Sometimes you simply want a meal, sometimes you just want to have a good time, and sometimes you want all of the above wrapped up in a tasty, fun-filled package. Herewith, you'll find Santa Barbara restaurants where games are encouraged, wine flows freely on tap, and family-style meals are the norm. Arnoldi's Cafe serves up hearty Italian fare and has bocce ball courts out back for after-dinner tourneys. Palazzio is known for Italian dishes that can feed a whole family, and the wine-on-tap is on the honor system, so keep track! Cold Spring Tavern is a wagon wheel stop turned fine dining restaurant located in the hills. On Sundays, live bands entertain while locals inhale tri-tip barbecue sandwiches and frosty brews. Two-step encouraged! Live music and stiff drinks flow at SOhO, while fresh farmers market cocktails are the draw at the Hungry Cat, and both are hangouts for the 20- and 30-something crowd. Spice things up with cool mojitos and Tango night at the Argentinian inspired Cafe Buenos Aires. For a casual meal, wait in line at the famos La Super-Rica Taqueria (a favorite of onetime Sana Barbaran Julia Child), and stick your feet in the sand while sipping a cocktail at Shoreline Beach Cafe.
229 West Montecito Street
Home brews and live music draw crowds at this lower Westside hangout... read more
119 Harbor Way
Off Cabrillo Blvd. in the Waterfront Center
622 N. Milpas St
Between Cota and Ortega Sts
1221 State Street