Santa Barbara may be known for its pristine beaches, stunning mountain landscapes and colorful culture, but its evolving food scene is what makes the city’s downtown a premier destination for locals and visitors. From iconic mom and pop cafes to five-star establishments you’re sure to find something to satisfy every craving.
With over 450 restaurants throughout Santa Barbara County, it can be tough to plan where you want to eat during your visit. When staying at Hotel Santa Barbara, you’re right in all the action and nestled between some of the best dining options in the city. You can’t go wrong with wherever you choose, but if you need a little direction, we’ve got you covered. Make it a mid-week stay and receive the 3rd night free!*
If fresh baked breads and pastries is your jam then D’Angelo Bakery is a must-try. It’s a place that locals love and visitors are overjoyed to find. Indulge in freshly baked European-style breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch options and strong, Italian coffee! There’s no better way to begin your day.
If you’re looking for a quick grab-and-go breakfast option, Starbucks is conveniently located just steps away from our front doors. Grab a coffee or a breakfast sandwich and get to exploring, or take it back to your room for some breakfast in bed.
For lunch or a midday snack you don’t need to wander far to find something to hold you over. In fact, there’s 19 bars and restaurants just on our block. If you want something light, fresh and healthy check out The Natural Cafe which serves a fast casual dining experience with an array of salads, sandwiches and smoothies that can be made vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.
Cruise down the street to The Cruisery for craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, amazing food and an approachable atmosphere. From jalapeno poppers to salmon tacos, flatbread pizzas and noodle bowls, there’s something for everyone! Get a modern taste of Mexico at Sandbar Cocina y Tequila, which offers a variety of revamped Mexican classics, vibrant cocktails and an extensive range of international tequilas. Everyone loves pizza and Patxi’s Pizza is conveniently located in the heart of downtown whipping up pies with its signature sauce on homemade pizza dough.
Take things up a notch when it comes to your dinner selection and get a taste of flavors from all over the world, all within walking distance of Hotel Santa Barbara. Savor Bibi Ji’s modern twist on Indian cuisine with a menu that highlights local produce and seafood served sea-to-table with traditional Indian curries that complements an extensive wine list. Stroll through the Funk Zone and discover the flavors of Spain at Loquita. The menu with hot and cold tapas, wood-fired grilled seafood and meats and seasonal paella, showcases authentic Spanish food using locally sourced meats, seafood and produce. If you’re in the mood to sink your teeth into one of the best steaks you’ve ever had, head over to Rare Society. Live-fire grilling takes center stage at Rare society with cuts of ribeyes, wagyu and more grilled over an open flame inside the exhibition kitchen served with shared-style with house made sauces and served with steakhouse classics like Oyster Rockefeller and snow crab legs. Finish it all off with something from its playful dessert menu like the butter cake or bananas foster cheesecake- your tastebuds will thank you.
Eat your heart out during your next visit to Santa Barbara. When you get your fill, your comfortable accommodations will be waiting for you at Hotel Santa Barbara. Book your next stay today!