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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

Santa Barbara is a true melting pot of cultures, and the culinary possibilities for you to enjoy in this coastal city are representative of the city’s incredible diversity. American options for steak lovers and vegetarians alike are available in sophisticated dining rooms as well as casual restaurants. With Santa Barbara's unique location close to the Pacific Ocean, you can enjoy fresh seafood dishes at your choice of elegant restaurants or cafes overlooking the coast. European eateries feature Mediterranean, French, and Italian options that will delight you. You can also enjoy dining at a Chinese, Japanese or Thai restaurant with an Asian vibe. You will never tire of the options available when you are in Santa Barbara.

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Celebrate special occasion at the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. Our customers recommend Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch, Bouchon - Santa Barbara and Toma Restaurant & Bar

As of July 16, 2024 there are 62 restaurants in Santa Barbara. Filter by “outdoor dining”, “romantic” or “dog friendly”.

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