Where to Eat in Goleta: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

Goleta, home to University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Santa Barbara Airport, hugs the coast 12 miles west of Santa Barbara. First called "The Good Land" by the Spanish, Goleta was once known for its rich agriculture, and smaller scale farms still pepper the landscape. The California Lemon Festival at Girsh Park is a must-see every October. Visitors seeking outdoor adventure can fish off Goleta Pier, surf at Campus Point and hike along bluffs overlooking untrammeled coastline.
Things to do in Goleta

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. 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!

3. 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.

4. The Bistro at Bacara

8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474 Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 46 +1 805-571-3018
Excellent
55%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

The Bistro at Bacara

Named "Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America" by OpenTable, The Bistro at Bacara offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Chef Vincent Lesage's American cuisine can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco on a spacious oceanfront terrace. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads, and the signature Bistro burger. Recent upgrades to The Bistro's patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.

Reviewed By FredN47 - Walnut Creek, California

First time here. We had an early dinner and really liked it. Light fare and delicious. Service was super.

5. Kyle's Kitchen

5723 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2315 Delivery, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol Fast Food, American, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 805-845-2260
Excellent
56%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Kyle's Kitchen

Every time you eat at Kyle's Kitchen you are helping people with special needs reach their potential. That's because each month we team up with a great special needs organization in our community. In addition to donating a portion of our proceeds to their cause, Kyle's Kitchen tries to be a place that spreads the word and helps us all connect better to those with special needs. So, come on in to Kyle's Kitchen, a unique restaurant where you get to eat great food & help great people.

Reviewed By Zekesgirl - Santa Maria CA

Not only is the food really good, but I like the fact that a portion of the proceeds goes to help others. I have told many people about this charming little burger joint and will definitely return again even though we live over an hour away.

6. Jane At The Marketplace

6940 Market Place Dr, Goleta, CA 93117-2997 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 805-770-5388
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Jane At The Marketplace

Reviewed By Lydia G - Ojai, California

Jane deserves the reputation she has created over the years. So glad that she came to Goleta to give a classy option for dining amidst the chains. My first visit was for their Saturday brunch. The menu was extensive including appetizers, traditional breakfast dishes of eggs, omelettes and sandwiches including several choices of hamburgers and fish, pastas and entrées. The veggie omelette came with a tiny side of au gratin potatoes and a tiny cup of fruit. Tiny proportions and exactly right size! The omelette was light and fluffy and filling. The basket of fresh baked bread with butter melted into the crevices made it impossible to resist! My second visit was for lunch with another great menu offering some of the same choices as brunch. I had the Jane’s Burger: Gouda Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Garlic Aioli on a Sesame Bun. Delish!

Service was excellent with an attentive and caring staff who helped each other out and not simply focused on their designated tables. Seating options include inside in a cozy and dimly lit space creating a nice ambience with the bar in the center. You can also opt to sit outside on an enclosed terrace complete with heaters around the perimeter keeping the temperature comfortable on a chilly day. There’s plenty of parking since it’s located in a shopping district but the ambience inside makes it feel like if you were in downtown Santa Barbara.

7. In-N-Out Burger

4865 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93111-1902 Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 800-786-1000
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

In-N-Out Burger

At In-N-Out Burger, quality is everything. Stop by to enjoy our menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and shakes. In-N-Out makes fast food the old fashioned way.

Reviewed By laneyloslunas - Chico, California

The restaurant was located near my hotel so was quite convenient. I choose to walk-in and had a very short wait in the order line. The food was delicious, large portions and reasonably priced! I left feeling very satisfied!

8. Nikka Fish Market and Grill

5722 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2316 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 805-967-2600
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Nikka Fish Market and Grill

Reviewed By fred200099 - frederick, maryland

Had the charbroiled halibut over brown rice with a mango salsa - perfect blend of flavors. Paired well with a local Summerland chardonnay. Good recommendations from the young guy (budding economist) behind the counter. So many good choices that I had to indulge and also have some oysters. Fun low key great food.

9. Hollister Brewing Company

Camino Real Markert Place, Goleta, CA 93117 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 805-968-2810
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 155 reviews

Hollister Brewing Company

Reviewed By Peter F - Staten Island, New York

Chain style establishments are not really my usual preference. We ended up here in our travels and it was decent. My wife had a chicken pot pie. I tried the meatloaf and mashed which came with a salad. The salad was terrible but our entrees were fine.

10. Cajun Kitchen

6831 Hollister Ave Ste A, Goleta, CA 93117-3015 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 805-571-1517
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Cajun Kitchen

Reviewed By dianamna - San Francisco, California

Hearty plates, reasonable prices, plain good food, this is how any breakfast place should be. The beignets and blackened salmon salad Were our favorites! We will be back!

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