Restaurants

Santa Barbara County has its own unique food traditions—from Santa Maria barbecue to Santa Barbara spot prawns and the world-class local wines that accompany them—so we’d like to help you find some of the area restaurants that create the distinctively Santa Barbara dining experience. Restaurants are invited to advertise in this dining guide because of their emphasis on using local, seasonal ingredients in their menus and their commitment to real food. 

Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Goleta

Arlington Tavern
21 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara
805 770-2626

Offering a winning combination of local, farm-fresh fare, exceptional service and a unique relationship between beer, wine and food. Chef Ron True crafts his seasonal menu using only the highest-quality, simple and honest ingredients. Farm Friendly Dining Certified. Dinner Mon–Sat 5–10pm, Sun 5–9pm; bar 4pm–midnight, Sun 4–10pm.

Backyard Bowls
331 Motor Way
Santa Barbara
805 845-5379
 
5668 Calle Real
Goleta
805 770-2730
  
3849 State St.
La Cumbre (next to Vons)
805 569-0011

Santa Barbara’s most innovative breakfast and lunch spot featuring Acai Bowls—bowls of a thick smoothie made from acai, an antioxidant-rich berry, topped with fresh fruit, granola and other toppings. They also offer oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies and more. 

Bacara Resort & Spa
The Bistro
8301 Hollister Ave.

Goleta
805 571-3018
 
Situated oceanside, The Bistro offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Its Italian Riviera cuisine can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco on a spacious stone terrace. Led by Chef de Cuisine Chris Turano, who earned the prestigious role after competing on Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, the Mediterranean style restaurant blends flavors of Italy with the finest locally-sourced ingredients.  

Bacara Resort & Spa
Spa Café
8301 Hollister Ave.

Goleta

805 571-3018
At the Spa Café, guests can dine indoors or outdoors on simple and healthy, yet incredibly flavorful cuisine. Using the freshest ingredients supplied by local farms, its seasonal menu focuses on seafood dishes with Asian-inspired flavors and textures. Those dining al fresco on the patio can enjoy the soothing view of the resort’s Spa Pool. High-open-beamed ceilings complemented by striking stonework create an airy feeling inside. On select evenings, Spa Café Nights offers a shared-plate dinner concept based on market accessibility and the freshest ingredients of the day. 
Book Ends Café
602 Anacapa St. (upper patio)
Santa Barbara
805 963-3222

Book Ends Café offers unique handcrafted sandwiches and seasonal selections of farm-fresh salads, quiches and treats, all prepared with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Enjoy organic, fair-trade coffee while sitting on the secret and tranquil rooftop patio. Mon–Thu 8am–6:15pm; Fri–Sat 8am–2pm.

Bouchon
9 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara
805 730-1160
BouchonSantaBarbara.com

Bouchon sources all of its ingredients using an “as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible” approach. Experience fine dining, excellent regional wines and relaxed service in a warm, inviting ambience. Private dining in the Cork Room is available for groups of 10–20. Dinner nightly 5–10pm.

Ca’ Dario Pizzeria
29 E. Victoria St.
805 957-2020

Located just steps away from Chef Daroi Furlati’s flagship eatery, Ca’ Dario Pizzeria offers a casual urban atmosphere to enjoy authenic pizzas, salads and appetizers. The 30-seat restaurant boasts a welcoming bar, perfect for enjoying local or Italian beers on tap. Open for lunch Mon–Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, dinner Mon–Sun 5–9:30pm.

C’est Cheese
825 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara
805 965-0318

In addition to being a local source for the finest cheeses and artisanal foods, C’est Cheese also serves breakfast and lunch—fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and incredible pastries. Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm. Sun 8am-3pm.

Cielito Restaurant
1114 State St.
Santa Barbara
805 965-4770

Cielito’s vision is to bring the flavors of Latin American and Mexican inspired cuisine to our Santa Barbara community. The menu features freshly made antojitos (small cravings), which reflect Santa Barbara’s local ingredients and seasonal produce. Cielito also offers a mouthwatering Tequila bar with enticing libations and innovative cocktails as well as a wide selection of Tequilas and Mezcals. The inviting rooms and gracious staff at Cielito reflect our  mission to provide both Santa Barbara locals and visitors with an unparalleled and memorable dining experience. Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner Tue–Thu and Sun 5–9pm and Fri–Sat 5–10pm. Happy Hour Tue–Thu and Sun 5–7pm and Fri–Sat 4-7pm.

