The Central Coast Restaurants

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Azu

  • $$$
  • Mediterranean

Slick furnishings, piped-in jazz, craft cocktails, and local beers and wines draw diners to this artsy Mediterranean bistro known for...

Barbareño

  • $$
  • American

Determined to push the boundaries of farm-to-table, three college friends who worked at the same Los Angeles eatery banded together in...

La Cosecha

  • $$$
  • South American

At barlike, tin-ceilinged La Cosecha (Spanish for "the harvest"), Honduran-born chef Santos MacDonal faithfully re-creates dishes from...

Loquita

  • $$$
  • Spanish

In a cozy space in a prime corner at the gateway to the Funk Zone near Stearns Wharf, Loquita honors Santa Barbara's Spanish heritage...

Luna Red

  • $$$
  • International

A spacious, contemporary space with a festive outdoor patio, this restaurant near Mission Plaza serves creative tapas and cocktails.

Nepenthe

  • $$$$
  • American

It may be that no other restaurant between San Francisco and Los Angeles has a better coastal view than Nepenthe, named for an opiate...

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

  • $$
  • Eclectic

In the colorful dining room or on the large creek-side deck, this animated downtown eatery will take you on a culinary world tour. The...

Panolivo Family Bistro

  • $$$
  • French

Affordable French fare draws patrons to this café north of the town square. For breakfast, try a fresh pastry or quiche, or build your...

Robin's

  • $$
  • Eclectic

A multiethnic, vegetarian-friendly dining experience awaits you at this cozy East Village cottage. Dinner choices include wild prawn...

Root 246

  • $$$$
  • American

This chic restaurant's chefs tap local purveyors and shop for organic ingredients at farmers' markets before deciding on the day's menu.

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