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Things to do in Montecito

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Beach
“‘Our beach’ is a local favorite just 5 minutes down Olive Mill Road. If tide is down you can walk to Santa Barbara or, in the opposite direction, to Summerland. (Warning: no bathrooms available) Nice to take evening stroll on the sidewalk above the beach. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Zoo
“A place for anyone any age - reasonably priced - relaxing and easy and hardly ever too busy.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a really special private estate (now trust) with plants that have been imported from all over the world. It does require reservations so call ahead. Very scenic and relaxing.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
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“adorable, charming, quaint, french style breakfast and lunches. This one is a MUST”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food, best margaritas. Its adjacent market has superb not-your-usual pizzas and amazing pecan raisin scones. Locals get coffee there and sit at HB outdoor tables until 11 a.m. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Spa
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“The patio facing Butterfly Beach is a great romantic place to have a cocktail and watch the sun go down. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Old fashioned steak house with many rooms and bar. Crowded on weekends. Local favorite. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good food, nice salsa bar, relaxed atmosphere. Inge likes there Mama’s Salad. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Excellent shopping; food, deli, coffee, men’s clothing, yoga wear, women’s sportswear, women’s dress wear, toys & kids, household, decor and jewelry....it’s all there in perfect form !”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an old-school, festive dining hall.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Very casual spot, steps from the beach. Family friendly. Fantastic option for breakfast. The blueberry pancakes highly recommended!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tiny, no-reservations sushi eatery with unique rolls featuring truffle oil & habanero peppers.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In Upper Village, food is delicious and informal outdoor dining make it a great experience. There pizzas are great. Love their Frutti di Mare. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“The best and one of the few vegan restaurants in town. With cozy patio seating and a cool bar”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Good prices on organic produce and just about everything you would want, and a beautiful drive or bike ride.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“adorable, charming, quaint, french style breakfast and lunches. This one is a MUST”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food, best margaritas. Its adjacent market has superb not-your-usual pizzas and amazing pecan raisin scones. Locals get coffee there and sit at HB outdoor tables until 11 a.m. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“Old fashioned steak house with many rooms and bar. Crowded on weekends. Local favorite. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food, nice salsa bar, relaxed atmosphere. Inge likes there Mama’s Salad. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“Excellent shopping; food, deli, coffee, men’s clothing, yoga wear, women’s sportswear, women’s dress wear, toys & kids, household, decor and jewelry....it’s all there in perfect form !”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pastas, pizzas, antipasti & other Italian classics in an old-school, festive dining hall.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very casual spot, steps from the beach. Family friendly. Fantastic option for breakfast. The blueberry pancakes highly recommended!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tiny, no-reservations sushi eatery with unique rolls featuring truffle oil & habanero peppers.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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