Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year. Sadly, included in the list are several local icons: Pea Soup Andersen’s (100 years), Arnoldi’s Café (87 years), Derf’s (47 years), and Via Vai (30 years). If I missed any closings, please let me know.

  • July 2024: Mesa Verde, 1919 Cliff Dr.; Recipes Bakery, 604 Santa Barbara St.
  • June 2024: Coast & Olive, 1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing to a lounge run by Good Lion Hospitality); Derf’s, 2000 De la Vina St. (changing to The Nugget); Pizza Mizza, 1114 State St. (now Santa Barbara Courthouse Distillery and Events)
  • May 2024: Arnoldi’s Café, 600 Olive St. (may reopen); Jamba Juice, UCSB; Social Eats, 6521 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Trattoria Vittoria, 30 E. Victoria St.
  • April 2024: Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Shalhoob’s at the Market, 38 W. Victoria St.; Via Vai Trattoria & Pizzeria, 1483 East Valley Rd., Montecito
  • February 2024: Taza Mediterranean Street Kitchen, 413 State St. (changing to an Italian restaurant)
  • January 2024: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 5745 Calle Real, Goleta; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Santa Barbara Airport (now Santa Barbara Roasting Company); Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant, 216 East Yanonali St.; Pea Soup Andersen’s, 376 Ave of Flags, Buellton (under new ownership, plans to reopen after renovation); Rockfire Grill, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (changing to a pizza place)
  • December 2023: Santa Barbara Sunshine Café, 3514 State St. (moved to 5711 Calle Real, Goleta)
  • November 2023: Juniper on Fourth, 478 4th Place, Solvang
  • October 2023: Elena’s Kitchen, 738 State St.
  • September 2023: Mokutan, 716 State St. (now Best BBQ); Hollister Brewing Co., 6980 Marketplace Dr., Goleta (changing to Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen); Uptown Lounge, 3126 State St.
  • August 2023: Oppi’z Bistro and Natural Pizza, 1026 State St. (now  Indian Tandoori Kingdom); Pueblo Pollo, 2984 State St. (moved to 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista)
  • July 2023: Courthouse Tavern, 129 East Anapamu St. (now Cafe La Fonda); Mr B Restaurant & Café, 140 S. Hope Ave.
This entry was posted in Restaurant News. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Jeanette Arnoldi says:

    Great news ARNOLDI’S CAFE will be re opening soon.
    ARNOLDI’S CAFE will be starting a new chapter with a new “business owner” Please be patient, we’ll keep you updated with “Re Grand Opening” details.

  2. Boss says:

    Coast & Olive in June

  3. Corinne says:

    Old Town Coffee looks like it closed its downtown location

  4. Than Dihn says:

    What happened Corienne? We went there and the cafe was too burnt tasting-like the swill at the corporate us empire places

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *