Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year: Every few months I publish a list of restaurant openings, closings, and a list of restaurants that are coming soon.

  • August 2019: Alito’s, 509 State St.; Hoffmann Brat Haus, 801 State St., Ming Dynasty, 290 Storke Rd., Goleta
  • July 2019: Giovanni’s, 1905 Cliff Dr. (rumors say it is changing to a taproom owned by Mesa Burger); The Little Door, 129 E. Anapamu St.
  • June 2019: Sweet Alley, 955 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista (changing to Vons Korean Fried Chicken)
  • May 2019: Ca’Dario Pasta Veloce, 38 W. Victoria St. (now Locale); Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 1209 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing to Mesa Burger); Goa Taco, 718 State St. (now Apna Indian Cuisine); Senor Frogs, 892 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Smithy, 7 E. Anapamu St. (now La Cocina)
  • April 2019: Borrello’s Pizza and Pastaria, 3807 Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria; Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, 6530 Seville Rd., Isla Vista (now Mojo Tea House, Ike’s moved to 1936 State St.); Jersey Mike’s Subs, 1213 State St. (changing to Taqueria Santa Barbara); Red Pepper Restaurant, 282 Orange Ave., Goleta
  • March 2019: Green Star Coffee, 38 W. Victoria St.; La Bella Rosa Bakery, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • February 2019: Kahuna Grill, 7010 Camino Real Marketplace, Goleta (now Mesa Burger)
  • January 2019: Giovanni’s, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing to Ca’ Dario); Rodney’s Grill at the Hilton, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
  • December 2018: Big Eye Raw Bar, 38 W. Victoria St.; Hanamura, 901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista (now Hanamura Cantonese Dim Sum); One Piece, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (now Mala Town); Pacific Crepes, 705 Anacapa St.; Spoon, 1222 State St. (changing to Mangione’s Italian Ice); Your Cake Baker by Wayne Kjar, 2018 Cliff Dr. (now The Little Things Bakery)
  • November 2018: Sunny Korean Restaurant, 532 State St.; Wildwood Kitchen, 412 E. Haley St.
  • October 2018: Basil’s, 608 Anacapa St.; Burger Barn, 3621 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez; Santa Barbara Brewing Company, 501 State St. (now Cruisery)
  • September 2018: El Pollo Rico, 5698 Hollister Ave., Goleta (now La Guerrerita); Good Cup, 1819 Cliff Dr. (now Lighthouse Coffee); Mundos, 901 N. Milpas St. (now Bossie’s Kitchen); Pinkberry, 742 State St.; Sly’s, 686 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (changing to Little Dom’s Seafood); Urkeb, 413 State St.; Vons in La Cumbre Plaza, 3855 State St. (changing to Bristol Farms)
  • August 2018: El Pollo Loco, 5796 Calle Real, Goleta (now Masala Spice); Flagstone Pantry, 38 W. Victoria St.; Frankland’s Crab & Co., 1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (now Sushi|Bar); HiWi Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (now Mala Town); Locavore Kitchen, 21 W. Victoria St.; Miso Hungry, 134 E. Canon Perdido St. (changing to a French bakery); Paesano’s Pizzeria, 1429 San Andres St.; Trattoria Mollie, 1250 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (moved to 1218 State St.)

With the owners retiring, Goleta institution Ming Dynasty closed after decades in business

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  1. Don says:

    Made a reservation for my parents on the last evening Ming Dynasty is open! Right now takeout is a 2 HOUR wait!
    BTW, I do not see Red Pepper Chinese Restaurant on the list of closures. They were in business for 18 years at the location of my parents original restaurant. If you want to know where Su Chin is currently, she is now waitressing at China Pavilion. It was so nice to run into her there,
    Since the closing of Empress Palace, Red Pepper, and now Ming Dynasty, I don’t know where my parents can go for nearby Chinese food. They have not tried China King yet. Magic Dragon would be way too spicy. I think that makes China Pavilion the only formal nice one left in SB. But the distance is too far. =(

  2. VT says:

    China King on Calle Real?

    • The Restaurant Guy says:

      Is China King closed? Their web site and Yelp still say open.

      • Donald L Chan says:

        No, did not mean to imply that. But I think my folks would find it a bit cramped.

        But I do recall now that there are now only TWO, not one, Chinese restaurants left in SB with formal dining space. China Pavilion and the new one what used to be Yen Ching.

        • Sbmizzou says:

          The Chinese food in all of Santa Barbara/Goleta has been lacking. There is no place I crave. The closest I get is Thai food at Patsya. While the digs are funky, the food is good.

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