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Valentine's Day in Santa Barbara: Best Restaurants for Date Night

Maureen McDermut

Having sold residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling commercial real estate, and daugh...

Having sold residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling commercial real estate, and daugh...

Sep 14 4 minutes read

Love is in the air! And Valentine's Day is just right around the corner. Santa Barbara, a known romantic spot with its whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs and beautiful gardens, has always been a popular getaway for couples and honeymooners. There’s something quite special and unique about how Santa Barbara makes people feel which makes it a popular destination for tourists and locals. The beauty of the American Riviera always promises good memories for anyone. And on the famed upcoming holiday, there are plenty of places, restaurants and activities that will surely make it a night to remember. This Valentine’s Day, whisk your special someone to Santa Barbara for a romantic moment along the Riviera. Fill your days with fine wines, leisurely dinners and of course, long sunset-lit walks on the beach. You will never run out of things that will pique your interest.

But for those needing just a little romantic-inspiration, we’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day offers in Santa Barbara, even Cupid would be proud of.


2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is offering a special tasting menu that can be enjoyed together with your darling as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy great views of the ocean, the painted skies and sumptuous food at the Boathouse. Delight in savory seafood such as Scottish Salmon or Vegetarian Spice Rubbed Tofu, and end the night with a sweet dessert like Key Lime Pie or a classic chocolate cake.

Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you're looking for a classy and elegant way to spend Valentine's Day, be sure to get a reservation at Opal Restaurant and Bar for a night to remember. Nothing will make your date swoon more than a four-course menu in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara. Be sure to put on your best suit and dress for your lucky someone, as the restaurant will be decorated in true romantic style.

Wine Cask

813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you want to avoid the dinner crowd, Wine Cask offers Valentine's Day lunch to couples complete with rose petals on the table, a complimentary glass of wine and chocolate truffles for a memorable Valentine's Day date with your loved one.

The Lark

131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you're both a fan of organic food, then this is the place to be. The Lark offers farm-to-table food and fresh seafood choices. Indulge in Chef Paluska’s enticing Valentine’s Day menu with your loved one at the "Most Romantic Patio" as per USA Today. 


202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tempt Cupid with a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Loquita, Santa Barbara’s Spanish haven for (food) lovers. Enjoy Chef Lee’s seductive four-course Valentine’s menu, and satisfy your desires with oysters and carpaccio de porchetta at this cozy and sensual Funk Zone restaurant.

Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

A paradise for romantics, The Dining Room and Terrace at Belmond El Encanto is the ultimate venue for a passionate evening under the stars. Enjoy a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu curated by Executive Chef Johan Denizot, and admire the gorgeous view of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean as your love grows to the skies. 

The Bear and Star

2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Don't miss Chef John Cox as he hosts a dreamy Valentine's night complete with the freshest local ingredients at the Bear and Star. Pamper your partner (and your taste buds) with savory Deviled Farm Eggs and Parker Ranch Wagyu Short Ribs in front of the glistening fireplace. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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