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recs for dinner & drinks for a nice ladies night out in Santa Barbara

rebs Jan 23, 2008 04:56 PM

hi all!

i'm coming from boston the first weekend of march for a bachelorette party. we're staying at the Franciscan Inn. from their site it looks like the hotel is close to the 101, on the ocean side near West Beach. i don't know the area at all so hopefully this makes sense! here's the link i'm looking at http://www.franciscaninn.com/where.html

it will be a large group, around 12 people at most. we're looking for somewhere that is low to moderately priced, with good vegetarian options (the bachelorette is a vegetarian), fun atmosphere, and appropriate for a low-key, civilized celebration (i.e. no penis paraphenalia involved).

i hope there are places nearby that fit the bill.

thanks so much!!

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  1. santabarbarian RE: rebs Jan 23, 2008 07:04 PM

    The restaurants down in that area tend to be more "touristy" than anything, so you will probably have to go a little "further" out. However, there is a good small Italian restaurant, Emilio's down near the hotel.

    For Vegetarian, you should visit "The Soj" (Soujourner Cafe) a mainstay of the city for decades. I don't know if it's big enough for 12 though. (Not many places in Santa Barbara ARE that big....) Spiritland Bistro would be delightful, albeit small.

    Epiphany is a lovely restaurant with a moderately priced menu with some mean martinis.

    Stella Mare's has a romantic feel and lovely ambience. Nicely priced menu.

    A hidden little jewel in town is Cafe Zaytoon, for Middle Eastern Food.

    Down near the beach is Fresco at the Beach in the Santa Barbara Inn.

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      glbtrtr RE: rebs Jan 23, 2008 10:07 PM

      I'll second Emilio's and Stella Mares, but not Epiphany - had a taster's dinner there and was very unimpressed. Some showy, but exceedingly common food. No culinary inspiration at all.

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        santabarbarian RE: glbtrtr Jan 27, 2008 12:30 PM

        I don't think the poster is looking for "culinary inspiration", but rather a place for decent food, decent price and a good ambience.

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