My family lives in LA, but we go up to SB a few times a year. Our regular stops are:
La Super Rica
Via Vai (lunch)
Hitching Post Buellton
Ca Dario (though not very good last few visits)
Boathouse (OK food, great view)
We usually stay at Fess Parker's, and have a car. Breakfast is free at hotel.
We have a picky 10 year old and 17 year old pescatarian (sp?), so a place like Julienne or Bouchon is probably out - a little too fancy too.
Thanks in advance.