Since Mar 2011
Historic Walking Areas
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, History Museums
Scenic Walking Areas, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Art Galleries, Lessons & Workshops
This is a sweet little "mall" filled with delightful shops. No giant chain restaurants or stores here. Since its founding, the owners have worked hard to keep this a charming arcade a local affair. It is next door to the Art Museum and a half a block from the Granada Theatre.
This is a beautiful home designed and built by one of Santa Barbara's most revered architects, George Washington Smith. The original owner was from the midwest and was an avid art collector and took up metalsmithing as a hobbyist. The tour includes the house, extensive gardens and workshop.
The food is always good and reliable, as is the service. Do not expect a foodie experience here. This is a casual fish restaurant. What makes this place extra special is the view of the harbor and at dusk the fishermen bring in their catch. There is always a line, so expect to wait, but the adjacent Maritime Museum, fish market and dock can keep you amused while you wait. They also have a bar downstairs and a new giftshop.
This place is rumored to be Julia Child's favorite Mexican restaurant in town. The food is always good and inexpensive. Always a line and limited hours.
The pier is at the very end of State Street at Cabrillo. Many local tour operators begin their trips at this intersection. On Sundays, there is a free local Arts and Crafts show with work all by local artists. The blue and white trolley can take you from the pier to the zoo for about 10 cents per person. Great views of the Channel Islands. Just up the street at Yanonali at State, head east and you will find the Funk Zone which is filled with brew pubs, wine tasting rooms, galleries and more.
French Press has two locations. One at Anacapa and Cota and their original shop at State and Figueroa. The Anacapa shop is very close to the Saturday and Tuesday Farmers Market. I much prefer the quiet of the Figueroa store. They roast their own beans locally and have great house made pastries with a regularly changing selection. I think they have the best espresso in town.
This is my favorite place to take out of town guests. The food is the best in town with oceanside views and great people watching opportunities. Lots of celebrities stay here and you never know who you will see.lots of dolphins, seals and occasionally whales, too. The service is always outstanding and never rushed.
Tucked in tiny Victoria Court just off State Street, this hidden gem is a great little decidedly non touristy restaurant. It's perfect for small groups and offers both inside and outside dining. The pastries are terrific, made by the owners mom. The salads are outstanding.
This is Ca'Dario's casual pizzeria. A couple of doors down from their Italian restaurant, this place is my favorite pizza place in town. Very reasonable too!
Fun place to spend a few hours and try glassblowing. This is a small, family owned and run business. The owners are great. You can custom order work too. We had them make beautiful arts and crafts replacement glass for our antique exterior light fixtures. They have done several commercial art glass installations around town, too.
For view and price, this place can't be beat for breakfast. The sand is right there. Nothing fancy, but good American style food. Order at the counter and grab a seat on the patio.This is another locally owned and operated restaurant.