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Where to Eat on a Budget in Santa Barbara

Where to Eat on a Budget in Santa Barbara

The typical American eats out an average of four to five times a week. If you’re on par with this statistic, why not look for some cheaper options? Below are some great Santa Barbara restaurants to visit while on a budget. Whether you’re dining out with your significant other or bringing the whole family, Santa Barbara offers plenty of budget-friendly spots.


Date Night

Date nights don’t have to break the bank. Santa Barbara has plenty of places to enjoy a budget-friendly date night, like The Dining Room. The Dining Room offers a sublime dining experience at the Belmond El Encanto. Guests have the option to dine in their ambient dining room, or enjoy a meal under the stars on their ocean-facing terrace. Wherever you sit, prepare to eat at one of the top restaurants in Southern California, while staying under budget. Another money-saver is the Cava Restaurant & Bar. Cava features a diverse mix of Nuevo Latino and Mediterranean cuisine. This romantic restaurant also offers a unique wine list of owner selections from Spain, South America and California. All of these places are perfect for date night dining on a budget in Santa Barbara.


Family Friendly

Dining out with the entire family can get quite pricey. Luckily, there’s plenty of places in Santa Barbara that are budget-friendly for families. Check out Smithy Kitchen + Bar. This restaurant is perfect for both small and large gatherings as it features a family style dinner service where plates are meant to be shared. It also has a menu just for the kids. Don’t miss out on this unique, approachable and casual dining experience. Need a brunch place? The Scarlett Begonia has you covered. With breakfast and lunch served from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., don’t explore their progressive modern food made with sustainable and organic ingredients. And at Scarlett Begonia, all family members are included – even the furry ones! Let your pup enjoy their dog friendly patio. Santa Barbara has plenty of low-priced deals with exceptional atmospheres for the family.


Nearby Budget-Friendly Hotel

Why not stay a night or two with the extra money saved from dining out? Check out the nearby Inn at East Beach. This beautiful property is a boutique hotel near many of the restaurants above. Along with its convenient location, this hotel also offers an outdoor pool, stylish furniture and on-site bike rentals. At Inn at East Beach, you will stay well- and well within your budget!


Whether you’re booking a romantic getaway or family retreat, Santa Barbara has fantastic budget friendly restaurants for you.



Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546