My wife and I are going to be in Santa Barbara at the end of July on business. It coincides with my birthday too, so we are looking for several restaurant recommendations. I’ve poured over the archives of CH, and most of the SB posts are over two years old. I did follow a few more recent threads, but many were for casual-dining, vegetarian, or similar limitations.
We enjoy fine-dining and great wine lists. The price does not have to be “over-the-top,” but the entire operation should be top-notch. With the exception of my wife’s inability to handle bi-valves (most chefs can easily make a substitution), we are omnivores - so long as the wine goes well with the meal. We have no special cuisines in mind and are totally open. Any great tasting menus with sommelier’s pairings are a big plus, or a spot with great half-bottle selections would earn points too.
We will be staying in Santa Barbara, will have a car, but, as we both enjoy fine wine, would like to not have a trip to and from the restaurants.
To give an idea of the restaurants that we have enjoyed in CA (mostly SF-area):
Restaurant Gary Danko
Viognier (San Mateo)
French Laundry (Yountville)
Thank you for the time and the thoughts.