Image of people eating a meal toghether at Hotel Milo

Santa Barbara is a popular city for foodies, and that’s because we have a number of longstanding staples, as well as a consistent flow of new critically-acclaimed restaurants. Here are the best new restaurants in Santa Barbara.

Bibi Ji

Opened February, 2018

A new part of a famed collection of Babu restaurants in New York City and Australia among other places, Bibi Ji has been a hit so far in Santa Barbara. This colorful and creative approach to Indian food features unique plates in a relaxed and artful dining room.

Bibi Ji. 734 State St.

Bluewater Grill

Opened March, 2018

Santa Barbara got a nice, well-designed location for this local seafood chain serving a wide variety of local fair in a boat-themed space. Located on the same street as Hotel Milo, it’s a nice place for lunch, dinner, a happy hour near the water.

Bluewater Grill. 15 E Cabrillo Blvd.

Trattoria Mollie

Opened June, 2018

The original Trattoria Mollie is in Montecito and a famous favorite of Oprah Winfrey, and now there’s a new location from the same chef here in Santa Barbara. Swing by for some upscale house-made pastas, and some of the famous turkey meatballs that have diners raving.

Trattoria Mollie. 1250 Coast Village Rd.

Sunshine Cafe

Opened June, 2018

Focused on healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch meals, Sunshine is a quintessential Santa Barbara cafe, even though it’s so new. Come here for a hefty stack of pancakes, veggie wraps, salads, coffees, teas, and so much more.

Sunshine Cafe. 3514 State St.


Opened July,  2018

Using liquid nitrogen, “Creamoligists” here hand-craft premium ice cream like you’ve never tasted before. One of the blossoming brand’s latest locations landed here in sunny Santa Barbara, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Creamistry. 935 State St.