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Visit the Best Restaurants in Downtown Santa Barbara

All Just Steps From The Wayfarer...

Santa Barbara is known for its delicious restaurants, which has made it a foodie haven for both visitors and locals. And lucky for you, The Wayfarer is located near some of the most celebrated restaurants in Downtown Santa Barbara. From fresh seafood, to ocean views, to local farm-to-table ingredients, come hungry and leave happy!

But remember, breakfast is on us. At The Wayfarer, we serve complimentary breakfast from 7 am - 10 am in our community kitchen and dining room, located adjacent to our lobby. Guests of our boutique hotel can enjoy simple breakfast delights - like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, bagels, toast, cereal, yogurt, and fresh fruit during their stay in Santa Barbara.


Our Santa Barbara Dining Guide

Fresh, Inventive Restaurants in Downtown Santa Barbara

From oceanfront dining on the Pier to some of the coolest eateries in the area, our dining guide covers the best flavors of the Downtown area! Browse through our recommendations below and experience our award-winning restaurants in Santa Barbara. Your culinary adventure awaits – all just steps from The Wayfarer!

Funk Zone Favorites:

The Lark Santa Barbara
131 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 284-0370

Nestled just 1 block from The Wayfarer in the heart of the Funk Zone, The Lark is the ultimate farm-to-table restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA. Discover this urbane eatery with a Central Coast inspired menu, featuring seasonal ingredients which celebrates our local community! Fun fact: The Lark resides in a former fish market!

Lucky Penny
127 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 284-0358

Both a pizzeria and a coffeehouse, Lucky Penny offers java, pizza, wood-oven pies, and pastries in a low-key atmosphere with a patio. Also located within walking distance, join them on their picnic patio or take your food away and enjoy it at The Wayfarer!

Seven Bar & Kitchen
224 Helena Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 845-0377

Join Seven Bar & Kitchen for great food and drinks in a lively setting! Select from a menu of contemporary American fare and cocktails, served in a brick and stone accented space with unique art. From truffle fries to gastro pub sandwiches to craft cocktails, make sure you bring your appetite! Seven Bar & Kitchen is located across the street from The Wayfarer on Helena Avenue.

Rebar Coffee
214 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 845-2222

Open daily from 7 AM – 3 PM, Rebar Coffee is located right next door to The Wayfarer on State Street. This casual café not only offers exquisite coffee - including their famous cold brew and espresso drinks - but guests can also select from breakfast delights, pastries, and power smoothies!

Mony’s Mexican Food
217 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 895-2978

This chill Mexican spot offers an authentic menu and a vast selection of salsas. Its casual digs reinforce what this Mexican place is all about – delicious food! Located just 1 block from The Wayfarer, stop by for some of the best shrimp tacos, tortas, and salsas in town!

Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant
216 E Yanonali St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 899-2300

Stop by Santa Barbara's most delicious gourmet food shop and deli, Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant, located just across the street from The Wayfarer! Here, eating well doesn’t mean eating complicated. They truly love sharing good, simple food with friends and family, and are here to help Santa Barbara visitor's do the same.


Santa Barbara Seafood Classics:

Enterprise Fish Company
225 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-3313

Established in 1977, Enterprise Fish Company is a nautical-themed restaurant known for its seafood and happy hour specials! Located across from The Wayfarer on State Street, stop by and get a taste of their amazing service and quality seafood that has been around for almost 40 years!

The Harbor Restaurant
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-3311

Located right on the Santa Barbara Pier, select from American seafood specialties like clam chowder and lobster sandwiches served with a generous side of ocean views. The Harbor Restaurant features fresh seafood, steaks, cocktails, and a vast wine list, and is of the most romantic oceanfront restaurants in Santa Barbara to watch a beautiful sunset.

Longboard’s Grill
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-3311

For a more casual setting on the Pier, Longboard’s Grill is your place. It’s the kind of restaurant where you can throw peanuts on the floor, literally. Relax on its patio and listen to the sounds of the waves below as you enjoy their famous fish 'n chips, clam chowder, gourmet burgers, and more.

Brophy Bros.
119 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 966-4418

Brophy Bros features a lively atmosphere with picturesque views of the mountains and harbor. Sit at its full length bar facing the view, the clam bar, or grab a window table and enjoy a wide range of seafood specials here!


For Those Mexican Food Lovers:

Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina
330 State St.
Santa Barbara CA, 93101
(805) 845-8966

Casa Blanca is one of Santa Barbara’s hottest new Mexican restaurants. With its festive interior design and innovative Mexican cuisine – Casa Blanca is a joy for all the senses! Plus, it offers more than 120 types of tequila!

Los Agaves Restaurant
600 N Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 564-2626

This Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara offers a casual setting and some of the best Mexican food! Select from traditional favorites, such as chile rellenos, cheese enchilada combo plates, enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, and much more.


Santa Barbara Wine Tasting: the Urban Wine Trail

Over 20 wineries make up the renowned Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. If you’ve come to the area hoping to experience the much talked about Santa Barbara wine tasting in the center of downtown, you couldn’t pick a better starting point than The Wayfarer! This prominent collection of tasting rooms represent Santa Barbara County wineries and are accessible by foot via a three-block walking trail.

Wineries on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail include:

    • Au Bon Climat
    • Carr Winery
    • Conway Deep Sea Tasting Room
    • Cottonwood Canyon
    • Grassini Family Vineyards
    • Jaffurs Wine Cellars
    • Kalyra Winery
    • Kunin Wines
    • Margerum Wine Company
    • Municipal Winemakers
    • Oreana Winery
    • Pali Wine Company
    • Sanguis
    • Santa Barbara Winery
    • Silver Wines
    • Summerland Winery
    • Whitcraft Winery

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