One of our favorite things about any of the meals prepared in California is knowing that our chefs and cooks have learned to combine healthy with delicious. Bland, boring, and tasteless is not in their vocabulary, as is evidenced by the list of breakfast restaurants you will find below! Serving organic and locally sourced meals, these restaurants have made it their mission to keep us healthy while doing their best to keep the environment healthy as well, ensuring that the beauty of Santa Barbara (and our own trim waistlines!) stays around for years to come.
Scarlett Begonia, 11 West Victoria Street #10
Serving coastal specialties like shrimp and grits and land lubber specials such as steak and eggs, Scarlett Begonia offers hearty meals made out of the freshest ingredients. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes featured on their weekend brunch menu will change your life—they certainly have changed ours! Their menu changes with the season, so if something we mention here isn’t available, it’s not us; it’s them!
Garrett’s Old-Fashioned Restaurant, 2001 State Street
Ok, we must confess: We chose this restaurant as one of our favorites because it DOESN’T offer the stereotypical California style meals. Garrett’s Old-Fashioned Restaurant serves fluffy pancakes, crisp bacon, and biscuits and gravy prepared like your country grandma would make it. We LOVE it, as will you!
Dawn Patrol, 324 State Street
This new-ish breakfast spot has rapidly become THE spot to eat in a town where a restaurant’s popularity rises and sets like the California sun! Featuring organic coffee and a juice bar, house-made muffins, and breakfast burritos created with over-easy eggs instead of the standard scrambled, they label themselves as a hash house and offer a Build-a-Hash option that ensures your hash breakfast is exactly the one you’ve been craving!
Shoreline Beach Café, 801 Shoreline Drive
Our favorite cure for indigestion is a trip to the beach and a breakfast from Shoreline Beach Café served right to your table in the sand. Enjoy an egg white scramble with your blue skies, or huevos rancheros served to the tune of the ocean’s waves crashing against the beach! There’s yet to be a meal we haven’t loved at this unique breakfast spot!
Breakfast in Paradise
Because we offer a private chef as one of the many luxury amenities available for your Paradise Retreats luxury vacation home stay, you can have a gourmet breakfast without leaving the house! Enjoy your favorite breakfast prepared, served, and cleared away by someone other than you in the comfort of your own vacation escape. Living the good life is easy when you vacation in paradise—reserve yours today!
Santa Barbara, California is a beautiful beach town just to the northwest of the greater Los Angeles area. This beautiful city has continued gaining popularity as both a vacation destination and a place to live because of amazing weather and one of a kind landscape. Among all of this beauty, you will also find some of the most authentic and delicious breakfast joints that you could imagine. Here are some of the best breakfast spots in Santa Barbara to get a wonderful breakfast.
Cajun Kitchen Café
The Cajun Kitchen Café has become somewhat of a staple in Santa Barbara. After its humble beginning in the town, it has grown to have countless locations throughout the Santa Barbara area, and they are all packed! If you find yourself in the area, you have to come by to enjoy the café’s famous hearty dishes, world-class service, and fair prices. You can enjoy classics like huge, 3-egg omelets, syrupy French toast, and of course, corn bread. The amazing food and casual dining atmosphere have made this a community favorite for decades. Come and see for yourself why!
Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro
Renaud’s is a great place to go for breakfast, whether you are looking for a traditional option like an omelet or breakfast sandwich or something more in Renaud’s European expertise. This is also the best place to get a sweet breakfast in the Santa Barbara area. From their macaroons to the Petite Gateaux, there is no shortage of delicious options. But the true show stopper at Renaud’s is the chocolate croissant. This is sure to be one of the best croissants that you have ever had, with its incredibly flaky crust that collapses at the faintest touch and its wonderfully moist and chewy center.
Any local will tell you that this is one of the most authentic breakfast joints in all of Santa Barbara. One of the great selling points of this phenomenal eatery is the fact that they make everything in house. Everything from the pastries to the ketchup is lovingly prepared by the wonderful staff. You can get everything that you would expect from breakfast spots in Santa Barbara, along with a couple of unique dishes like eggs topped with aged gouda, pancakes with lemon ricotta, and shrimp and grits with chorizo sausage. Come here for a breakfast experience like you have never imagined.
Blue Skies, Beaches & Breakfast Spots in Santa Barbara
In Santa Barbara, you will come for the beautiful weather and beaches, but you will stay for the breakfast gems that speckle the city. Make your next vacation plans here and enjoy the breakfast bliss that awaits!