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Santa Barbara Restaurant Week 2020


Try new menu items at the annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

Photo Credit: Sama Sama Kitchen

Attention Santa Barbara and Montecito foodies: get your forks ready for Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, February 21 to March 6. The third annual tasty two-week event provides an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors alike to celebrate Santa Barbara’s flourishing culinary scene.

This is your chance to dine at the area’s best establishments without breaking the bank. Participating area restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe dinner menu options priced at only $25, $35 and $45. Check out this video to whet your appetite, and visit the Santa Barbara Restaurant Week website for more details.

Presented by Santa Barbara Uncorked, LLC and sponsored by Jordano’s Foodservice and Pacific Beverage Company, Restaurant Week 2020 showcases the culinary delights of Santa Barbara as crafted by the area’s finest eating establishments. Yum!

Dine in Paradise

Residents and visitors alike are invited to dine in paradise. Relax in what can only be referred to as exquisite locations: some by the ocean and others surrounded by the glistening hills of the American Riviera. Enjoy a meal like no other. You can even take a trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country without leaving town. No matter which restaurants you choose to eat at, this is your chance to explore the burgeoning culinary scene in Santa Barbara.

Next Generation Chefs

Once your belly is full, you can digest with the knowledge that proceeds from the event will go to a good cause, This year’s local event will benefit the California Restaurant Association Foundation’s ProStart® program.

Developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ProStart is a two-year culinary arts and hospitality management program that reaches more than 9,000 students at 127 public high schools in California. With a curriculum aimed at empowering tomorrow’s culinary leaders, the ProStart program perfectly aligns with the vision of the Santa Barbara Restaurant Week founders and the mission of this annual celebration.  In short, ProStart® truly changes lives through hands-on restaurant experience.

The Birth of a Tasty Tradition

Restaurant Week started as a New York City tradition. Fast forward to today, and it has grabbed international fame. But how? Originally, it began as an annual week-long dining experience featuring a listing of NYC restaurants offering a pre-determined menu at a matching price-point for each participating location. It was such a success in the first year that it became a 4-week foodie phenomenon.

Today, there are many Restaurant Weeks that happen all around the world, but I think the best one is right here. With more than 450 restaurants in Santa Barbara, the American Rivera seemed like a logical Restaurant Week event location. It was and is, and you can take advantage of all the good food you can eat! You’ll get to feast at the restaurants you’ve been dreaming of eating at but haven’t had the chance to yet. Who knows? Perhaps one of these establishments will become your new favorite.

Dine on duck at Santa Barbara's Bouchon Restaurant

Photo Credit: Bouchon

Here’s a list of Santa Barbara Restaurant Week participants:

Arnoldi’s Cafe
600 Olive St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bella Vista
1260 Channel Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Benchmark Eatery
1201 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

36 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bluewater Grill
15 E Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

2981 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

9 W Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cafe Ana
1201 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cava Restaurant & Bar
1212 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108

Chase Restaurant
1012 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 9310

901 E Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

601 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

1311 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

La Cocina
7 E Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

202 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

1279 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108

Malibu Farm At Miramar
1759 South Jameson Lane
Montecito, CA 93108

29 E Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Olio e Limone Ristorante
11 W Victoria St #21
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

1026 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Paradise Cafe
702 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

509 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Roof Top Bistro & Bar
6878 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117

Sama Sama Kitchen
1208 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara FisHouse
101 E Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Stella Mare’s
50 Los Patos Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

The Bistro
8301 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

The Dining Room at
Belmond El Encanto
800 Alvarado Pl.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Toma Restaurant & Bar
324 W Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tre Lune Ristorante
1151 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108

Wine Cask
813 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Is that restaurant you’ve been dying to try on the Santa Barbara Restaurant Week list above? Then don’t miss the culinary opportunity of the year. As Montecito’s own Julia Child would say, “Bon appétit!”

By the way . . . if you’re looking for a new home (with your own gourmet kitchen!) in one of Santa Barbara’s luxury enclaves or neighborhoods, give me a call at (805) 886-9378, or email me at I will happily add your listing to my portfolio of amazing estates for sale and find you a new home at the same time.  


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