Giannfranco’s Trattoria
666 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria
805 684-0720

Experience authentic Northern and Southern Italian regional cuisine at this family-owned and -operated trattoria in downtown Carpinteria. Chef Giovanni prepares each dish from the freshest local and imported foods to offer his creative take on Tuscan grill specialties. Weekday lunch served 11am–3pm. Weekend lunch served noon–3pm. Dinner served 5–9pm. Closed Tuesday

Goodland Kitchen & Market
231 South Magnolia Ave. 
Old Town Goleta
805 845-4300

The Goodland Market is a grab-and-go eatery in Old Town Goleta, specializing in delicious, locally-sourced and affordable meals. They prepare food in small batches and utilize produce from local farmers to provide an exceptional culinary experience. Mon–Fri 8am–2:30pm; Sat 8:30am–2:30pm.

The Lark
131 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara
805 284-0370

The Lark offers a new dining experience in the heart of the Funk Zone, featuring artisanal and seasonal ingredients that celebrate our local community. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the architecturally urban-inspired dining room, at the communal table, the bar or out on the patio by the fire. Open for dinner Tue–Sun 5–10pm; until 11pm on Fri and Sat.

Lucky Penny
131 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara
805 284-0358

The Lucky Penny take-away café offers wood-fired pizza, artisan coffee, handmade pastries, seasonal salads, fresh squeezed juices, beer and wine. Enjoy your meal onsite in the picnic area or grab it to go. The perfect place to stop as you meander along the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7am–9pm seven days a week. 

Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro
Loreto Plaza at 3315 State St.
Santa Barbara
805 569-2400

1324 State St.
Santa Barbara
805 892-2800
RenaudsBakery.com

Renaud’s is a bakery specializing in French pastries and French-style cakes, as well as a bistro offering an extensive menu for lunch and dinner. Open Mon–Sat 7am–5pm, Sunday 7am–3pm.

Sama Sama Kitchen
1208 State St. 
Santa Barbara
805 965-4566

Sama Sama creates meals inspired by Indonesian food and local farms and markets. Their food and cocktail menu is constantly changing depending on availability from our local sources. They are locally owned and operated and part of the Shelter Social Club family. Lunch Mon–Wed 11am–2pm. Dinner Mon–Sat 5–10pm and Sun 5–9pm. Happy Hour Thu–Fri 4–5pm.

Scarlet Begonia
11 W. Victoria St., #10
Santa Barbara
805 770-2143

Scarlett Begonia will always strive to have interesting, thoughtful food. Menus change weekly with an innovative, fresh approach to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Showcasing progressive, modern cuisine, Scarlett Begonia features sustainable, organic, high quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to provide one of the most food-centric experiences in Santa Barbara. Open for dinner and cocktail hour Tue-Sat 4–9pm, breakfast and lunch Tue–Sun 9am–2pm.

Sly’s
686 Linden Ave. 
Carpinteria
805 684-6666

Sly’s is known for great food, with an emphasis on farmers market and local produce, great cocktails and great times in Carpinteria. Open Mon–Fri for lunch 11:30am–3pm, lounge menu weekdays 3–5pm; dinner Sun–Thu 5–9pm; Fri and Sat 5–10pm; and weekend brunch & lunch Sat–Sun 9am–3pm.

Sojourner Café
134 E. Cañon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara
805 965-7922

The Sojourner has been serving unique dishes created with wholesome natural ingredients for over 30 years. They purchase organic produce from local growers, carry local wines and beers and are known for their innovative desserts. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Open Sun–Wed 11am–10pm (desserts and drinks until 10:30); Thu–Sat 11am–11pm.

The Pasta Shoppe
(in Santa Barbara Public Market)
38 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara
805 770-3668

Dedicated to providing an authentic Italian experience, The Pasta Shoppe offers farm fresh, organic ingredients, handmade daily pasta prepared by a former Eataly pasta artist. The Chef’s Counter offers an intimate dining experience, while observing an Italian kitchen at work. Take-away fresh pasta, with gluten-free options. Pasta making and cooking classes. Mon–Wed 10am–8pm, Thu–Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 9am–8pm.

Reds Bar & Tapas

211 Helena St.
Santa Barbara
805 966-5906

Located in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, offering a tapas-style menu, full bar and wide selection of cervezas and vinos. Enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate on the charming al fresco patio. Hosting live entertainment and eclectic events weekly.

