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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.

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
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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.”
  • 69 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
Point of Interest
“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. ”
  • 36 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
Shopping Centre
“It sits right along State Street. You can spend an entire afternoon walking along this outdoor mall area and along State. Half the people you see will be tourists.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This place is awesome so many choices of great cuisines. I would say it is expensive given that you aren't sitting down and getting served, but it has something for everyone and is a lively scene. A little far to walk but there is underground free parking just north on the right.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Widely recognized as purveyors of the best mixed drinks in town, The Good Lion serves up classic cocktails as well as a bevy of creative originals in a speakeasy-style atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgable bartenders are happy to help you find something you'll like or take a bottle of vintage amaro off the top shelf for the especially curious.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
“Best coffee in town. Super busy place, and a stopping point for cyclists. Great outdoor seating area to chill for an afternoon coffee. In the heart of downtown”
  • 35 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“They bring some great musicians. Check their website to see who's playing during your stay. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Entertainment
“All sorts of stuff happens at The Granada!! Check them out before your arrival!”
  • 18 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“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. $$$”
  • 29 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Two side-by-side sister eateries. The elegant, romantic ristorante offers more refined Italian cuisine, and the pizzeria next door offers wood-fired pizzas and delicious salads and appetizers in a boisterous, casual yet stylish setting.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Classic Mexican dishes with award winning Margaritas served on a delightful patio.   They have been in the same location for 40 years. Lunch and Dinner.  $$”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“High end Indonesian fusion cuisine. Probably one of the “hipest” places to eat on state street.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“If you have a car drive to santa Barbara along The Pacific Coast Highway. It is beautiful along the ocean. Santa Barbara is a beautiful Beach town 2 hours away from us.”
  • 16 locals recommend