Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last 12 months:

  • February 2024: Best BBQ, 716 State St.; Cookie Plug, 918 State St.; Silvers Omakase, 224 Helena Ave.; Yummy Thai, 5918 Hollister Ave, Goleta
  • January 2024: Bruxie, 12 W De la Guerra St.; Oakberry, 6580 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista;
  • December 2023: Cafe La Fonda, 129 East Anapamu St.; Mister Softee, 935 State St.; Santa Barbara Sunshine Café, 5711 Calle Real
  • November 2023: Azul Cocina, 7 East Anapamu St.; Dang Burger, 5080 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; Juniper on Fourth, 478 4th Place, Solvang; Pueblo Pollo, 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista
  • October 2023: Santa Barbara Fish Market, 7127 Hollister Ave. Ste. 18, Goleta; Santa Barbara Pizza House, 515 State St.
  • September 2023: Crumbl Cookies, 5660 Calle Real, Goleta; Pizza Mizza, 1114 State St.
  • August 2023: Asia 101, 903 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista; Mollie’s Italian Deli, 1039 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria
  • July 2023: Chick-fil-A (reopened), 3707 State St.; Maria’s Tacos, 6545 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Social Eats, 6521 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Terra, 5490 Hollister Ave., Goleta (inside The Steward hotel); The Kitchen (inside Calvary Chapel), 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Ste. 21
  • June 2023: KOZY Craft Coffee, 6560 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Pokewaves, 4791 Calle Real #102, Noleta
  • May 2023: Goodland Waffles and Melts, 1131 State St.; I.V. Pizza and Pub, 6533 Trigo Road Ste. 108, Isla Vista; Kin Bakeshop, 199 S. Turnpike Rd. Ste. 103, Noleta; Los Altos, 5892 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • April 2023: Beast Taqueria, 634 State St. (inside M-Special); Draughtsmen Aleworks, 1631 Mission St., Solvang; Sweet Reef Boba, 620 State St.; Taqueria La Unica, 3771 State St.; Three Pickles Deli, 1436 Chapala St.
  • March 2023: Rascal’s Vegan Food, 432 E. Haley St.; Three Monkeys, 38 W. Victoria St.;
  • February 2023: Dawn Café, 524 State St.; Gala, 705 Anacapa St.; Kaz ToGo Japanese Food, 3613 State St.; Maiz Picante Taqueria, 2714 De la Vina St.

IN PASEO NUEVO: Bruxie opened downtown in January, offering hand-crafted waffle sandwiches, chicken tenders and artisan custard shakes.

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  1. Dan Fleury says:

    Can you make an updated list of gluten free and vegitarian restaruant options?

  2. Gillian M says:

    Hi John, We opened Lilac Montecito on Coast Village Road in January 2024 and are offering dinner in a full-service fine-dining setting at 5 pm daily. Plans are underway to open with brunch in the next few months as well!



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