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Here are the winners of the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide online poll that started last Thanksgiving and ended on New Years Eve. The results will be displayed online throughout 2011 and beyond.

Survey participants considered 115 different food & drink categories. New categories this year include: "Power Lunch," "Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant," "Best Summerland Restaurant," "Best Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant," "Best Place for Soup," "Best Fresh Fish Market," and "Best Supermarket."

Winners of three or more awards (including first place or finalist) are: Fresco Café (6), bouchon (5), Harry's Plaza Café (5), Brophy Bros. (4), Ca' Dario (4), Natural Cafe (4), Opal (4), Arch Rock Fish (3), Cajun Kitchen (3), Cava (3), Hollister Brewing Co. (3), Joe's Cafe (3), Lazy Acres (3), Los Agaves (3) and Tonic (3).

New restaurants that received awards include: Arch Rock Fish, The Blue Owl at Zen Yai, Kogilicious, Olio Pizzeria, and Savoy Café & Deli.
   

Best Overall Restaurant
Julienne
Finalist: bouchon, Ca' Dario

Best New Restaurant
Olio Pizzeria
Finalist: Arch Rock Fish

   

General Categories

Best American Restaurant:
Finalist:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Brewhouse

Best Japanese Restaurant:
Finalist:

Arigato Sushi
Edomasa

Best Bakery:
Finalist:

Jeannine's Bakery
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

Best Korean Restaurant:
Finalist:

New China
Kogilicious

Best Barbecue:
Finalist:

Woody's BBQ
Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch

Best Latin Restaurant:
Finalist:

Café Buenos Aires
Cava Restaurant & Bar

Best Cajun Restaurant:
Finalist:
Palace Grill
Cajun Kitchen
Best Mediterranean Restaurant:
Finalist:
Mediterra Cafe & Market
Zaytoon
Best Californian Restaurant:
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Julienne

Best Mexican Restaurant:
Finalist:

Los Agaves
Los Arroyos

Best Chinese Restaurant:
Finalist:

China Pavilion
Madam Lu Chinese

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant:
Finalist:
Zaytoon
I.V. Deli Mart

Best Coffee House:
Finalist:

French Press
Starbucks

Best Pizza:
Finalist:

Giovanni's
Olio Pizzeria
Rusty's Pizza Parlors

Best Deli:
Finalist:

South Coast Deli
Three Pickles

Best Seafood Restaurant:
Finalist:

Brophy Bros.
Arch Rock Fish

Best French Restaurant:
Finalist:

bouchon
Cafe Luck

Best Smoothie:
Finalist:
Blenders in the Grass
Backyard Bowls
Best Fusion Restaurant:
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Elements
Best Spanish Restaurant:
Finalist:
Alcazar
Cava Restaurant & Bar
Best German Restaurant:
Finalist:
Brummis
Dutch Garden Restaurant

Best Steakhouse:
Finalist:

Holdren's
Lucky's

Best Greek Restaurant:
Finalist:
Greek House Cafe
Mediterra Cafe & Market

Best Thai Restaurant:
Finalist:

Zen Yai
Your Place

Best Hot Dog:
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Mad Dogs
Best Vegetarian Restaurant:
Finalist:
Natural Café
Sojourner Café

Best Indian Restaurant:
Finalist:

Flavor of India
All India Cafe

Best Vietnamese Restaurant:
Finalist:
Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
Noodle City

Best Italian Restaurant:
Finalist:

