Restaurant Guide

These entries are a selection taken from the 1997 Zagat's guide for Southern California. Only the food ratings and cost are given. The top food rankings for Los Angeles are 28 on this scale. The cost column reflects the estimated price for complete dinner without wine. For some new restaurants, we slipped in our own numbers. As a general rule, it is easier to get a table with groups of 4 or less. Larger groups often need to wait.

Also another guide to SB restaurants is here .

Restaurant Address Food Cost Type Comments
Appethai 5940 Calle Real (Gol) 21 $15 Thai good Thai food in Goleta
Arigato Sushi 11 W. Victoria 23 $21 sushi SB's best sushi; small
The Bakery 129 E. Anapamu 21 $14 sandwich breakfast and lunch spot
Blue Agave 20 E. Cota St. 18 $21 Cafe hot spot for margaritas
Brigitte's 1325 State St. 21 $23 California popular, crowded
Brophy Brothers 119 Harbor Way 22 $19 seafood at the harbor
Bucatini 436 State 23 $19 Italian very good Italian trattoria, mostly outdoor seating
Citronelle Cabrillo at Milpas 25 $39 French relative of well-known LA Citrus
Downey's 1305 State St. 28 $40 California haute top-rated SB restaurant
Emilio's 324 W. Cabrillo 24 $26 Italian-American pasta and steak on the waterfront
El Encanto 1900 Lasuen Rd. 21 $35 Cal-French in scenic hotel near Mission
Four Seasons Biltmore 1260 Channel Dr. 24 $40 California haute in a grand hotel at the beach in Montecito
La Super-Rica 622 N. Milpas St. 25 $11 Mexican "best street-style Mexican food in California"
Meritage 920 De la Vina 23 $30 California innovative, good wine list
Montecito Cafe 1295 Coast Village Rd. 24 $24 California excellent California grill in Montecito hotel
Napoleon 808 State Street bakery-cafe good patisserie, light meals
Palace Cafe 8 E. Cota St. 24 $26 Cajun very popular Cajun restaurant
Palace Express 213 Paseo Nuevo 21 $14 Cajun fast-food spinoff of Palace Cafe
Trattoria Mollie 1250 Coast Village Rd. 21 $29 Italian popular Italian restaurant in Montecito
Wine Cask 813 Anacapa St. 25 $34 Cal-Asian good with excellent wine list
Zeus and Company Paseo Nuevo 20 $16 Greek
(Note: Paseo Nuevo is the shopping district west of State Street near the 7-900 blocks. )

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