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Santa Barbara is calling you for a delightful winter vacation like no other. During your stay, you will want to try one of the incredible restaurants here in town for the perfect winter meal. Here are some of our favorite Santa Barbara restaurants to visit:

Loquita Santa Barbara

Relax in the cozy atmosphere provided by Loquita Santa Barbara. This local restaurant features a menu full of farm to table Spanish tapas. These sharable plates include a charcuterie board, queso, free range chicken, New York strip and more. There are several different main entrees to selection from too including black tiger prawns and chorizo. You can wash it all down with a selection of craft cocktails that use top shelf liquor and fresh ingredients. Loquita Santa Barbara can be found at 202 State Stand is open daily from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM for dinner.

The Lark Santa Barbara

For a more upscale dining experience look no further than The Lark Santa Barbara. This urban eatery is located inside a former fish market and features a variety of New American fare. Most ingredients are sourced from local farmers. Entrees include a variety of meals including the 12 oz pork chop, Lark burger, fried chicken, roasted butternut squash, and more. Don’t forget to order your favorite cocktail from the full-service bar. The Lark Santa Barbara is open daily from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM for dinner and can be found at 131 Anacapa St.

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

While you are in Santa Barbara you need to try out some of the fresh seafood caught just off the coast. Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach features some fine seafood such as mussels, salmon, and fish and chips. The temperature winter weather lets you hang out on the patio and enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean. Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach can be found at 2981 Cliff Dr here in Santa Barbara. Stop by any day from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; brunch is available on the weekend too!

Buena Ondo Empanadas

When visiting Santa Barbara come experience the magical flavors of Argentinian food by stopping in Buena Ondo Empanadas. As the name suggests empanadas are on the menu. Choose from over 10 different empanadas including the daily specials and some vegetarian friendly options too. Order up a family meal when dining in with over 2 individuals. Buena Ondo Empanadas is open daily from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Stop in at the restaurant located at 724 E Haley St.

Toma Restaurant & Bar

Find all of your favorite Italian dishes and more when you stop in Toma Restaurant & Bar. This delightful eatery features all of your favorite Italian dishes along with an extensive wine list. Start with a tasty appetizer such as grilled octopus or roasted lamb kofta. The pasta plates are all handmade and include classics such as gnocchi, ravioli, and black spaghetti. Wine is available by the glass or bottle and your server will be happy to help you pick. Toma Restaurant & Bar is located at 324 W Cabrillo Blvd and is open daily from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM for dinner; the restaurant is open late until 10:00 PM on Saturdays.

Stella Mare’s

For French and California cuisine look no further than Stella Mare’s. This former greenhouse now restaurant features tables adorned with fresh flowers and cozy fireplaces. Entrees on the menu include a variety of French dishes grilled artichoke, escargot, grenouille, a variety of burgers, and salads, and fresh seafood and steak. Stella Mare’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Don’t forget to pair your entrée with a bottle of wine!


Since you are in Santa Barbara you might as well find some incredible California cuisine during your stay. There is no place better for this and more than Opal. The menu features globally influenced California cuisine along with craft cocktails. Enjoy fresh seafood caught just off the coast including tiger prawns, halibut, salmon, and more. A variety of pasta and steak are made fresh daily and include some delicious sides. The decadent dessert options include cheesecake and chocolate pecan tart. Opal is open daily from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for dinner and dessert. Stop by the restaurant located at 1325 State St.

Delicious Dining in Santa Barbara

All of these restaurants are ready for you here in Santa Barbara. While these restaurants continue to provide dine in services make sure to check before your meal as COVID restrictions are always changing. Get ready for your stay by reserving one of our vacation rentals here in the city. Enjoy a variety of luxury amenities and being within close proximity to many of these incredible Santa Barbara restaurants.

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!