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The 10 Top-Rated Santa Barbara Restaurants According to Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor Combined

Santa Barbara Guru has compiled a comprehensive list of the top-rated restaurants in Santa Barbara, using unsponsored data from Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor. This list features the 10 highest-rated restaurants in the city, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. We will review each restaurant separately based on their ratings on each review platform and also provide an overall ranking, so you can easily decide where to go the next time you're feeling hungry.

The 10 Top-Rated Santa Barbara Restaurants in YELP

  1. Buena Onda 4.8 (617 reviews)Argentine Latin American Empanadas$$“Great outdoor patio! Excellent service. Loved trying the traditional empanadas and mate drink!”

  2. Rodeo Room 4.7 (78 reviews)Lounges Gastropubs Cocktail Bars$$“We decided to check this place out. Looked dead from the outside and we weren't sure..but as we went in, the music told us we were in the right place. It was…”

  3. Los Agaves 4.5 (4.3k reviews)Tacos Bars$$“Los agaves on milpas rocks! Loved the Pescado Veracruz and the service was excellent! We'll be back to try more food items!!” 

  4. Secret Bao 4.5 (447 reviews)Asian Fusion$$“This is across the street from the courthouse. You order at the counter and then get a number to display at your table for the servers to find you.

  5. The Black Sheep “SB Brasserie” 4.4 (1.2k reviews)Cocktail Bars French$$$“Our New Years on Eve dinner celebration! Four-course set menu was a perfect size and always delicious for us! Love the ambiance of this space with the high…” 

  6. Santo Mezcal 4.3 (1.6k reviews) Mexican Latin American Cocktail Bars $$ “The food is really good. Service is on point and the decor is warm. Try it, you won't be disappointed.”

  7. Loquita 4.4 (1.3k reviews)Spanish Tapas Bars Seafood$$$“The whole experience was so amazing that I wish I could give it 6 stars. We were seated on the outdoor patio, which is romantically lit and strategically…” 

  8. Oku 4.3 (775 reviews) Sushi Bars Asian Fusion Cocktail Bars $$$ Rooftop seating, Gluten-free friendly “WOWOWOWOW The miso soup was so thick and flavorful. I've been craving it since. The Newton had the best tuna on top that melted in your mouth.

  9. Reunion Kitchen + Drink 4.2 (526 reviews New American Comfort Food Breakfast & Brunch $$“My bartender Alice was top tier!! Amazing service and great personality! Sit at the bar if she's there!!!”

  10. Brophy Bros 4.1 (3.5k reviews) Seafood$$ Locally owned & operated “Clam chowder was delicious, seating was a little tight but service and food was great” 

The 10 Top-Rated Santa Barbara Restaurants in GOOGLE

  1. Milk & Honey 4.7(413) · $30–50 · Spanish Cozy spot for eclectic tapas & cocktails

  2. The Palace Grill 4 7(825) · $$ · Cajun Spicy spot for Cajun-Creole eats

  3. The Pickle Room 4.7(148) · $20–30 · Cocktail bar

  4. The Black Sheep "SB Brasserie" 4.6(509) · $50–100 · French Hip spot for eclectic American food

  5. Zaytoon 4.6(1.3K) · $30–50 · Lebanese Lebanese eatery with live entertainment

  6. Bouchon Santa Barbara 4.6(582) · $50–100 · Restaurant Local & organic Cal-French fare

  7. Loquita Santa Barbara 4.6(1.2K) · $50–100 · Spanish Modern Spanish cuisine in warm environs

  8. Jane 4.6(396) · $50–100 · Californian Charming spot serving Californian cuisine

  9. Mesa Verde Restaurant 4.6(1K) · $20–30 · Vegan Diverse veggie meals in rustic-chic digs

  10. Toma Restaurant & Bar 4.6(945) · $50–100 · Italian fare, many wines & harbor views

The 10 Top-Rated Santa Barbara Restaurants in TRIPADVISOR

1. The Black Sheep 307 reviews French, Wine Bar$$ - $$$ For small plates, we had the potato gnocchi, the scallops, and the bone marrow... I had the salad, coc au vin and crème b... 2. Bouchon 1,112 reviews French, European$$$$Menu The food is recognizable to all Americans - crab cakes, onion soup, wagyu One of the top 3 in Santa Barbara. Always superb. 3. Toma Restaurant and Bar 2,051 reviews Italian, Mediterranean$$$$Menu We started with a Caesar salad and Squash Blossoms to share. ... Salmon and Black Spaghetti entrees). 4. Savoy Cafe & Deli 380 reviews Healthy$$ - $$$Menu Cool little Breakfast spot and wine bar. I just love this place--from its casual... 5. Zaytoon 416 reviews Lebanese, Mediterranean$$ - $$$ Many tables have a fire pit. The food is excellent, we had the Shawarma, the... Authentic Lebanese cuisine 6. Arigato Sushi 580 reviews Japanese, Sushi$$ - $$$ Absolutely the best sushi we have had! First night we sat at the sushi bar... Sushi lovers paradise 7. Barbareño 276 reviews American, Contemporary$$ - $$$Menu We had grilled avocado, black cod and the tri tip with beans with baked... ... the ranch fried chicken were our en... 8. The Palace Grill 647 reviews American, Cajun & Creole$$ - $$$Menu ... Chicken Tchoupitoulas and the Jumbalaya Pasta, I had sauce-envy. And you can’t experience the Palace Grill... 9. Opal Restaurant and Bar 927 reviews Italian, American$$ - $$$ Luxe outdoor dining, epic paella and outstanding service ... the scallops with vegetables! 10. Jane 596 reviews American, International$$ - $$$ We had the salmon on cedar plank and a Jane burger, both very delicious and f... Sat in the balcony overlooking a... In summary, after evaluating multiple review sites for the 10 Top-Rated Santa Barbara Restaurants, Buena Onda , Milk & Honey, and The Black Sheep were the number one top-rated restaurants in Santa Barbara across Yelp, Google and Tripadvisor. Zaytoon and Bouchon take second place as both make the top 10 list in two of the review sites. The winner and most well-reviewed restaurant in Santa Barbara is: WINNER: The Black Sheep, which is rated within the top 5 in all review sites that we evaluated.

Top Santa Barbara Restaurant
The Black Sheep Restaurant (PhotobyBlackSheep)

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