Santa Barbara, CA

  (15 restaurants)    
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Blue OwlSee Blue Owl Video ($$)
(688 ratings)

5 W Canon Perdido St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 705-0991
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    fried rice, shredded chicken, green & purple cabbage, Thai basil, cilantro, secret sauce; topped w/ green onions, cilantro, sprouts & chili paste; contains shellfish; looks good
  • Nam Toc Burrito
    tri-tip, shallots, cilantro, peanuts, fried-rice, chili sauce, mint, Thai basil, kaffir leaves, lime, fish sauce, wrapped in a tortilla; contains shellfish; looks good
4.5 out of 5
688 ratings
fusion style cafe serving craft sandwiches, refreshing salads & creative appetizers in a welcoming atmosphere; guest appearance: celebrity chef Marc Summers
Bossie's Kitchen ($$)
(173 ratings)

901 N Milpas St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 770-1700
  • Chicken Pot Pie
    available only on Wednesdays; "that's one of the best pot pies I've had in a really long time" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Lemongrass Thai Curry
    grilled shrimp, lemongrass curry, jasmine rice, bok choy, mint, cilantro, peanuts; available only on Thursdays; looks good
4.5 out of 5
173 ratings
opened in 2019; wife-wife team doing American comfort food their way; big cow statue on the roof unfortunately fell in 2020
Chefs TouchSee Chefs Touch Video
(33 ratings)

Santa Barbara, CA 93460
(805) 686-1040
  • "The Whole Hog" Sandwich
    bacon, sausage & pork; everything including bun is made in-house; "this is high-level bbq" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Pineapple Express
    sandwich w/ homemade pastrami, coleslaw, smoked golden pineapple ring, sriracha mayo on homemade bun; "it's outstanding" -Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
33 ratings
since 2003; BBQ truck; "passion-based cooking" (from its website); classically trained chef w/ over 40 yrs experience; opened only 2 days per week
Cold Spring TavernSee Cold Spring Tavern Video ($$)
(1245 ratings)

5995 Stagecoach Rd Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-0066
  • Bar-B-Q Beef Sandwich
    looks good
  • Tri-Tip Sandwich
    beer infused, sliced barbecued tri-tip on grilled bolillo w/ barbecue sauce, horseradish mustard & salsa; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1245 ratings
est. 1873; old Western themed former stagecoach stop out in the mountains; known for grilled to order meats
Norton's Pastrami and DeliSee Norton's Pastrami and Deli Video ($$)
(557 ratings)

18 W Figueroa St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-3210
  • Mom's PLT
    crispy pastrami (skillet-grilled...bacon-like texture), chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato on sourdough; looks good
  • Pastrami Dog
    quarter-lb. hot dog, pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss; looks good
4.5 out of 5
557 ratings
Dennis Miller made guest appearance
Savoy Cafe & DeliSee Savoy Cafe & Deli Video ($$)
(620 ratings)

24 W Figueroa St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-6611
  • Guy Fieri Plate
    pasilla turkey fritter & chipotle aioli, Quinoa mango salad, pesto green beans w/ petite carrot cake; looks good
  • Pasilla Turkey Fritters
    w/ side of chipotle aioli; looks good
4.5 out of 5
620 ratings
opened in 2005, went bankrupt in 2008 & lost restaurant/deli, someone operated for year-and-half & sold back to original owners
Secret Bao ($$)
(436 ratings)

1201 Anacapa St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 259-3226
  • K.F.C. Bao
    Korean fried chicken, dragon glaze, umami coleslaw, pickled red onions, scallions; looks good
  • Korean Paella
    their spin of paella; w/ pork belly, kimchi, Hooni sauce, Sofrito, tofu, soy pickled shiitakes, kimchi marinade
4.5 out of 5
436 ratings
Korean fusion cuisine; serving "food we crave and wish we could order ourselves on our days off" (from its website); guest appearance: celebrity chef Cat Cora
Shalhoob's Funk Zone PatioSee Shalhoob's Funk Zone Patio Video ($$)
(523 ratings)

220 Gray Ave Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 256-7353
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
    east side slaw, garlic aioli, hot honey, bread 'n' butter pickle & brioche
  • Mole Chicken Taco
    queso fresco, pickled onion & cilantro, corn tortillas w/ charred salsa & lime; looks good
4.5 out of 5
523 ratings
since 1973; father-and-son team who started a butcher shop that eventually expanded an open air patio restaurant known as The Funk Zone Patio
BettinaSee Bettina Video ($$)
(554 ratings)

1014 Coast Village Rd Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 770-2383
  • Cacio e Pepe Arancini
    calabrian chile aioli; looks good
  • Pork Sausage Pizza
    thin-crust, mozzarella, house pork sausage, provolone piccante, fennel pollen, basil, sliced garlic, shishito & habanero peppers; looks good
4.0 out of 5
554 ratings
husband-and-wife team specializing in artisan-style pizza; "cozy neighborhood restaurant honoring the convivial roots of Italian culture and food, while being inspired by the abundant produce and coastal vibes of southern California" (from its website); guest appearance: comic Dennis Miller
La Super-Rica Taqueria ($)
(1945 ratings)

622 N Milpas St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-4940
  • La Super Rica Especial
    cheese-stuffed roasted chile and marinated pork served on tortillas and 3 salsas on the side; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1945 ratings
long lines; serving Mexico city-style tacos; actor Kevin Pollak ate here
Lito's Take OutSee Lito's Take Out Video ($)
(317 ratings)

514 E Haley St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-1559
  • Posole
    soup w/ cubed pork, seasonings and garnish; looks good
  • Carnitas Tacos
    tacos w/ chopped seasoned pork
4.0 out of 5
317 ratings
second-generation, family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company ($$)
(2863 ratings)

230 Stearns Wharf Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-6676
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Santa Barbara, CA"
  • Box Crab
    boiled local box crab, served w/ onion rings & house coleslaw w/ honey, raisins & pineapple; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2863 ratings
est. 1980; "as a buying station for local lobster & abalone" & "evolved into the area expert when it comes to local crustaceans, shrimp, & other seafood specialties" (from its website)
Scarlett Begonia ($$)
(1026 ratings)

21 W Victoria St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 770-2143
  • Yukon Gold Cinnamon Roll
    dough made from boiled potatoes (key ingredient); rolled w/ cinnamon-sugar mixture, proofed & baked; topped w/ cream cheese icing; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1026 ratings
est 2011; local, organic "thoughtful food" w/ full bar & bakery
D'Angelo's BakerySee D'Angelo's Bakery Video ($$)
(489 ratings)

25 W Gutierrez St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
(805) 962-5466
  • Eggs Rose (w/ Arugala)
3.5 out of 5
489 ratings
Mac's Fish and Chip Shop [CLOSED]See Mac's Fish and Chip Shop Video ($$)
(464 ratings)

503 State St Map It!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 897-1160
  • Fish & Chips
    whole fillets of premium, sustainable Alaskan Cod cooked to order in a thin, crisp coating of beer batter; looks good
  • Haggis
    traditional Scottish dish; best described as "the stuff they throw away"...cow heart, tongue, liver--ground, seasoned, shaped in meatball, beer-battered and deep-fried, "not for the unadventurous or vegetarians" (from its website)
  • Toad in the Hole
    Yorkshire pudding w/ mashed potatoes, fried sausage links and topped w/ gravy; looks good
3.5 out of 5
464 ratings
[CLOSED]; run by the husband and wife team (he is from England); everything is homemade; member of Sustainable Seafood Program
Santa Barbara, CA   (15 restaurants)    

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