A Tropical Affair

Visiting Santa Barbara

Where do the girls from A Tropical Affair go to eat, drink, and shop? Read below to check out some of our favorite local spots!


Arigato Sushi

1225 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965–6074


Known for their extensive and creative menu, Arigato is our choice for freshest sushi. Their appetizers are phenomenal — make sure to try an order of their ahi carpaccio — and the sake list unrivaled. This dinner–only restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. We love the atmosphere because it’s always packed with a lively crowd; we’re sure to see a few of our customers there, no matter when we visit. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait outside or take a seat at the bar to watch the chefs cook up their beautiful dishes.

Brophy Brothers

119 Harbor Way

Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966–4418


Voted Santa Barbara’s best seafood restaurant, Brophy Brothers is located upstairs at the harbor. Cozy tables, a unique double sided see–and–be–seen bar, and excellent food guarantee you’ll have a great time. Veranda seating offers a wonderful view of the boats; you may even see a truckload of fresh caught urchins pass by while you eat. This restaurant doesn’t take reservations either, so trade in your car keys for a buzzer and watch the boats in their downstairs bar, appetizers only!

Wine Cask

813 Anacapa Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Wine colored memories are the Wine Cask's specialty. This little complex in the heart of downtown has a variety of venues for different purposes. There's a well stocked tasting room that allows you to try the local wines. A fine dining restaurant inspired by regional offerings for a sophisticated evening out. Intermezzo, an attached bar and cafe with specialty cocktails and small bites. And last, but certainly not least, an outdoor courtyard for dining al fresco when the weather is fine... which is pretty much anytime from April through October!

Olio e Limone

17 West Victoria Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 899–2699

At Olio e Limone, chef Alberto Morello’s Sicilian–inspired dishes embrace the culinary philosophy printed on the menu: “Nothing in the food world is better than the natural embrace between the olive and the lemon.” Choosing from the many pastas and entrees on offer can be daunting, so let us recommend our favorite, Ravioli di Zucca, the delectable housemade pumpkin-ricotta ravioli with cream sauce and sage butter. Very naughty and very nice! Sample their organic olive oil while your meal is being made to order. A large glass wall in the dining area allows you to peek into the extensive wine cellar that has been garnering this restaurant the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2002.

Backyard Bowls

331 Motor Way,

Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 845-5379


Healthy eating and a fab bikini body usually go hand in hand. As much as we'd love to nosh on french fries and fancy cheeses all the time, we appreciate the benefits of a nourishing breakfast and a light lunch, especially on warmer days. Backyard Bowls is the place we go when a craving for fresh fruit and simple grains strikes. Their customizable Acai bowls are delicious, nutritious, and prepared in a flash. Lucky for us, it's only 2 blocks away!



138 E. Canon Perdido ,

Snata Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 845-6488


For our very favorite dinner experience, head to Julienne to indulge chef Justin West's delicious creations. Specializing in what they consider "Market Bistro" cuisine, this locavore restaurant serves 100% local seafood, farmer's market vegetables, and nearby ranched raised animals. And, more importantly, everything is delicious - from the house made charcuterie and cheeses to the ever changing nitro ice cream flavors. The atmosphere of this downtown establishment is intimate but vibrant; perfect for a night out with good friends.


Arnoldi’s Cafe

600 Olive Street
(805) 962–5394

On a balmy Santa Barbara night, we like to head to Arnoldi’s with a few friends for drinks, dinner, and... bocce ball! Established in 1937 by Guiseppe and Ilda Arnoldi, Arnoldi’s Cafe boasts a big, beautiful back patio with two bocce ball courts for recreational play — a great way to work out after eating some delicious gnocchi or lasagna. And you can’t miss the beautiful, old bar presided over by Bucky the Tule Elk. This is one of the few restaurants in Santa Barbara big enough to accomodate large (and loud) parties.


500 Anacapa Street
(805) 564––2410

This Greek themed lounge offers a host of specialty cocktails and is a great alternative to the sweaty, overpacked clubs on State Street. EOS has a large back patio with tables, a fireplace, and plenty of room to mingle with friends, old and new. Inside there are big cozy booths that can easily seat eight, as well as a long bar and smaller seating areas.

Joe’s Cafe

536 State Street
(805) 966–4638

A State Street tradition since 1928, Joe’s Cafe offers the stiffest drinks in town. Our favorite cosmos are served with a little bit of backup, still in the shaker. Another part of the draw is the huge mix of people that patron Joe’s. On a busy night (almost all of them are), the bar will be standing room only — packed with coeds, frat boys, fabulous divorcees, and forward older men. Go for lunch or dinner and if you’re lucky, you might catch our favorite busser, Valentino, who’s worked there over 35 years.

Milk & Honey

30 West Anapamu Street
(805) 275–4232

If you appreciate a good mojito, you’ll want to stop in at Milk & Honey, a tapas bar that serves several varieties of the classic rum drink, all beautifully prepared. The tapas are served in perfect portions for sampling and sharing. The interior is cozy, and there’s an outdoor fireplace if you prefer snacking a la fresca. Located near Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several other theater venues, Milk & Honey draws our kind of crowd - clever and well dressed!

Boathouse at Hendry's

2981 Cliff Drive
805) 898-2628


Sometimes the spoiled locals (that's us!) need to be reminded exactly how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful resort town. When we want the sensation of a perfect beach vacation moment (usually around happy hour), we head to the Boathouse on Hendry's beach. Tucked away on a quiet, beautiful stretch of sand, Hendry's has some of the tastiest cocktails and freshest seafood appetizers. Try their signature honeycomb mojito; you won't be disappointed. Also open for brunch on the weekends!


Plum Goods

909 state street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101



Opened by the very darling Amy Cooper (one of our fave customers) in late 2010, Plum Goods offers beautiful housewares, accessories, and gift items that are made with integrity "whether by hand, recycled, fair trade, organic or simply inspired." It is a wonderful store to browse on a lazy afternoon or dash into on a mad quest for that perfect hostess gift. No matter what eco-chic treasure you find at Plum Goods, you are certain to leave with a smile on your face and happiness in your heart.


Diani Boutique

1324 State St # L,

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 966-6116


Gorgeous underthings can only take you so far. When it comes time to leave the house, we believe that a lady of your caliber should have a showstopping piece (or two!) and a little something easy, breezy as well. Lucky for you, one visit to Caroline Diani's elegant boutique will help you meet any wardrobe need. Stocked with timeless pieces from top American and European desingers, Diani is the perfect combination of relaxed Santa Barbara chic and cosmopolitan sophistication. And if you're anything like us, you'll be delighted to know they have a separate storefront just for shoes!


Maison K

1253 Coast Village Road,

Montecito,  CA 93108
(805) 969–1676


A beautiful store offering housewares and accessories for elegant, beachy interiors, Maison K epitomizes Santa Barbara style as seen through the expert eyes of owner Kim Phillips. On first approach, you will be impressed with the simple luxuries artfully displayed. We love the beautiful vases and glassware this store carries. If you’re searching for a handsome souvenir to commemorate your visit to Santa Barbara, Maison K offers you something more substantial than the standard magnet or keychain.

Punch Interieur

1223 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 730-1307


The cutest vintage treasure store in Santa Barbara! It's like someone went into one of those mile-long, dusty antique shops and weeded out all of the ugly, weird things... leaving only the sparkliest, fluffiest, most colorful surprises behind. Vintage jewelry, fur coats, crystal cocktail sets, brocade dresses, handcrafted cards - these and more are waiting for you at Punch Interieur!


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