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THESE ARE THE WINNERS of the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide online poll that started Thanksgiving 2009 and ended on New Years Eve. Thousands of locals participated in the Santa Barbara Survey and the results will be displayed online at SantaBarbara.com throughout 2010. Survey participants considered 104 different food & drink categories.

Winners of multiple awards (including both first place and finalist) are: Brewhouse (6), Brophy Bros (4), Cava (4), French Press (4), Fresco (4), Opal (4), Bouchon (3), Ca Dario (3), Cajun Kitchen (3), Elements (3), Lazy Acres (3), Los Arroyos (3), Natural Café (3), Pascucci (3), Sandbar (3), SOhO (3), Sojourner (3), Tonic (3), Tupelo Junction (3), Whole Foods Market (3), Alcazar (2), Backyard Bowls (2), Bella Vista at the Biltmore (2), Blush (2), Carlitos (2), Carr (2), China Pavilion (2), Costco Food Court (2), Dargan's (2), Epiphany (2), Freebirds (2), Hollister Brewing Co. (2), Jeanine's Bakery (2), Kalyra (2), Lilly's (2), Los Agaves (2), Mad Dogs (2), Madam Lu (2), Madison's (2), McConnell's (2), Mediterra (2), Melting Pot (2), Palace Grill (2), Palazzio (2), Petit Valentien (2), Rusty's Pizza (2), Santa Barbara Brewing Co. (2), Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. (2), South Coast Deli (2), Sunstone (2), Three Pickles (2), Wildcat (2), Wine Cask (2), Zaytoon (2).
 

Best Overall Restaurant
Ca Dario
Finalist: Opal Restaurant and Bar

Best New Restaurant
French Press
Finalists: Dogtown, Union Ale Brewing Co., Wine Cask


 

General Categories

Best American Restaurant
Finalist:
Brewhouse
Jane
 

Best Italian Restaurant
Finalist:

Ca Dario
Pascucci

Best Bakery
Finalist:

Jeannine's Bakery
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
 

Best Japanese Restaurant
Finalist:

Arigato Sushi
Sakana

Best Barbecue
Finalist:

Woody's BBQ
Barbecue Company
 

Best Latin Restaurant
Finalist:

Café Buenos Aires
Cava Restaurant & Bar
 

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

Best Mexican Restaurant
Finalist:

Los Arroyos
Los Agaves
 

Best Chinese Restaurant
Finalist:

China Pavilion
Madam Lu Chinese
 

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
Finalist:
Zaytoon
Chef Karim's
 

Best Coffee House
Finalist:

French Press
Daily Grind
 

Best Pizza
Finalist:

Rusty's Pizza Parlors
Giovanni's
 

Best Deli
Finalist:

South Coast Deli
Three Pickles

 

Best Seafood Restaurant
Finalist:

Brophy Bros.
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

 

Best French Restaurant
Finalists:

Petit Valentien
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
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
 

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

Best Thai Restaurant
Finalist:

Your Place
Zen Yai

 

Best Hot Dog
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Mad Dogs

 
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Finalist:
Natural Café
Sojourner Café
 

Best Indian Restaurant
Finalist:

Flavor of India
The Taj Cafe

 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Finalist:
Saigon In and Out
Noodle City
 
       

 

Specialty Categories

       
Best Burger (Burger Place)
Finalist:
The Habit
In-N-Out Burger
 
Best Restaurant for First Date
Finalist:
Elements
Pascucci
 
Best Burger (General Restaurant)
Finalists:
Paradise Cafe
Brewhouse
Kahuna Grill
 
Best Romantic Restaurant
Finalist:
Stonehouse Restaurant
Epiphany Restaurant & Bar
 
Best Burger (Veggie Burger)
Finalist:
Natural Café
Sojourner Café
 
Best Restaurant with a View
Finalist:
Boathouse
Brophy Bros.
 
Best Appetizers
Finalist:
Milk & Honey
Alcazar
 
Best Place for Large Groups
Finalists:
Brewhouse
El Paseo Restaurant
Palazzio
 
Best Bagel Shop
Finalist:
Jack's Bistro & Bagels
Bagel Cafe

 
Best Place for Private Dining Room
Finalist:
Bouchon
Cava Restaurant & Bar
Best Bargain
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Lilly's Taqueria

 
Best Restaurant Open Early
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Backyard Bowls
 
Best Breakfast
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Tupelo Junction Cafe

 
Best Restaurant Open Late
Finalist:
Roy
Edomasa
 
Best Buffet
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
Bistro at the Bacara Resort
Creekside Buffet at Chumash Casino
Flavor of India
 
Best Produce
Finalist:
Farmers Market
Tri County Produce
 
Best Butcher Shop
Finalist:
Whitefoot Meat Market
Country Meat Market
 
Best Salad Bar
Finalist:
Whole Foods Market
Lazy Acres
 
Best Caesar Salad
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Pascucci
 
Best Sandwiches
Finalist:
South Coast Deli
Three Pickles

 
Best Clam Chowder
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.
 
