Santa Barbara | City Guide

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The American Riviera

Where the mountains meet the sea. This beautiful California beach town is often referred to as the American Riviera for its majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, and colorful Spanish heritage. Located just 2 hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has been a longtime getaway for Hollywood A-Listers. Enjoy the best of California’s understated elegance at the upscale boutiques, fine eateries, and tasting rooms.

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Eat

A discerning collection of our favorite places to eat in Santa Barbara.

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Breakfast

Helena Bakery

An artisan bakery and kitchen in the center of Santa Barbara’s contemporary Funk Zone. They serve up a wide variety of gourmet breakfast and lunch items. Their bread is made by hand from quality seasonal and organic ingredients daily. You can’t go wrong with their amazing breakfast sandwiches!

131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Lunch

Merci Montecito

Where California meets Paris! Merci is a boutique artisanal cafe in Montecito created by acclaimed pastry chef Elizabeth Colling. Stop here for a sweet treat or grab a tasty lunch on the go.

1028 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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Dinner

Barbareno

Barbareno’s unique menu takes inspiration from the area’s rich heritage and culinary traditions, serving dishes that perfectly reflect Santa Barbara. It’s the best of Central California cuisine conveniently located downtown.

205 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Breakfast

Jeannine’s Bakery & Cafe – Montecito

Jeannine’s has been serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch made from wholesome organic ingredients for the past 30 years. Pick up some pastries or enjoy breakfast in a casually elegant atmosphere. There’s also a classic outdoor patio that’s dog-friendly!

1253 Coast Village Rd, Montecito, CA 93108

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Breakfast

Andersen’s Danish Bakery

A family-owned landmark situated right on State Street. Andersen’s offers traditional European cuisine and Danish pastries. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and take advantage of the outdoor seating.

1106 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Coffee

CAJE Coffee

Caje Cafe is not your traditional coffee shop. By day they serve up non-alcoholic coffee cocktails. Try the Burnout (a local favorite) – a breve latte with bourbon pecan syrup, activated charcoal, candied ginger, and ginger salt rim. But as soon as 5:30 pm hits, baristas become bartenders and the place becomes a “secret” speakeasy.

416 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Coffee | Sweet Treats | Gluten-Free

Lilac Patisserie

A charming counter-serve bakery featuring gluten-free cakes and baked goods. Located right on State Street, you’re steps from some of the best shopping in town.

1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Lunch

Paradise Cafe

Paradise Cafe is a very popular dining destination in Santa Barbara. Located in a 100-year-old building downtown and known for having the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood, Paradise Cafe offers up prime steaks, fresh fish, and of course, their signature paradise burger.

702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Romantic Dinner

Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern is a famous stagecoach stop off the San Marcos Pass. Today, you can enjoy a hearty meal in this antique-filled mountainside saloon and embrace the old west ambiance. On weekends, local bands perform as they serve up their famous Tri-Tip sandwiches.

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Dinner

Lucky’s

The place to go for a decadent steak dinner. This classic steakhouse offers an upscale ambiance with a lively bar and old Hollywood glam.

1279 Coast Village Rd, Montecito, CA 93108

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Dinner

The Lark

Buzzing since its opening in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, this urbane eatery offers New American fare that’s fresh, seasonal, and local. Meals here are served family-style and intended for sharing, and you don’t want to miss out on dessert!

131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Featured Dinner

Bouchon

An intimate fine-dining experience with a warm, inviting atmosphere, offering delightful California fare with french accents. Bouchon also has access to some of the region’s best wines.

9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Stay

A discerning collection of our favorite places to stay in Santa Barbara.

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Montecito, CA

San Ysidro Ranch

The San Ysidro Ranch is a luxury historic resort that has been opening its doors to discerning guests for over a century. It is a beloved secret hideaway nestled in the foothills of Montecito, offering beautiful gardens and ocean views.

900 San Ysidro Ln, Montecito, CA 93108

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Santa Barbara, CA

Belmond El Encanto

The Belmond El Encanto is a Californian Classic! It has just the right balance of old Hollywood glam and modern sophistication. Tucked away in the hills of Santa Barbara and spread across seven acres, this resort offers breathtaking views of the American Riviera.

800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Four Seasons Biltmore

The Four Seasons Biltmore is quintessentially Santa Barbara. It’s the definition of luxury living as it captures the allure of California sophistication. Just steps from beautiful Butterfly Beach you’ll find yourself from brunch at Bella Vista to the sand in no time. Guests also have access to one of the “jewels of Santa Barbara’s social scene,” The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.

1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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Canary Hotel

The Canary Hotel is situated in the center of downtown Santa Barbara and one block from State Street. Combine its amazing location with its Spanish-style sophistication and you’re in for a true Santa Barbara experience. The best part: there’s a beautiful rooftop pool offering stunning views from the mountains to the sea.

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Play

A discerning collection of our favorite places to play in Santa Barbara.

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Sports

Santa Barbara Polo Club

The Santa Barbara Polo Club was founded in 1911, making it the third-oldest club still in existence in the US. Polo kicks off in May and invites the public to experience the club’s social scene. Enjoy happy hour and watch an adrenaline-filled match from the grandstands or your private cabana.

3300 Via Real, Carpinteria, CA 93013

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Shopping

Coast Village Road

Coast Village Road offers charming boutiques and sophisticated eateries. Come here when you’re in search of high-end must-haves or looking to spoil yourself with something a little extra luxurious.

Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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Entertainment

Granada Theatre

Of the many theaters in Santa Barbara, the Granada is the epicenter of the town’s performing arts community. It’s home to Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society and CAMA, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and Theatre League’s Broadway Series.

1214 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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