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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Beach
“A great place for couples, it's one of our few west facing beaches so a good place to see the sunset. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Zoo
“A place for anyone any age - reasonably priced - relaxing and easy and hardly ever too busy.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Steak, seafood, martinis & more served in an upscale space with touches of old Hollywood glamour.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a really special private estate (now trust) with plants that have been imported from all over the world. It does require reservations so call ahead. Very scenic and relaxing.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
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“You'll have to visit at least once. Try my favorite the Norwegian Benedict. NORWEGIAN BENEDICT Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, diced red onion, capers, dill, two soft-poached eggs & house hollandaise . Served with fruit 17.50”
  • 22 locals recommend
Spa
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“Usually have some type of live music in the bar. The restaurant is nice too!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“5 minute walk from 74 Virginia Lane, great burgers and salads, cute patio, good people watching! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Local chainlet serving Mexican comfort food & margaritas amid south-of-the-border decor.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is a little deli market with high end and imported cheeses, crackers and deli items. If you're a foodie, we might suggest you check this out if you're planning a picnic on the beach or going for a hike and want something better than granola bars to put in your back pack.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an old-school, festive dining hall.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tiny, no-reservations sushi eatery with unique rolls featuring truffle oil & habanero peppers.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Very casual spot, steps from the beach. Family friendly. Fantastic option for breakfast. The blueberry pancakes highly recommended!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sit inside or out. A nice restaurant where one could also feel OK bringing children.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“Locals' beach at the end of San Ysidro Road - gorgeous walking during low tide.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Patio seating, dog friendly, ginormous salads, great sandwiches, breakfast with a local twist. If you go down Sunday, go early! It's very popular!”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Steak, seafood, martinis & more served in an upscale space with touches of old Hollywood glamour.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
“You'll have to visit at least once. Try my favorite the Norwegian Benedict. NORWEGIAN BENEDICT Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, diced red onion, capers, dill, two soft-poached eggs & house hollandaise . Served with fruit 17.50”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“5 minute walk from 74 Virginia Lane, great burgers and salads, cute patio, good people watching! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Local chainlet serving Mexican comfort food & margaritas amid south-of-the-border decor.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is a little deli market with high end and imported cheeses, crackers and deli items. If you're a foodie, we might suggest you check this out if you're planning a picnic on the beach or going for a hike and want something better than granola bars to put in your back pack.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an old-school, festive dining hall.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tiny, no-reservations sushi eatery with unique rolls featuring truffle oil & habanero peppers.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very casual spot, steps from the beach. Family friendly. Fantastic option for breakfast. The blueberry pancakes highly recommended!”
  • 14 locals recommend

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