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Best American Restaurants in Santa Barbara

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A photo of Gala restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(217)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 3 times today
Gala is a highly recommended European restaurant based in Santa Barbara. Its owners, originally from Barcelona, bring a fusion of Spanish cuisine along with their expertise from operating the critically acclaimed restaurant "picnic" in Barcelona. Praised by customers for its excellent food variety, quality service, and unique and meticulous food preparation, Gala truly delivers a delightful European culinary experience. Furthermore, the restaurant's fresh ingredients and delicacies like the morel mushroom or branzino dishes have been particularly highlighted by patrons. Reviewers frequently commend their attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable staff and enjoy the vibrant ambience. Indeed, Gala sets the bar high for European cuisine and meets those expectations flawlessly, making it a notable addition to the Santa Barbara food scene.
A photo of Intermezzo By Wine Cask restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1706)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 7 times today
Intermezzo By Wine Cask is hailed as one of the best spots in Santa Barbara for Californian cuisine. With rave reviews lauding its "top-notch food," excellent service, and memorable ambiance, it consistently provides a delightful dining experience. The restaurant has been recognized for its high-quality menu items including Moule Frites, Yellowtail Crudo, carrot salad, fried chicken breast, seared scallops, and exceptional pizza. The restaurant's outside dining atmosphere is described as "very California," adding to the authentic West Coast dining experience. Intermezzo By Wine Cask not only offers outstanding food but also offers excellent wine and cocktail selections. It is a must-visit restaurant for anyone seeking authentic Californian cuisine.
A photo of Finch & Fork restaurant
4.4
Awesome(1722)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 12 times today
Finch & Fork is a standout American cuisine restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Highly commended by customers, it serves innovative and delectable dishes that clearly reflect the vibrant flavors of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Notable is the "healthy, tasty, vibrant" dinner menu, with items like "12oz Creekstone Prime New York Steak", "Short Rib Pappardelle Pasta", and "Niman Ranch Pork Chop". The brunch menu is equally remarkable, featuring creative items like "Short Rib & Sweet Potato Hash". The restaurant is also appreciated for its accommodating service, "beautifully presented" food, and "casually elegant" ambiance. Eye-catching reviews frequently note Finch & Fork as "delicious", "great" and "excellent", a clear testament to its dedication to providing top-notch American cuisine.
A photo of Roy restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(422)
Price: Moderate
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 3 times today
Roy is praised time and again for its exceptional Contemporary American cuisine. Nestled in a quaint corner of downtown near the Canary hotel, Roy's sumptuous menu of freshly made, perfectly cooked dishes using local ingredients have been tantalizing taste buds for decades, earning it a reputation as a treasured local gem. One reviewer humorously describes the vibe as "funky", attributing it to the lively bar, live music, and the welcoming owner/chef Roy. Appreciation extends to the quality of service, with staff knowledgeably assisting customers with special dietary requirements, such as celiac disease. Whether it's for a quiet dinner or a late-night post-concert meal, guests attest to the unforgettable culinary experience Roy offers.
A photo of Barbareño restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1771)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 19 times today
Barbareño, a Santa Barbara gem, has established itself as a pillar of Californian cuisine, with guests lauding its "superb," and "incredibly flavorful and original" dishes. Reviewers have highlighted the careful sourcing of ingredients from local farms, praising the restaurant's commitment to humane and sustainable practices. This attention to detail is evident in everything from preparation to presentation. Signature dishes such as the pork chop and Baked Californian have garnered acclaim, with one patron declaring the pork chop as "one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life." The knowledgeable and attentive staff further enhance the dining experience, guiding guests through "fascinating combinations of flavors" for a truly memorable culinary journey.
A photo of Opal Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1655)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 21 times today
Opal Restaurant & Bar is a well-regarded establishment emphasizing on the fresh ingredients and diverse flavors that epitomize Californian cuisine. Their menu offering, ranging from the "Lemon Broiled Mahi Mahi" to the "Homemade Grilled Filet Mignon Pizza" cooked in a wood-burning oven, demonstrates a commitment to quality and creativity. The restaurant has garnered high praise from patrons, with reviews highlighting the enjoyable "upscale atmosphere" and "excellent service". Many diners have specifically lauded the unique "Asian Calamari appetizer" and the "divine" herbed 9 oz steak. The restaurant's offerings of "delicious and beautifully served" food, combined with its attentive staff have earned it an esteemed place in the dining scene.
A photo of Lucky's restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(2778)
Price: Very Expensive
• American • Montecito
Booked 44 times today
Situated in the heart of Montecito, Lucky's Steakhouse serves as a delightful culinary destination for steak lovers. Patrons frequently highlight the excellent food, impeccable service, and inviting ambiance, describing it as a blend of classic steakhouse and elegant dining experience. Customer reviews often praise the outstanding steaks, recognized as the finest in Santa Barbara county, and even lauded as the best west of the Rockies. From a warmly crafted ambiance to the authentic steakhouse vibe, and up to the highly professional and convivial service, Lucky's has cemented its place as a topnotch destination for a high-end steakhouse experience.
A photo of Holdren's Steaks & Seafood restaurant
4.3
Awesome(894)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 12 times today
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood is a highly praised Steakhouse known for its perfectly cooked and juicy steaks, as well as its mouthwatering seafood. According to customers, this restaurant offers a variety of top-notch dishes such as tender Ribeye, swordfish filet, and the unforgettable chicken with gorgonzola sauce. The atmosphere is described as fun, lively, elegant, and reminiscent of a classic steakhouse. It's also complimented for their excellent and attentive service. In addition to its primary location, the establishment also has a second location less than an hour away. One patron expressed anticipation in visiting it, emphasizing the fantastic experience they've had in the original Holdren's Steaks & Seafood. With many satisfied customers, the quality and superb service are undeniable.
A photo of Stella Mare's restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(2168)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 17 times today
Stella Mare's is highly praised for providing the best French cuisine experience in Santa Barbara, described as a local gem. Regular patrons commend the consistently incredible food, with the salmon almandine being a favorite among the delicious offerings. The French Onion Soup is noted as always being delicious and the authentic French menu is appreciated, including items that are hard to find elsewhere like frog legs, escargots, and country pate. The ambiance of the restaurant is frequently admired, often compared to being in France itself. The excellent service from the friendly and well-trained staff is also a recurring praise, making Stella Mare's a much-loved destination for both regular and special dining occasions.
A photo of Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(2367)
Price: Very Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 39 times today
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch is a distinguished Contemporary American cuisine restaurant suitable for any gastronome. The venue is praised for its tranquil and charming atmosphere and top-notch service. Dining at Stonehouse is often described as an elevated and elegant experience by frequent diners, who have been enthralled by its range of exquisite dishes, from quintessential American offerings to exquisite seafood, all executed flawlessly. The ambiance, encapsulating the fairy-tale-like character of the location, only adds to the delightful experience. As one reviewer beautifully articulated: "San Ysidro Ranch is absolute PERFECTION! We had a lovely brunch with impeccable service in the most beautiful location. My favorite spot in California." Indeed, many reviews highlight Stonehouse's rare triple threat: breathtaking setting, superior service, and mouth-watering cuisine.
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