Dining

Santa Barbara Dining Guide


Best Overall Restaurant

bouchon
Finalist: Opal Restaurant and Bar

Best New Restaurant
Cafe Stella
Finalist: Scarlett Begonia

  

General Categories

Best American Restaurant:
Finalist:
Jane
Cody's Cafe

Best Japanese Restaurant:
Finalist:

Arigato Sushi
Edomasa

Best Bakery:
Finalist:

Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
Jeannine's Bakery

Best Korean Restaurant:
Finalist:

New China
Kogilicious

Best Barbecue:
Finalist:

Killer B BBQ and Bar
Woody's BBQ

Best Latin Restaurant:
Finalist:

Alcazar Tapas Bar
Cava Restaurant & Bar

Best Cajun Restaurant:
Finalist:
Palace Grill
Cajun Kitchen
Best Mediterranean Restaurant:
Finalist:
Zaytoon
Cadiz
Best Californian Restaurant:
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Fresco Cafe

Best Mexican Restaurant:
Finalist:

Los Arroyos
Los Agaves

Best Chinese Restaurant:
Finalist:

China Pavilion
China Palace

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant:
Finalist:
Zaytoon
I.V. Deli Mart

Best Coffee House:
Finalist:

French Press
Peet's Coffee

Best Pizza:
Finalist:

Olio Pizzeria
Giovanni's

Best Deli:
Finalist:

South Coast Deli
Three Pickles

Best Seafood Restaurant:
Finalist:

Brophy Bros.
Enterprise Fish Company

Best French Restaurant:
Finalist:

bouchon
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

Best Spanish Restaurant:
Finalist:
Alcazar
Milk & Honey
Best Fusion Restaurant:
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Julienne

Best Steakhouse:
Finalist:

Holdren's
Jill's Place

Best German Restaurant:
Finalist:
Brummis
Dutch Garden Restaurant

Best Thai Restaurant:
Finalist:

Your Place
Zen Yai

Best Greek Restaurant:
Finalist:
Greek House Cafe
Petros
Best Vegetarian Restaurant:
Finalist:
Sojourner Café
Natural Café

Best Indian Restaurant:
Finalist:

Flavor of India
All India Cafe

Best Vietnamese Restaurant:
Finalist:
Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
Noodle City

Best Italian Restaurant:
Finalist:

Ca' Dario
Trattoria Vittoria


Specialty Categories

Best Appetizers:
Finalist:
Alcazar
Arch Rock Fish
Best Hot Dog:
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Mad Dogs
Best Bagel Shop:
Finalist:
Jack's Bistro & Bagels
Bagel Cafe
Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant:
Finalist:
Chili's Grill & Bar
Pizza Mizza
Best Bargain:
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Lilly's Taqueria
Best Place for Large Groups:
Finalist:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Best Breakfast:
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Esau's Cafe
Where You Eat Out Most Often:
Finalist:
Mac's Fish & Chip Shop
Fresco Cafe
Best Brunch:
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
Tupelo Junction Cafe
Best Restaurant Open Early:
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
Best Buffet:
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
El Paseo Restaurant
Best Restaurant Open Late:
Finalist:
Roy
The Blue Owl at Zen Yai
Best Burger (Burger Place):
Finalist:
The Habit
Burger Bus
Best Pasta:
Finalist:
Ca Dario
Pascucci
Best Burger (Gen. Restaurant):
Finalist:
Paradise Cafe
Brewhouse
Best Place To Bring Your Pet:
Finalist:
Brewhouse
Summerland Beach Cafe
Best Burger (Veggie Burger):
Finalist:
Natural Café
Sojourner Cafe
Best Pizza Delivery:
Finalist:
Rusty's Pizza Parlors
Gino's Sicilian Express
Best Burritos:
Finalist:
Super Cuca's
Freebirds
Best Private Dining Room:
Finalist:
Wine Cask
bouchon
Best Business Lunch - Carp:
Finalist:
Corktree Cellars
Sly's
Best Produce:
Finalist:
Farmers Market
Tri County Produce
Best Business Lunch - Goleta:
Finalist:
Beachside Bar Cafe
Holdren's
Best Romantic Restaurant:
Finalist:
Stonehouse Restaurant
bouchon
Best Business Lunch - SB:
Finalist:
Wine Cask
Arts & Letters Cafe
Best Salad Bar:
Finalist:
Chuck's of Hawaii
Whole Foods Market
Best Butcher Shop:
Finalist:
Country Meat Market
Shalhoob Meat Co.
Best Salsa:
Finalist:
Los Agaves
Los Arroyos
Best Caesar Salad:
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Pascucci
Best Sandwiches:
Finalist:
South Coast Deli
Three Pickles
Best Place for Cheese:
Finalist:
C'est Cheese
Whole Foods Market
Best Service:
Finalist:
Palace Grill
bouchon
Best Clam Chowder:
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Mac's Fish & Chip Shop
Best Sidewalk Café/Patio:
Finalist:
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
Best Drive-In:
Finalist:
In-N-Out Burger
Zizzo's Coffee
Best Smoothie:
Finalist:
Blenders in the Grass
Backyard Bowls
Best Restaurant for First Date:
Finalist:
Jane
Pascucci
Best Soup:
Finalist:
Lazy Acres
Natural Café
Best Fish & Chips:
Finalist:
Mac's Fish & Chip Shop
Brophy Bros.
Best Supermarket:
Finalist:
Trader Joe's
Whole Foods Market
Best Food Truck:
Finalist:
Burger Bus
O Street Truck
Best Sushi:
Finalist:
Arigato Sushi
Sakana
Best Place for Fresh Bread:
Finalist:
Our Daily Bread
D'Angelo Bread
Best Taco:
Finalist:
Lilly's Taqueria
Rudy's
Best Fresh Fish Market:
Finalist:
Santa Barbara Fish Market
Tri County Produce
Best Restaurant for Thanksgiving:
Finalist:
Stella Mare's
Bella Vista at the Biltmore
Best Gourmet Food Store:
Finalist:
Whole Foods Market
Lazy Acres
Best View:
Finalist:
Boathouse
Brophy Bros.

