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Aug 3, 2007 11:42 AM

Lunch in Santa Barbara

Would anyone kindly recommend a lunch spot in Santa Barbara preferrably as close to the SB Zoo as possible. Price fortunately not an issue but a good wine list is. Thank you in advanced.

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  1. Paradise Cafe is located closer to dowtown SB, but has the best burgers -- oak grilled -- bar none -- around. It's my personal favorite.

    1. Definitely consider Stella Mares - at the Bird Refuge right across from the estuary by the zoo. Lovely spot, very good menu and sound wine list. A local favorite in an old historic French Empire style mansion with an elegant greenhouse dining annex Modestly priced for Santa Barbara - look up their website and see if this is what you are looking for.

      Here is their wine list:

      Cafe del Sol is also in the same area at the Bird Refuge, Mexican, stiff drinks and more modest.

      Both places are a direct approx 15 minutes walk along scenic the bike path walkway along the edge of the bird refuge from the zoo.