Since i often ask for recs and rarely write reviews I thought it was only fair...
We had a great three days in Santa Barbara - the culinary hilites are below
Scarlett Begonia - Creatve and healthy menu. Nice courtyard setting. The food was good and fresh.
Cajun Kitchen - Not so healthy but very good. Basic American breakfast with Cajun specialties if you desire. Great egg dishes and excellent potatoes. There are several locations.
Hitching Post Two (Bueltomn) - Suprisingly the steak was excellent. It was very tasty and super tender. The fries were incredible. I recently had dinner at The Palm and this steak was much better!
Ca'Dario - Amazing Italian meal. Four people each had different meals and everyone loved it. I had the chicken baked in a clay pot and it was extraordinary
Kai - Fun Japanese and Shabu Shabu on State Street. The staff was great.