Santa Barbara’s Top 5 Healthy and Organic Restaurants

You can find a plethora of eating establishments in Santa Barbara, California, but knowing that your food was prepared by dedicated restaurant staff using the healthiest ingredients available provides a whole new level of peace of mind.

We know how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, especially when you’re challenged with health conditions (like cancer that our founder, James Templeton, experienced -- read more about his journey HERE). It’s why the Templeton List was developed.

Our dedicated team has vetted the healthiest restaurants all across America according to strict standards of ingredient, preparation, and environmental guidelines. Enjoy a guilt-free dining experience in a restaurant that works hard to provide healthy, organic, fresh and fabulous food!

Here are our Top 5 picks for healthy, organic restaurant options in Santa Barbara:

Savoy Café and Deli

24 West Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-962-6611

Voted Best Salad Bar by Independent Reader’s Poll for two years straight, and featured in Food and Home Magazine (January 2019), this family-owned business is making headlines for a reason! With a strong focus on local, organic, gluten-free menu options, their award-winning salad bar is filled with farm seasonal picks, including wild salmon, grass-fed beef and house-roasted chicken. Their hot and cold cases offer more than 30 rotating dishes to choose from and they offer four daily soups, too.

The Hot Chef’s Case feature favorites such as gluten-free House Roasted Turkey Pasilla Fritter, gluten-free Chicken Marsala, Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Enchilada, and Vegetarian Black Bean Enchilada. The Cold Case features items like Oven Roasted Beet Salad with Spinach tossed in a maple vinaigrette, Kale Quinoa Tabouleh, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Classic Greek Salad.

Scarlett Begonia

21 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-770-2143

This beautiful restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Afternoon Tea! The Scarlett Begonia uses only sustainable, organic, high quality ingredients. Breakfast favorites include Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (fresh blueberry compote, housemade syrup), Green Rancheros (grilled shrimp, black beans, crispy corn tortilla, two over-easy organic eggs, guacamole, queso fresco, tomatillo sauce), and Dirty Fries (garlic aioli, bacon, herbs, lemon).

Lunch options include Grilled Salmon Panzanella Salad (roasted organic beets, Deux Country French, wild baby arugula, dandelion greens, goat cheese, pickled red onion, fried capers, Medjool dates, and Kalamata olive vinaigrette), Chicken Milanese (organic chicken breast, arugula, tomato concasse, fennel, confit garlic, radish, green onion oil, candied lime peel and parmesan cheese), and more.

Their exceptional dinner menu includes Cacio e Pepe (spaghetti, Parmesan, black pepper, lemon), Steamed Mussels (with white wine, garlic, butter, fennel, white beans, crusty sourdough), and Grass-Fed Flat Iron Steak (salsa roja, smashed papas, red wine tomato butter, sauteed beech mushrooms).

Ah Juice Organic Café

432 East Haley Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-698-1032

This 100% organic café is dedicated to serving healthy, healing foods. For breakfast, enjoy the Wild Smoked Salmon Free Range Scramble (served with side of organic sautéed veggies and sourdough toast), Free Roaming Bison Sausage (wild, pasture fed bison from Wild Idea Buffalo, seasoned to perfection and formed into two delicious sausages, grilled and served over a bed of house sauteed organic veggies), or Organic Granola (with raisins and/or banana and your choice of organic yogurt, organic milk or organic house-made cashew milk).

Lunch options include Free-Range Chicken & Roasted Beet (with avocado, chicken, garlic roasted beets, Romaine & arugula in spelt or collard wrap, or on sourdough toast), Free-Range Chicken and Sauerkraut (herbed chicken, AH Juice wild-fermented kraut, Romaine & arugula on toasted sourdough), or Bison Burger (free roaming bison from Wild Idea pastures in South Dakota, deliciously seasoned and served on house made cultured organic sourdough bun with a side of fresh organic local salad greens).

Backyard Bowls

331 Motor Way
Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-845-5379

Backyard Bowls is a health-conscious eatery specializing in acai bowls, hot porridges, and smoothies. Popular Bowl selections include the Warrior Bowl (Base: Acai, Banana, Blueberry, Spinach, Kale, Spirulina, Hemp Mylk; Topping: Almonds, Strawberry, Blueberry, Bee Pollen, Hemp Seeds, Almond Butter, Honey), Dragon Bowl (Base: Pitaya, Banana, Mango, Coconut Mylk, on Coconut Yogurt; Topping: Granola, Banana, Kiwi, Coconut Shavings, Honey), and the Santa Barbara Bowl (Base: Acai, Banana, Strawberry, Hemp Mylk; Topping: Granola, Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry, Goji Berry, Bee Pollen, Honey).

Smoothie selections like the Hercules Smoothie, Green Smoothie, and Rose Glow Smoothie are full of equally amazing ingredients. Avocado Toast and Almond Butter Toast are other breakfast menu favorites. Drink options include Yerba Mate, Coconut Water, and Better Booch.

Green Table

113 West De La Guerra Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-618-1233

A restaurant totally dedicated to healthy, nourishing food. They use only almond and coconut flour, both of which are gluten-free, and make their own almond milk every morning! For sweeteners, they use coconut nectar and dates.

In addition to their lineup of powerful Rejuvenation Cleanses (7 unique blends boosted with powerful greens formulation, raw & sprouted vegan protein, chia, coconut oil, coconut water and pure organic Matcha), their menu also includes Pesto Panini (avocado, nut based Pesto, cucumbers, tomato, sprouts, seared with a side of baked sweet and regular potatoes), Green Table Burger (Quinoa veggie burger, house dressing with sprouted almonds, cauliflower-egg bread, avocado, Dijon, tomato, goat gouda cheese), Pesto Pizza (cauliflower-egg pizza crust, walnut/cashew/pecans pesto, goat cheese, tomatoes, chèvre cheese, green onion, parsley), and Lasagna (handmade almond-egg noodles layered with grilled mushrooms, eggplant and spinach, homemade pesto and marinara sauce, sprinkled with a variety of goat cheese).

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, The Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, James’ online interactive Restaurant Guide wasdeveloped to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America.

Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

Learn more about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. For more information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit https://templetonwellness.com/. You’ll find inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with video interviews with top experts from around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they bring the latest leading-edge health and healing information to the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.

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