Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means that Santa Barbara’s most romantic restaurants are about to fill up with reservations. To get ahead of the rush, check out this guide and pick your favorite romantic restaurant in town.

Toma Restaurant & Bar

A short walk from the Hotel Milo on West Cabrillo Boulevard, Toma is an upscale Italian restaurant and bar that we love to refer guests to. It’s a waterfront destination that’s been rated as the best restaurant in town on numerous occasions. The menu is delightfully creative, and locally sourced.

Toma Restaurant & Bar. 324 W Cabrillo Blvd

Stonehouse Restaurant

Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, The Stonehouse is quaint, historic, and super romantic with an ocean view deck, wood-burning fireplace, and remarkable cuisine. The vegetables and herbs are harvested on-site at the chef’s garden, and it’s open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Stonehouse Restaurant. 900 San Ysidro Ln.

The Lark

The Lark is one of the most acclaimed nad romantic restaurants in Santa Barbara. Housed in a former fish market, it’s decked out with upscale rustic furnishings, an outdoor patio, and dynamite New American dishes. Come here for local wines and shareable snacks like the hickory smoked skuna bay salmon rillettes.

The Lark. 131 Anacapa St.

The Little Door

The Little Door is a cute and bright restaurant in Santa Barbara with a number of romantic qualities. From upscale cocktails to decadent Chef’s Table dinners, it’s a unique place to bring a loved one. Come here for high end dishes like oven roasted duck breast, chopped grass fed beef tartare.

The Little Door. 129 E Anapamu St.

Stella Mare’s

This waterfront French restaurant in Santa Barbara is beautiful and romantic in its interior design, location, and seasonal, French-inspired menu. Take a date here and share classy apps like escargot and moules a la creme.

Stella Mare’s. 50 Los Patos Way.