Healthy Santa Barbara Restaurants for Healthy Appetites

Eat your vegetables! 

All too often, frequent travelers miss out on crucial nutrients because they are swimming in a delicious sea of carbs, meats and cheeses. And we don't blame you - those things are super tasty! But we also don't want you to get scurvy (we're thoughtful like that), so here is a list of Santa Barbara restaurants with healthy menus. Because you're worth it.

The Natural Cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner if you are an omnivore or traveling with a group. They have a wide variety of healthy dishes on the menu here, from giant salads to fresh sandwiches to delicious vegetable enchiladas. They also have fresh shakes and smoothies; the carrot shake is surprisingly yummy!

For a truly beautiful brunch, lunch or dinner, head up to Mesa Verde to indulge in thoughtfully-plated vegan and vegetarian meals that are as tasty as they are beautiful. 

And for breakfast? Backyard Bowls can't be beat. Their acai bowls are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that will power you up for the full day ahead, whether you're planning to go hiking, kayaking or to the zoo with a few toddlers in tow.



When you are looking for a healthy bite in downtown Santa Barbara, consider a visit to Silvergreens. Everything on the menu - from the soups to the breads to the salad dressing - is made from scratch in their kitchen daily. Try a scrumptious...  Read More



If you're hungry for a taste of the Mediterranean, head to Zaytoon for tasty Lebanese food in a lush, tropical setting. Two blocks off of bustling State Street, this restaurant offers an oasis for road weary travelers and work weary locals....  Read More



Lilac Patisserie is a dedicated gluten-free bakery and cafe right in the center of downtown Santa Barbara. Located near some of the best shopping on State Street, this charming stop is the perfect place to grab a latte and a cookie - or a slice...  Read More

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Freshness is paramount at this sophisticated Japanese restaurant, where sushi is the top draw and crowds flock for ambience and fun. Creative chefs craft spectacular rolls featuring sea urchin, yellowtail, albacore tuna, quail egg and all the...  Read More



Brasil Arts Cafe serves a variety of meats and fishes paired with yucca roots, chimichurri and more. Their menu has a strong focus on serving high-quality local meats and produce. In addition to delectable lunch and dinner entrees, they also...  Read More



Their slogan says it all: better life through better food. Don't let your meals slow you down; you can grab complete nutrition on the go at Backyard Bowls. Serving acai bowls, whole grain bowls and nutritious smoothies, Backyard Bowls offers...  Read More



A fine local restaurant with one of the best salad bars in town, Savoy Cafe & Deli is a great choice for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mornings highlight fresh eggs, piping hot coffee and loose leaf teas. At lunch they serve up...  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 using the freshest ingredients, sometimes in limited quantities. In...  Read More

The Natural Cafe
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With 10 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



This restaurant in Santa Barbara's beautiful Mesa neighborhood is a vegetarian's dream. Mesa Verde's flavor-packed menu goes far beyond your standard garden burger offerings, into a colorful world of bright local flavors. For lunch, try a pulled...  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