On campus

There are a number of options in the University Center, where most conference events take place, including Panda Express, Romaine’s (soup/salad bar), Root 217 (sandwiches/wraps/salads using fresh and local produce) and Wahoo’s Fish Taco (“An eclectic Mexican/Brazilian/Asian menu and a Hawaiian north-shore vibe”), as well as a coffee shop on the upper level.

Isla Vista

The student neighborhood of Isla Vista is about a 10-minute walk west of campus and features a number of casual restaurants.

Freebirds World Burrito: Student standby for good burritos.

Bagel Café: Good bagels and bagel sandwiches.

Ike’s Place: Local favorite sandwich shop.


Los Agaves: Great Mexican plates with lots of seafood options. Also has two locations in Santa Barbara.

The Habit: Local favorite for burgers.

Noodle City: Serviceable Vietnamese soups and noodles.

Beachside Bar and Café: Standard seafood options in a beautiful location on Goleta Beach.

Pollofino: Tasty rotisserie chicken, steak, and burritos.

Santa Barbara 

Los Agaves: See above; locations on De La Vina and Milpas streets.

La Super-Rica Taqueria: Excellent taco stand with seating (former Montecito resident Julia Child’s favorite). Lilly’s Taqueria is a close second.

Mesa Verde: Innovative Middle Eastern-inspired vegan/vegetarian food.

The Lark: Good New American small plates.

Loquita: Spanish tapas in the Funk Zone.

Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar: Great Thai noodle soups in the Public Market.

Ca’Dario: Good Italian food in a cozy atmosphere.