Top 10 restaurants in Isla Vista, United States

April 14, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Isla Vista is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Barbara County, California in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 23,096. The majority of residents are college students at nearby University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, located to the east of the community) or at Santa Barbara City College. The beachside community lies on a flat plateau about 30 feet (9 m) in elevation, separated from the beach by a bluff.
Things to do in Isla Vista

1. The Habit Burger Grill

5735 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3420 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 805-964-0366
Excellent
61%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

The Habit Burger Grill

Reviewed By OldOldBob - Gallatin, Tennessee

Folks get emotional about their love of The Habit. Visiting is a hectic heartwarming experience. The burgers are fine and the green beans are unusual. We were lucky to get a booth. I like the options available beyond the world of burgers. Just wish they had one in Nashville.

2. Blaze Pizza

6547 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117-4806 Seating Pizza, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 805-845-2727
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Blaze Pizza

Reviewed By Davide R - London, United Kingdom

I spent 2 weeks at UCSB and a local advised to try blaze pizza. He was brave since I told him I'm Italian with good knowledge of pizzas (of course). I was surprised by the good quality/cost ratio. Definitely a nice pizza with the right cost. I would go again and I recommend it. Enjoy!

3. Bagel Cafe

6551 Trigo Rd Ste 1, Isla Vista, CA 93117-5086 Breakfast +1 805-685-7114
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Bagel Cafe

Reviewed By Rene V - Castaic, California

Located in a college neighborhood, parking might be a challenge during the school year. Just a little hole-in-the wall, you walk in and order at the counter. There is no seating inside, but there are tables and chairs outside and with the mild SB climate that is just great. The bagels are big and yummy. We ordered the cream cheese (many flavors available) with tomato and lox. It was big enough for we two old fogies to share by one eating the top and one the bottom. Everyone was very friendly.

4. IV Drips Coffee and Dessert

905 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista, CA 93117-5108 +1 805-968-4550
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

IV Drips Coffee and Dessert

Reviewed By Roxanne M - Huntington Beach, California

had lunch at separate place and wanted desserts - so daughter suggested IV DRIPS located in Isla Vista - yes parking can be troublesome for visisting - but fortunately UCSB campus is nearby & walk-able/use the parking structure 22

homemade, fresh baked cookies , you choose 2 and add your favorite ice cream { McDonnels ? apparently famous in Santa Barbara ?} - behold a ice cream sandwich! - 2 for $7.00 ,messy though YUMMY .

also muffins and coffee too.

5. Anna's Marketplace Bakery

7018 Market Place Dr, Goleta, CA 93117-5900 Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Cafe Lunch, Breakfast SGD 4 - SGD 13 +1 805-968-5590
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Anna's Marketplace Bakery

We offer high-quality, delicious American-style baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth. We offer different types of baked goods including donuts, eclairs, sugar cookies, lemon squares, croissants (sweet and savory), pies, customized cakes, cupcakes, breakfast burritos (vegetarian option included) and many more seasonal treats. You can also stop by for lunch. Our menu consists of artisanal sandwiches and salads. For any sandwich you purchase, we give you a complimentary cookie of your choice.

Reviewed By ADavis64 - Las Vegas, Nevada

We stopped after lunch for a snack while traveling....something for the road. While the Wedding cookies were so-so...the coconut macaroons and donuts were delicious. Wish I'd tried some of the bars. I'd come back again if in this area.Thank you for stopping into our bakery for a snack. The coconut macaroons and donuts are some of our more popular items and we're happy you got the chance to try them. We look forward to having you back at our bakery soon!

6. Beachside Bar-Cafe

5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 805-964-7881
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 394 reviews

Beachside Bar-Cafe

Reviewed By lmyers21 - North Pole, Alaska

Beautiful view from the dining room, get there early for a window table. We had a quesadilla and the corn relish salad was really good. We also had the ahi tuna salad. Although the ahi was good the salad was soggy in dressing.
This restaurant is next to the Goleta pier, nice walk after your meal.

7. Buddha Bowls

901 Embarcadero Del Mar # 103, Isla Vista, CA 93117-4816 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 805-961-4555
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Buddha Bowls

Reviewed By dianamna - San Francisco, California

It was my first time having lunch at this small Bowl restaurant and I have to say that it was delicious: I had the Mediterranean bowl which is basically a salad with greens hummus, good quality olives, feta and chicken or sausage and I enjoyed it to the last bite. I also sampled the mac and cheese bowl, the chili con carne Bowl and the tomato basil soup bowl and they were equally delicious, fresh and balanced. The Bowl is only 8$...so I say go for it!

8. Starbucks

888 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista, CA 93117-4895 +1 805-968-1192
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Shannon P - San Diego, California

Being right on the outskirts of a college you would think the service would be rushed, however quite the opposite the barista behind the counter was freindly patient and made my coffee perfectly!

9. Woodstock's Pizza

928 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista, CA 93117-5107 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Brew Pub, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 805-968-6969
Excellent
22%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

Woodstock's Pizza

Reviewed By Edie S - Beaufort, South Carolina

We got into Santa Barbara kind of late so pizza seemed like a good choice for dinner. Woodstock was kind of far from our hotel but once we made the decision to go we could not change our minds. At first we were going to...MoreThanks for all the love Edie, we appreciate the wonderful review!

10. Sorriso Italiano

901 Embarcadero Del Mar # 104, Isla Vista, CA 93117-4816 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 805-324-4367
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Sorriso Italiano

All of our menu items are prepared on site using family recipes that have been handed down to us from our parents. It all started as a dream: exporting to California the real Italian cuisine in its simplicity and authenticity, sharing the discovery of real Italian flavors through an imaginary journey across Italy…from Liguria to Emilia Romagna, Campania to Apulia, and Calabria to Sicily. Every single day we use only selected high quality ingredients that are fresh, natural, organic and whole wheat. Mixing them carefully and adding our passion and love for delicious food, we create specialties that will inspire you. The opening of our first “Sorriso Italiano” is the starting point of a new adventure throughout Italy filled with fine flavors, aromas and …an “Italian Smile!”

Reviewed By BobNGoleta - Goleta, California

I've written about this local favorite before as a dinner option. The owner, Antonio is also a somalier and offers a weekly wine tasting dinner each Thursday evening. My husband and I have enjoyed this event on four different occasions. Delicious food, interesting wines and animated conversation were the norm for each time we participated. I would highly recommend one of these Thursday events. It's a great idea four a group of friends.

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