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Downtown hotel on State Street in Santa Barbara near beaches & walking distance to Stearns Wharf, shopping, restaurants and night life.
10 Nov

Thanksgiving Dinner in Downtown Santa Barbara 2018

Thanksgiving dinner in Downtown Santa Barbara is a special way to celebrate the holiday. The crowds are mellow, the weather is forecast for sunny skies, and the downtown area is decorated with festive twinkly lights. Take the hassle out of the holiday and eat at one of Santa Barbara’s spectacular restaurants. The best part, you won’t have to do the dishes!

Read our list below of our favorite places to dine out in Downtown Santa Barbara this Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Barbara

Joe’s Cafe
Details: Ham and traditional turkey dinner entrees available, in addition to the regular menu; 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm.
Classic Santa Barbara steakhouse and bar since 1928. Located right across the street from the hotel.
Cost: $26 for holiday entrees, reservations suggested.

Santa Barbara Black Sheep's salmon dish

Black Sheep Restaurant 
Details: Prix-fixe dinner with multiple courses, including turkey; 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Global in scope, the Black Sheep menu features Latin, Asian, and Italian flavors but relies heavily on classic French technique.
Cost: $65 pp, reservations suggested.

Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 
Details: Pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu with turkey and all of the fixings. 11:30 am – 9:00 pm.
Traditional Irish meals served in a warm, brick-walled building in downtown Santa Barbara.
Cost: $25.95 pp, reservations suggested.

Details: Prime Rib or Traditional Turkey Dinner with all of the trimmings (semi menu also available); noon – 9:00 pm.
Located across the street from the hotel, Holdren’s is a Santa Barbara staple and the best steakhouse in town.
Cost: $33 pp for turkey, $42 for prime rib; reservations required. Almost sold out.


Wine Cask
Details: Three course prix-fixe; 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
Located in the historic El Paseo building in the beautiful Presidio Neighborhood of Downtown Santa Barbara. Within walking distance from the hotel.
Cost: $75 pp; reservations required.

Call and book your reservations soon as many of these restaurants are filling up fast. For a list of more restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas visit Santa Barbara’s Restaurant Guy blog.

If you are interested in staying with Hotel Santa Barbara during the holidays please call us at 1 (800) 549-9869.

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