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4 Best Breakfast Places to Eat in Santa Barbara

Dawn Patrol

Dawn Patrol santa barbara

Build your own breakfast at Dawn Patrol — our favorite local hash house just around the corner from Santa Barbara Adventure Co. and up the street from the harbor. If you care about where your food comes from like we do, you’ll notice they use all local ingredients, (including free-range eggs and organic coffee). Featuring bomb hash, house-made breads, an organic juice bar, and killer vibes, Dawn Patrol is a perfect way to start your fun-filled day. Open at 7:30am for those early birds so you can fuel up before enjoying a Seaside Bike Tour of the waterfront & State Street. One of our favorite places to visit on our Seaside Bike Tour is the historic Santa Barbara courthouse. Looking to get your adrenaline pumping? Join us for our Mountains to Shore Bike Tour. We’ll drive to the top of Gibraltar Mountain for epic vistas of the Santa Barbara Rivera and then coast downhill on mountain bikes to the ocean stopping along the route to discussion local history & lore.

bike tours of santa barbara

Backyard Bowls

Backyard Bowls of santa barbara

Whether you can correctly pronounce “Açaí” or not, you’re going to love the nutrient-packed acai bowls, smoothies, hot porridges, and more. Backyard Bowls is a healthy, delicious, and fast meal option run by amazing humans who strive to minimize our earthly impact with thoughtfully sourced and/or organic ingredients and lots of love. Just a short walk to the harbor where you can enjoy breakfast before a kayaking trip along the Santa Barbara waterfront at 10am or after lunch at 1pm.

kayaking trip along the Santa Barbara waterfront

*P.S. This amazing superfood is pronounced ah-sigh-EE.*

The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

Do you love the smell of the sea while eating delicious seafood? Take a walk on the beach then pop in to Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach dining with an ocean view (also known as Arroyo Burro beach). We love the seafood benedicts and craft cocktails. Boathouse is just north of downtown Santa Barbara and you can continue north to Refugio State Beach for a full-day Coastal Kayak tour.

Refugio State Beach for a full-day Coastal Kayak tour

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is offering a special until May 31st, 2019. Spend $48 to buy a voucher and get $80 towards your next meal at Boathouse, and 10% will go directly to the Surfrider Foundation! Just another way Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants supports clean oceans and beaches. Visit Central Coast Dining for more information.

Lilac Patisserie

In search of gluten-free options? Check out Lilac Pâtisserie for breakfast, lunch, or dessert (our favorite). Did someone say (gluten-free) cake?! If you have a sweet tooth you’ll also want to check out our Wine & Cupcake tour in the Santa Ynez Valley. Or if you want to be active for the day visiting the Santa Ynez Valley for our Wine Country by Bike Tour is a great idea as well. All of our wine tours include pick-up & drop-off from any location in Santa Barbara. 

Wine Country by Bike Tour and cupcake tasting

We hope our list of the 4 Best Breakfast Places in Santa Barbara helps you kick start a fun-filled adventure day! Feel free to give the Santa Barbara Adventure Company (805-884-9283) a call to help in planning your Santa Barbara Vacation.

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