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Restaurants near Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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36 restaurants available nearby

A photo of Bouchon - Santa Barbara restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(5239)
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Santa Barbara
Booked 25 times today
We are delighted to have added additional outdoor seating but Santa Barbara nights are chilly so bring a sweater or light jacket!Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace. Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. We believe you’ll taste the difference. Bon Appètit!
A photo of Opal Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1652)
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Santa Barbara
Booked 26 times today
We have inside and limited outdoor sidewalk dining. If you prefer to sit outside, please indicate that with your reservation request. To accommodate our second seating, early parties should plan for a maximum stay of 1.5 to 2hrs, depending on party size. Please call 805 966 9676 for more details. A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant & bar’s Eclectic California Cuisine fuses creative world cuisine influences with American Regional touches, from a 14 oz. Herb-Grilled Ribeye Steak on Tuscan White Beans, to Fresh Pan-Seared Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas, fresh Baked Breads, imaginative Salads, & Homemade Desserts. We have a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, & a full bar with seasonal Craft Cocktails. Our entire dining room staff assists to take care of each table, enabling exceptional service in a warm engaging manner, properly nuanced to your mood & taste. Our staff genuinely cares about giving you the best possible experience!
A photo of OKU restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1619)
Price: Expensive
• Asian • Santa Barbara
Booked 75 times today
Tina Takaya, proprietor, welcomes you to our newest two story restaurant on the water. We feel the key to success is our passion for creating the highest quality food and warm friendly service. We hope you will enjoy your experience as much as we enjoyed creating it for you."We want Locals to feel like Family and Visitors to feel like Locals"Our menu draws from Asian favorites that inspire and excite such as Wagyu Steak, Japanese Sushi, Chinese Dumplings, Garlic Noodles and fresh local seafood.We are located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront and Funk Zone Districts. Come enjoy lunch or dinner, soak in the sun by day at our waterfront rooftop bar while sipping on a refreshing cocktail surrounded by our beautiful ocean vista and by night, enjoy lounging by the fireplace after a delicious meal and a great glass of wine.Our chef uses the freshest ingredients from central coast farmers and local fisherman to create dishes with the best of what California has to offer.
A photo of Secret Bao restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(570)
Price: Expensive
• Asian • Santa Barbara
Booked 14 times today
Modern Asian American Restaurant from Chefs Peter Lee & Felicia Medina. "Consider the bao. Chinese in origin, it’s most easily described as a steamed bun filled with something savory. Yet, like the American concept of a sandwich, the bao exploded into a flexible format of untold bounds — served at any meal, filled with you-name-it, completely closed or wide open, with endless regional variants from across Asia and far beyond." - Matt Kettmann (SB Independent)1 Block From State Street, Easy Parking, Public Lot Nearby, Free 75 Minute Parking, Walking Distance, El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District, Superior Court, Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Courthouse Gardens, Bell Tower, Bao, Food, Restaurant, Asian, American, New, Modern, Fried, Chicken, Octopus, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paelo, Friendly, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Patio, Heaters, Warm, Inviting, Hospitable, Modern Design
A photo of Barbareño restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1766)
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Santa Barbara
Booked 29 times today
At Barbareño we seek to help further shape and define Central Coast cuisine. We take our inspiration from traditions and specialties of our area, delicacies unique to our region, and the many outstanding purveyors with whom we are so fortunate to work. In all of our efforts, we hope to capture the essence of a particular place or local flavor, embracing the nuances that make our food and drink unique to our home.
A photo of Gala restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(216)
Price: Expensive
• European • Santa Barbara
Booked 19 times today
Gala exudes a European meets Santa Barbara charm, where you feel like you’re transported to a beautiful bistro somewhere in the Mediterranean. Enjoy shared tapas, seasonal favorites, oysters and a great steak with bone marrow butter & chimichurri. Or cozy up with a pulled pork sandwich or our duck confit. Experience craft cocktails with fresh juices & house infused liquors as well as local Spanish wine & beer. Right down the street from the Santa Barbara Courthouse enjoy an evening at Gala. 1 Block From State Street, Easy Parking, Public Lot Nearby, Free 75 Minute Parking, Walking Distance, El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District, Superior Court, Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Courthouse Gardens, Bell Tower, Farm to table, Farmer's market driven, Tapas, Seafood, Steak, Oysters, Happy Hour, Food, Cocktails, Wine, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Friendly, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Patio, Heaters, Warm, Inviting, Hospitable, Modern Design
A photo of Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara restaurant
4.4
Awesome(523)
Price: Expensive
• Seafood • Santa Barbara
Booked 30 times today
The waterfront locals choice in Santa Barbara for premium quality, sustainably sourced seafood! Located at the gateway to Santa Barbara on the beach at State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard with a stunning patio and beach view. Adjacent to the "Funk Zone", Santa Barbara's premiere wine district, the wine list features an extensive selection of local wines in addition to a "no-corkage" policy on the first two bottles. Winner of numerous awards, including Best Seafood, this owner operated gem features lunch, dinner, Happy Hour, a "Kids Live Well" Kid menu, full bar, heated patio, and is pet friendly. Well known for classics like Clam Chowder and Fish & Chips, Oysters on the half shell and numerous varieties of fresh fish, lobster and crab, Bluewater also operates fishing vessel "Pilikia" which specializes in the freshest caught local fish in town! Come in, Get Hooked!
