2018 has been a good year for Santa Barbara, also known as The American Riviera. We’ve enjoyed the openings of a number of great restaurants and wineries. Looking to our favorites, these are some new spots you have to check out on the American Riviera.

Bibi Ji

At the beginning of 2018, Bibi Ji brought a new take on Indian cuisine to Santa Barbara. Finishing off its first year, this restaurant continues to be one of the best new spots in town. Come by for unique signature dishes, like flavorful black mussels in curry broth.

Bibi Ji. 734 State St.

Grassini Family Vineyards

Last spring, Grassini Family Vineyard opened a new tasting room in the Presidio neighborhood of Santa Barbara. The Happy Canyon winery is known for being a contender among the region’s world renowned fellow wineries. The tasting room is elegant and well worth a visit.

Grassini Family Vineyards. 24 El Paseo.

Due Lune Cucina

This Italian trattoria is one of the best places to enjoy a meal in town, and it also just opened in 2018. The dining room is upscale, and the open-air patio offers stunning views of the water and Stearns Wharf. Try the fresh clams, or any other seafood-infused dish on the menu.

Due Lune Cucina. 1 State St.

Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen

Just a few months ago, Crush Tasting Room and Kitchen opened near Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone in the Laguna District. The wine bar tasting room carries many of the best varietals in town, and there’s a tasty menu of apps and tapas like lobster sliders and loaded pulled pork nachos.

Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen. 432 E Haley St.

The Middle Child

Only a few months old, The Middle Child has become an instant favorite for exceptional pizzas, and fresh Italian dishes. Be sure to sample one of the personal pies, and then treat yourself to a fresh burrata salad. (Pro tip: also get the fried chicken. Just trust us).

The Middle Child. 18 East Cota St.


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