You could eat a lean, healthy breakfast at Jeannine’s Restaurant and Bakery, but why bother when there’s banana Kahlua French toast on the menu? The dessert-for-breakfast dish ranks among the most decadent on the morning menu, with more traditional café sandwiches for lunch as well as all-day pastries. You’ll find three locations in the area – Goleta, Santa Barbara and Montecito. Consider trekking out of town for the cottage-like Montecito location’s fashionable patio.
When leaving your home or hotel, there are plenty of things to do around Santa Barbara... and even more things for you to eat. From swanky dinner spots by the ocean to more modest eateries serving exceptional tacos for barely more than a buck, the city shines when meal times roll around. Not sure where to go? State Street is brimming with restaurants and boutiques. Want to wash it all down with a drink? Look no further than the dozens of cocktail bars and wine tasting rooms all around Santa Barbara, especially in the Funk Zone.
There's no shortage of fresh produce in Santa Barbara – just look to the six weekly farmers markets for proof – plus the fresh-caught seafood, nearby cattle ranches and olive oil producers that are all in abundance. You'll also find restaurants with top-knotch wine lists, plenty of outdoor dining options, and even some Michelin stars.
Seafood dishes are popular year-round here, in particular any dishes containing Santa Barbara's famous sea urchin or uni. Sushi is another popular pick here, but really, you can't go wrong.
Ready or not, here is your must-visit list of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara for your next visit to the American Riviera.