Restaurants near Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Restaurants in this area are known for Californian, Italian, Contemporary American, American and Seafood cuisines.

Some of the popular local menu items include French Onion Soup, Guacamole, Cioppino, Grilled Artichoke and Fish Taco.

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45 restaurants available nearby

A photo of Belmond El Encanto Dining Room restaurant
1. Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
4.3
Awesome(846)
  • $$$$
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 11 times today

The view is great. The signature dessert looks good but doesn't taste that good.

A photo of Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina restaurant
2. Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina
4.6
Exceptional(200)
  • $$$$
  • Mexican
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 8 times today

We had friends visiting during the film festival and I thought they would enjoy watching the commotion in front of the Arlington theater one evening. So I suggested we dine at Carlitos. Everything was perfect. Thank you to Carlitos for reserving parking for their reserved guests. Thank you for...

A photo of Opal Restaurant & Bar restaurant
3. Opal Restaurant & Bar
4.6
Exceptional(435)
  • $$$$
  • Californian
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 30 times today

We enjoyed dinner at Opal before the SBIFF.Such a perfect location for the event. We just had to walk outside the door and get in line. Beautiful presentation of the cuisine. A wonderful beginning to a delightful evening out in Santa Barbara.

A photo of Ca' Dario Ristorante restaurant
4. Ca' Dario Ristorante
4.6
Exceptional(1133)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 25 times today

We were running about 20 minutes late for our reservation and the staff was super understanding and helpful. Food was amazing as always, service impeccable, ambiance energetic, but easy to carry on a conversation. Three minute walk to the Arlington for opening night of the Santa Barbara...

A photo of Louie's California Bistro restaurant
5. Louie's California Bistro
4.5
Awesome(58)
  • $$$$
  • American
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 1 time today

Accommodating a larger than usual party plus a small dog was met with grace and competence. PS food was divine

A photo of Olio e Limone Ristorante restaurant
6. Olio e Limone Ristorante
4.7
Exceptional(1322)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 20 times today

This is as authentic as it gets outside of dinning in Italy itself. The knowledgeable staff, food, and wine are as good as it gets

A photo of Olio Pizzeria restaurant
7. Olio Pizzeria
4.4
Awesome(937)
  • $$$$
  • Pizzeria
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 18 times today

This is the best creative pizza in town. We spend the winters in Santa Barbara and always go here several times each winter.

A photo of Bouchon - Santa Barbara restaurant
8. Bouchon - Santa Barbara
4.7
Exceptional(3253)
  • $$$$
  • Californian
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 35 times today

An absolute must. Scallops 3 ways, duck 2 ways and escargot.... all tremendous. Ambiance is the best and authentic French. A must go.

A photo of Mollie’s restaurant
9. Mollie’s
4.4
Awesome(255)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 19 times today

Excellent location for attending an event at Granada theater.

A photo of Cafe Ana restaurant
10. Cafe Ana
0.0
(0)
  • $$$$
  • Café
  • Santa Barbara
Booked 2 times today

Cafe Ana is a new all-day cafe serving coffee, food, and wine. The menu features eclectic California cuisine along with house-made pastries for breakfast and lunch as well as an evening menu of seasonally driven dishes to complement a curated selection of beer and wine.

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