Things to Do in Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Travel Guide
The best restaurants in Santa Barbara pull local ingredients from the region’s dynamic landscape. Sourcing seafood from the nearby Pacific Ocean, fabulous vintages from California wine country, and inspiration from the Latin American culture that extends up the coast, Santa Barbara dining offers an array of culinary wonders.
Some of the Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara:
One of our favorite go to spots and located just down the block from Hotel Milo, Toma Restaurant provides a romantic setting overlooking the water. Be sure to try their rack of lamb – cooked to perfection. Or, if you are into pasta for the evening, the black spaghetti with fresh clams, calamari, calabrese salame is a must!
With a passion for locally sourced products and ingredients, State & Fig is a great place to start your journey through the Santa Barbara food scene. Serving sandwiches, soups and salads, State & Fig is one of our favorite local lunch spots. Be sure to try the Fig & Pig Panini, filled with ham, mortadella, fig jam, arugula and fontina cheese for a hearty mid-day meal.
Hands down one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara, Jane Restaurant features an eclectic and exquisite menu. Entree-sized salad bowls feature fresh seafood, including seared ahi tuna and broiled prawns. Alongside its nutritious salads, Jane’s colorful pasta bowls, juicy burgers and delicious entrees insure you’ll find something to please your palate.
Bouchon offers the best of three worlds: farm-fresh ingredients, locally sourced seafood, and fine California wine. Dive into Bouchon to enjoy French flavors infused with dynamic California flair. Be sure to try the Grilled Wagyu Flat Iron Steak and the Scallop Trio with Black Truffle-Dressed Celery Cauliflower Puree!
Southern California has the incredible pleasure of enjoying authentic and delicious Latin American and Mexican cuisine. Santa Barbara is no different and one of our favorite authentic eateries is Los Agaves. The Fajitas del Mar with Butter-Sauteed Shrimp and Torta Cubana is one of many spot-on menu options.
With the Pacific Ocean so close, it’s a given that some of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara feature fresh seafood. The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is an esteemed Santa Barbara seafood restaurant, offering a menu stocked with seafood favorites. Can’t-miss picks at the Boathouse include Mesquite-Grilled Mahi Mahi and Pistachio-Encrusted Local Yellowtail.