Ca' Dario
Olio E Limone


Specialty Categories

Best Burger (Burger Place):
Finalist:
The Habit
In-N-Out Burger
Best Restaurant for First Date:
Finalist:
Stonehouse Restaurant
Ca' Dario
Best Burger (General Restaurant):
Finalist:
Paradise Cafe
Kahuna Grill
Best Romantic Restaurant:
Finalist:
Stonehouse Restaurant
bouchon
Best Burger (Veggie Burger):
Finalist:
Natural Café
The Habit
Best Restaurant with a View:
Finalist:
Boathouse
Brophy Bros.
Best Appetizers:
Finalist:
FisHouse
Milk & Honey
Best Place for Large Groups:
Finalist:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Something's Fishy
Best Bagel Shop:
Finalist:
Jack's Bistro & Bagels
Bagel Cafe
Best Private Dining Room:
Finalist:
bouchon
Cava Restaurant & Bar
Stella Mare's
Best Bargain:
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
In-N-Out Burger
Best Restaurant Open Early:
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Sambos
Best Breakfast:
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Tupelo Junction Cafe
Best Restaurant Open Late:
Finalist:
The Blue Owl at Zen Yai
Roy
Best Buffet:
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
Ming Dynasty
Best Produce:
Finalist:
Farmers Market
Tri County Produce
Best Butcher Shop:
Finalist:
Shalhoob Meat Co.
Country Meat Market
Best Salad Bar:
Finalist:
Chuck's of Hawaii
Savoy Cafe & Deli
Best Caesar Salad:
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Pascucci
Best Sandwiches:
Finalist:
South Coast Deli
Three Pickles
Best Clam Chowder:
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Enterprise Fish Company
Best Restaurant Service:
Finalist:
Palace Grill
bouchon
Best Gourmet Food Store:
Finalist:
Lazy Acres
Whole Foods Market
Best Sidewalk Café:
Finalist:
Natural Café
Andersens Danish Bakery & Restaurant
Best Health Food:
Finalist:
Whole Foods Market
Lazy Acres
Best Sunday Brunch:
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
El Paseo Restaurant
Best Pasta:
Finalist:
Ca Dario
Palazzio
Best Tea Selection:
Finalist:
Vices & Spices
Teavana
Best Pizza Delivery:
Finalist:
Rusty's Pizza Parlors
Marty's Pizza Delivery
Best Take-Out Chinese:
Finalist:
China Pavilion
Madam Lu
Best Place for Fresh Bread:
Finalist:
Our Daily Bread
D'Angelo Bread
Best Take-Out Mexican:
Finalist:
Rudy's
Los Agaves
Best Place for Cheese:
Finalist:
C'est Cheese
Lazy Acres
Best Burritos:
Finalist:
Super Cuca's
Freebirds
Best Restaurant for Thanksgiving:
Finalist:
Coast Restaurant & Bar
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Best Salsa:
Finalist:
Los Agaves
Los Arroyos
Best Place for Ladies Night Out:
Finalist:
Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Milk & Honey
Wildcat Lounge
Best Taco:
Finalist:
Lilly's Taqueria
La Super Rica Taqueria
Best Place for Guys Night Out:
Finalist:
Dargan's Irish Pub
Joe's Cafe
Union Ale Brewing Co.
Best Place for Soup:
Finalist:
Roy
Fresco Cafe
Where You Eat Out Most Often:
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Natural Café
Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant:
Finalist:
California Pizza Kitchen
Shoreline Beach Cafe
Beach Grill at Padaro
Best Fresh Fish Market:
Finalist:
Santa Barbara Fish Market
Kanaloa Seafood
Best Supermarket:
Finalist:
Trader Joes - De La Vina St
Ralphs - Carrillo St

Power Lunch

Best Place for a Business Lunch in Santa Barbara:
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe - Five Points
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Best Place for a Business Lunch in Goleta:
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe North
Beachside Bar Cafe
Best Place for a Business Lunch in Carpinteria:
Finalist:
Zookers
Sly's
Best Place for a Business Lunch in Santa Ynez Valley:
Finalist:
Los Olivos Cafe
Vineyard House Restaurant

Sweets

Best Place for Cakes:
Finalist:
Jeannine's Bakery
Anna's Bakery
Best Donut Shop:
Finalist:
Spudnuts
Eller's Donuts
Best Place for Chocolate:
Finalist:
Chocolate Maya
See's Candies
Best Frozen Yogurt:
Finalist:
Yogurtland
McConnell's
Best Place for Cupcakes:
Finalist:
Crushcakes Cupcakery
Whodidily
Best Gelato:
Finalist:
Spoon
Here's the Scoop
Best Restaurant for Dessert:
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Sojourner Café
Best Ice Cream:
Finalist:
McConnell's
Cold Stone Creamery

Region

Best Carpinteria Restaurant:
Finalist:
Sly's
Corktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro
Best Montecito Restaurant:
Finalist:
Montecito Cafe
Tre Lune
Best Goleta Restaurant:
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
Holdren's Grill
Best Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant:
Finalist:
Trattoria Grappolo
Root 246
Best Isla Vista Restaurant:
Finalist:
Freebirds
Woodstock's Pizza
Best Summerland Restaurant:
Finalist:
Summerland Beach Cafe
The Nugget

Wine, Beer & Bars

Best Restaurant Wine List:
Finalist:
Wine Cask
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Best Happy Hour:
Finalist:
Enterprise Fish Co.
Arch Rock Fish
Best SB County Winery:
Finalist:
Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards
Melville Vineyards and Winery
Best Singles Bar:
Finalist:
Joe's Cafe
Madison's Grill & Tavern
Tonic
Best Wine Tasting in SY Valley
Finalist:
Sunstone Vineyard & Winery
Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards
Best Sports Bar:
Finalist:
SB Brewing Co. Lounge
Madison's Grill & Tavern
Best Wine Tasting in SB
Finalist:
Kalyra by the Sea
Wine Cask Tasting Room
Stiffest Drinks:
Finalist:
Joe's Cafe
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Best Wine Shop:
Finalist:
The Winehound
East Beach Wine
Best Margarita:
Finalist:
Carlitos Cafe & Cantina
Blue Agave
Best Brewery:
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
The Brewhouse
Best Martini:
Finalist:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Elements
Hungry Cat
Best Beer Selection on Tap:
Finalist:
Z's Taphouse
Hollister Brewing Co.
Best Neighborhood Bar:
Finalist:
The Neighborhood
Cliff Room Sports Lounge
Best Bloody Mary:
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Tupelo Junction Cafe
Best Eatery For When You Are Nightclubbing Downtown And Suddenly Have The Munchies:
Finalist:
The Blue Owl at Zen Yai
Mad Dogs
Best Place to Shoot Pool:
Finalist:
Dargan's Irish Pub
Don Q Billiards
Best Place to Dance:
Finalist:
Wildcat Lounge
Tonic
Best College Night:
Finalist:
Sandbar
Sharkeez
Best Nightclub:
Finalist:
Wildcat Lounge
SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
Tonic

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