Night Owl Dining: Late Night Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Night owls be warned: Santa Barbara restaurants, in general do not stay open late. In fact, local residents often joke that if you haven't figured out what you want to have for dinner by 8:30, you might as well give up. Or go to Denny's. 

But fear not! 10Best wants only the best for you so we have done exhaustive research to round up 10 fabulous dining establishments that serve dinner after 10 p.m. Impossible? Nothing is impossible!

From sushi to burgers to bahn mi sliders, this list has something to suit your every mood. Visit Edomasa for some midnight nigiri or stop by After Dark for some loaded mac n' cheese. Not in the mood for seafood or pasta? Go to the Blue Owl for some tri-tip fried rice... yum!

Better still, the vast majority of destinations on this list are unique to Santa Barbara, so not only will you be indulging after dark, but you'll be getting something you can't get anywhere else. (With In-N-Out being a notable exception for our out-of-state readers. Because what's a trip to California without a visit to In-N-Out?)

So the next time your stomach is growling long after the sun has set and you don't know where to go, this is the list that will save your life... or at least your appetite!

Eureka! Burger
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In the mood for traditional American fare? Eureka! Burger is a fun burger joint located in Paseo Nuevo mall, right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara that's open until midnight every night. Their menu boasts hearty burgers with a wide...  Read More



In-N-Out is the California burger chain you've probably heard of if you're not from California. If you're a native, you've probably been the one visiting distant relatives and spreading the "double double, animal style" gospel. There are three...  Read More



Romanti-Ezer serves simple, down-home Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's even open until 3 a.m. on weekend nights! This corner restaurant is one block off the main street. It looks like a walk up, but there are also patio tables...  Read More



Roy is a very reasonable, independent restaurant in Santa Barbara that is open late. Dinner is served every night from 6 p.m. until midnight. Most entrees range from $20 to $30 and include soup and salad, as well as dessert. Roy has a full bar...  Read More

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Milk & Honey
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Lipstick on your glass is not a faux pas at Milk & Honey. This dark little hideaway encourages dressing up and feeling fancy, although you're free to come as you are, too. Rock walls, dark wood, gleaming candles and a patio fireplace set the...  Read More



Are you looking for someplace secret to eat? Someplace very few people know about, a place that may not even look like a restaurant from the outside? A place where the menu offers dishes from a variety of ethnicities? And that's open really late...  Read More



You're hungry. It's late. Alcohol was consumed... and maybe too much of it. We're not here to judge; we're here to help. If you find yourself in this situation in Santa Barbara, head straight to After Dark. This downtown restaurant is only open...  Read More



Little Kitchen serves up modern comfort food with a menu that is healthy, varied and decidedly satisfying. Right in the center of downtown, this cute restaurant dishes up lunch Tuesday through Saturday. But our favorite time to stop in is late a...  Read More



If you're hungry after 10:00 p.m., you may think your only dining option in Santa Barbara is pizza... but you'd be wrong. This uptown sushi joint is open late! Satisfy your late night cravings with a healthy dose of protein and omega-3 fatty...  Read More



If after hour burritos bore you and and you think midnight pizza is a snooze, head to The Blue Owl for a late night meal guaranteed to wake up your taste buds. Chef Cindy Black offers an unexpected variety of menu items here. Try the Kimcheezer...  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