Veggie Friendly: 10 Best Santa Barbara Vegetarian Restaurants

Vegetable lovers rejoice! Dozens of Santa Barbara restaurants serve up meat-free meals you'll love. You won't have to eat a boring grilled cheese or garden burger the whole time you're here... unless you want to, that is! 

With so many great vegetarian-friendly restaurants to chose from in this happy seaside town, you're going to need some help to get the most bang for your buck. 10Best to the rescue! We've found the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in this beautiful town. Raise your forks and get ready to feast - we've found the tastiest sandwiches, pasta, breakfasts, ethnic foods and more.

If you're in the mood to sink your teeth into some delicious carbs, visit Metropulos for a caprese sandwich that can't be beat. Would you rather slurp up some noodles? Sama Sama has Indonesian-inspired dishes, like mie goreng and tempe tacos, that feature locally-sourced vegetables, highlighted with exotic seasonings. Stop in for dinner... or a cocktail!

Are you a vegan? Well that's just fine and dandy. No need to limit yourself to boring salads - instead, head to Mesa Verde for lunch, dinner or even brunch. Try their potato latkes with tempeh bacon. They have gluten free treats too!

Have you been to any of the restaurants on this list? If so, don't forget to leave a review to help other travelers and food enthusiasts like yourself!

C'est Cheese
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C'est Cheese got its start as a humble cheese shop in Santa Barbara. It is still a great place to buy cheese, but a recent expansion has turned into more of a meeting place for locals and travelers alike. A cafe serves delicious, made-to-order...  Read More



Do you like cakes? How about pies? We thought so! For the best, freshest, most homemade pies in Santa Barbara, head to Crushcakes Cafe & Simply Pies. They make scrumptious cupcakes and mouthwatering pies using the freshest local ingredients....  Read More



Looking for the best Indian food in Santa Barbara? Head directly to Flavor of India! Located on upper State Street (in an area also known as 'uptown'), this family-run restaurant has been serving up beloved Indian favorites like korma and...  Read More

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We begin with a warning: do not even think about setting foot in this specialty deli in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone unless you are prepared to buy a handful of assorted delicacies you didn't even know you needed. That said, if you are the type of...  Read More

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Dave's Dogs 805
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If you love hot dogs, you're in luck. And if you only like hot dogs, prepare to love hot dogs. Dave's Dogs looks like a humble hot dog cart, but it's so much more. Think mac n' cheese dogs topped with bacon, pizza dogs, and jalapeno popper dogs...  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 and nutritious smoothies, Backyard Bowls offers a healthy alternative...  Read More

Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar
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For the most delicious noodles in Santa Barbara, head to Empty Bowl Noodle Bar inside the Santa Barbara Public Market. This casual noodle bar makes everything fresh. You can grab at seat at the long counter for a casual meal. Or order your food...  Read More

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Oliver's is a high end vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Montecito area. You won't find any crunchy granola or beaded curtains here... or whatever else may come to mind when you think of plant-based cuisine. Instead you'll be welcomed by...  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

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


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