Goodland

If you're looking to grab a meal in Goleta - whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner - this is the list for you! The best restaurants in Goleta can be hard to spot, and there's no central restaurant row, so let us be your guide. There's sushi, sandwiches, soup and so much more to be had in Santa Barbara's neighbor to the north, often referred to by locals as "the goodland."

For breakfast, you have a few tasty options. If you like the feeling of a classic diner, or even a (not too) greasy-spoon type restaurant, pull up a seat at Domingo's. Here you'll find morning classics like eggs, hashbrowns and shortstacks. Or, if you're in the mood for baked goods or a fresh panini, make a stop at Goodland Kitchen and Market.

There are plenty of lunch options in Goleta, probably because many of the area's larger businesses and corporations are located here. Sandwich lovers can't go wrong at Three Pickles. Their signature subs and deli stacks are made to order and bursting with flavorful ingredients. 

Dinner is usually a casual, family affair in this neighborhood. Grab some Chinese food at the Red Pepper or sit down to watch the game at the Hollister Brewing Company. Their frosty brews are worth the trip!

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There are sandwiches and then there are sandwiches. The latter being the variety you are happy to pay any sum of money for, wait in lines for and eat standing up if the situation calls for it. Three Pickles makes both kinds. They make perfectly...  Read More



For the young and adventurous pizza-lovers among us, Woodstock's Pizza calls out as one of the the tastiest pizza parlors in Goleta. Do you have to venture into Isla Vista, a notoriously party-friendly college town, to get it? Yes, yes you do....  Read More



The Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch has been serving Mexican-style mesquite BBQ chicken and tri-tip to hungry area patrons for over 20 years. Try one or both with a side of tortillas, rice and chips. They cook over actual fire; there's no hidden gas...  Read More



Hollister Brewing Company is a great brewpub located in the heart of Goleta, near the airport, Isla Vista and Old Town. They serve American classics here like burgers and fries, with a few surprises mixed in. And, of course, everything pairs...  Read More

Domingo's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives


Domingo's is one of Goleta's best kept secrets. Unimpressive on the outside, perhaps, everything changes when you step inside. Walk through the doors to be taken back in time, to the age of the old school diner, where your fries are crisp, the...  Read More



Sushi Teri is a local chain of affordable, delicious sushi restaurants. This Goleta location is a favorite, there is ample indoor and outdoor seating and a lovely bar, too. The fish is fresh and the daily specials are fresher. Sushi Teri has a...  Read More



The Red Pepper Restaurant is not much to look at - it's a downstairs, apartment-style restaurant with a parking lot view - but don't write it off just yet. This secret little restaurant actually serves the tastiest Chinese food in Goleta (and...  Read More



With ten locations in the surrounding areas, The Natural Cafe is a Santa Barbara small business success story. A local favorite for vegetarian and vegan options, this popular lunch and dinner restaurant also serves up delicious chicken and fish...  Read More



Noodle City is a mom and pop Vietnamese restaurant located in Old Town Goleta. It is small, busy, loud and sometimes smoky but, most importantly, it serves the best Pho in the area. Fresh pots of broth are bubbling on the stove in the small...  Read More



Goodland Kitchen and Market is a gem of an eatery located in the heart of old town Goleta. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Saturday. Everything is made in-house of the freshest ingredients in limited quantities. In fact, it's not...  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