Santa Barbara Travel Guide: Healthy Restaurants, Fitness + More

Santa Barbara is a healthy travelers dream with plenty of healthy eating options and outdoor fitness activities for anyone to enjoy. My only piece of advice for enjoying Santa Barbara is to stay a few days longer than you had planned.

Whether you are down on the main strip (State Street) or out in Isla Vista (near UCSB) there are plenty of healthy eating and fitness options nearby. Here are a few I’ve come across in my travel planning, but feel free to leave your tips and suggestions in the comment box below.

Healthy Food in Santa Barbara

The Natural Café – $$

Multiple Locations

The Natural Café is a moderately priced quick serve restaurant with 9 locations. This is a great spot for vegetarian – they have a section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian entrees. Meals average around $9/$10

Backyard Bowls  – $

331 Motor Way Santa Barbara, CA 93101
3849 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
5668 Calle Real Goleta, CA 93117 

This is your spot for acai bowls, hot porridges and smoothies. Their Santa Barbara location has a great spot near State Street and close to the ocean.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside (a little hard to spot), but you’ll be glad you found it once you taste the food.

Green Table  – $$

113 W De La Guerra St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Green Table is your spot for Vegan and Raw eaters – Juices, “Vegetarian Creations,” Salads, Desserts and Goodies. Located just off State Street so there’s a good chance you’ll walk past them when you’re in SB.

Blenders in the Grass  – $

Multiple Locations

7 locations around Santa Barbara mean you’re not too far from a delicious Blenders’ Smoothie, Juice or Acai Bowl.

Savoy Café and Deli – $

24 West Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Locally sourced and organic ingredients make Savoy Café and Deli a top choice for healthy eaters in Santa Barbara. I’ll admit that I haven’t eaten at Savoy, but it certainly belongs on our list.

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach – $$$

2981 Cliff Dr Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Boathouse and Hendry’s Beach is my personal favorite for eating on the water.  I highly recommend coming from the sunset and staying for dinner. One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen from a restaurant. Also, you can’t go wrong with the seafood.

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Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

Bella Vista @ Four Seasons – Brunch  – $$$

1260 Channel Drive  Santa Barbara CA 93108

Bella Vista for brunch is both a meal and an event. The view from the patio overlooks Butterfly Beach and one of the most unobstructed views of the water.  It typically wouldn’t fall under the category of health restaurants, but their brunch has plenty of healthy options for even the pickiest eaters – just be careful not to overeat.


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Bella Vista at Four Seasons


Hiking Trails in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has no shortage of amazing hiking trails near the water and also up in the mountains. Check out the websites below for some great recommendations.


Bicycling in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has some great paths along the water for flat and scenic bike rides for the whole family. Personally, my favorite is the Cabrillo Bike Path that runs along the ocean, but check out the links below for additional bicycle suggestions.

Cabrillo Bikeway

Cabrillo Bikeway

Running in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has perfect running weather, beautiful scenery and a great running community which makes it a wonderful place to hike the road (or trails!). Check out the links below for some great spots. I personally love running along the coast near UCSB. Not the hardest ~3 mile trail, but you won’t mind. I promise.

  • Santa Barbara Running Company has a great community page which a listing of places to run in and around SB.
  • Along the water near the wharf – Cabrillo Bike Path is also a great place to run along the coast.
  • UCSB trail  This is the run I referenced above (my favorite). I usually start from the other side (Isla Vista) and head out to Campus Point and back.
  • Butterfly Beach area
  • Competitor Magazine Article 


UCSB Trail – Not me, but the picture was too good not to use.

Kayak / Paddle Board / Surf in Santa Barbara

Be sure to take advantage of the wonderful water activities in Santa Barbara. Check out the outfitters linked below (no affiliation) for some great rentals, tours and lessons.


I’m sure I just touched the surface of the healthy restaurants and fitness activities to enjoy while visiting Santa Barbara. Please help out our community and leave your tips in the comment box below. Cheers.