Our Story 

Centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara, Barbareño enhances the essence of our local cuisine on the Central Coast of California. Using the history and traditions of our area as a starting point, along with the abundance of locally produced products available from the region, Executive Chef Julian Martinez and Chef de Cuisine Preston Knox work to create a menu that vividly expresses our time and place. Served in a casual yet refined space and complimented by some of the best wines and beers in California, we seek to redefine the significance of California Cuisine.

“As California as it gets,

without being too


-The New York Times

“The team mixes can’t-miss

dishes with a sense of humor” 

-Outside Magazine

Number One Essential Santa

Barbara Restaurant

-Eater Los Angeles

“It’s a great little

neighborhood, local joint.”

-Rajat Parr, in Robb Report

“This restaurant looks, feels

and tastes like pure


-USA Today