If you’re making the journey to Santa Barbara, you might as well soak in the beachfront restaurants. With plenty of spots to choose from, here are a few that truly deliver on mesmerizing views and delectable food.
Wildly popular and not overrated, Brophy Bros. has a stellar reputation for a reason. With beautiful views of the harbor and mountains, you’ll find yourself already in a happy place before being seated. This beachfront eatery aims to please with freshly caught fresh fish and clams, giving you a memorable seaside dining experience. Make sure to arrive early as its reputation has created quite the fan fare.
When you combine the flavors of Mediterranean and Italian food, you create a marriage of European coastal bliss. Add in the fact that Executive Chef Nat Ely creates this cuisine in partnership with local products and you have a recipe for success. Oh, and the beachfront location sets the tone for a romantic meal you’ll talk about for years.
Facing Hendry’s Beach with a mellow vibe, Boathouse is one of the best places to watch a Santa Barbara sunset. This beachfront restaurant is great for all types of dinners, and the scenic outdoor patio is the perfect gathering spot for warm nights and sunny days. Choosing what to eat can be difficult, especially when seasonal specialties like Dungeness crab and Spiny lobster are on the menu.
Don’t let the outside façade fool you; Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is a seafood tour de force. Before you take a step in the door, the aroma of fresh seafood fills your nose. Located right on the pier, they give you the ultimately sense of straight from the water food. You can even choose what you want to eat right from the live tanks behind the counter. Serving up incredible shellfish is what they do best, and if you want to waddle out of the restaurant, go with the bread bowl of clam chowder.
Sporting a tropical grassy outdoor patio, Padaro Beach Grill is where “food and paradise collide.” Quite frankly, we can’t find any holes in that statement. With a huge outdoor dining area and a large sandbox for the little ones, this beachfront restaurant makes a perfect choice to spend a warm day. From juicy burgers to crispy fish tacos, all their food goes down even better with a creamy handmade shake or float.