Reasonably priced anniversary dinner in Santa Barbara
[Re-posted to fix subject to SB]
My husband and I are doing an anniversary trip from SFO to LA, and our anniversary falls on the day we are in Santa Barbara. We are looking for a special place that won't break the bank, maybe in the $20-25 entree range? We have considered Bouchon, but have been to the other Bouchon locations and want to try something new. Thanks!
Another nice spot for a celebration dinner, though it has been a while since I have been there, is Louie's in the very historic and charming Upham Hotel which is close to the downtown restaurant zone. Small, intimate and just a lovely restoration of a landmark piece of property in this town. I think they meals run a few dollars less than the more well known ones in this part of town.
Gulp, me again and it is looking like the new reality of most restaurants is now $25 -30 plus for mains, including Louie's. Occasional choices for under $25, but most are in the upper end of your scale. Thinking also about Opal, but up against the same pricing.
I would not put buchon in the $20 per entree bracket, but is certainly a nice choice.
Have you looked at Stella Mares at the Bird refuge - because it has a lovely romantic setting. Or you might want to try GiannFranco's in nearby Carpinteria. Petit Valentin in La Arcada Court is also a lovely setting.
And the $24 per person prix fixe at the french Pacific Crepes on Anacapa street looked good enough to come back for - four courses I think - small and casual but lots of intimate charm.
Relais de Paris is also getting some very nice reviews and could fit your price range. Happy Anniversary.