Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Santa Barbara

Yoichi's

Headline: kaiseki (traditional Japanese multicourse dining) comes to Santa Barbara and wows locals. It might have limited hours, take a chunk out of your wallet and need to be booked way in advance, but none of that…
Top Choice Vegan in Santa Barbara

Mesa Verde

Perusing the menu is usually a quick job for vegetarians – but not in Mesa Verde. There are so many delicious, innovative all-vegan dishes on offer here (the tacos with jackfruit are a highlight) that meat-avoiding …
Top Choice Japanese in Santa Barbara

Arigato Sushi

Phenomenally popular Arigato Sushi always has people milling around waiting for a table (no reservations taken) but it's worth the wait. Traditional and more unusual sushi, including lots of vegetarian options, plus…
Top Choice Californian in Santa Barbara

Lark

There's no better place in Santa Barbara County to taste the bountiful farm and fishing goodness of this stretch of SoCal coast. Named after an antique Pullman railway car, this chef-run restaurant in the Funk Zone …
Top Choice Pizza in Santa Barbara

Lucky Penny

Shiny exterior walls covered in copper pennies herald a brilliant pizza experience inside this Funk Zone favorite, right beside the Lark. Always jam-packed, it's worth the wait for a crispy pizza topped with a varie…
Top Choice Californian in Santa Barbara

Bouchon

The perfect, unhurried, follow up to a day in the Wine Country is to feast on the bright, flavorful California cooking at pretty Bouchon (meaning ‘wine cork’). A seasonally changing menu spotlights locally grown far…
Top Choice Seafood in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

‘From sea to skillet to plate’ sums up this end-of-the-wharf seafood shack that’s more of a buzzing counter joint than a sit-down restaurant. Chase away the seagulls as you chow down on garlic-baked clams, crab cake…
Top Choice Desserts in Santa Barbara

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

Just try walking past this place on State St if you have a sweet tooth. A Santa Barbara institution since 1949, McConnell's uses local milk and other ingredients to produce an array of flavors from the classics such…
Top Choice Mexican in Santa Barbara

La Super-Rica Taqueria

It's small, there's usually a line and the decor is basic, but all that's forgotten once you've tried the most authentic Mexican food in Santa Barbara. The fish tacos, tamales and other Mexican staples have been dra…
Top Choice Mexican in Santa Barbara

Corazon Cocina

The usual Mexican crowd-pleasers are all here (tacos al pastor, quesadillas, agua fresca) but made to such perfection that previous versions pale in comparison. Head into the Santa Barbara Public Market and prepare …