A Visitors Guide to Restaurant Week in Santa Barbara

With over 450 restaurants in the city of Santa Barbara, how can a visitor like yourself possibly choose where to eat? During Restaurant Week, your decision is made a little easier as a variety of local spots offer their own discounted prix fixe menus. Keep reading to learn more about this upcoming week of delicious deals!


When and What is Santa Barbara Restaurant Week?

Fair questions. This year, Santa Barbara Restaurant Week will be Friday, Feb 21 through Friday, Mar 6. The concept of Restaurant Week is pretty simple- local restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for less than the usual price per plate. Dinner menus will be priced at $25, $35 and $45, making it incredibly affordable to dine at some of the nicest restaurants in Santa Barbara.


Participating Restaurants

A wide variety of cuisines participate in Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find something you like! This year’s list of participating restaurants has not yet been released, however past places included Wine Cask, the Italian Toma Restaurant & Bar and steakhouse, Lucky’s. Check the Santa Barbara Restaurant Week official website for updates on the 2020 restaurants.


History of Restaurant Week

The idea of Restaurant Week was born in New York, back in 1992. During the National Democratic Convention, Tim Zagat (restaurant guide curator) and Joe Baum (top restaurateur) began a lunch-only promotional event. The promotion? They offered the influx of visitors a discounted prix fixe meal. What was expected to be lost profits actually turned into a massive success. The week-long event grew into a four-week annual event in New York. It then eventually spread to other major cities across the United States, including Santa Barbara.


Stay at the Nearby Inn at East Beach 

As you indulge in good eats during Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, you shouldn’t have to spend lots of money on a hotel too, right? Choose the nearby Inn at East Beach and you won’t have to! At Inn at East Beach, guests can enjoy a first-class experience, without the first-class cost. Choose from 33 spacious guest rooms, each equipped with comfortable amenities and stylish décor.

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to try several popular restaurants, without spending a fortune. This February and March, take advantage of all the delicious prix fixe meals available. And, don’t forget to save on your stay with a night at the nearby Inn at East Beach.




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