A photo of Olio e Limone Ristorante restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(2458)
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 17 times today
Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's ARTS District, serves artisanal Italian cuisine. Meaning “oil and lemon” in Italian, their restaurant’s name reflects husband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello’s philosophy: rely on the integrity of the ingredients and quality of the preparation to provide Santa Barbara diners “simply sophisticated” Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Start with eggplant souffle, then tuck into a plate of house made duck ravioli or Sicilian spaghetti with bottarga. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties. Bonus: their contemporary Italian breakfast, lunch & retail spot Olio Bottega, and authentic pizzeria next door at Olio Pizzeria. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests.
A photo of Finch & Fork restaurant
4.4
Awesome(1719)
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Barbara
Booked 17 times today
Here at Finch & Fork, we are inspired by the bounty of Santa Barbara's lush farms and rugged coastline. Our attitude is relentlessly local, influenced by the diverse culinary techniques of our neighbors, the subdued, natural colors of our fog-swept cliffs, and the glow of afternoon sunlight on our grapevines. Begin your day with a nourishing brunch or savor an evening of eclectic wines, ingredient-driven cooking, and good company. Finch & Fork is conveniently located on the corner of Carrillo and Chapala streets in the heart of Santa Barbara’s vibrant downtown. Complimentary valet parking for diners upon availability.
A photo of The Black Sheep SB Brasserie restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(600)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary French / American • Santa Barbara
Booked 22 times today
A locally owned and operated, modern-classic California-French Pub. We serve elevated, eclectic, locally sourced Cuisine paired with incredible wines and craft beer. Located in Old Town Santa Barbara on 18 East Cota Street, the building boasts a rich history of French restaurants and saloons dating back over a century. We are open for Dinner Wed-Sun from 5PM. We are known for our incredible family style tasting menu’s where multiple dishes are presented to your table for each course.

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  • SteveL
    Orange County •8 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 1 day ago
    Our server was Jay and he made our anniversary dinner the most memorable ever!
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    Toma Restaurant & BarPrice: Expensive• Italian• Santa Barbara
    4.7
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    California Central Coast •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 1 day ago
    Great restaurant with a great location and a great view. Excellent service and amazing food.
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    OKUPrice: Expensive• Asian• Santa Barbara
    4.7
  • AmyB
    California Central Coast •4 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 3 days ago
    Convivo is my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! I always choose an outdoor table in the garden. The food and service are outstanding with a beautiful setting. I highly recommend it. We’re using the garden for a fall wedding morning after branch for our son.
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    ConvivoPrice: Expensive• Italian• Santa Barbara
    4.6
  • Heathersvip
    Los Angeles •15 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 5 days ago
    Dear Lucky’s Montecito, My husband and I had a fabulous late lunch at Lucky’s. We sat at a lovely table on the patio. The restaurant is beautiful and everyone is welcoming. The service was spectacular and seamless. The food was outstanding. We can’t wait ti come back. Many thanks
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    Lucky'sPrice: Very Expensive• Steakhouse• Montecito
    4.8
  • MikeWvip
    Utah •18 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on Jun 11, 2024
    Easily one of the most enjoyable meals I ever had. The food was out standing. The French onion soup was the best I ever had, the salad was fresh and delightful and out filet was perfect. Told the server Morgan that I didn’t know anything about wine and he guided me through several pairings with our food and it was so enjoyable. Kudos to Morgan who was so patient and made sure we had the best night ever. Please put this one on your list if you are in the area.
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    Bouchon - Santa BarbaraPrice: Expensive• Californian• Santa Barbara
    4.8
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