Local Restaurants in Montecito, CATweet
Montecito is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. You can nestle yourself in the hills or right along the beach, and the climate is always perfect. No matter what, you have a great view of California's Golden Coast, and you definitely have your pick of great seafood, local wines, meats and produce. Check out the Local, Independent restaurants we have listed below. They're all can't-miss, foodie destinations.
Independent, Local Restaurants in Montecito, CA
Cava Restaurant & Bar
1212 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 969-8500
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner: 11am-10pm
Gourmet Mexican Cuisine
1279 Coast Village Rd. Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 565-7540; F: (805) 565-7543
Open Daily for Cocktails, Dinner; Sat & Sun Brunch
Steaks, Chops, Seafood, Cocktails
Pane Y Vino Trattoria
1482 E Valley Rd # 5, Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 969-9274
Open Daily for Dinner; Mon-Fri for Lunch & Dinner
Authentic Gourmet Italian cuisine
Pierre LaFond Montecito Market
516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 565-1502
Open Daily from 6am-8pm
1250 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 565-9381
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Authentic Gourmet Italian Cuisine; Homemade Desserts
1151 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 969-2646
Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Authentic, Gourmet Italian Cuisine
Vai Vai Trattoria Pizzeria
1483 E Valley Rd # 20, Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 565-9393
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Authentic Italian Cuisine; Pizzeria
VIDEO: Vai Vai's Ines making Pizza!
Village Wine & Cheese Shop
1485 E Valley Rd # 14 Montecito, CA 93108
P: (805) 969-3815
Local and Specialty Wines; Gourmet Cheeses
Montecito Restaurants and Coastal Cuisine Go Hand in Hand
Dining in Montecito doesn't mean you have to eat seafood - that's not necessarily the definition of coastal cuisine. Honestly, no matter what you're eating or drinking, when you're in a perfect, coastal climate, everything tastes better.
While Montecito boasts a population of under 10,000, the restaurants in Montecito are excellent. Even if you're not planning to spend time in Montecito, you may want to take a quick, 10-minute drive down El Camino Real (also know as Highway 1 or the 101 freeway) for a visit through Montecito.
Montecito restaurants offer some of the freshest California cuisine, and many of the restaurants in the area like to offer organic, local, sustainable seafood, meats, vegetables and even local wines.
Just like Santa Barbara, Montecito enjoys some of the best weather all year long. Montecito's Mediterranean climate keeps the local restaurants comfortable 12 months a year with a nice, cool summer and a relatively warm winter. Rarely does the temperature escape the 60-80-degree range, so feel free to dine outside any time of year.
Grab a glass of wine, some fresh bread and cheese, or maybe drop by a local cafe or gourmet shop. Better yet, drop in for a dinner you'll never forget at one of Montecito's great, independent restaurants. Who knows? You may even rub elbows with a celebrity or two... not that you'll notice while you're eating some of the best food you've ever had.
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