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Things to do in Los Alamos

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bakery
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“If you’re up for a very scenic 20-minute drive to Los Alamos: Bob’s Bread… but go early on the weekends, it’s very popular. (Los Alamos is a fantastically funky little cowboy town often featured in Sunset Magazine. Allow time to stroll around the vintage shops and little galleries, as well as check out the Union Hotel - it’s been operating since 1880 when it really was cowboys on the range, packing pistols.)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“When we moved to Los Alamos over twelve years ago, Flatbread, was one of the only spots in town. Back then this little gem in the rough was only open on weekends, but already had a reputation that spread to our Santa Barbara friends and beyond. Since then they have expanded their hours and their weekend specials are always worth a look. If you can’t decide, our old standby is the Pepperoni and Peppers, add sausage. Wood fired pizzas, including vegan and gluten free options, Sunday suppers (or anything on the specials list), and The Beast for dessert (not on the menu, just ask for it!).”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
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“Breakfast at Bell Street, always a good choice. Check it out on Sunday morning.”
  • 3 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Charlies is an icon of Los Alamos! The best damn burgers you will find, as well as the best biscuits and gravy for breakfast around! Eat on the patio as his place is very small. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in the historic Los Alamos General Store, Pico (one of Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wine Restaurants 2 years in a row) boasts award winning food by Chef Drew, divine cocktails, and a rotating wine list that includes rare “Unicorn Flights”. We always bring first time Los Alamos visitors and order the whole menu family style (or as much as our stomachs will allow). They have fabulously curated special wine events; be sure to get your tickets in advance. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“Small batch wines, specializing in Rhone varietals in a bright, happy atmosphere.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“The rowdiest watering hole in town since the 1880s with a full bar, billiards, burgers and BBQ. The Union is a must visit in Los Alamos, even if it’s just for a drink. You feel like you step back in time when you walk through the door. Play a game of pool, mingle with the locals, have a stiff drink (they make a great whiskey sour), beer or a snack.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“This quaint tasting room is right between Lo-Fi and Pico. While tasting, peruse their selection of local beans or mushrooms grown right here in Los Alamos, pick up some honey or a book on the history of our town. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant in the heart of the little town of Los Alamos. Menu has a farm to table flare. Try the strawberry crepes and homemade fennel sausage. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is a small town store, carrying some fresh meats, vegetables and all types of alcohol”
  • 2 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
  • 1 local recommends
Off-Licence
“Sister business to Casa Dumetz next door, Babi’s carries a selection of hard to find beers and ciders that can be enjoyed in house or to go.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Best kept secret of the Santa Barbara County parks. Usually not very crowded. BBQ pits, horseshoe pit (bring your own), volleyball (ditto), picnic tables, beautiful oak trees nestled on Drum Canyon Rd”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Breakfast and lunch. Closed on Mondays. Wonderful sandwiches. And an art gallery! This is the old General Store and one of the oldest buildings in Los Alamos.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Owners Daisy and Greg are one of the newer restaurant additions to town, taking over the space formerly occupied by the beloved Bell Street Farms. The welcome is always warm and this restaurant is a treat any time of day. For lunch we nibble on Saucisson (goat cheese, salami and magic dust) and then dive into whatever seasonal creations Daisy has to offer. Lunch staples are the French Dip that melts in your mouth, any of the seasonal French Gnocchi dishes, the now legendary egg salad sandwich, and, of course the best snails I've ever had. For dinner, be sure to make reservations ahead of time (online only, they don’t have a phone), and absolutely everything is good. Great wine list and knowledgeable staff. French inspired lunch, dinner or happy hour (limited menu from 3-5 pm).”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“When we moved to Los Alamos over twelve years ago, Flatbread, was one of the only spots in town. Back then this little gem in the rough was only open on weekends, but already had a reputation that spread to our Santa Barbara friends and beyond. Since then they have expanded their hours and their weekend specials are always worth a look. If you can’t decide, our old standby is the Pepperoni and Peppers, add sausage. Wood fired pizzas, including vegan and gluten free options, Sunday suppers (or anything on the specials list), and The Beast for dessert (not on the menu, just ask for it!).”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“Breakfast at Bell Street, always a good choice. Check it out on Sunday morning.”
  • 3 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Charlies is an icon of Los Alamos! The best damn burgers you will find, as well as the best biscuits and gravy for breakfast around! Eat on the patio as his place is very small. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in the historic Los Alamos General Store, Pico (one of Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wine Restaurants 2 years in a row) boasts award winning food by Chef Drew, divine cocktails, and a rotating wine list that includes rare “Unicorn Flights”. We always bring first time Los Alamos visitors and order the whole menu family style (or as much as our stomachs will allow). They have fabulously curated special wine events; be sure to get your tickets in advance. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant in the heart of the little town of Los Alamos. Menu has a farm to table flare. Try the strawberry crepes and homemade fennel sausage. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Breakfast and lunch. Closed on Mondays. Wonderful sandwiches. And an art gallery! This is the old General Store and one of the oldest buildings in Los Alamos.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Owners Daisy and Greg are one of the newer restaurant additions to town, taking over the space formerly occupied by the beloved Bell Street Farms. The welcome is always warm and this restaurant is a treat any time of day. For lunch we nibble on Saucisson (goat cheese, salami and magic dust) and then dive into whatever seasonal creations Daisy has to offer. Lunch staples are the French Dip that melts in your mouth, any of the seasonal French Gnocchi dishes, the now legendary egg salad sandwich, and, of course the best snails I've ever had. For dinner, be sure to make reservations ahead of time (online only, they don’t have a phone), and absolutely everything is good. Great wine list and knowledgeable staff. French inspired lunch, dinner or happy hour (limited menu from 3-5 pm).”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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