The second annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Feb 22 - March 3 is your chance to experience and explore the best of Santa Barbara's food scene at a fraction of the cost. The 10-day event will showcase the vast culinary world that exists in Santa Barbara with restaurant options that will apply to all tastes, ranging from Asian to Farm-to-table to Vegan, and more. The participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu, which includes a $25 2-course lunch and a $40 3-course dinner option, along with local wine tasting rooms offering special tasting experiences.
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week founders Tim Zagat and Joe Baum have over 20 years of experience, having orchestrated a 4-week celebration of New York’s finest food. Their focus of making an area’s best dining experience accessible to all reached Santa Barbara in 2018 when they brought the foodie phenomenon to the American Riviera, showcasing the best of Santa Barbara’s more than 450 restaurants and eateries.
This year, 35 restaurants will be participating, as well as 2 tasting rooms. 8 Hotels and Inns will be offering discounted lodging for those who will be traveling to join in on the fun. The list of participants include:
Lunch: Tyger Tyger, Jane Santa Barbara, Jane at the Marketplace, Helena Avenue Bakery, Convivo, Due Lune Cucina, Tre Lune Ristorante and Olio e Limone Ristorante
Dinner: Joe's Café, The Brewhouse, Sama Sama, Jane Santa Barbara, Jane at the Marketplace, Roof Top Bistro & Bar, Smithy Kitchen & Bar, The Dining Room, Les Marchands, Loquita, The Little Door, Bella Vista, Convivo, Due Lune Cucina, Olio e Limone Ristorante, Toma, Tre Lune Ristorante, Cava, Los Arroyos Montecito, Los Arroyos Goleta, Bluewater Grill, Chuck's Waterfront Grill, Lucky's, Wine Cask, Barbareno's, Corktree Cellars and Teddy's By The Sea
Tasting Rooms: Grassini Family Vineyards and Cebada
Lodging: Cheshire Cat Inn, Harbor View Inn, Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, Hotel Californian, Hotel Milo, Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Inn and The Upham Hotel
I had a great time visiting Santa Barbara last year and wrote about a few spots in my article for Cuisine Noir magazine. A visit to The American Riviera is definitely an experience and the food and wine scene along the Funk Zone is probably one of the best you can find in one spot. Let me know if you visit or have your own recommendations!