Where to eat Mediterranean food in Santa Barbara: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 10, 2019 Tynisha Seiler

Best Mediterranean restaurants nearby. Discover the best Mediterranean food in Santa Barbara. View Menus, Photos and Reviews for Mediterranean restaurants near you.. Nestled between the shrub-covered slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the clear blue shores of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is California at its best. Mission Santa Barbara is an example of 18th-century religious architecture, boasting beautiful grounds and a wonderfully detailed interior. Work up an appetite with a walk through Shoreline Park, then dine above the water on Stearns Wharf. Fig trees, parks, waterfalls, and botanical gardens round out Santa Barbara’s natural beauty.
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8. Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant

216 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1838 Greek, American, Mediterranean, Deli Breakfast, Lunch Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards +1 805-899-2300 http://www.metrofinefoods.com
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4 based on 70 reviews

Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant

A Funk Zone pioneer, Metropulos Fine Foods and Sandwicherie is committed to bringing you the deliciousness you seek, in a casual, comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Check out our assortment of cheeses and charcuterie, as well as our wine room and imported

Reviewed By Diana W

The staff are friendly & always greet me by name. Great food friendly atmosphere located close to various business. Try the macaroons dipped in chocolate.

7. Convivo Restaurant and Bar

901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642 Italian, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Free Wifi, Waterfront [email protected] +1 805-845-6789 http://www.convivorestaurant.com
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4 based on 178 reviews

Convivo Restaurant and Bar

Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant with an Italian soul. Chef-Owner Peter McNee's food is best described as ‘Nomad Italian’. It strays from the standard or traditional Italian, sourcing inspiration from many other cultures’ cooking but its soul is thor

Reviewed By 6sandy6

Dine outside for lovely garden setting and delicious uniquely prepared food. They have a different take on many of the normal selections so unusual but still good. My pasta dish with seafood and butter sauce was special but my spouse's salad was not. Pricey and small portions. In the Santa Barbara INN

6. Wine Cask Restaurant

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2289 Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Mediterranean Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Table Service, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 805-966-9463 http://www.winecask.com/
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4 based on 273 reviews

Wine Cask Restaurant

Wine Cask, located in downtown Santa Barbara in the historic El Paseo complex, offers the best of all worlds to enjoy a delicious dinner in a stylishly relaxed setting. Our passion is great food, the highest caliber of service and bringing back the comfor

Reviewed By sekingrn

We had lots of appetizers, great local white & red wines; service was attentive & accommodated my GF needs! Other winery tasting rooms in the same complex.

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5. Olio E Limone Ristorante

11 W Victoria St Suite 17, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3122 Italian, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 805-899-2699 http://www.olioelimone.com
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4 based on 498 reviews

Olio E Limone Ristorante

Reviewed By GareThere

If you're looking for a quiet upscale restaurant for lunch, this is the place. The restaurant has a full bar and good wine selection.Check out the daily fish specials. The day I was there, they were offering fresh halibut - either grilled or in a lemon butter/caper sauce. It was delicious with a side of green beans and roasted potatoes.The small insalata mista is a good way to start the meal. And a creme brulee is a good way to end it!Service is attentive and professional.

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4. Olio Pizzeria

11 W Victoria St Ste 21 Ste 17, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-5143 Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +1 805-899-2699 http://oliopizzeria.com
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4 based on 368 reviews

Olio Pizzeria

Authentic Italian pizzeria with pizza counter, wine, artisanal beer & full bar and European hospitality.

Reviewed By Bickman50

My partner and I were staying in San Barbara for the 3rd time this year, and after a large lunch on the road decided to share a pizza at this Pizzeria. For a change of pace, we decided to eat at the bar so we could watch the pizza being constructed and cooked in the wood fired pizza oven. After ordering some nice glasses of wine we decided to get the Margherita D.O.C. They use superior ingredients on this Margherita which is well worth the additional cost above the regular Margherita. It was absolutely delicious. I have to say this isn’t the first time I’ve been to this restaurant and it’s definitely a place to go if you like pizza and other authentic Italian dishes. The Wine List is flooded with many Italian wines by the glass or bottle. This is a great casual friendly place you won’t want to miss. Bon appetito!

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3. Loquita Santa Barbara

202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3850 Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 805-880-3380 http://www.loquitasb.com
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4 based on 233 reviews

Loquita Santa Barbara

Loquita is a Spanish restaurant offering authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas and pintxos, wood-fired seafood, grilled meats and three types of paella. The wine list is comprised almost entirely of Spanish wines and the cocktail program fea

Reviewed By SBGiGi

Food here is wonderful and the ambiance in the outside patio area is fantastic. Prices on wine are extremely high, but the sangria is good and reasonably prices. There are lots of tapas dishes, as you would expect. But when you order a couple of these (they aren't big) and then a paella, the cost shoots up to be extremely expensive, even for Santa Barbara! So go if you want to have a special meal or date, but save it for special!

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2. Zaytoon

209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2221 Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music +1 805-963-1293 http://www.zaytoon.com/
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4 based on 367 reviews

Zaytoon

Reviewed By Gary1974

I have to say wandering down the dark unlit Street two or 3 blocks off of State Street, I was worrying at what kind of place we would end up at. But like an oasis in a desert, the brightly lit restaurant was a welcome sight. The outside areas are strung with dozens of fairy lights with fountains and lanterns dotted around the patio- very reminiscent of restaurants in Marrakesh (or indeed Beirut). The food was also sublime, we shared the vegetarian feast which was billed as an appetiser, but we were so full after we had no room for a main course. The feast consisted of a trio of dips, a fattoush salad, cheese cigars and falafel along with some pitta bread. We did however save some room for some excellent baklava. Overall, the service was good and we were not rushed at all. Would thoroughly recommend this magical place

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1. Toma Restaurant and Bar

324 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855 Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary Drinks, Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront +1 805-962-0777 http://www.tomarestaurant.com
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4 based on 1867 reviews

Toma Restaurant and Bar

Reviewed By ElvisinLA

Found this place because of all the great reviews, and a friendly bartender down the street highly recommended it so we made an early reservation and went. Service was incredible (thanks Juan!) as was the food and wine selection. This is definitely one of those places you would love to keep secret just because it is so good. But, if you are in SB and looking for a wonderful dining experience make a reservation and enjoy! They've got an awesome little bar towards the back to grab a drink at, or eat if it's too busy.

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