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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Seafood Restaurant
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“A local hangout, very popular, excellent views of Harbor...great fish and chips, salads, and cocktails”
  • 110 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“On the sand restaurant - one of the best spots for happy hour and the sunset. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“$$$ - Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! Amazing food with a trendy vibe. Best if you have a reservation. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“The best in town.. Fresh, sushi bar or table, sake, incredible menu selections and more than just sushi. Enjoy.”
  • 70 locals recommend
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“~ Some of the Best Mexican Food in California ~ Our Recommended Favorites: -Agaves Enchiladas -Queso Fundido -Alambres -Molcajetes -Arrachera ”
  • 48 locals recommend
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“All of your Mexican favorites in a casual, hacienda-style space. There’s usually a line at all three Santa Barbara locations, but the wait is never very long. Once you’ve ordered at the counter, grab a table and enjoy fresh, hot tortilla chips alongside any of the 10 different options at their fresh salsa bar. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
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“Famous for Julia Child saying it was the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. It always has a line, but worth the wait! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
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“Joe’s is where the locals go, traditionally locals go here first and then stroll downtown at night. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“The best pizza for a nice night out on a date or just a fancier pizza night. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Steak, seafood, martinis & more served in an upscale space with touches of old Hollywood glamour.”
  • 21 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Farm to Table California French Cuisine using all the finest local ingredients from our local farmer’s market.  Knowledgeable servers often suggest a wine pairing from their extensive wine list. Dinner only. $$$”
  • 29 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“Casual, beach front, local favorite, seating choices of under umbrellas in sand or under awning's, family and pet friendly.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“They bring some great musicians. Check their website to see who's playing during your stay. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you like authentic meat tacos, this is the place to go! There is usually a line to get your tacos! Worth the short wait. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Upscale Middle Eastern. Firepits and twinkle lit patio. Magical. Dog Friendly Reservations”
  • 22 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“The best bakery in Santa Barbara, Renaud's boasts Parisian-quality baked goods and a variety of simple and delicious breakfast and lunch options.”
  • 30 locals recommend