While traveling with the whole family can be a little stressful, there’s no reason to skip delicious meals on your next vacation with our list of Santa Barbara’s most family-friendly restaurants. We’ve considered both the menu and atmosphere of each spot, and here’s our top five:
Shoreline Beach Cafe, just between Downtown and the Mesa and located right on Leadbetter Beach, is not only one of Santa Barbara’s only beachside restaurants, it’s the ultimate spot for a family meal. Grab a table in the sand so the kids can run around and explore while waiting for food to arrive. The bonus: food here ranges from kid-friendly nachos and burgers to elevated seafood and fantastic cocktails.
Shoreline Cafe. 801 Shoreline Drive. 805 568 0064.
Taffy’s Pizza is undoubtedly every local’s favorite pizza spot, and we are certain it will be a hit with the whole family on your next trip to SB. Originally opened in 1974, the restaurant has earned a reputation for friendly staff and a fun environment, complete with a fireplace, games and an outdoor patio. If you’re looking for a low-key night or to indulge in some great pizza, look no further.
Taffy’s Pizza. 2026 De La Vina Street. 805 687 3083.
With a wholesome menu, casual atmosphere and great prices, The Natural Cafe is one of locals’ favorite spots to stop for a quick bite or to order for take out. Options range from salads and smoothies to veggie burgers to enchiladas, but everything is made with fresh ingredients and health in mind. This is the perfect spot to refuel with the fam after a long day of activity and sneak some nutrition in as well!
The Natural Cafe. 508 State Street. 805 962 9494.
Longboard’s Grill is a fun, kitschy restaurant located upstairs right on Stearns Wharf. Indoors, you’ll find peanut shell covered floors and surf-themed decorations; outside you’ll find great views of the Harbor and Downtown Santa Barbara. The Grill has a kid-friendly menu, including one of the best mud pies in town, but also has an extensive cocktail list for adults.
Longboard’s Grill. 210 Stearns Wharf. 805 963 3311.
State & Fig would make a great lunch spot with the whole family after a day of sightseeing and shopping in Downtown Santa Barbara. Located right on State Street and featuring a beautiful outdoor patio right on the corner, the restaurant offers a relaxed vibe and simple, quality food. The brunch menu is served daily until 3:30pm and includes scrambles, salads, and burgers, as well as bottomless mimosas if you’re in the mood to celebrate.
State & Fig. 1114 State Street #18. 805 965 1730.