The long-awaited opening of Hotel Californian, as part of the waterfront “La Entrada” redevelopment project, has arrived and along with its primary restaurant Blackbird. Call 882-0100. The official description of the restaurant is as follows: “Classic meets contemporary at Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant, featuring exquisite Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on Santa Barbara-sourced, hyper-seasonal ingredients. With the Pacific Ocean and the Funk Zone as a backdrop, Blackbird offers a sleek, yet approachable and wholly unpretentious atmosphere with a pulse on contemporary Santa Barbara.” Blackbird joins Hotel Californian’s street-facing café, named Goat Tree which offers a bakery and meals with a slight Moroccan flavor. Thanks to reader Peter for the tip.