Dining in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California is a beautiful coastal town famous for scenic views of the California Coastline, restful spas, divine wineries…and restaurants that are so good, you may decide you want your Santa Barbara vacation to be a Santa Barbara FOODY vacation and never leave the restaurants! They are that good, we promise; we do live and eat here after all! Fortunately for you, our helpful staff at Paradise Retreats has compiled a list of a few of our favorite places to dine so your days will begin and end in the best possible way during your unforgettable Santa Barbara vacation!

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach – California restaurants can be expensive, but this reasonably prized eating place has been a fan of college students for years and is located on the beach so it offers great views with its delicious Lobster & Truffle Mac and Cheese! (Our absolute favorite!) For those who aren’t a fan of seafood, we recommend the Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon…but if seafood is your thing you simply can’t go wrong with the Boathouse Seafood Pasta! Yum!

The Lark – Voted one of America’s 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016 by OpenTable and featuring fresh local ingredients The Lark is THE spot to eat when vacationing in Santa Barbara. Starting with addictive popcorn and ending with yummy desserts there really isn’t anything on the menu here that leaves you feeling dissatisfied! We recommend starting with their crispy Brussel Sprouts, then trying the Texas Gulf Coast Redfish, before finishing with the carrot & creamsicle. Of course, you can’t go wrong with anything you choose at this divine eatery!

Stonehouse – Romantic and elegant, sharing a meal in this former citrus packing building might just renew the spark in your relationship while satisfying your desire for tastily prepared organic foods. The restaurant is a part of the San Ysidro Hotel, most famous for being the spot John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. The steak Diane is flambéed at your table and is totally scrumptious!

Brophy Bros. – You’re staying on the California Coast line…of COURSE you need to try the seafood and Brophy Bros is the best in town! Offering mountain and harbor views as delicious as their seafood we can honestly say we have never had a bad meal here! As a matter of fact, we can’t choose a favorite because EVERYTHING they serve is our favorite…your vacation in Santa Barbara will not be complete until you have sampled a meal at this Seaside locale!

On the Alley – Owned by the same folks who run Brophy Bros., the specialties served here are simple American foods so delicious you are going to want seconds! Serving burgers, tacos, sandwiches and a few seafood items stolen from their sister restaurant, On the Alley also has breakfast…and dessert!

A Santa Barbara vacation in a Paradise Retreats Rental home…

Paradise Retreats has the keys to your best vacation ever and we know all the best places to play, shop and eat while you are vacationing in Santa Barbara! Check out our website and start planning your California coastal vacation today!