Top Choice Californian in Santa Barbara


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 Californian in Santa Barbara


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

With shiny exterior walls covered in copper pennies, this pizzeria next to Lark restaurant is always jam-packed. It's worth the wait for a crispy pizza topped with smoked mozzarella and pork-and-fennel sausage or a …
Seafood in Santa Barbara

Brophy Brothers

A longtime favorite for its fresh-off-the-dock fish and seafood, rowdy atmosphere and salty harborside setting. Slightly less claustrophobic tables on the upstairs deck are worth the long wait – they’re quieter and …
Californian in Santa Barbara


Who says fast food can't be fresh and tasty? With the tag line 'Eat smart, live well,' this sun-drenched corner cafe makes nutritionally sound salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, breakfast burritos and more.
Mexican in Santa Barbara

Lilly's Taquería

There’s almost always a line roping around this downtown taco shack at lunchtime. But it goes fast, so you’d best be snappy with your order – the adobada (marinated pork) and lengua (beef tongue) are stand-out choic…
Deli in Santa Barbara


Before a day at the beach, pick up custom-made sandwiches and fresh salads at this gourmet deli in the Funk Zone. Artisan breads, imported cheeses, cured meats, and California olives and wines will be bursting out o…
Mexican in Santa Barbara

El Buen Gusto

At this red-brick strip-mall joint, order authentic south-of-the-border tacos, tortas, quesadillas and burritos with an agua fresca (fruit drink) or cold Pacifico beer. Mexican music videos and soccer games blare fr…
Italian in Santa Barbara

Olio Pizzeria

Just around the corner from State St, this high-ceilinged pizzeria with a happening wine bar proffers crispy, wood-oven-baked pizzas, platters of imported cheeses and meats, garden-fresh insalate (salads), savory tr…