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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Beach
“‘Our beach’ is a local favorite just 5 minutes down Olive Mill Road. If tide is down you can walk to Santa Barbara or, in the opposite direction, to Summerland. (Warning: no bathrooms available) Nice to take evening stroll on the sidewalk above the beach. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Zoo
“A place for anyone any age - reasonably priced - relaxing and easy and hardly ever too busy.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a really special private estate (now trust) with plants that have been imported from all over the world. It does require reservations so call ahead. Very scenic and relaxing.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A local favorite for breakfast. But lunch is great too. Great coffee. Grab it to go and walk to Butterfly Beach”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food, best margaritas. Its adjacent market has superb not-your-usual pizzas and amazing pecan raisin scones. Locals get coffee there and sit at HB outdoor tables until 11 a.m. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Spa
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“The patio facing Butterfly Beach is a great romantic place to have a cocktail and watch the sun go down. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Old fashioned steak house with many rooms and bar. Crowded on weekends. Local favorite. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good food, nice salsa bar, relaxed atmosphere. Inge likes there Mama’s Salad. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
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“On the upper village, get a fresh green smoothie or a coffee and you never know which Montecito resident you'll run into”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an old-school, festive dining hall.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tiny, no-reservations sushi eatery with unique rolls featuring truffle oil & habanero peppers.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Ceviche, chile relleno, Latin cocktails & more in a warm space with a patio & live music.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“The best and one of the few vegan restaurants in town. With cozy patio seating and a cool bar”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Very casual spot, steps from the beach. Family friendly. Fantastic option for breakfast. The blueberry pancakes highly recommended!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Spa
“The most romantic setting, dining by candlelight under the olive trees or fireside in winter... beautiful food, wonderful wine and exceptional service. Take the time to walk around the property to enjoy the gorgeous gardens.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“A local favorite for breakfast. But lunch is great too. Great coffee. Grab it to go and walk to Butterfly Beach”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food, best margaritas. Its adjacent market has superb not-your-usual pizzas and amazing pecan raisin scones. Locals get coffee there and sit at HB outdoor tables until 11 a.m. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Old fashioned steak house with many rooms and bar. Crowded on weekends. Local favorite. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food, nice salsa bar, relaxed atmosphere. Inge likes there Mama’s Salad. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“On the upper village, get a fresh green smoothie or a coffee and you never know which Montecito resident you'll run into”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an old-school, festive dining hall.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tiny, no-reservations sushi eatery with unique rolls featuring truffle oil & habanero peppers.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Ceviche, chile relleno, Latin cocktails & more in a warm space with a patio & live music.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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