The Best Foodie Spots in Santa Barbara

Let’s face it, Santa Barbara is an incredible place to visit. From the stunning beaches and warm weather to the diverse cultural offerings and amazing food scene – there’s something for everyone. But if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, the best way to get a taste of what makes this city so special is by exploring its restaurants. From Mexican to Asian flair, beach vibes to Italian cuisine, here are some of the best places to eat in Santa Barbara!

Some of our favorites:
Carlitos – This casual restaurant is known for its delicious Mexican food and margaritas. Whether you’re craving tacos with all the fixin’s or want something more traditional like enchiladas or tamales, Carlitos has it all. Plus, the atmosphere is vibrant and fun – perfect for a night out with friends!

Oku – If you’re looking for something different, head over to Oku for an Asian-inspired meal. With modern takes on classic dishes, Oku is sure to please even the pickiest eater in your group. A must…the cauliflower, Crazy Rich Asian roll, Crouching tiger roll and yummy cold and hot saki! Plus, their cocktails are also worth noting!

The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach – The Boathouse offers classic American fare with a beachy vibe. The restaurant overlooks beautiful Hendry’s Beach and has outdoor seating so you can enjoy your meal while taking in the stunning views of Santa Barbara’s coastline. Must-tries include their fish & chips and clam chowder!

Toma – For classic Italian cuisine made with fresh ingredients from local farms, look no further than Toma. This upscale restaurant serves up delicious pizzas and handmade pastas as well as seasonal specials that will make your mouth water. Make sure you save room for dessert, too. Their tiramisu is one of the best around!

Joe’s Café – Located on State Street downtown, Joe’s Café is the place to go when you need stiff drinks and good burgers (or both!). Joe’s has been around since 1948 and still serves up classic diner food that never disappoints. And don’t forget about their famous milkshakes – they’re definitely worth trying!

Last but certainly not least, Brophy Bros., located near Stearns Wharf Pier on State Street. With unbeatable views of Santa Barbara’s harbor, Brophy Bros.’s menu focuses on seafood dishes like fresh oysters and clams as well as some of the best clam chowder around!

If you’re looking for some of the best places to eat in Santa Barbara, this list has got you covered! From Mexican favorites to Asian flair  – there are plenty of restaurants catering to every palate.

Come hungry…you won’t be disappointed with any of these great spots! Need a cozy home to stay in while visiting Santa Barbara? We would love to host your upcoming stay in Santa Barbara at one of our vacation rental properties