The Best Santa Barbara Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining in Santa Barbara allows you to safely experience incredible restaurants while enjoying the beautiful California weather. Here are some of the top places we recommend visiting for your next outdoor dining experience.

Santo Mezcal

Tacos, enchiladas, and cocktails–oh my! Santo Mezcal specializes in modern Mexican cuisine and magnificent margaritas. You could pretty much close your eyes and point at the menu here and end up with an extraordinary dish! Happy hour is weekdays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm with food served 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm so you can relax with a drink.

Jeannine’s Bakery

Jeannine’s Bakery provides both breakfast and lunch, which makes it perfect for brunch as well! The kitchens close at 2:00 pm each day, so you’ll want to make it out to this family-owned restaurant before then. And while you’re there, make sure to grab a pastry or two (or more–we don’t judge!) for an afternoon snack. And did we mention Jeannine’s is dog friendly? Visit this Santa Barbara outside dining with your furry friend!

Finney’s Crafthouse

Great food, great drinks…what more could you want? Dine at Finney’s Crafthouse and learn that casual American dining can also mean impressive upscale cooking. And with 30 local craft brews available as well as hand-crafted cocktails, you’ll quickly discover that this Santa Barbara restaurant doesn’t serve your average American fare. So sit back and enjoy the treat to your taste buds!

Loquita Santa Barbara

Loquita brings authentic Spanish food–including tapas–to Santa Barbara! Since the Mediterranean climate is similar to Santa Barbara’s, Loquita can source fresh ingredients for their dishes without sacrificing any authenticity. A combination of Spanish and local wines enhance your meal, creatine an incredible cuisine experience!


Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is a long-standing favorite of Santa Barbara residents and guests. Their welcoming atmosphere, enticing menu of fresh seafood, and exquisite happy hour make this restaurant a must-do. And how can you go wrong with that incredible view of the Santa Barbara beach when you choose outdoor dining?

A courtyard picnic

Looking for something off the beaten path? Stay at Marina Beach Motel and have a picnic in our beautiful courtyard! This is the ultimate Santa Barbara outdoor dining since you can make it whatever you want! Want to eat our complimentary breakfast outside? You got it. Ordering takeout and want to enjoy the weather? We’ve got tables for you! Sometimes a casual, unique dining experience is just what you need and we’re happy to provide the venue.

What’s your favorite Santa Barbara restaurant with outdoor dining?

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