Flightline

521 FIRESTONE ROAD
GOLETA
805.705.7488
FLIGHTLINERESTAURANT.COM

Flightline has landed, bringing an aviation-themed bar and dining experience to the north side of the Santa Barbara Airport. Owner Warren Butler worked with local aviation enthusiasts to pack the restaurant with flying memorabilia, and Santa Barbara history features prominently. “We serve wholesome American food for a fair price,” says Butler. That includes, steaks, tri-tip, salads, burgers and pastas, plus cocktails, local craft beers and wine from the enormous wraparound bar.





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Finney's

35 STATE STREET
SANTA BARBARA
805.845.3100
FINNEYSCRAFTHOUSE.COM

A Tavern for this Time: Don’t let the walls made of reclaimed 19-century New England brick, the ceiling of resurrected Wyoming snow fence, or the gleaming copper bar fool you. Finney’s is a modern tavern built for good times. 18 surprising sharable appetizers, plus pizzas, sandwiches, salads and tacos. Burgers are mixed chuck, brisket and hanger steak sizzled on a flat top. “It gives a nice crisp outside and keeps the juices in,” says owner Greg Finefrock. Vegan alert: The increasingly famous Impossible Burger is sold here!




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Due Lune

1 STATE STREET
SANTA BARBARA
805.770.3112
DUELUNECUCINA.COM

Due Lune brings a true Italian dining experience to the watery end of State Street. Sea views flood through walls of windows, and ocean air scents the big patio. Classic dishes and fantastic local seafood are served with a warm welcome that has made Due Lune a favorite of local Italian expats.



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Khao Kaeng

1187 COAST VILLAGE ROAD
MONTECITO, CA 93108
805.770.7170
khaokaeng.com

The same folks who brought the instant-favorite Empty Bowl Thai noodle shop to the Public Market downtown, have now opened Khao Kaeng in Montecito, where they are serving equally authentic curries and other Thai specialities. Co-owners Jerry Lee and Emre Balli, both sommeliers, are way into pairing wine and beer with the food prepared by adventurous chef and co-owner, Nui Pannak. 


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Alito's

509 STATE STREET
SANTA BARBARA
805.845.7133
alitosonstate.com

Fresh ingredients and handmade care - they’re the secret to the home-style Mexican cuisine available at Alito’s downtown. Brothers Eduardo, Victor and Juan Carlos Carranza based the menu on the food their mother used to prepare for them while growing up in Mexico City. There’s a big traditional Sunday brunch also. 



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Enterprise Fish Company

225 STATE STREET
SANTA BARBARA
805.962.3313
ENTERPRISEFISHCO.COM

For over 40 years this Santa Barbara staple has been serving up wild-caught and sustainably sourced seafood. Enjoy favorites like Live Maine Lobster, freshly-shucked oysters, premium steaks, shellfish, and EFC’s famous lobster bisque. Don’t miss their award-winning happy hour.


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Mollie's

1218 STATE STREET
SANTA BARBARA
805.770.8300
MOLLIESONSTATE.COM

The new State Street location for famed Montecito restaurant Trattoria Mollie offers Chef Mollie's beloved brand of fresh, classic Italian cuisine. It's the perfect place in the theater district to grab a bite before a show and the Lasagne Bolognese is a locals' favorite. 


 

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Renaud's Patisserie and Bistro

1187 COAST VILLAGE ROAD
MONTECITO
805.324.4200
RENAUDSBAKERY.COM

In all his years as a chef, French-born patîssier Renaud Gonthier has never lost sight of what brings him joy: they include a colorful salad that stands tall on the plate but doesn’t overflow, a delicate rolled  (not folded) omelet, a golden-crusted croissant, the idiom of French baking for which he’s locally famous.

Now he has brought that sensibility to a new location in Montecito. The space reflects a traditional bistro design with a gleaming, modern display case for his desserts and other treats. This Renaud’s is open for breakfast and lunch like the others, but also for dinner, and Gonthier is having fun with the familiar here. 

