Santa Barbara Dining and Destinations is dedicated to providing accurate and detailed information as well as customer written reviews about Santa Barbara restaurants. With over 300 restaurants in this charming and sophisticated coastal town, the choices can sometimes seem overwhelming. This website and our printed magazine, Santa Barbara Dining and Destinations, is your insider's guide offering short descriptions about each restaurant, a list of amenities, meals served, directions, independent reviews and a search tool to find the perfect restaurant.

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Sly's

Cynthia
Summerland, CA
04/05/2012
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Something for everyone!
Sly's is that rare combination of great food and service, comfortable ambience, and a fantastic menu. I've been there several times with family and a small group of friends and have never been disappointed. Another really great feature is that there is something for everyone. Being a vegetarian, the first time I went to Sly's I was concerned there wouldn't be much for me to choose from, boy was I happily proven wrong. On my my recent visit I thanked the chef himself for providing so many great options and he said he made it a point to not make the veggie friendly items were not the usual fare. The crispy sauteed kale, the creamy spinach dish, the salads, local beans prepared with just the right spices, all of these dishes and more ensure that no one walks away from Sly's table hungry!

Arch Rock Fish

Gena
SB
03/23/2012
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Love this place
Love this place

Montecito Cafe

Jim
Santa Barbara
03/05/2012
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Celebrating with the family
We were up at Westmont College for my son who was nominated for an award with the Global Leadership Connection. I asked him where he wanted to go, and this was the place. We had a great dinner, enjoyed another momentus celebration at this fine restaurant and so glad he chose well. This place is consistently very good - keep it up.

Recent Featured Restaurant

Bucatini

Bucatini

For 15 years, Bucatini has demonstrated that to be successful, a restaurant doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Co-owner and manager Soemi Caramel sticks to a simpler “formula”: Charge a fair price for good, authentic Italian regional cuisine made with high-quality, healthful ingredients - organic and local whenever possible - prepared and served by people who genuinely care.

“It’s honest food for normal people,” says Caramel, who hails originally from the Italian city of Treviso, near Venice. “I use as much organic meat and produce as possible. We’ve served organic chicken and eggs for years. We get a lot of fish from the Santa Barbara Channel. I eat here myself, and I want to know what I’m eating.”

Whether seated in the intimate dining room or on the expansive patio, Bucatini customers can get most anything they want.

That might mean wine from Italy or California, or a cocktail from the menu of fifty classic specialty drinks, twenty house martinis, a dozen alcohol-free choices, and margaritas and mojitos made with bartender Eddie Chavez’s own infused liquors.

The extensive menu includes antipasti, 25 pizzas and 20 pastas, among them classics like pesto, Bolognese, carbonara, puttanesca and a seafood-and-red-sauce linguinette ai crostacei. (And who else offers imported Italian gluten-free rice pasta?) There are bruschetta, carpaccio and sautéed mussels; pizza from the wood-burning oven; and a range of grilled, sautéed and roasted meats and fish.

The fact that locals come back again and again is proof that Bucatini’s deceptively simple formula works.