Your Guide to Fine Dining in Santa Barbara

When escaping to sunny Santa Barbara, you’ll discover fine restaurants that rival the French Riviera in style and quality scattered throughout the city. But how do you decide where to eat with so many choices? To provide some help, here is your guide to fine dining in Santa Barbara, CA.

If you like food and wine, you’ll love attending one of our many food and wine festivals here in Santa Barbara!


LUCKY’S is famous for its selection of prime steaks and chops, seafood, including live Maine lobsters, and a broad and substantial collection of some of the most highly-regarded wines in the world. Here is a restaurant that is serious about steak dinner. Enjoy an excellent meal in a traditional setting.
1279 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara


Close to The Eagle Inn at the very end of Stearns Wharf is The Harbor Restaurant. Couples can combine a casual stroll with fine dining and ocean views. Their menu offers seafood and steaks, tender prime rib, all complemented by superb wines, local and imported.
210 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara


The Wine Cask features food prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients paired with great wine.
813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara.


The Lark offers a lively atmosphere, meals prepared with seasonal ingredients from  local growers, and a menu with plenty of delicious choices, such as: Lamb Shawarma Rillettes, and Cast Iron Mediterranean Sea Bass. The wine list features small Santa Barbara County producers and outstanding vintages from other parts of the world.

The Lark. 121 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara 805 284 0370


Zaytoon offers patio seating in a lush and tropical environment with romantic fountains and twinkling lights. They strive to use high-quality locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Try their falafel, kebabs, Salmon with Basil Cream, or other Lebanese choices.
209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara


Loquita’s Spanish food is prepared authentically from locally-sourced produce, meats, and seafood. Enjoy their delectable tapas, seafood, and meats cooked on a wood-fired grilled or share a seasonal paella. Spanish wines dominate the wine list, along with some exceptional local wines. This gorgeous Spanish style restaurant makes for a great place to bring your date.
202 State St, Santa Barbara


Olio e Limone Ristorante offers Italian cuisine in an elegant dining atmosphere. Choose from the extensive pasta menu and 250-plus wine list that has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
11 West Victoria Ste 17, Santa Barbara

After enjoying a romantic and memorable dinner, spend the rest of the evening at The Eagle Inn admiring the stars from your balcony or veranda.

2 thoughts on “Your Guide to Fine Dining in Santa Barbara

  1. There are 4 couples coming to Santa Barbara on Friday 4/23. Is there a restaurant that also offers live music?

  2. Thanks for your question, and so sorry we missed your dates. Please come back and see us. You’ll find live music at:
    The Brewhouse
    SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
    The Red Piano

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