There are hundreds of must try restaurants in Santa Barbara, making it a great place for any aspiring or seasoned foodie. With its wide range of different ethnic, American, and seafoods, there is truly something for everyone in this city. Stay in one of the many available vacation rentals and sample these ten awesome restaurants in Santa Barbara for your next trip!

Los Agaves Restaurant

Southern California has tons of great Mexican food to offer. Los Agaves is a casual dining establishment and bar that offers great enchiladas, burritos, chile rellenos and more! Their hours are 11 AM-9 PM weekdays and 9 AM-9 PM weekends. Here, the portions are large and the food is flavorful. If Mexican food is on your list, Los Agaves is the place to be in Santa Barbara.

Toma Restaurant and Bar

Toma Restaurant and Bar is the place to be for Italian food! Toma offers a sophisticated dining experience complete with ocean views. This is the destination for wine lovers as well, as they offer an extensive wine list. Toma made it onto the Geneva Ives 10BEST list, so it is sure to satisfy. They are open for dinner only from 5-9 PM weekdays and 5-10 PM weekends.

Lure Fish House

If the coastal environment and ocean view vacation rentals have you in the mood for seafood, then be sure to visit Lure Fish House on your vacation! Lure features outdoor dining complete with a romantic fireplace. This restaurant offers dishes such as clam chowder, oysters, and more classic seafood dishes. They tend to be busy, so plan to wait a few minutes for a table, however the wait will be well worth it. Lure is open 11:30 AM-9:30 PM weekdays and 11:30 AM-10 PM weekends.

The Palace Grill

The Palace Grill offers a variety of new American cuisine with a Cajun-Creole twist. The Palace offers various fun and unique cocktails including a habanero martini. On the food side, a favorite dish is their gumbo; critics say it is “perfectly spiced”. There is typically up to a 15 minute wait, and the restaurant is open from 5:30-10 PM weekdays, and offers lunch from 11:30 AM-3 PM and dinner from 5:30-10 PM on weekends.


If live entertainment, a cozy outdoor fire pit, and excellent Lebanese and Middle Eastern food is what you seek, then Zaytoon is the Santa Barbara restaurant for you! This restaurant is also on the Geneva Ives 10BEST list, so you can only expect great things. Sunday through Thursday are Hookah nights, adding another dimension to the mediterranean dining experience. Zaytoon offers premier dishes including kebab and sambosik. They even have an extensive tea menu! This restaurant is open for lunch at 12-2 PM and dinner at 5:30-9:30 PM on Monday through Friday, 1-10:30 PM on Saturday, and 5:30-9:30 PM on Sunday.

Finch and Fork

For great locally sourced fare, look no further than Finch and Fork. Offering a great selection of dishes including everything from small plates to large appetizers, you’ll find a wonderful selection of fresh, exciting, and delicious new American dishes on their menu. They have a great selection of vegetarian dishes as well, so it is a great place to go if you follow an alternative diet. Finch and Fork is open for breakfast from 7-10:30 AM and lunch and dinner from 11:30 AM-11 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Additionally, it is open from 7-10:30 AM for breakfast and 5:30-11 PM for dinner on Wednesday. Saturday and Sunday hours are 8 AM-11 PM.

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

No list of dining establishments would be complete without a great brunch spot, and that’s exactly what Boathouse is. Offering patio dining with ocean views, this is a great spot to sip mimosas and relax before a big day at the beach. Boathouse even offers an extensive list of gluten free alternatives! It is open from 7:30 AM-9 PM daily.


For a true upscale California dining experience, check out Jane. This restaurant is known for its steak and chicken dishes. The vibe can be described as “warm and welcoming”, making it is a cozy spot for family dining, group meals, or date night. Jane is open from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM for lunch and 5:30-10 PM for dinner daily. They are closed on Sunday.


Tapas and cocktails are the name of the game at Laquita. This relaxed and comfortable spot offers patio dining complete with a fire pit. Come in to try their exciting and extensive menu of unique cocktails. Laquita is usually pretty busy, so a reservation is recommended. They are open from 5-10 PM daily.

Mesa Verde

For vegans, restaurants offering delicious options that don’t feel like a sacrifice can be tough, luckily in Santa Barbara there is Mesa Verde. This restaurant offers exciting and unique plant-based bites that are sure to satisfy the traveling vegan. One of their most popular dishes is a Moroccon Tahini. Mesa Verde is open from 11 AM-9 PM daily.

Brophy Brothers

Joe’s Cafe

With so many great options, you are sure to find something to satisfy all of your cravings in Santa Barbara. Book your vacation today to embark on your foodie adventure, and be sure to check out the restaurants on this list!