We're meeting up with some good friends in SB. Haven't been there in years and we are all looking forward to some great bites....any places out there with some awesome tasting menus...that cater to vegetarians and carnivores?
Santa Barbara is very sensitive to vegetarians so most restaurants will be able to accomodate you. Please tell us more about what you mean by "awesome" and then it will be easier to make recommendations - which often are the same things everytime. Can you do a search on chowhound for Santa Barbara and see what kind of food and what price range may be appealing and then we can go from there and pin down a few recommendations.
Not too many restaurants here have "tasting menus" but Taj Cafe on State Street - downtown- comes to mind for both awesomeness and meat/veg possibilities if you like more casual Indian dining, but very very good.
I would say ehhhh on taj. there is really not any great indian food in SB, but Spice Avenue or All-India cafe is better than taj in my book for everything other than tandoori chicken.
On lower state street there is the Natural cafe which is really good for vegan/vegitarian and healthy eats.
The Sojurner Cafe is really good too.
Pasccuci's does an awesome grilled veggie sandwich.
As said above, most places will provide at least one really good vegitarian option.
Just be sure to check out Shalhoob's, Morton's or The Chase to placate the carnivores after all that veggie stuff =p
Sorry for my vague description. Four out of the five people in our group are very much a meat and potatoes sort, and our other friend is the veggie lover. All love Aqua and Max . Looking for something a bit fancy and a bit adventurous for this reunion. I will check out the other links.