Romantic Restaurants in Santa Barbara


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  • Low lights, fine wine, and indulgent fare are a sweet way to pamper your love. Throw in some local lore, twinkle lights, and wine country scenery with the help of Santa Barbara's most romantic restaurants, and you'll hit it out of the park, giving your sweetheart an evening to remember. Hungry Cat and milk & honey are not only across the street from each other, but both are hipster hideaways where tight quarters force you to cozy up to your date. Specialty cocktails, like blackberry martinis, and fresh fish are served up at the Hungry Cat, while milk & honey whips up famous coconut mojitos and tapas to share. Pan e Vino is a quaint Italian eatery perfect for a casual but intimate dinner for two. Wine is the specialty under the bee-lit patio at the wine country inspired Wine Cask, while Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern is actually located in the storied Santa Ynez wine country. If latin flare are more your style, grab margaritas at Carlitos Cava Restaurant & Bar, or settle in for mojitos while watching Tango at Cafe Buenos Aires. Arnoldi's and Cold Spring Tavern are among the most historic establishments in town, and continue to deliver Old World charm along with fresh dishes and libations.

    Hungry Cat

    1134 Chapala Street

    Creative cocktails and fresh fish draw crowds to this sleek and modern downtown eatery... read more

    Pan e Vino

    1482 E. Valley Rd
    Montecito (a 5-min. drive south of downtown Santa Barbara)

    Paradise Cafe

    702 Anacapa Street

    Paradise on earth... read more

    Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern

    2350 Railway Ave
    Just east of Grand Ave. on Hwy. 154, Los Olivos

    Cafe Buenos Aires

    1316 State Street

    Quiet Dining... read more

    Carlito's Cava Restaurant & Bar

    1212 Coast Village Road

    Mexican Meal... read more

    Wine Cask

    813 Anacapa St
    In El Paseo Center

    milk & honey

    30 West Anapamu

    Low lights, exotic tapas, and inventive cocktails...
    read more

    Arnoldis Cafe

    600 Olive Street

    One of the oldest restaurants in Santa Barbara, this cafe serves up authentic Italian fare... read more

    Cold Spring Tavern

    5995 Stagecoach Road

    This onetime stagecoach is located on San Marco Pass and has been serving cold brews and hearty steaks since the 1940s... read more
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