Dinner in Santa Barbara Tomorrow Night (5/24/11)
Petit Valentin is a good choice. I hope this works.
Another one is Zaytoon which is a few blocks away the other direction from the Lobero heading East on Canon Perdido -- Middle Eastern food, quite nice, particularly if the evening is warm enough to enjoy their outdoor setting. SeaGrass is also within walking distance for a bit more upscale and new management hopefully has put it back on track.
I have not been their myself, but there have been some good reports about the new chef at the venerable El Paseo restaurant, next to the Wine Cask in the same wonderful historic complex of builidings. "Mexican" ,food but with generous margaritas if you are in the mood.
A few blocks north at East Victoria is Ca Dario (N. Italian) up from the Lobero on Anacapa Street.
813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
El Paseo Restaurant
10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101