Probably the most-beloved breakfast spot in Montecito, this cute little bakery and restaurants is also open for lunch. Stop by in the morning for a hearty and delicious plate of eggs benedict or huevos rancheros. Or breeze through for an amazing vanilla latte and some great muffins, scones and cookies to go! A popular meetting spot for locals, you can expect a wait for a table on weekends - and sometimes even week days. their patio is lovely, and their location is too. Lots of great shopping is within easy walking distance, and the beach is just a few blocks away.
Sibling to the estimable Stonehouse Restaurant, Plow & Angel offers contemporary bistro fare in a charming environment that includes a cozy, romantic fireplace. Well-heeled patrons especially love weekend evenings, when live jazz bands and performers fill the place with music. On these occasions, a grilled, double-cut pork chop (or perhaps pan-seared salmon for seafood enthusiasts) mesh perfectly with the soulful tunes, and the bar accommodates late-comers and those who want to soak up a more social atmosphere. Enjoy great cocktails and an impressive wine list. The stained glass windows and outdoor patio are a delight on sunny days, and the interior is cozy should foggy weather come your way.
Rori's Artisanal Creamery creates organic, homegrown ice creams in exceptional flavors. Ingredients are handpicked, fresh and local whenever possible. Straus Family Creamery milk, cream and eggs are used - ensuring that you're in for a deluxe treat. Flavors vary; favorites include peanut butter and jelly, salted caramel and lemon curd. They usually have a dairy-free option (or two) available, too. Scoops of ice cream are served on warm waffle cones or with a variety of sauces. You can also order an ice cream sandwich. Fresh-brewed Verve coffee is the drink of choice. Rori's ice creams are sold at some specialty shops, so if you can't make it to this retail outlet, don't despair!
From the moment you set foot inside the restaurant, Tre Lune's mission is clear: each of their patrons will walk away with a classic taste of Italy. And come back, again and again, as their many loyal customers already do. To start with, there is the decor - all warm wood and clean surfaces with nary a dusty grape leaf in sight. Black and white photos of vintage celebrities line the walls. And then there's the food. Tre Lune's menu celebrates the different regions of Italy, each dish made with the freshest components, highlighting a prestigious ingredient. Don't hesitate to ask your server for a meal suggestion or wine pairing guideline. The staff here is extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
A happening place to go for small bites and tasty cocktails in Montecito! Hit up the Honor Bar when you feel like catching up with friends - or making new. The social atmosphere at the bar is fun, and the sunny patio is ideal for soaking up the sun over lunch, dinner or drinks. There are lots of tasty appetizers to be had, like deviled eggs, and plenty of wines available by the glass. You can also pick up grab and go pizzas if you're in a hurry. Located on one of the best shopping streets in the area, and the patio is dog friendly.
Cava restaurant opened in Montecito in 1997 and has been a favorite with locals and visitors ever since. Their menu features south-of-the-border favorites with a Santa Barbara twist - like locally caught seafood. Every table receives a basket of bottomless chips with house salsas (the black bean salsa is extremely popular). Regulars rave about Cava's inventive, handcrafted cocktails, like elderflower margaritas and spicy, chili-infused martinis. The cheery dining room features close-set tables, a fireplace, a bar and live music on most nights. If you're looking for a more intimate experience or have a large party, a private room can be reserved. Valet parking available.
With charismatic chef-owner Mollie Ahlstrand at its helm, this popular establishment not only serves incredible food but offers a bit of star-gazing potential as well, thanks to celebrity regulars. Mollie's skills are showcased in homemade breads, gelati and pastas (salmon lasagna!), although her hand is just as capable when crafting meat dishes and European-style pizzas. Patrons are constantly impressed by the creative food and inviting ambience, and quality always stands out as paramount. Jackets (and reservations) recommended for dinner. Located right on Coast Village Road, there is ample parking nearby, as well as a nice variety of shops and galleries.
Given to impeccable preparation of basic dishes, legendary Lucky's ensures that diners are privy to the best steaks and chops possible. Terrific ingredients make the difference, and everything is made in-house. Aged Midwestern beef in a variety of cuts draws rave reviews, as do racks of lamb, chops, Maine lobster, fresh fish and hefty shrimp cocktails. The stylish interior boasts black-and-white photos of classic film stars, and an outdoor patio adds to the charm. Well-received and always popular. Sit at the bar, rub elbows with Santa Barbara's who's who and order a plate of onion strings and a martini - now that's an evening well-spent!
Sakana doesn't have a website or a Facebook page or much of marketing presence at all, but locals will tell you that this is one of the best sushi restaurants in all of Santa Barbara - and it has a high Zagat rating to match. Fresh fish, press boxes and an extensive sake menu are standouts here. If the size of the menu intimidates you, ask your server what to eat based on your preferences. The modern decor is comfortable and refreshing in this small space. Sakana does not accept reservations; be prepared for a wait (fortunately, there are lots of shops to peer into within walking distance). Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Mondays.
Don't miss The Monarch, Montecito's newest restaurant. 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. Menu highlights include housemade sourdough with local box crab spread, abalone a la flambadou and hearty mains like duck breast served with family-style sides (the seasonal tomato salad is excellent). Supplementing the menu is a multipage source list of area "partners" that includes farmers, fishermen and ceramicists. The wine list is very local too. There's even a treasure map of valley vineyards that shares where each bottle comes from.