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  • aliciam
    West Palm Beach •2 reviews
    Dined 2 days ago
    Visiting Santa Barbara for the first time and enjoyed dining twice at your restaurant during our stay
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    Chase RestaurantPrice: Moderate• Italian• Santa Barbara
  • BenL
    San Francisco Bay Area •2 reviews
    Dined 3 days ago
    Truly outstanding food and the prix fixe menu was incredible. Cannot recommend highly enough. Staff was friendly and enthusiastic. The only issue was our server who was somewhat inattentive and had no idea how to serve wine properly. (Poured the bottle around the table without having the person who ordered a taste, etc. Luckily, the bottle was ok, but not best practice. Could be easily addressed with training.) The salmon in particular was outstanding - perfectly cooked with incredibly crispy skin. Hope to return again soon.
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    The Black Sheep SB BrasseriePrice: Expensive• Contemporary French / American• Santa Barbara
  • MartaC
    California Central Coast •4 reviews
    Dined 3 days ago
    We had an exceptional evening at Finch & Fork. The menu has a wide variety of vegan and non-vegan choices. The food was wonderfully prepared. The service, from arrival to seating, the wait staff, and management were friendly and informative, making the evening extremely enjoyable. The manager, Robert, stopped by our table to introduce himself. It is so refreshing to dine at a fine dining restaurant that puts effort into making creative vegan choices. We had a lovely time and will be returning soon.
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    Finch & ForkPrice: Expensive• American• Santa Barbara
  • MrsEvansvip
    Los Angeles •2 reviews
    Dined 4 days ago
    We had a wonderful evening with delicious food, lovely wine and great service. The courtyard is beautiful and the noise level was low so we could hear each other well. We hadn’t been there since the new owner took over and it’s fantastic! A new SB favourite!
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    Intermezzo By Wine CaskPrice: Expensive• Californian• Santa Barbara
  • Anitavip
    California Central Coast •11 reviews
    Dined 5 days ago
    Dined last night with my brother and sister in law from San Diego. They have spent tons of time in Santa Barbara, and always looking for something new. Gala did not disappoint! We all loved the tapas style. Tara, as always, so warm and friendly! New Story of Soil Gruner Wine amazing. They loved the Kale salad. They want to come back next visit!!
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    GalaPrice: Expensive• European• Santa Barbara

Discover Santa Barbara

Only a two-hour jaunt from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a busy seaside town with a relaxed vibe and proximity to California's booming wine region. Sometimes called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara exudes alfresco charm while benefiting from local, fresh produce and sustainably harvested seafood. From the taco trail to cracked fresh crab at the pier to eclectic wine bars with delicate snacks, Santa Barbara is a culinary delight for a range of tastes. One thing you won't find much of is pretentious, black-tie dining; Santa Barbara prefers it low-profile. Fresh and local is the name of the game here. Copious nearby ranch land, wine country and independent distillers and breweries keep chefs inspired to design their menus with a distinctly local bent.

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The best reviewed restaurant in Santa Barbara is Arnoldi's Cafe

The best vegan restaurants in Santa Barbara are Convivo, Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch and Bibi Ji

The best vegetarian restaurants in Santa Barbara are Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch, Secret Bao and OKU

The restaurants with the best ambiance in Santa Barbara are Arnoldi's Cafe, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Dining Room and Crocodile Restaurant and Bar - Lemon Tree Inn

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