A Foodie’s Guide to Santa Barbara

A Foodie’s Guide to Santa Barbara

My favorite part of Santa Barbara? Besides of course the beautiful ocean views, palm trees, vineyards, and all around perfect weather? THE FOOD. Of course. Below you will find my absolute favorite Santa Barbara restaurants. And trust me! I tried a LOT of restaurants. If you find yourself lucky enough to visit the American Riviera, you will definitely want to check out at least one of these restaurants. Enjoy!

Tune Ceviche at Santo Mezcal

Big Eye Raw Bar

  • Craving a fresh poké bowl? Check.

Blenders in the Grass

  • Acai? Look no further!


  • Best for happy hour or brunch. Sits on the beach overlooking the ocean.

Brophy Bros

  • Arrive early for the best seats in the house! At the bar! Brophy’s overlooks the harbor where the boats are docked.  Also, if you’ve never tried an oyster shooter… this would be your place!

Goa Taco

  • Partha style tacos. Their motto is “feed me tacos and tell me I’m pretty”. Say no more.


  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for (McConnell’s) ICE CREAM!

Santo Mezcal

  • Tuna Ceviche… enough said.


  • Head here to share a family style dish of paella!

Olio Pizzeria

  • Particularly fantastic charcuterie boards. But I’m sure their pizza is just as fantastic.

The Lark

  • A twist on American style food with a great atmosphere.

Yellow Belly

  • Elevated bar food.


  • A great patio restaurant that serves Mediterranean food

Poke Bowls at Big Eye Raw Bar

Santa Barbara… my waist line doesn’t miss you, but my mouth and stomach sure do.  Enjoy!


Kylee splits her time between being a traveling NICU nurse and a solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for over four years now. When she’s not doing that she’s traveling around the world sharing real and authentic experiences. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to help prevent nurse burnout by utilizing travel on days off.

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