Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inside Scoop for 2017 ➼

With a new year, comes new and exciting appearances to our beloved seaside town from the hottest new restaurants in Santa Barbara [Somerset Restaurant, Convivo, Mesa Burger etc] to what's COMING SOON on the skirts of the waterfront development [Moxi Museum, La Entrada de Santa Barbara, Los Agaves & Handlebar Coffee] and more...

JANUARY  18, 2016


Santa Barbara's Hottest New Restaurants
Image: Somerset Restaurant - timeless interior that is both classic and modern
Downtown :: Somerset Restaurant 
Somerset is located on 7 East Anapamu Street, the former home of Arts & Letters Cafe. Steve Hermann Hotels and Restaurants has created an old world European Grand Cafe designed to be an instant classic. Following on the heals of the meteoric success of L’Horizon Resort and Spa, the #1 Resort in California according to Conde Nast magazine, Somerset is the marquee restaurant brand.
Mediterranean Cuisine | $20+ | 805-845-7112
Click here for more info.

Montecito :: Four Seasons Biltmore
New Chef Marco Fossati has joined the Biltmore. Originally from Genoa, Italy, Chef Marco has more than 28 years of experience cooking in kitchens around the world. New updates to the menu! 

Mesa :: Mesa Burger 
Mesa Burger is now open for lunch and dinner at 315 Meigs Road,  replacing Mexican Fresh Taqueria. Spearheaded by Chris Chiarappa and led by Iron Chef Cat Cora, the fast-casual concept sets itself apart with “a robust chef-driven menu featuring Cora’s signature touch and a focus on local tastes and flavors. 
Gourmet Burgers | 805-963-7493
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Cabrillo :: Convivo
Restaurateur Larry Mindel and Chef Peter McNee opened  Convivo restaurant and bar in the newly remodeled Santa Barbara Inn, 901 East Cabrillo Boulevard. Convivo, whose name means ‘to come together,’ is the root word for the Latin term for ‘feast.’ Unlike previous restaurants at this location, Convivo occupies the bottom floor and includes a large outdoor patio. McNee describes his style of food for Convivo as ‘Nomad Italian’ with influences from Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and a little bit of France.  
Italian | (805) 845-6789
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Coming Soon...
Moxi :: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Santa Barbara's newest science museum and center for hands-on learning and fun. Click above to fly through the Moxi Museum.

Los Agaves Restaurant :: Lower State Street
Opposite the new La Entrada, next to Nuance on Lower State Street. Expected to open sometime this year.

The Entrada de Santa Barbara :: Lower State Street
This location is in the new waterfront development zone. Originally built as the historic Hotel Californian in 1925, this project was one of the first buildings to be designed in the new Spanish Colonial Revival style envisioned in the 1920’s, and a style that now defines Santa Barbara. The Entrada development and the nearby facelift in the "Funk Zone" recently are combined, the largest retail, restaurant, and hotel changes the city has seen since the early 1990's when the Paseo Nuevo Mall was built downtown. 

Handlebar Coffee - De La Vina Street
Handlebar Coffee is opening in a new location, 2720 De la Vina Street, the former home of Sleep Shoppe. The building is being extensively renovated. Handlebar Coffee opened their first South Coast location at 128 East Canon Perdido Street in November 2011 and has grown into a Santa Barbara favourite.
For Dog Lovers, New Company
New Ways to Feed your Pets
Just Food For Dogs
The food you put in your pet’s body, more than anything else, will determine his future health, happiness, energy level and perhaps even his vet bills. Just Food For Dogs is a new company that does three things – they make daily food for healthy dogs and cats, they make a line of prescription food for dogs with specific illnesses and they make custom formulations for sick dogs and cats. They cook fresh food, package them frozen and deliver them to your door. Click here for more info.
Featured Listings
511 Las Fuentes Drive :: Montecito CA
Birnam Wood Lakefront
3 BD
4.5 BA
511 Las Fuentes Drive 
Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The 3-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the largest and most inspiring homes in the club.
1625 Overlook Lane :: Santa Barbara CA
Just Sold
Riviera Listing
First time on the market in over 30 years with gorgeous ocean and sunset views from this conveniently located home situated between Montecito and Santa Barbara on the Riviera. This Mid Century single level home features three bedrooms and two baths plus attached two car garage with the private almost half acre lot with plenty of room for gardens, orchard or bocce ball.

| images somerset, moxi museum, Convivo & la entrada