Santa Barbara is renowned for an eclectic group of restaurants offering all types of delicious cuisine in unique locations. Browse our list of suggested Santa Barabara restaurants to try while staying with us at Cheshire Cat Inn. Many of our favorite restaurants are all within a 1/2 mile walking distance from the inn.


Opal Restaurant and BarOne of our guest’s longtime favorites serving California Cuisine with an Asian flair. Great wine list and a full bar.  Lunch and Dinner.  $$$

BouchonFarm 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. $$$

Carlitos Café Y CantinaClassic Mexican dishes with award winning Margaritas served on a delightful patio.   They have been in the same location for 40 years. Lunch and Dinner.  $$

JanesA family owned and operated restaurant known for fresh food and friendly service.  $$$

Ca DarioA charming Italian restaurant serving authentic pastas and traditional fare – you will feel like you’re in Italy. Lunch and Dinner.  $$$


Toma Restaurant and BarEuropean ambience and service. Great atmosphere. Full Bar. Dinner only.    $$$$

The LarkContemporary American in the Funk Zone. Highly popular with the locals and tourists alike. Dinner only. Closed on Monday.  $$$$

Brophy Bros Clam Bar and RestaurantA Santa Barbara institution in the harbor. Great seafood with a beautiful setting overlooking the marina. Busy but it’s worth the wait.  No reservations.  Full bar. Lunch and Dinner.  $$$

Convivo Restaurant and Bar: Created by a team of hospitality professionals, this restaurant is a great addition to our growing list of top restaurants. Full bar. Lunch and Dinner.  $$$$

NookA recently opened lively local hangout located in the Funk Zone built inside a blue shipping container with steel walls and white rafters.  Order your meal at the window, then wait for your buzzer to ring.  Handcrafted beers and a twist on your favorite comfort food.  Lunch & Dinner.  $$

La Super-Rica TaqueriaA local favorite and Mexican tacos as good as you can get.   Arrive early as long lines testify to this casual Mexican eatery.  $$

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