Tommaso's picks:

[Disclaimers: i) taste is a very personal matter of course... ii) KITP is not sponsoring these venues; iii) my religious beliefs prevent me from going to italian restaurants outside of Italy's borders... so the list is very biased against italian food, but I heard there is that option too in Santa Barbara]

Cheap and very cheap:

The habit. Santa Barbara's original burger joint. Try the classic tri-tip sandwich. Locations in Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara

Dish Cafe'. California/Fusion/Vegeterian. Interesting plantain sandwiches, tacos, potstickers etc. In Goleta, near campus.

Natural Cafe'. VERY California: vegan, vegeterian, organic, natural.... My personal recommandation is to stay away from the desserts... Both in Goleta and Santa Barbara.

Gino's Pizza. In Santa Barbara. Take away and delivery. Best pizza this side of the Hudson River (and I am italian...)

Super rica. Anassuming taco stand in Santa Barbara. Considered by many one of the best taco stands in california.


Goleta Beach Cafe'. Within walking distance from campus. Spectacular location and awesome Cioppino.

Jade. Pacifc Rim/California/Fusion. Everything is interesting and very nicely prepared. Their ribs are excellent. In my opinion one of the best bang for the buck in Santa Barbara.

Opal. California. Good california pizza, great wine list.

Tupelo Junction. Southern food revisited, including fried chicken, mac 'n cheese, etc. Not your grandma's southern food.

Blue Agave. California with mexican roots. Very nice ambiance

The Palace. Great Cajun cuisine. Try the jambalaya and blackened fish and meats. Popcorn crawfish as an apetizer, and their soufflees for dessert.

Santa Barbara Shellfish company. Fantastic location at the tip of the pier. Fresh shellfish from the area. Spiny lobster season starts October 15!


Arigato. Considered by many best sushi in town. Both traditional sushi and creative rolls are excellent.

Bouchon. Fancy french/california. Killer molten lava pie.