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Santa Barbara - Where to eat dinner with children (ages 3 & 5)?

vinosnob Aug 6, 2007 09:53 AM

Any sugestions for restaurants in down town Santa Barbara that are child-friendly and have great food? I was thinking simple fare like Italian, burgers, etc.


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    Diana RE: vinosnob Aug 6, 2007 11:59 AM

    Enterprise Fish Company would handle them well

    Believe it or not, Kids do well at the Brewhouse.

    My Nephew who lives up there likes El Paseo Mexican and Taj Cafe

    State and A is a typical Burger joint.

    Eladio's is OK

    Palace Cafe is OK

    Giovanni's isOK

    Tupelo Junction is good.

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      vinosnob RE: Diana Aug 6, 2007 04:59 PM

      Thanks for the info! Does it make a difference if we go (i.e. drive) somewhere that's not in down town SB? Just curious since you don't seem very enthusiastic about many of the places on your list.

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        glbtrtr RE: vinosnob Aug 6, 2007 05:13 PM

        There are many varieties of food in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center on State Street downtown that have a range of casual food to eat in the indoors or outside, as well as California Pizza Kitchen and a Chinese buffet. My own favorite is Sakura Japanese food - but there are all sorts of other nationality food as well, including an American "diner" for hamburgers and milkshakes in a 1950's setting.

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          majmaj4 RE: vinosnob Aug 6, 2007 05:18 PM

          Paradise Cafe would be very good for burgers and casual food.

          Palace Cafe is okay cajun, might be fun for the kids - it is kind of raucus, and they get the patrons involved in a sing-a-long.

          Los Arroyos for mexican is good.

          There is an italian restaurant in the mall near the movie theater, sorry I can't remember the name - but the food is very good and atmosphere still good for kids.

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            Diana RE: vinosnob Aug 7, 2007 07:03 AM

            Drive where you want, SB is small. I like a lot of places all over. Goleta, Carpinteria, Summerland and Ventura all offer good options.

            In Summerland, The Gold Nugget, Stackey's and Tinkers are all good for burgers and such. Cafe Luna is great for cafe fare and coffee. There's the Summerland Wine Boutique for grown up wine tasting.

            Carpinteria has Jack's famous bagels for breakfast, lunch and coffe, Zooker's is nice, too. Lots of kid friendly places there.

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          Gail RE: vinosnob Aug 6, 2007 07:04 PM

          I think the kids would like to eat on the wharf if they're not ocean kids. One of the locals could guide you to the best there if you specify a wharf restaurant.

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            Ian F RE: vinosnob Aug 7, 2007 09:32 AM

            The Brown Pelican could be a good choice. Its right on the beach with plenty of outside seating.

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              glbtrtr RE: Ian F Aug 7, 2007 09:57 AM

              Something in the news today about the city's lease with Brown Pelican. Stay tuned. This is a special site and the food has been way too uneven and prices too high for having such an exclusive location.

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