Off-Campus Dining

Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Isla Vista has a large variety of good off-campus dining options, convenient because it's all right in one spot

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of healthy options. Some of its expensive though

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety... but also like 8 pizza places alone

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's very pricey but still really good, strongly recommend

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most places are open fairly late, but it can be pretty expensive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 184th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1388th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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Isla Vista has restaurants that serve up anything you might crave. Each restaurant is within a five-minute walk from each other. If you’re an early bird, make sure to grab a breakfast bagel at Bagel Café, or if you’re on the run, grab a smoothie at Blenders in the Grass or a pick-me-up at the Coffee Collaborative. For lunch, you may want to stop by Silvergreens for healthy alternatives like soups, salads, and sandwiches. From Asian to Italian and Mexican to American, students living in Isla Vista are able to find restaurants that are convenient and great quality, whether they’re just looking for a quick bite or a group hangout.

For those who want to get out of the Isla Vista area, the city of Goleta surrounds the small town and offers many dining choices. Goleta has several local healthy restaurants such as The Natural and Fresco cafés, which are great options for inexpensive choices, chain restaurants such as Chili’s and Elephant Bar, and several ethnic restaurants, too. Just a 15-minute ride down the freeway, Santa Barbara has a large array of restaurants from which to choose. Perfect for birthdays or dates is Palazzio, where you are likely to spend a good $20 or more. There are many places to eat at off campus but be advised: Both food selection and price increase as you venture out of Isla Vista and down the freeway into Santa Barbara.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Café international
  • Freebirds World Burrito
  • The Pita Pit
  • Rosarito's
  • Silvergreens
  • Supa Cucas
  • Woodstock's
24-Hour Dining
  • Freebirds World Burrito
  • Subway
Best Asian
Something's Fishy
Best Breakfast
  • Backyard Bowls
  • Bagel Café
  • Cajun Kitchen
Best Coffee
  • Caje
  • Coffee Collaborative
Best Dessert
  • IV Drip
  • Sweet Alley
Best Healthy
  • Backyard Bowls
  • Blenders in the Grass
  • The Natural Café
  • Silvergreens Restaurant
Best Late-Night
Bagel Café
Best Mexican
  • El Sitio
  • Rosarito
Best Pizza
  • Giovanni's
  • Woodstock's Pizza
Best Wings
Dublin's Sports Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Arigato Sushi
  • Pascucci
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Hollister Brewing Co.
  • The Palace Grill
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alfie's Fish & Chips
  • All India Café
  • Altamirano Restaurant
  • Berrilicious
  • Bouchon
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • The Cantina
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Cold Spring Tavern
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Denny's
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Elephant Bar Restaurant
  • Fresco Café
  • Holdren's Grill
  • Hooteez Goodeez
  • IHOP
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • International Café
  • Itsuki Japanese Restaurant
  • Jack in the Box
  • Java Jones
  • Lilly's Tacos
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Los Agaves Restaurant
  • Mama's Bakery & Deli
  • Marmalade Café
  • McConnell's Ice Cream
  • McDonald's
  • Naan Stop
  • New China
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Palazzio
  • Palazzio
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Pho Bistro
  • The Pita Pit
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quiznos
  • Roy
  • Rusty's Pizza Parlor
  • Saigon Noodle House
  • Sakura Express
  • Sam's To Go
  • South Coast Deli
  • Super Cuca's
  • Sushiya Express
  • Woody's BBQ
  • Yogurtland
  • Your Choice Thai Restaurant
  • Zaytoon
  • Zenyai Thai Cuisine