He gives his croissant a savory turn as a pressed French Cubano sandwich with smoked ham, Gruyere cheese and cornichons. He makes a croque monsieur on a large slice of bread, cuts it into squares and serves it as snack fare at the beer-and-wine bar. He uses pâte à choux, the light éclair dough, to make Parisian gnocchi. He makes croquettes “because they’re fun and I like them.” There’s even a hangar steak cooked Sous-vide to perfection and then quickly seared on the grill. 

Of course, the newest Renaud’s has all the usual pastries, macarons, cakes, pies, tartlets, cookies and other divine treats that have made Renaud’s everyone’s go-to for an authentic taste of Paris. 

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D'Angelos Bakery

25 WEST GUTIERREZ STREET
SANTA BARBARA
805.962.5466
DANGELOBREAD.COM

D’Angelo's is the kind of bakery locals love and visitors are overjoyed to find. Choose a table indoors or out and enjoy freshly baked European-style breads and pastries, great breakfasts and lunches, and strong Italian coffee. Master baker Dietmar Eilbacher does things the same way his father did in his bakery in Bavaria – the honest way, using only simple, real ingredients and no additives or preservatives. Everything from the granola and roasted bell peppers to the jams and artichoke spread is made from scratch. “When you use all-natural raw ingredients and pay attention to the details, you end up with a superior product,” says Eilbacher.

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The Little Door Santa Barbara

129 EAST ANAPAMU
SANTA BARBARA
805.560.8002
THELITTLEDOORSB.COM

French expat restaurateur and partner Fréderic Meschin says that leaving Los Angeles after 35 years to open The Little Door Santa Barbara felt like “coming home.” Like the town between Bordeaux and Cognac where he grew up, Santa Barbara is also a small seaside community that attracts many visitors and has great local wines, tremendous organic produce and easily accessible just-caught seafood. The Little Door Santa Barbara captures the casual, romantic feel of a Belle Epoque restaurant. Soft light that, as Frederic says, “honors the night,” bathes the bar and the dining room in a warm glow. The walls are hung with a collection of drawings and watercolors by Belle Epoque artist Edouard Chimol. Executive Chef Oscar Ledesma offers contemporary-American fare, but includes decidedly French accents and influences from around the Mediterranean, including the Middle East and North Africa. The menu is intentionally compact to reflect what’s freshest and best today at the harbor and the farmers markets. It includes appetizers like charcuterie and California foie gras, fresh mussels and oysters. Entrées include whole local rockfish or chicken baked in the oak-fired oven, grilled local salmon and halibut, an impressive collection of steaks, and delicious, beautifully seasoned vegetarian and lamb couscous. Passionate about service and hospitality, Fréderic and companion Fatos Silan provide a warm welcome while attending to every detail to ensure that The Little Door Santa Barbara opens to a world of deep enjoyment.

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Bluewater Grill

15 EAST CABRILLO BLVD.
SANTA BARBARA
805.845.5121
BLUEWATERGRILL.COM

Bluewater Grill is the newest addition to Santa Barbara’s sustainable-fresh-seafood dining scene, and co-founders Richard Staunton and Jimmy Ulcickas are serious about their mission. Staunton works local waters in his fishing boat, the Pilikia, and the restaurant occupies the old lighthouse building that formerly housed legendary Castagnola’s Fish House, which also featured fresh fish caught by their fleet. Bluewater’s seafood is sustainably caught and managed, and the fish-origins chart will tell you exactly where it came from. As for vegetables and produce, think local, seasonal and farmers market. Chef Chanel Ducharme’s kitchen stocks a full raw bar with super-fresh oysters and local sea urchin (uni), whole oven-roasted fish, seasonally available halibut and white seabass; swordfish caught individually from the Pilikia, and a rotating collection of six seasonal specialties including bouillabaisse, seafood paella and New England clambake. At the inspiring and educational Second Tuesday Tastings, Ducharme pairs seasonal seafood with sake, beer or a local wine - the list is a deep dive into the grand cache of great Central Coast seafood accompaniments. It’s all served in the historic building at the foot of State Street, now a beautiful, airy, two-level restaurant with an upstairs bar and outdoor patio that serves up some of Santa Barbara’s best ocean views all day long. 

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