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DINING IN PARADISE

Dive into this selection of eateries where culinary excellence meets stunning coastal views!

ANGEL OAK

Indulge in the perfect fusion of vintage wines, fine dining, and panoramic ocean vistas at Angel Oak, nestled atop the breathtaking cliffs of Haskell’s Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Delight yourself with a menu that celebrates the best the region has to offer, whether you choose to savor delectable bites from the raw menu, indulge in hot seafood entrees, or a 30-day, dry-aged New York strip.

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CARUSO’S

Embark on a culinary journey like no other at Caruso’s, a Michelin-starred gem nestled along the serene shores of Miramar Beach in Montecito. Indulge in the extraordinary with Chef Massimo Falsini’s world-class menu, showcasing seasonal delights such as the impeccably charred Pacific octopus and the Santa Barbara bluefin ahi tartare. Caruso’s is perfect for those who desire impeccable service, breathtaking surroundings, and melt-in-your-mouth bites.

Photo via Instagram @rosewoodmiramarbeach

BOATHOUSE AT HENDRY’S

Discover the local gem Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach, mere steps from the shores of Arroyo Burro Beach. Delight in your surroundings as you experience the coastal breeze intertwine with the delicious aromas of seafood and gaze out to the Pacific. Their menu is brimming with culinary delights, like the Pan Seared Scallops and the Boathouse Seafood Pasta.

Photo via Instagram @sb_boathouse

REUNION KITCHEN + DRINK

Experience the charm of Reunion Kitchen + Drink, a delightful eatery offering seaside dining on Santa Barbara’s popular East Beach. With an extensive drink list to complement their diverse menu, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor signature dishes like the mouthwatering slow-braised short ribs or the refreshing poke bowl.

Photo via Instagram @reunionkitchen

BLUEWATER GRILL

Set against the backdrop of Stearns Wharf, Bluewater Grill beckons from the unmistakable lighthouse, offering a three-story seafood haven. Specializing in hyper-local, sustainably caught seafood, their dishes are crafted with classic precision or infused with a modern twist. Inside, discover two bars boasting an extensive selection of Santa Barbara’s local wines, completing the ultimate culinary experience.

Photo via Instagram @bluewatersantabarbara

TOMA RESTAURANT & BAR

Just down Cabrillo Boulevard is Toma Restaurant & Bar, a premier Italian-inspired Mediterranean restaurant across from the Santa Barbara Harbor. Consistently hailed as the #1 restaurant in the area, Toma presents a unique and seasonal array of classic dishes with a modern twist, skillfully curated by Executive Chef, Gregorio Bonilla.

Photo via Instagram @tomarestaurant

OKU

Indulge your palate with elevated Japanese cuisine at Oku, where a tempting array of fresh-caught sushi, sashimi, and seafood awaits, along with exquisite “from-the-land” offerings like the certified Japanese A5 Miyazaki Wagyu. Whether you choose to dine ocean-front indoors or on their rooftop patio and lounge, Oku promises a culinary experience that transcends expectations.

Photo via Instagram @okurestaurant

Flor de Maiz

Immerse yourself in the sophisticated blend of coastal California and Mexican cuisine at Flor de Maiz. From creatively crafted cocktails to thoughtfully inventive plates, Flor de Maiz promises a unique dining experience that elevates your palate.

Photo via Instagram @flordemaiz_sb

A DAY IN THE FUNK ZONE

The Funk Zone, a beloved neighborhood located between lower State and the Waterfront, is an eclectic collection of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, breweries, boutiques, creative collectives, galleries, hotels and more. It spans 13 walkable blocks and promises a day well spent discovering Santa Barbara’s contemporary, lively side.


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EATERIES

Begin by fueling your day at one of the many cafes or restaurants the Funk Zone has to offer. For coffee and baked goods, try Dart Coffee Co., where they pay careful attention to the source of their organic coffee beans and offer a picturesque garden for you to sip your coffee in. Or stop by Helena Avenue Bakery where you will find an assortment of pastries, baked goods, coffees, and gourmet breakfast and lunch options made to order. This bakery + kitchen is well-known for its locally sourced homemade specialties that feature the highest quality of ingredients. Another plus is that Helena Avenue shares a space with Santa Barbara Wine Collective so you can grab a bottle of your favorite local wine for the perfect pairing.

Besides just cafes or breakfast spots, there are plenty of restaurants in the Funk Zone that are worth a visit. Lucky Penny serves up delicious pizza, while Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio features a well-rounded menu of snacks, sliders, salads, sandwiches and BBQ. The Lark, Loquita, and Rare Society are all fantastic 5-star dinner destinations, cooking up Californian cuisine, Spanish dishes, and wood-fired meats and seafood respectively.

