The Santa Barbara Independent’s Of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll – 2018


The people have spoken! The 2018 edition of The Santa Barbara Independent’s Best Of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll is here. The investigation into the best that this city has to offer — from the restaurants and dog parks to the bars and beaches and beyond — came directly from loyal readers.

The results were staggering: 12,779 voters, from 13 to 100 years old, cast nearly 420,000 votes in 201 categories.


Eating: Fancy dishes, big burgers, and taco triumphs can all be found in this best dining round-up.

Drinking: Who’s got the stiffest drinks and best red wine? All that and more in the best beverage category.

Out & About: Music, movies, bowling, theater, billiards — find the best things to do outside of work.

Looking Good: Dressing up or just need new kicks? Here are the best spots for your feet, face, and more.

Romance: Beauty and the beaches — find the most romantic places to take a first date, get married, or celebrate an anniversary.

Housing: From gardening to house decorating to buying a home, the housing category has answers to all of your questions.

Driving: Cars, motorcycles, and more — here are the best places to get your automobile fixes.

Sporting Life: From martial arts studios to surf shops, here are the best places for keeping active.

Little Creatures: For all your kids’ and pets’ needs, check out the best toy stores, day care, pet shops, and doggie camps in town.

Living Well: Find the best places to indulge in life outside of work — from cameras to books to music to computer repair, and all things in between.

Media: From columnists to websites, here’s the best way to stay in touch with the world around us.