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Albertsons
7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 968-3558
www.albertsons.com
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.
Isla Vista Market
939 Embarcadero Del Mar, Goleta
(805) 968-3597
www.islavistamarket.com
Daily 7 a.m.–12 a.m.
Trader Joe's
5767 Calle Real, Goleta
(805) 692-2234
www.traderjoes.com
Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Vons
175 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta
(805) 683-8764
www.vons.com
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Arigato Sushi
Food: Sushi
1225 State St.
(805) 965-6074
www.arigatosantabarbara.com
Price: $10–$30
Backyard Bowls
Food: Healthy
5668 Calle Real, Goleta
(805) 770-2730
www.backyardbowls.com
Price: $8–$15
Bagel Café
Food: Bagels, coffee/tea
6551 Trigo Road
(805) 685-7114
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Good bagel melts and sandwiches. Open late night.
Blenders in the Grass
Food: Smoothies
6560 Pardall Road
(805) 685-1134
www.drinkblenders.com
Price: $3–$8
Brophy Brothers
Food: Seafood
119 Harbor Way
(805) 966-4418
www.brophybros.com
Price: $15–$30
Cool Features: Great view overlooking the water
Caje
Food: Coffee
948 Embarcadero Del Norte, Goleta
(805) 684-8014
www.cajeislavista.com
Price: $5–$10
Cajun Kitchen
Food: Breakfast, Creole
6831 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 571-1517
www.cajunkitchencafesb.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Louisiana-style cuisine and breakfast
China Pavilion
Food: Chinese
1202 Chapala St.
(805) 560-6028
china-pavilion.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Trendy atmosphere and large dim sum menu
Coffee Collaborative
Food: Coffee
6560 Pardall Road
(805) 968-7441
coffeecollaborative.org
Price: $3–$8
Deja Vu
Food: American
966 Embarcadero Del Mar
(805) 968-8888
dejavuiv.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Delivery service
Dublin's Sports Grill
Food: American
910 Embarcadero Del Norte
(805) 685-1503
Price: $8–$15
El Sitio
Food: Mexican
2830 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara
(805) 682-9747
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Authentic Mexican, great tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches)
Freebirds World Burrito
Food: Mexican
879 Embarcadero Del Norte, Goleta
(805) 968-0123
www.freebirds.com
Price: $5–$10
Giovanni's
Food: Italian, pizza
6583 Pardall Road
(805) 968-2254
www.giovannispizzasb.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Large patio and multiple televisions that air all sports games
The Habit Burger Grill
Food: Hamburgers
5735 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 964-0366
www.habitburger.com
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: 100 percent lean meat, bread baked fresh daily, milkshakes use real ice cream, fries made with 100 percent vegetable oil
Hollister Brewing Co.
Food: American
6980 Market Place Drive, Goleta
(805) 968-2810
hollisterbrewco.com
Price: $10–$20
IV Drip
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
905 Embarcadero Del Norte
(805) 968-4550
Price: $5–$10
Ming Dynasty
Food: Chinese
290 Storke Road, Goleta
(805) 968-1308
www.mingdynastygoleta.com
Price: $10–$30
Cool Features: Chinese buffet and Mongolian grill
The Natural Café
Food: Sandwiches, salads, soups
5892 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 692-2363
www.thenaturalcafe.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Healthy and affordable
Noodle City
Food: Vietnamese
5869 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 683-6818
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Authentic Vietnamese soups and cuisine
The Palace Grill
Food: Cajun
8 E. Cota St.
(805) 963-5000
www.palacegrill.com
Price: $10–$30
Pascucci
Food: Seafood
729 State St.
(805) 963-8123
www.pascuccirestaurant.com
Price: $10–$30
Rosarito
Food: Mexican
966 Embarcadero Del Mar, Goleta
(805) 685-4444
Price: $10–$30
Sam's To Go
Food: Sandwiches
6560 Pardall Road
(805) 685-8895
www.samstogosb.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Outdoor patio great for people-watching
Silvergreens Restaurant
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup
900 Embarcadero Del Mar
(805) 961-1700
www.silvergreens.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: You can order smaller portions of combined menu items (half and half and threesome orders).
Something's Fishy
Food: Japanese
500 State St., Santa Barbara
(805) 966-6607
Price: $10–$30
Subway
Food: Sandwiches
888 Embaradero Del Norte, Goleta
(805) 685-7065
www.subway.com
Price: $3–$8
Sweet Alley
Food: Frozen yogurt
955 Embarcadero Del Mar
(805) 845-4680
www.sweetalley.com
Price: $3–$8
Woodstock's Pizza
Food: Pizza
928 Embarcadero Del Norte
(805) 968-6969
www.woodstocksiv.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Great atmosphere. You can watch sports games and hang out with friends on Trivia Tuesdays.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 189 responses

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  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 203 responses

  • 8% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 46% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 41% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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