The start of 2014 brings California’s statewide celebration of all things delicious – California Restaurant Month. Throughout the month of January various communities throughout the state are hosting Restaurant Weeks, when cafés, bistros, bars, and restaurants open their doors for one week to share their culinary creations at a discounted price. No longer do you have an excuse not to visit the new restaurant that just opened, or the local favorite down the street. Here in Santa Barbara Wine Country, treat yourself to prix fixe menus at some of the top restaurants in Santa Barbara County, and explore what local ingredients can become in the hands of talented chefs. Best of all, since you are in Wine Country, you will have the chance to enjoy the bounty of the region's wines.
Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week
Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang join together from January 19th – 25th for the Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week sponsored by Visit Santa Ynez Valley Start living the life* by enjoying the varied cuisines found in the Valley and be amazed by the savings you’ll receive by dining out. To ring in the New Year every participating restaurant and brewery will offer a prix fixe, 3-course menu for only $20.14. That’s 19 different places offering a starter, entrée, and dessert for just over $20! Keep in mind this does not include tax, gratuity, or beverages – some menus may include beer or wine so check them out if you’re interested.
*Living the life? That’s the Visit Santa Ynez Valley motto…
Santa Maria Restaurant Week
Savor Santa Maria delicacies at the five restaurants participating in Santa Maria Restaurant Week January 19th – 25th sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Get your fix of Santa Maria style barbeque and explore other dishes at The Historic Santa Maria Inn, Vintner’s Bar and Grill, Rooney’s Irish Pub, Far Western Tavern, and Pasión Comida Mexicana. Each of these restaurants will be offering a prix fixe, 3-course menu for only $20.14. Again, remember this doesn’t cover tax, gratuity, or beverages.
Santa Barbara’s Restaurant Week
Film Feast, sponsored by Visit Santa Barbara, is January 30th – February 9th, coinciding with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. (To view the Film Festival schedule, purchase tickets/passes, or learn more click here.) Over 30 restaurants, tasting rooms, and bars have created special offerings and prix fixe menus during Film Feast’s 11 day celebration. Want to make a night of it? A week of it? Take advantage of the special lodging packages found here so you can fit in dinner, the movies, and more! The cities participating in Film Feast include Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara, and Goleta so there’s sure to be a steal near you.
Take advantage of California Restaurant Month and you’ll support local businesses, try new dishes, and discover new favorite spots. You’ll want to make reservations as most places fill up quickly.
With this many restaurants offering special deals, the hardest decision in dining out will be choosing where to go first!
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