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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 Museum in Santa Barbara

MOXI

Part of the regeneration of this neglected strip of State St, Moxi's three floors filled with hands-on displays covering science, arts and technology themes will tempt families in, even when it's not raining outside…
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 Historic Building in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Built in Spanish-Moorish Revival style in 1929, the courthouse features hand-painted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, and tiles from Tunisia and Spain. Step inside the hushed mural room depicting Spanish-colonial…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Santa Barbara

Good Lion

Grab a cocktail at the beautiful, blue-tiled bar, then grab a book from the book shelves and settle into a leather banquette in this petite place that has a cool Montmartre-turn-of-the-20th-century feel (candles on …
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…