Sweets

Best Place for Cakes:
Finalist:
Jeannine's Bakery
Wayne Kjar Cakes
Best Donut Shop:
Finalist:
Spudnuts
Eller's Donuts
Best Place for Chocolate:
Finalist:
Chocolats du CaliBressan
Chocolate Maya
Best Frozen Yogurt:
Finalist:
Yogurtland
Pinkberry
Best Place for Cupcakes:
Finalist:
Crushcakes Cupcakery
Whodidily
Best Gelato:
Finalist:
Spoon
Via Maestra 42
Best Restaurant for Dessert:
Finalist:
Sojourner Café
Fresco Cafe
Best Ice Cream:
Finalist:
McConnell's
Baskin Robbins

Region

Best Buellton Restaurant:
Finalist:
Hitching Post
AJ Spurs
Best Montecito Restaurant:
Finalist:
Lucky's
Stonehouse Restaurant
Best Carpinteria Restaurant:
Finalist:
Sly's
Corktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro
Best SY Valley Restaurant:
Finalist:
Trattoria Grappolo
Brothers Restaurant
Best Goleta Restaurant:
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
Beachside Bar Cafe
Best Solvang Restaurant:
Finalist:
Root 246
Cecco
Best Isla Vista Restaurant:
Finalist:
Freebirds
Naan Stop
Best Summerland Restaurant:
Finalist:
Summerland Beach Cafe
The Nugget

Beer & Bars

Best Beer Selection on Tap:
Finalist:
Z's Taphouse
Brewhouse
Best Martini:
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Milk & Honey
Best Bloody Mary:
Finalist:
Tupelo Junction Cafe
Brophy Bros.
Best Neighborhood Bar:
Finalist:
The Neighborhood
Brewhouse
Best Brewery:
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
Brewhouse
Best Place to Shoot Pool:
Finalist:
Dargan's Irish Pub
Mercury Lounge
Best College Night:
Finalist:
Sandbar
Sharkeez
Best Singles Bar:
Finalist:
Wildcat Lounge
EOS Lounge
Best Happy Hour:
Finalist:
Enterprise Fish Co.
Arch Rock Fish
Best Sports Bar:
Finalist:
Santa Barbara Brewing Co.
Union Ale Brewing Co.
Best Margarita:
Finalist:
Carlitos Cafe & Cantina
Paradise Cafe
Stiffest Drinks:
Finalist:
Joe's Cafe
Harry's Plaza Cafe

Wine

Best Restaurant Wine List:
Finalist:
Wine Cask
bouchon
Best Wine Tasting - SB:
Finalist:
Municipal Winemakers
Oreana Winery
Best Wine Shop:
Finalist:
The Winehound
Oreana Winery
Best Wine Tasting - SY Valley:
Finalist:
Sunstone Vineyard & Winery
Saarloos & Sons
Best SB County Winery:
Finalist:
Kalyra Winery
Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards