Brass Bear is our go-to spot for a low energy afternoon in the Funk Zone. Their limited food menu is full of high quality ingredients and locally sourced meat and produce. Tri-tip sliders are a favorite!
Flor De Maiz
Flor De Maiz blends contemporary and traditional flavors and style to serve up a refreshing take on Mexican dining. Located on Cabrillo Blvd, the seaside atmosphere are hard to beat. They also have a great happy hour.
Fresh seafood combined with the busy harbor energy sets this restaurant up as a favorite of tourists and locals alike. They don’t take reservations so off-peak times are great for quick seating. Don’t miss the Fish & Chips!
elevated comfort food
The Nook is a hidden gem in the Funk Zone. The menu is perfect for either a grab and go lunch or dinner with friends over a beer or glass of wine from the surrounding tasting rooms.
Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey is our date night favorite. They playfully combine the small town comforts of Santa Barbara with the atmosphere of a restaurant in a more metropolitan city. Their eclectic tapas menu is full of fun local flavors.
The Lark is another date night favorite. Shared plate style dining let you many of their amazing flavors. Reservation are necessary as this place fills up fast!
low key lounge
Muni is our favorite daytime wine hangout. Bring some cards and relax on their patio with a bold red blend and peekaboo ocean views. Try different wines from their Muni, Potek, and Nowadays labels.
Located outside of the main tourist areas, Third Window Brewing is our favorite spot to get away from the Funk Zone craziness. Check their rotating food menu for some of the best pizza and smash burgers in town.
Don’t miss a cold beer at the oldest brewery in Santa Barbara. Enjoy food, drinks, and games in their ‘Unbearable’ Lounge – there’s actually a 10ft bear inside.
Deep Sea Wines
wine with a view
There is no shortage of wine tasting in Santa Barbara, but nothing comes close to the view at Deep Sea. Enjoy your favorite wine on their patio with breathtaking sunset views.
Lama Dog Tap Room has 20 revolving craft beers on tap, 4 varieties of wine on tap and keeps the bottle shop full of craft beer from around the world. They share the space with The Nook so be sure to grab a Lama Burger.
Funk zone wine lounge
The Skyenna philosophy of wine making is simple — to please the palate by letting the characteristics of the vineyards speak volumes with no additives.
A tropical island inspired neighborhood craft cocktail bar. Rather than trying to say that description five times fast, just head over there and try a Passion Fruit Mule!
Are you a frequent flier and tired of the same old places? Check out Captain Fatty’s Tasting Room in Goleta. Their Chisme lager michelada pairs well with a slow-to-rise sunday morning.
Rooted Vine Tours
boutique wine tours
Rooted Vine Tours offers a fun and educational tour of Santa Barbara’s vast and amazing wine country. Their guides are passionate and knowledgeable about wine and wine production.
Whether it’s a guided hike, yoga session, Stand Up Paddle boarding lesson, or high-intensity boot camp, Expond instructors are well-versed in professionalism, punctuality, and the Forbes 5 Star Standard levels of conduct.