Santa Barbara fine dining recommendations needed [moved from L.A. board]
- bhoward Aug 28, 2006 04:13 PM
Need to know the best choices for fine dining in Santa Barbara. Thanks in advance.
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Some of my favorites, in no particular order.
Downey's (okay -that's in order - it's my favorite favorite)
Olio e Limone
Miro (located outside of SB at the Bacara Resort)
Ballard Inn (located in the SY Valley - 40 minutes north of sb)
I don't consider a steak house fine dining, but if steak's your thing, there's
Lucky's - Montecito
also, I haven't yet been, but some have been raving about
Sevilla on lower Chapala Street.
That should be enough to keep you busy for a while.....
http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/be... Has zagat top rated, and the local Independent paper awards.
Fine Dining: my favorite is Wine Cask. Downey's is my second. A lot of people really love Bouchon, I need to give it a second chance.
I wouldn't recommend Arigato - if you are from a city with good Sushi.
Nice dinners: Montecito Cafe, Olio e Limone or Ca'Dario.
Casual good food: SB Shellfish, Los Arroyos, El Bajio, La Superica, Brophy Bro,
Number one used to be "Sage and Onion" ( a few blocks off State Street around 600 block) - which I can vouch for only from my experiences several years ago. Current reports are that it is no longer good.
I will have to return because it was so good in the past that even if it dropped down a few notches, it would STILL be good.
Others opinions differ -- and it would be shame to lose its clearly inspired cuisine. Give it a try and let us know?
Here are some diner reviews - still sounds like is should be included among the best of the best, at least according to some of these reviews: http://www.santabarbara.com/Dining/re...