WINERIES AND BREWERIES

You could spend hours on end trying out the 20+ wineries in the neighborhood, just use the Urban Wine Trail, a self-guided trail of tasting rooms representing Santa Barbara County wines, as your guide. We recommend checking out Melville Winery Tasting Room, Margerum Tasting Room, Pali Wine Co., and Paradise Springs Winery. As for breweries, a short walk in the neighborhood reveals plenty of options. Enjoy craft brews from Figueroa Mountain Brewery Co. or Topa Topa Brewing Co. If something stronger is your drink of choice, try Cutler’s Artisan Spirits or Test Pilot.

SHOPS AND GALLERIES

The Funk Zone is known as Santa Barbara’s most vibrant hot-spot for all things artisan and original. Naturally, it’s no stranger to unique boutiques locally owned and cultivated. Loveworn is where you can find vintage clothing and original graphic tees, and The Shopkeepers features a collection of vintage clothes, shoes, accessories, and home goods. Discover the works of local artisans and makers at Seaside Makers Collective, find the best local and up-and-coming artists at Helena Mason Art Gallery, or find your new favorite accessories at Jules By The Sea, a boutique that sells artisan made jewelry.

Explore Some of Our Rentals Near The Funk Zone

Villa Portofino

6 Guests / 3 beds / 2.5 baths

0.5 miles from The Funk Zone

Classic Cottage Downtown

6 Guests / 3 beds / 2 baths

2 miles from The Funk Zone

Santa Barbara Retreat

5 Guests / 3 beds / 2 baths

2.8 miles from The Funk Zone

Mesa Beach Escape

6 Guests / 4 beds / 2 baths

3.5 miles from The Funk Zone

FALL 2023 SOCIAL CALENDAR

Fall has taken off in Santa Barbara. Get into the autumnal spirit with this handpicked list of events and activities in the Santa Barbara area! Scroll to the end to discover all the Halloween attractions this season has to offer.

37th Annual California Avocado Festival

October 6th – October 8th

This festival, hosted in the heart of Carpinteria, is one of the largest free music festivals in California. It features over 75 acts on four stages: the endless ways to eat an avocado, live entertainment, and various local vendors.

Santa Barbara Vitners Festival

October 14th

Revered as the Original Santa Barbara Wine Festival, enjoy the 39th annual Vitners Festival where you can taste wines from 50+ wineries and savor cuisine from local restaurants and chefs.

Ride Santa Barbara 100

October 21st

One of the nine in the country, Ride Santa Barbara 100 is a premier 100 mile ride through the central coast. There are varying levels of world-class cycling for riders of all levels, all of which offer oceanfront views and serene back roads.

Los Olivos Day In The Country

October 21st

Take a day trip to Los Olivos and join in on their highly acclaimed Day in the Country Festival! Enjoy a parade, 100+ vendors, live music, food, beer and wine, and the small town charm of Los Olivos.

Santa Barbara Half Marathon

November 5th

Returning for its second time is the Santa Barbara Half Marathon! Run 13.1 miles as you take in the sights of the Santa Barbara Waterfront and more.

Thanksgiving Prex Fixe Dinner at the Rosewood

November 23rd

Gather and give thanks with a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu at Caruso’s and The Revere Room at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. Sourced with local and seasonal ingredients, this dinner is sure to provide a delicious holiday fare.

Halloween Events & Activities

Boo At The Zoo

October 20th – 29th

Experience spooky decorations, photo opportunities, and trick-or-treating while exploring the animal exhibits. Admission to Boo at the Zoo grants you access to a train ride, mad science experiments, a scare zone, a lively dance party, encounters with creepy-crawly animals, and bounce houses.

Halloween Move Drive In: E.T.

October 28th

Drive your car over to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and take part in their spooky Halloween festivities! Enjoy food trucks and concession stands, trick-or-treat from car to car, participate in an automobile costume contest, and watch the family  favorite E.T.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch

September 29th – October 31st

Located at the La Cumbre Plaza, this local pumpkin patch offers all of the perfect decor pieces to make your home feel like fall. Pick from a variety of pumpkins, squash, ornamental gourds, hay bales, and more.

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch

September 30th – October 31st

At Lane Farms you will find plenty of autumn activities that are sure to put you in the fall spirit. Enjoy hay rides, farm animals, a corn maze, pumpkins as far as the eye can see, and the perfect backdrop for your fall photos.

Montecito Country Mart Pumpkin Patch

October 1st – 31st

Open all day, every day is the Montecito Country Mart Honor System Pumpkin Patch! Find it in the courtyard.