The Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping our oceans healthy, is working to expand their Ocean Friendly Restaurants program in Santa Barbara to help reduce food service industry waste to keep our coasts cleaner. “We started the program last summer, and already have 15 participating restaurants,” says representative Sandra Fogg.  “We would love to see more restaurants striving for sustainability and waste reduction, and awareness of restaurants that are making that effort would be a great way to set an example.”

Mandatory practices include: No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam); Proper recycling practices are followed; Reusable tableware is used for onsite dining and to-go utensils are provided only upon request; No plastic bags are offered for to-go orders; and Straws are provided only upon request. Additional best-practices are listed online at santabarbara.surfrider.org

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  1. Nancy Freeman says:

    Where, in Santa Barbara and Goleta, can one buy fish in a restaurant, without having to take out a mortgage to pay for it? I consider $25 for a 3-4 oz. piece of fish too much to pay, ( before taxes, tips, etc. )

    Are there not edible fish in the Pacific Ocean, right there on our shores?

  2. mikeyr says:

    Nikka Fish Market and Grill on Calle Real in Goleta