In many places, electing to eat a meal outside can be fraught with peril. Outdoor dining in Alaska? Limited to just a few months a year, unless you really love snow. Al fresco lunch in Dallas? Probably not in June, when temperatures rise into the triple digits.
So where can you go to enjoy a delicious meal (or cocktail) on a sunny patio any month of the year? The answer is a pretty little town by the sea on California's Central Coast. That's right, Santa Barbara is the place to go when you want to enjoy an ocean view with your meal, without all that window nonsense. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year and a comfortable year-round temperature average, this town is paradise for outdoor diners of all stripes.
This list of the top 10 outdoor dining restaurants in Santa Barbara will show you exactly where to go to indulge in an impressive meal while seated in equally impressive surroundings. Whether you're looking for a table in the sand or a patio with a view of the harbor, this 10Best list is for you.
Try to visit all 10 during your stay and let us know which you like the best!