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Things to do in Santa Barbara

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.
Courthouse
“You can take an elevator or walk to the top. Panoramic views of Santa Barbara. Also check out the murals inside the court house ”
  • 83 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“$$$ - Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! Amazing food with a trendy vibe. Best if you have a reservation. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“The best in town.. Fresh, sushi bar or table, sake, incredible menu selections and more than just sushi. Enjoy.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Fantastic concert space with panoramic views and not to big. Drinks and snacks also available. Take a jacket because it can get chilly as it’s open air. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Well laid out gardens representing many different eco systems of California. Peaceful and delightful.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Beautiful art. After visiting walk down State Street for ice cream at McConnells.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Nature
“Great view of the SB beachfront. Fishing, food, wine and shopping. Free parking. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Food
“Very popular local brewery! Great outdoor patio and occasional music on the weekends.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“~ Some of the Best Mexican Food in California ~ Our Recommended Favorites: -Agaves Enchiladas -Queso Fundido -Alambres -Molcajetes -Arrachera ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Wonderful original historic building. Great to see a movie there as it has an actual Spanish town inside surrounding the proscenium arch and stage !”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Variety of stores from brand names to smaller boutiques. Eateries available throughout the area. Currently under renovation to look like The Grove.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Made famous when Julia child recommend it on her cooking show a bazillion years ago. No sign on the building and they close for extended periods. If it’s open, there will be a line out the door. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“Loved by locals for their Strong drink and classic food choices a great place to have a simple pub meal and people watch. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Unique collect of food vendors. I love the orgnic ice cream at Rory's, or the Nortano Taco's. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Good local venue for supper and live music. Easy parking and behind State Street ”
  • 34 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“$$$ - Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! Amazing food with a trendy vibe. Best if you have a reservation. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“The best in town.. Fresh, sushi bar or table, sake, incredible menu selections and more than just sushi. Enjoy.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Restaurant
“~ Some of the Best Mexican Food in California ~ Our Recommended Favorites: -Agaves Enchiladas -Queso Fundido -Alambres -Molcajetes -Arrachera ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Made famous when Julia child recommend it on her cooking show a bazillion years ago. No sign on the building and they close for extended periods. If it’s open, there will be a line out the door. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“Loved by locals for their Strong drink and classic food choices a great place to have a simple pub meal and people watch. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Good local venue for supper and live music. Easy parking and behind State Street ”
  • 34 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Farm to Table California French Cuisine using all the finest local ingredients from our local farmer’s market.  Knowledgeable servers often suggest a wine pairing from their extensive wine list. Dinner only. $$$”
  • 27 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“The best pizza for a nice night out on a date or just a fancier pizza night. ”
  • 22 locals recommend

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