Top 10 Restaurants in Santa Barbara and Montecito

One of the most common questions we get asked after helping a relocation client buy a home is… “Ann, what are some of your favorite restaurants?!” You never saw that one coming did you?

Santa Barbara is known for its amazing cuisine and unforgettable wines. As locals, we have a few favorites up our sleeve. Whether you have family in town or need a date night out, our list of ten restaurants is sure to have something you’ll LOVE.

1. The Lark

Urbane eatery in a former fish market offers New American fare in wood-lined quarters with a patio.

2. Oliver’s

Upscale vegan food in a tranquil patio setting.

3. Ca’ Dario

Bustling eatery serving traditional Italian eats including osso buco, bolognese & risotto.

4. The Honor Bar

Trendy and upscale new American restaurant with an exquisite wooden bar in the center, surrounded by cozy booths.

5. Olie Pizzeria

Bustling go-to for authentic Sicilian fare & wine served in a white-tablecloth dining room.

6. Arigato Sushi

Innovative sushi, nigiri & sake served in a lively brick-walled space with featured local art.

7. Carlitos

Classic Mexican eats & margaritas served indoors or on the patio with colorful umbrellas & fountain.

8. Tre Lune Ristorante

Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an beautiful old-school Italian setting.

9. Loquita

Farm–fresh Spanish tapas & craft cocktails are served at this busy haunt with a cozy vibe & a patio.

10. Lure Fish House

A celebration of all things seafood, a fun and exciting experience full of healthy, environmentally sound, and delicious options.


Don’t forget to let us know what you think if you try any of our favorite places!

Ann, Claire & Lauren