The Wine Cask
813 Anacapa St. 
Santa Barbara
805 966-9463

The Wine Cask Restaurant features the freshest local ingredients, the best wine list in town, and seasonal signature cocktails. They offer fine dining in their exquisite Gold Room and casual dining in the courtyard, and at their Intermezzo bar. Lunch: Tue–Fri 11:30am–3pm. Dinner: Tue–Sun from 5:30pm. Last seating at 9pm Sun–Thu, 10pm Fri–Sat.

Santa Ynez Valley Region

Bell Street Farm Eatery & Market
406 Bell St.
Los Alamos
805 344-4609
BellStreetFarm.com

With farm fresh cuisine and sophisticated yet comfortable design, Bell Street Farm offers a distinct environment to enjoy a meal, snack or a wine tasting. The market showcases picnic baskets and accessories for creating a portable meal, as well as gifts and merchandise from local artisans. Open Fri– Mon 10am–6pm.

Beto’s Place at Figuerora Mountain Brewing Co.
45 Industrial Way
Buellton
805 694-2252

Opening soon, Beto’s Place will feature casual California cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Chef Beto Huizar offers a full menu featuring gourmet versions of brewpub favorites like burgers, chicken wings and fish tacos. He takes finger food to the next level with appetizers such as mac and cheese bites, beer battered calamari and several kinds of sliders. 

Bob’s Well Bread
550 Bell St.
Los Alamos
805 344-3000

Bob’s Well Bread is about great bread, made the old-fashioned way—handcrafted in small batches and baked to perfection in a custom-built, stone-deck oven. Stop by their bakery for baguettes, croissants, bagels and more. Closed Tue and Wed.

Fresco Valley Café
442 Atterdag Rd. 
Solvang
805 688-8857

Fresco Valley Café offers a broad menu of dishes made from scratch using homemade family recipes and organic and fresh local ingredients. You will also find fresh pastries, a fine list of local beer and wine and a plentiful catering menu. Wed 11am–8pm; Thu–Sat 11am–8:30 pm; Sun 11am–8pm.

Full of Life Flatbread
225 West Bell St.
Los Alamos
805 344-4400

On weekends Full of Life Flatbread converts their production flatbread bakery space into a restaurant and offers an extremely innovative menu based almost entirely on what is grown locally and in season. Open Thu–Sat 5–10pm, Sunday 4–8pm. 

The Hitching Post II
406 E. Highway 246
Buellton
805 688-0676

From Santa Maria–style barbecue to more contemporary cuisine such as smoked duck breast, ostrich, homemade soups and outstanding pastries, The Hitching Post II also offers their own world-class Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines. Open daily except major holidays. Cocktails/wine tasting Mon–Fri at 4pm, Sat–Sun at 3pm. Dinners only Mon–Fri 5–9:30pm, Sat–Sun 4–9:30pm.

Industrial Eats
181 B Industrial Way
Buellton
805 688-8807

Industrial Eats features wood-fired ovens, craft butcher shop, tap wines and beers, killer pies and the coolest coffee machine on the Central Coast. Open every day 10am–9pm.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café
2879 Grand Ave.
Los Olivos
805 688-7265
LosOlivosCafe.com

The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café brings together the best flavors of the Central Coast. Their award-winning wine list offers over 500 wines, primarily from Central Coast winemakers, to enjoy with their fresh, seasonal and local cuisine, or to enjoy at home. Open for lunch and dinner daily 11:30am–8:30pm and Sun 11:30am to 8pm; breakfast Sat–Sun 8–10:30am.

S.Y. Kitchen
1110 Faraday St,
Santa Ynez
805 691-9794
SYKitchen.com

An inviting farmhouse in the heart of Santa Ynez, serving modern Northern Italian dishes showcasing local ingredients and Chef Luca Crestanelli’s light touch. Home-made pastas; wood-fired pizzas; oak-grilled chicken, lamb chops and steak. The bar program features dazzling cocktails crafted by Alberto Battaglini.

Succulent Café Wine

Charcuterie

 

1555 Mission Dr.
Solvang
805 691-9444

Succulent Café is a family-owned business specializing in handcrafted and artisan culinary goods. Featuring buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and salads at lunch and unique local centric plates at dinner. Lunch Wed–Sun 11am–3pm. Breakfast Sat–Sun 9am–2pm. Dinner Thu–Sat 6–9pm.

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