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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
“So much history, and energy in this place from wedding, special events and of course the courts. Do not miss the viewing tower. ”
  • 82 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. ”
  • 87 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.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Check out the Bowl if you're up for a concert. There really isn't a bad seat. It's an outdoor stadium overlooking the ocean. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Well laid out gardens representing many different eco systems of California. Peaceful and delightful.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Church
“Some of Cali's oldest historic sites are missions built in the 1700s by Spaniards... John's famous quote goes like this: "In California 100 years is a long time, in Europe 100 miles is a long way"”
  • 62 locals recommend
History Museum
“Fun hands on museum with water features. Bring a change of clothes for the kiddos!”
  • 51 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. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Food
“Very popular local brewery! Great outdoor patio and occasional music on the weekends.”
  • 48 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
“A very famous iconic Santa Barbara movie theater, The Arlington Theatre is an amazing venue. You'll be in awe with the architecture. They routinely host events of all kinds. Live concerts, movies, and open panel discussions. ”
  • 35 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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“Great Mexican food! Order at the register. Absolutely delicious and a local spot. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Church
“Amazing lawn to relax on and the mission itself is historic. It has a lovely Rose Garden. The girl who was lost in the book, Island of the Blue dolphins when found lived here and is burried in the Mission. ”
  • 33 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 often but a must try. Worth waiting in line. ”
  • 45 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“$$$ - Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! Amazing food with a trendy vibe. Best if you have a reservation. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“The best in town.. Fresh, sushi bar or table, sake, incredible menu selections and more than just sushi. Enjoy.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Restaurant
“~ Some of the Best Mexican Food in California ~ Our Recommended Favorites: -Agaves Enchiladas -Queso Fundido -Alambres -Molcajetes -Arrachera ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Mexican food! Order at the register. Absolutely delicious and a local spot. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Made famous when Julia child recommend it on her cooking show a bazillion years ago. No sign on the building and they close often but a must try. Worth waiting in line. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“Loved by locals for their Strong drink and classic food choices a great place to have a simple pub meal and people watch. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Rock Club
“They bring some great musicians. Check their website to see who's playing during your stay. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Farm to Table California French Cuisine using all the finest local ingredients from our local farmer’s market.  Knowledgeable servers often suggest a wine pairing from their extensive wine list. Dinner only. $$$”
  • 28 locals recommend

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