Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Celebrates Rich Culinary Tradition

Posted on Feb 17 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

Courtesy Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

For over 25 years, restaurants all over the world have participated in a food-lover phenomenon known as Restaurant Week. In a close-knit city with 450 restaurants, Santa Barbara saw this nation-wide food frenzy and decided to participate to showcase its delicious cuisine and culinary creativity with locals. 

Starting February 23 and lasting until March 4, over 30 restaurants will welcome foodies to indulge in the flavors and aromas each restaurant brings to the table. Restaurants such as Blackbird, Cava, Lucky’s, Smithy, Tre Lune and many more all offer pre-fixe dinner menus at affordable prices. Local hotels also offer hard-to-beat prices on rooms so everyone can experience the gastronomical delights of Santa Barbara.

Courtesy Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

Courtesy Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

After the unfortunate losses of the Thomas Fire and Floods, Santa Barbara Restaurant Week (SBRW) has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation and their grant program, Restaurants Care, which enables restaurant employees to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 that assists them with the finances lost due to the recent natural disasters. “It’s about fresh ingredients and our food-centric culture on the South Coast,” says SBRW co-founder Leslee Garafalo. “In creating this event, we reflected on the wealth of fabulous restaurants and what they mean to the community and we’re truly amazed. It has become as much about the place, as it is about the food that’s so integral to it.” A remarkable fifty percent of the total registration fees to SBRW will go directly towards the fund support victims, and during Restaurant Week, restaurants will also be accepting donations from the public to make a difference.

Courtesy Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

Courtesy Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

“Santa Barbara’s restaurants— all 450 of them— are essential to the community. Not only have so many of the industry staff been directly affected by the disasters, but the whole community considers the culinary culture ‘ours’,” Garafalo said. “Highlighting our restaurants and joining to benefit our neighbors go hand-in-hand.”

During this year’s Restaurant Week, show your support for the community by registering or donating while enjoying a meal you’ve always wanted at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. The full list of restaurants is listed below.


 Blackbird Restaurant – Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at Hotel Californian

Bluewater Grill – Freshest, sustainable seafood at the waterfront (NEW!)

Bouchon – Pioneering Cal-French cuisine always a local favorite

CAVA Restaurant and Bar – Fresh Latin cuisine and cocktails


Chuck’s Waterfront Grill – Fresh seafood at the source in the harbor

Convivo – Celebrated Italian-influenced and Napa Valley cuisine

Corktree Cellars – Carpinteria’s gathering place for wine and rich flavors

Jane Restaurant – Homemade California Cuisine in the cozy theater district

Joe’s Café – Satisfying staples and cocktails at a venerable SB institution


Les Marchands – Wine bar featuring fresh, light pairings


Loquita – Spanish cuisine including paellas and wood-fired seafood


Los Arroyos – Authentic Mexican with a gourmet flare

Lucky’s Steakhouse – Steaks, Chops, Seafood, classic elegance

Paradise Café – Established SB eatery with steaks, fresh seafood and burgers

Enterprise Fish Co. – Reputation for presenting what seafood should be

The Dining Room – El Encanto’s truly enchanted seasonally sourced restaurant

The Lark – Served family-style for sharing, the menu highlights local abundance

The Palace Grill – New Orleans meets Santa Barbara for a fresh take on Cajun


Santo Mezcal Restaurante – An exciting take on Mexican and Southwestern flavors


Smithy Kitchen and Bar – Upgraded, accessible California cuisine


Toma Restaurant and Bar – Romantic, classic setting on waterfront serving classic recipes with a modern twist


Tre Lune Ristorante – Flavor-forward, honest Italian cuisine


Wine Cask – Elegant, tasteful dining at historic El Paseo


Zookers – Carpinteria’s favorite stop for creative California cuisine


—Danielle Hazlett


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