Best Restaurant Service
Finalist:
Palace Grill
Bouchon
 
Best Gourmet Food Store
Finalist:
Lazy Acres
Whole Foods Market

 
Best Sidewalk Café
Finalist:
Natural Café
French Press
 
Best Health Food
Finalist:
Lazy Acres
Whole Foods Market

 
Best Sunday Brunch
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
Stella Mare's

 
Best Pasta
Finalist:
Ca Dario
Palazzio
 
Best Tea Selection
Finalist:
Vices & Spices
French Press
Best Pizza Delivery
Finalist:
Rusty's Pizza Parlors
Pizza Guru

 
Best Take-Out Chinese
Finalist:
China Pavilion
Empress Palace
Madam Lu Chinese
Shang Hai
 
Best Place for Fresh Bread
Finalist:
Our Daily Bread
D'Angelo Bread
 
Best Take-Out Mexican
Finalist:
Rudy's
Los Arroyos
 
Best Restaurant for Thanksgiving
Finalist:
Doubletree Resort
Tupelo Junction Cafe
 
Best Burritos
Finalist:
Super Cuca's
Freebirds
 
Best Place for Ladies Night Out
Finalist:
Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Melting Pot
Best Salsa
Finalist:
Los Arroyos
Los Agaves

 
Best Place for Guys Night Out
Finalist:
Brewhouse
Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant
 
Best Taco Night
Finalist:
Chino's Rock & Tacos
Lilly's Taqueria
 
Where You Eat Out Most Frequently
Finalist:
Brewhouse
Fresco
 
   

 

Sweets

 
Best Place for Cakes
Finalist:
Jeannine's Bakery
Montecito Confections

 
Best Donut Shop
Finalist:
Spudnuts
Eller's Donuts
 
Best Place for Chocolate
Finalist:
Chocolate Maya
Chocolats du CaliBressan
Melting Pot
 
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 Isla Vista Restaurant
Finalist:
Freebirds
Silvergreens
 
Best Goleta Restaurant
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
Beachside Bar-Café
 
Best Montecito Restaurant
Finalist:
Montecito Cafe
Cava Restaurant & Bar
 
       

 

Bars & Wine

       
Best Restaurant Wine List
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Wine Cask
 
Best Happy Hour
Finalists:
Enterprise Fish Company
Brewhouse
Fish House
Sandbar

 
Best SB County Winery
Finalist:
Carr Vineyards and Winery
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
 
Best Singles Bar
Finalist:
Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Tonic
 
Best Wine Tasting in SY Valley
Finalist:
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Kalyra Winery
Rusack Winery
 
Best Sports Bar
Finalist:
Madison's Grill & Tavern
Santa Barbara Brewing Company

 
Best Wine Tasting in SB
Finalist:
Kalyra Winery
Carr Vineyards and Winery
Stiffest Drinks
Finalist:
Joe's Café
Harry's Plaza Cafe

 
Best Wine Shop
Finalist:
The Winehound
East Beach Wine

 
Best Margarita
Finalist:
Carlitos Cafe & Cantina
Blue Agave
 
Best Beer Selection on Tap
Finalist:
Z's Taphouse
Hollister Brewing Co.

 
Best Martini
Finalist:
Elements
Epiphany Restaurant & Bar

 
Best Bloody Mary
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Tupelo Junction Cafe
 
Best Neighborhood Bar
Finalist:
The Neighborhood
Cliff Room Sports Lounge
 
Best Place to Shoot Pool
Finalist:
Dargan's Irish Pub
Santa Barbara Brewing Company

 
Best Eatery For When You Are Nightclubbing Downtown And Suddenly Have The Munchies
Finalist:
Mad Dogs
Uncle Rocco's N.Y. Pizza
Best College Night
Finalist:
Sandbar
Madison's Sports Grill
Sharkeez
 
   
 

 
Music
 
Best Place to Dance
Finalist:
Wildcat Lounge
Tonic
 
Best Place for Latin Music
Finalist:
Carlitos Cafe & Cantina
Ruby's Café
SOhO

 
Best Place for Hip-Hop
Finalist:
Tonic
Sandbar
 
Best Place for Rock Music
Finalist:
SOhO
Santa Barbara Bowl
Velvet Jones
 
Best Place for Jazz
Finalist:
SOhO
Live Culture

 
Best Nightclub
Finalist:
Wildcat Lounge
EOS

 

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