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Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?

Heading to Santa Barbara for my birthday with my husband! Can anyone recommend some good restaurants, of any price? We'll be there for a few nights, so a variety of spots would be awesome!

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Steak = Lucky's

Fusion = Opal Restaurant & Bar

Cajun = The Palace Grill 

Mexican = Los Agaves Restaurant (The Los Agaves burrito is amazeballs) 

 Also, if you want to go real fancy, there's Bouchon. Romantic, high quality service and great French food. Highly recommend.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lucky's (restaurant)
  2. Opal Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  3. The Palace Grill (restaurant)
  4. Los Agaves Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Bouchon (restaurant)
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answered by
Haleigh from Paris

They've got the best food! Definitely The Lark - Santa Barbara for something different and heart. Lucky's for a sophisticated steak and old hollywood charm, and of course the famous La Super-Rica Taqueria for authentic Mexican food! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Lark - Santa Barbara (restaurant)
  2. Lucky's (restaurant)
  3. La Super-Rica Taqueria (restaurant)
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answered by
Mike from Camarillo

Le Cafe Stella- Away from downtown, good food, relaxing French Country vibe

Boathouse at Hendry's Beach - Local favorite, right on the beach. Make reservations

La Super-Rica Taqueria - Mexican favorite. Lines can get long

Norton's Pastrami and Deli - Best Philly Cheesesteak west of the Schuylkill River (grew up outside Philly) -- also featured on Diners Drive-In's & Dives

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Le Cafe Stella (restaurant)
  2. Boathouse at Hendry's Beach (restaurant)
  3. La Super-Rica Taqueria (restaurant)
  4. Norton's Pastrami and Deli (restaurant)
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answered by
Matt from Danville, California

Santa Barbara FisHouse at the beach- end of State Street.  Fantastic!

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  1. Santa Barbara FisHouse (restaurant)
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answered by
mark from Santa Barbara

JulienneBrophy 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. There are others that skip my mind. Important consideration is the ambience of the restaurant. Some are noisy and lively some less so. If you want romantic for example check the Yelp website for restaurants to get an idea, but take some of the reviews with a grain of salt. There are also some places to avoid. Most you will need to make reservations especially on weekends. Hope this helps. - Mark

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Julienne (restaurant)
  2. Brophy Brothers (restaurant)
  3. Opal Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  4. Sly's (restaurant)
  5. The Palace Grill (restaurant)
  6. Arigato Sushi (restaurant)

answered by
Margaret from Santa Barbara

Our favorite little restaurant in Santa Barbara is La Super-Rica Taqueria on Milpas. It's a Mexican grill, order at the window and wait until they call your number. The plates are small so be sure to order several each. Check their opening days I think they are closed on Tuesdays. Yum I'm getting hungry just thinking about their Rajas.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. La Super-Rica Taqueria (restaurant)

answered by
Erin from Santa Barbara

The Lark - Santa Barbara - Great atmosphere

El Encanto Hotel - Romantic - great view

Brunch at Scarlett Begonia

Honor Bar in Montecito

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Lark - Santa Barbara (restaurant)
  2. El Encanto Hotel (hotel)
  3. Scarlett Begonia (restaurant)
  4. Honor Bar (restaurant)

answered by
Ed from Winnetka

My wife and I really like both restaurants on the pier. Good food and moderate prices and great view, of the ocean and beach.

answered by
John from Carlsbad (California)

I agree with Bill about The Palace Grill.  The Cajun or Dean Martinis, the Oysters Rockefeller (with Cajun Hollandaise), and the Blackened Filet are memorable, but everything I have had there has been authentic and delicious.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Palace Grill (restaurant)

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