Best Carpinteria Dining: Steaks, Burgers and Mussels, Oh My!

Carpinteria may be located just minutes away from Santa Barbara, but sometimes it seems like a world apart. Many people say that Carpinteria reminds them of Santa Barbara decades ago, with its breezy, casual atmosphere and tight knit surfing and farming communities.

And what do surfers and farmers have in common? Hearty appetites!

Dozens of restaurants abound within easy walking distance of the beach and downtown area. No matter how you work up a hunger in Carpinteria – whether it’s riding the waves, building sandcastles or shopping along Linden Avenue – there’s a restaurant to delight your taste buds and fill your belly. 

If you’re in the mood for burgers, curry, cupcakes or surf and turf, this list of Carpinteria’s 10 best restaurants will steer you in the right direction.

Spend the morning sipping coffee at the Lucky Llama while you plan your day. The Spot is a good lunch spot. It’s relaxed, has a family-friendly menu and is in sight of the sand. For dinner, why not try something a little more elegant? Make a reservation at Giannfranco’s Trattoria for a refined Italian meal. 

Keep reading to discover the full list of the 10 best restaurants in Carpinteria.