Santa Barbara’s dining scene continues to flourish with a variety of new, recently opened restaurants, each bringing unique flavors and experiences to this coastal city. Whether you’re a local foodie or a visitor eager to explore, here’s a look at some of the most exciting new additions to Santa Barbara’s culinary landscape.

Best BBQ

BBQ lovers, rejoice! Best BBQ, hailing from Santa Paula, has opened its doors on State Street. Known for its mouth-watering barbecue, this spot promises to satisfy your cravings with expertly smoked meats and classic sides. We’ve heard their famous chili beans and house made bbq sauce are big hits! Located at 716 State Street, Best BBQ is walking distance from our Villa Castillo rentals — perfect for eating in or taking it to-go.

Silvers Omakase

For sushi aficionados, Silvers Omakase offers an exquisite dining experience by Chef Lennon Silvers Lee and his team. This high-end omakase restaurant presents meticulously crafted sushi made with the freshest ingredients, including Tanada Isehikari rice from Doyuuno farm, will be served outside of Japan for the first time ever. Each meal is a culinary journey, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to indulge in top-tier sushi in a refined setting​. Silvers Omakase is located at 224 Helena Avenue in the Funk Zone. Stay at any one of our West Beach vacations homes to be within walking or a short driving distance.


Bruxie brings their famous fried chicken waffles to downtown Santa Barbara. The entire menu consists of unconventional waffle sandwiches, delicious chicken tenders, and artisan custard shakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their innovative menu and casual atmosphere make it a great spot for a quick bite or a leisurely meal​ when you’re shopping on State Street. Bruxie is located at 12 W. De la Guerra Street.

Cookie Plug

Recently opened on State Street, Cookie Plug is a fun stop for families or anyone with a sweet tooth! Their menu boasts several unique cookie flavors as well as “cookies stacks” that are “part cookie, part cake, and part brownie.” They even sell ice cream cookies and custom cookie cakes in case you’re celebrating a special occasion during your Santa Barbara vacation. Cookie Plug is located in downtown Santa Barbara, at 918 State Street.

Whether you’re looking for classic BBQ, exquisite sushi, or innovative comfort food, there’s something new and exciting to try during your next trip to Santa Barbara. Make sure to visit these spots during your stay at one of our luxury rentals, where you can relax and savor every moment (and bite!).