Where to eat between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 5 days. Starting from Santa Barbara, you can leave at 5:00 pm and drive for about 5 minutes to the first stop.

9 W Victoria St
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 730-1160
$$$
Day 1. Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 6:00 am. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
1531 Mission Dr
Solvang, CA
(805) 688-2867
$$
  2687 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Sandwiches
6am to 3pm
Day 2. Arrive at 6:40 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
1557 Mission Dr
Solvang, CA
(805) 691-9444
$$
Arrive at 8:50 am. Wait for about 10 minutes. Double check the opening time of 9:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
550 Bell St
Los Alamos, CA
(805) 344-3000
$$
  659 reviews
Bakeries, Cafes, Sandwiches
7am to 4pm
Arrive at 11:20 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
125 N Thompson Ave
Nipomo, CA
(805) 929-3686
$$$
  2257 reviews
Steakhouses
1pm to 10pm
Arrive at 1:00 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
197 Pomeroy Ave
Pismo Beach, CA
(805) 773-4653
$$
Arrive at 3:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
2575 Price St
Pismo Beach, CA
(805) 773-0000
$$
  2343 reviews
Seafood restaurants
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
416 S Main St
Templeton, CA
(805) 434-3204
$$$
Arrive at 8:40 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 225-5911
$$
  1683 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
11am to 9pm
Day 3. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
340 14th
San Miguel, CA
(805) 467-5700
$$
  142 reviews
Mexican restaurants
8am to 9pm
Arrive at 1:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
1010 K St
San Miguel, CA
(805) 467-2460
$
  172 reviews
Mexican restaurants
5:30am to 7pm
Arrive at 3:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
67997 Jolon Rd
Lockwood, CA
(831) 385-7570
  4 reviews
Diners
11am to 8pm
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:40 am. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
201 Broadway St
King City, CA
(831) 385-7500
$
  663 reviews
9:20am to 10pm
Day 4. Arrive at 9:20 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
200 Broadway St
King City, CA
(831) 386-9491
$$
  441 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 10:20 am. Wait for about 40 minutes. Double check the opening time of 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
346 Alta St
Gonzales, CA
(831) 675-7800
$$
  135 reviews
Italian restaurants
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 1:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
700 W Market St
Salinas, CA
(831) 758-2227
$$
  1407 reviews
Barbeque
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 4:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
7600 Sandholdt Rd
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-2152
$$
  3012 reviews
Salad, Sandwiches, Seafood restaurants
10am to 7pm
Arrive at 6:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next morning visiting local attractions and leave at 12:00 pm. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
7902 California Hwy 1
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-3038
$$
  828 reviews
Mexican restaurants, Seafood restaurants
12pm to 6pm
Day 5. Arrive at 12:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
221 Cathcart St
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 426-4852
$$
  2030 reviews
Hawaiian restaurants
11:30am to 11pm
Arrive at 2:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.

Reach your destination in Santa Cruz around 4:30 pm after eating at 19 restaurants over 5 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 4 hours driving roughly 258 miles straight to Santa Cruz. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of French restaurants, American restaurants (New style), Seafood restaurants, Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Sandwiches, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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