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Restaurants Month on the Central Coast

January is the month for great food on the Central Coast! This is when the Central Coast celebrates local restaurants with special meal (and drink) deals throughout Santa Barbara County.

California’s Central Coast is halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, in northern Santa Barbara County, close to beaches, wine country, rolling hills and charming towns. Here in Orcutt, you’ll find our Meadow View Duet homes at Rice Ranch, Santa Barbara County’s only master-planned community, featuring start-of-the-art homes with large open floor plans, incredible views and impeccable design. 

This central location is perfect to enjoy all the January restaurants around Rice Ranch. Participating restaurants offer 3-course meals for set prices, some with special offerings or upgrades. Wineries in Santa Barbara County will also offer tasting flights and special wine deals.

This is a great time to sample several dishes at new restaurants you haven’t yet tried! Just remember that prices, offers and availability vary per restaurant, so please call individual restaurants for open hours and additional information.

2023 Dine Out Santa Maria Style

During this year’s Restaurant Month, culinary offerings abound in Santa Maria Valley! This year, there are 14 restaurants participating in set menus for just $20.23, and 8 watering holes participating in the Craft Cocktail Contest! This SMV restaurant celebration takes place January 13 – February 12, 2023.

restaurants at meadow view rice ranch
Photos: Santa Maria Valley and Cubanissimo

Check out these restaurants in Orcutt, Santa Maria, and Los Alamos!

Orcutt Restaurants:

  • Blast 825 Brewery + Cocktail Contest
  • Cubanissimo Café + Cocktail Contest
  • Cups & Crumbs Old Town
  • Giovanni’s Pizza
  • The Homestead
  • Pizzeria Bello Forno

Santa Maria Restaurants

  • The Century Room at The Historic Santa Maria Inn + Cocktail Contest
  • Cool Hand Luke’s + Cocktail Contest
  • Cups & Crumbs Santa Maria
  • Me-n-Eds Pizzeria And Craft House + Cocktail Contest
  • Roscoe’s Kitchen + Cocktail Contest
  • The Salty Brigade Kitchen + Cocktail Contest
  • Straw Hat Pizza
  • Vintner’s Bar & Grill + Cocktail Contest

Read more about Dine Out Santa Maria Style and Craft Cocktail Contest.

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks

Heading south, check out the charming towns participating in Santa Ynez Valley (SYV) Restaurant Weeks from January 16 – 31, 2023. These two weeks will feature delectable, specially crafted menus highlighting the Valley’s farm fresh bounty and many award-winning chefs’ culinary creativity. Participating restaurants in Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Buellton will create menus that will work for you at home, and come in a variety of price points and sizes.

Photos: Fess Parker Winery and Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe

This year, there are 24 restaurants and 26 wineries participating! In Los Alamos, there are some of the most popular restaurants in the valley, including Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef of 2020 and Michelin star-rated at Bell’s and their new outpost in Los Olivos plus Michelin-listed First & Oak, where you can savor their delicious food to go, as well as get specialties like Ramen, French or Italian food and many others. And for movie buffs, The Hitching Post II, of Sideways fame, in Buellton, is always fun. 

These SYV restaurants all offer a full (three-course) meal at a starting price of $20.23, with delicious and creative add-ons or upgrades available. Many wineries and tasting rooms will also offer tasting flights and special wine deals throughout the valley. Get all the details here!

Rice Ranch in Orcutt

January really is the time for the best food and wine deals. So, make reservations for these deals and come home to Rice Ranch, the beautiful haven where everything you love about wine country is just minutes away. Beautifully positioned along an oak-lined ridgeline and nestled against 580 acres of open space, it also includes private access to the Summit Club, designed to elevate your active, California lifestyle.

An aerial view of a large house and golf course.
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