If you're a first time visitor to Santa Barbara, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a smaller local eatery could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the restaurants may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about restaurants in Santa Barbara.
Here are some of the most recommended restaurants in Santa Barbara.
Here's what Trippy members had to say about restaurants:
"If you go, go into SB itself, make sure to have McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, and dine at Olio e Limone Ristorante." See More
"La Super-Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara is one of those places I'd fly 2500 miles just to eat at." See More
"The Lark - Santa Barbara - Great atmosphere El Encanto Hotel - Romantic - great view Brunch at Scarlett Begonia Honor Bar in Montecito" See More
"Brunch on State Street at Andersen's Danish Bakery & Restaurant Go to Santa Barbara Wharf and get Lobster Tacos from Boathouse at Hendry's Beach" See More
"Julienne, Brophy Brothers (seafood), Opal Restaurant & Bar (I’ve probably eaten here most), Sly's for excellent steaks (in Carpenteria), The Palace Grill (cajun/creole) also excellent, Arigato Sushi." See More
"If you're there for breakfast or brunch, eat at Tupelo Junction Cafe." See More
"There are endless outdoor cafes (The Andersen's is incredible) and tons of places to let your pup run off leash if they want to." See More
"I hear amazing things about Enjoy Cupcakes so you probably should not pass those up." See More
"walk through the Farmers Market (Tuesday afternoon or Saturday morning) take a walk in the Public Market try the macaroons at Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro in front of the Arlington Theater take a look at Casa de la Guerra try the coffee at Handlebar Coffee Roasters walk down to Stearns Wharf and try to guess where North is before getting to the end of the pier (there is a compass) have a great lungh/dinner at Santo Mezcal walk around the boats at the Santa Barbara Harbor go to Shoreline Park and watch the sunset from the beach have lunch with your feet in the sand at Shoreline Beach Cafe go play some beachvolley at East Beach walk on the sand to Butterfly Beach go get a drink at sunset at Belmond El Encanto go for drinks with friends somewhere in the The Funk Zone There is a lot more to do (paddle boarding, hiking, zoo, etc), but if you only have one day, this should be plenty." See More
"Places that will definitely bring your dog on leash are Lama Dog Tap Room + Bottle Shop, The Black Sheep, Natural Cafe, Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro and State & Fig." See More
This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Santa Barbara locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Santa Barbara.
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