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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.
Seafood Restaurant
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“A local hangout, very popular, excellent views of Harbor...great fish and chips, salads, and cocktails”
  • 110 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“On the sand restaurant - one of the best spots for happy hour and the sunset. ”
  • 98 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
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. ”
  • 63 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. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Courthouse
“M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. Guided tours, M-Sa 2pm and M, Tu, F 10:30am. Built in 1929 and the grandest building in the town. A working courthouse, this Spanish-Moorish castle has frescoes, murals and Tunisian tilework. The El Mirador Bell Tower provides great views of the city and the bay. The grounds contain a collection of palms and specimen trees from more than 25 countries and a printed guide to the plants is available. Free.”
  • 79 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
Nature
“Good views and eats..Stearns Wharf is a pier in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco.”
  • 57 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"”
  • 63 locals recommend
History Museum
“Fun hands on museum with water features. Bring a change of clothes for the kiddos!”
  • 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
Botanical Garden
“Well laid out gardens representing many different eco systems of California. Peaceful and delightful.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hendry's beach is a great place for dog lovers as it's the only off leash dog beach in santa barbara. The Boathouse has a good happy hour too! ”
  • 54 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
Art Museum
“Comprises 27,000 works of art – an art museum of magnitude and quality more commonly found in cities eight times the size of Santa Barbara”
  • 41 locals recommend
Beach
“A great place for couples, it's one of our few west facing beaches so a good place to see the sunset. ”
  • 34 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“A local hangout, very popular, excellent views of Harbor...great fish and chips, salads, and cocktails”
  • 110 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“On the sand restaurant - one of the best spots for happy hour and the sunset. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
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
“All of your Mexican favorites in a casual, hacienda-style space. There’s usually a line at all three Santa Barbara locations, but the wait is never very long. Once you’ve ordered at the counter, grab a table and enjoy fresh, hot tortilla chips alongside any of the 10 different options at their fresh salsa bar. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Famous for Julia Child saying it was the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. It always has a line, but worth the wait! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
“Joe’s is where the locals go, traditionally locals go here first and then stroll downtown at night. ”
  • 34 locals recommend

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