Best of the Best: Santa Barbara Eateries

November 29, 2017

Tired of the same restaurants?  Looking to experiment with some delicious Santa Barbara cuisine?  Spann & Associates has you covered!  Take a look at this categorized list of SB eateries, all voted best of their class by Santa Barbara residents:


Doughnut Shop: Spudnuts Donuts, many locations,
Finalist: Eller’s Donuts

Burrito/Breakfast Burrito: Super Cucas, many locations,
Finalist (Burrito): Freebirds World Burrito
Finalist (Breakfast Burrito): The Daily Grind

Breakfast: Cajun Kitchen, many locations,
Finalist: Jeannine’s

Produce Stand/GreenGrocer: Tri-County Produce, 335 S. Milpas St., 965-4558,
Finalist: Santa Barbara’s Farmers Markets

Health Food/Nutrition Store: Lazy Acres Market, 302 Meigs Rd., 564-4410,
Finalist: Whole Foods

Burger: The Habit Burger Grill, many locations,
Finalist: Eureka!

Steak House: Chuck’s of Hawai‘i, 3888 State St., 687-4417,
Finalist: Lucky’s

Pizza: Rusty’s Pizza Parlor, many locations, 564-1111,
Finalist: Olio Pizzeria

Seafood Restaurant/Clam Chowder: Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant, 119 Harbor Wy., 966-4418,
Finalist (Seafood Restaurant): Lure Fish House
Finalist (Clam Chowder):S.B. The Shellfish Company

Fresh Fish Market: Santa Barbara Fish Market, 117 Harbor Wy., Ste. A, 965-9564,
Finalist: Kanaloa Seafood Market

Thai Restaurant: Your Place, 22 N. Milpas St., Ste. A, 966-5151
Finalist: Tap Thai Cuisine

Indian Restaurant: Flavor of India, 3026 State St., 682- 6561,
Finalist: Tamira

Chinese Restaurant: China Pavilion, 1202 Chapala St., 560-6028,
Finalist: Mandarin Palace

Sushi Restaurant: Arigato Sushi, 1225 State St., 965-6074,
Finalist: Sakana

Noodle Bar: Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, 38 W. Victoria St., Ste. 109, 335-2426,
Finalist: Noodle City

Salad Bar: Savoy Café & Deli, 24 W. Figueroa St., 962-6611,
Finalist: Chuck’s of Hawai‘i

Appetizers/Tapas: Milk & Honey Tapas, 30 W. Anapamu St., 275-4232,
Finalist: Alcazar Tapas Bar

Late-Night Eats: The Blue Owl, 5 W. Canon Perdido St., 705-0991,
Finalist: Roy

Italian Restaurant: Ca’ Dario, 37 E. Victoria St., 884-9419,
Finalist: Via Maestra 42

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant: Mesa Verde, 1919 Cliff Dr., 963-4474
Finalist: The Natural Café

Ice Cream Shop: McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, 728 State St., 324-4402,
Finalist: Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

Frozen Yogurt Shop: Yogurtland, many locations,
Finalist: Lovin’ Spoonful

Chocolate Company: See’s Candy, multiple locations,
Finalist: Chocolate Maya

Bakery/Sidewalk café/Patio: Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, multiple locations,
Finalist (Bakery): Anna’s Bakery
Finalist (Sidewalk Café/Patio): Paradise Café

Cupcakery: Crushcakes and Café, many locations,
Finalist: Enjoy Cupcakes

Bagel Shop: Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels, two locations,
Finalist: Bagel Café

Isla Vista Restaurant: Freebirds World Burrito, 879 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, 968-0123,
Finalist: Woodstock’s Pizza

Carpinteria Restaurant: Sly’s, 686 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 684-6666,

Tacos: Lilly’s Taquería, two locations,
Finalist: Mony’s Mexican Food

Sandwich: South Coast Deli, many locations,
Finalist: Three Pickles

Montecito Restaurant: Lucky’s, 1279 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 565-7540,
Finalist: Honor Bar

Veggie Burger: The Natural Café, many locations,
Finalist: The Habit Burger Grill

Barbecue: Woody’s Bodacious Barbecue, 5112 Hollister Ave., 967-3775,
Finalist: Wildwood Kitchen

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant: S.Y. Kitchen, 1110 Faraday St., Santa Ynez, 691-9794,
Finalist: Industrial Eats

Mexican Restaurant/Salsa: Los Agaves, many locations,
Finalist (Mexican Restaurant/Salsa): Los Arroyos

Sunday Brunch: Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Finalist: The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach


Stellar Service: The Lark, 131 Anacapa St., 284-0370,
Finalist: Bouchon


*Thank you to SB Independent for info and rankings*



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