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Beautiful days begin with tasty and memorable meals. To ensure you have a satisfied belly for days exploring and relaxing around the city, we put together a short list of the best breakfast spots in Santa Barbara.

Scarlett Begonia  

Scarlett Begonia is Santa Barbara’s most gourmet breakfast. Featuring organic, high-quality ingredients and a menu that changes weekly, this is the place for foodies to get their day started. Look for lemon ricotta pancakes, house-made granola and any of the seasonal scrambles.

Scarlett Begonia. 11 W Victoria Street #10. 805 770 2143.

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach  

The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is always a great place to go because of its prime location and ocean views, also the breakfast here is a must. Stop by during the week for the Boathouse Signature Breakfast, a beautiful plate of poached eggs, housemade crab cakes, avocado, pico de gallo and home fries. If you’re drinking, don’t miss the Boathouse Punch made with rum, coconut, pineapple and orange juice topped with nutmeg.

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach. 2981 Cliff Drive. 805 898 2628.

Cajun Kitchen  

For fans of big, American-style breakfast with a cajun flair, this is this place for you. Specializing in a variety scrambles, beignets and bloody mary’s, a morning here is a guaranteed good time. Even with four locations throughout Santa Barbara, this place gets busy on the weekends, so come expecting to wait. But once inside order a cup of local Castle coffee and get ready to leave full.

Cajun Kitchen Cafe. 1924 De La Vina Street. 805 687 2062.


Head to Jeannine’s in Montecito for a beautiful breakfast in an idyllic cafe setting. Here you will find an assortment of fresh baked pastries as well as hearty breakfasts including the Breakfast Club Sandwich and Lobster Benedict. Order the popular mango iced tea or an oversized cappuccino and enjoy your morning in true Santa Barbara style.

Jeannine’s Restaurant & Bakery. 1253 Coast Village Road. 805 969 7878.

Tupelo Junction  

Tupelo Junction, located on upper State Street, is home to some of the best breakfast dishes in town. Nowhere in Santa Barbara competes with the Vanilla Dipped French Toast with homemade berry syrup, nor does a breakfast salad quite so well. Everything is great here, from the Pumpkin Oatmeal Waffle to the Wild Mushroom and Truffle Scramble, so feel free to explore the menu.

Tupelo Junction Cafe. 1218 State Street. 805 899 3100.