I'm heading to SB for my 30th and need some restaurant recommendations.
We're staying at the Brisas Del Mar and will have a car.
Ideally, I'd like to hit some cool spots with lists that won't leave my bank account in shambles (I already have a reservation at Angel Oak).
Any push in the right direction is greatly appreciated.
A great local chophouse is Holdren's on State Street which has a lively atmosphere and a wine list replete with local gems that won't break the bank.
Also check out Les Marchands in the Funk Zone. You can't go wrong with either venue. Enjoy!
We ate at Bouchon while we were out there and was one of the best meals of the trip. Great food, phenomenal service. Would highly recommend.
Angel Oaks list is largely unchanged since I rebuilt it in 2016.
Look to the Riesling page, plenty options for aged ones below a 100$, there was some cool Alsace stuff in there.
Some cooler old Spain too!
Also restaurants: Loquita, The Lark, Toma, Bouchon.
Empty Bowl for Noodles.
Yellow Belly for brunch.
Bree'Och, Cajun Kitchen or Dawn Patrol for breakfast.
If you're going to the Valley: Bottlest, Industial Eats, SY Kitchen, Hitching Post.
Carey, we visited a great SB restaurant last year, Toma's, that I would highly recommend. I work for Belmond-we have a property in SB, the El Encanto, that I suggest you visit, perhaps for a drink, or fantastic views at lunch. Best, Chance Miller.
Let me know when you are coming into Angel Oak. Vlada's reccommendation are on-point. The Lark is great and enjoy the Tapas at Loquita. Brian McClintic opened up Les Marchands. All these restaurants are within a block of each other in a place called the "funk zone". Let me know any questions you may have!
Thanks dude, I'll definitely ask for you when I get there! Also, I didn't know McClintic had a restaurant. Good to know!
Any chance you're able email me the Wine List so I can take a look?
Hey being a native Santa Barbarian, all the previous recommendations are great. One that is often overlooked is Barbareno using Santa Barbara influenced food. The wine list is solid as well. Santa Barbara has a lot of great dining options that are overlooked when it comes to world wide attention. Now a casual food recommendation is Lilly's Tacos, $1.50 tacos and they are fantastic. PM if you want me to connect you with the owner of Barbareno and there is another place that opened up last year that I am friends with the GM.
Oh yeah, let Lenka know you're a somm. :-)
Also Mony's for tacos.
Definitely Lark and Les Marchands. I love Santa Barbara; been to Carlito's many times for Mexican cuisine as well.
Head back into the restaurant today. I will work on getting approval to send it you today. Can you please dm the e-mail address to send it to?
Mony's is fantastic