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Locals of Santa Barbara care a lot about their health; from eating right to staying active, people here want to look and feel their best year-round. For this reason, the city is full of restaurants catering towards food that is not only healthy, but also organic and locally-sourced. Here’s our roundup of the best places to find the highest quality and most nourishing meals in Santa Barbara:

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde is the premier restaurant in Santa Barbara for organic and vegan food. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, each dish is prepared with an array of fresh ingredients resulting in complex flavors and meals that are as beautiful as they are delicious. We recommend the Falafel Brunch Bowl for a healthy kick-started morning or the Street Taco for dinner.

Mesa Verde. 1919 Cliff Drive. 805 963 4474.


Bouchon operates on the premise of “as-local-as-possible,” and it succeeds with flying colors. With a menu curated around ingredients sourced from California and matching wine counterparts, eating here feels indulgent rather than healthy. In addition, the atmosphere is one of the most intimate and romantic in Santa Barbara, making this the ideal choice for a date night that combines satisfaction and nutrition seamlessly.

Bouchon. 9 W Victoria Street. 805 730 1160.

Green Table

Green Table takes health seriously. Here, the goal is not only to create delicious, nutritious meals, but also to educate patrons about what truly good food is. While the menu boasts ‘organic, gluten-free, local, vegetarian’ dishes, the tag words are for more than show. Each ingredient is chosen to provide the maximum amount of nutrition with the best taste. The spot also offers a huge variety of match drinks and sells house-made cleanses as well.

Green Table. 113 W De La Guerra Street. 805 618 1233.

Backyard Bowls

Backyard Bowls is exactly where you want to go for açaí bowls and organic smoothies made with high quality fruits and veggies. Serving a range of options including the ‘Island Bowl’ with mango, pineapple and coconut or the ‘Power Bowl’ with peanut butter and hemp, this is the place to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying healthy.

Backyard Bowls. 331 Motor Way. 805 845 5379.


The Savoy Cafe & Deli is the perfect spot for a quick, healthy bite to eat on the go. Known for an impressively-stocked salad bar and high quality meats including fresh salmon and grass-fed beef, the restaurant also has a wide variety of gluten-free baked goods and fresh artisan breads. Come here for lunch and a nourishing break from shopping Downtown.

Savoy Cafe & Deli. 24 W Figueroa Street. 805 962 6611.