Montecito is about to undergo a culinary transformation, with a slew of new restaurants set to grace it's dining landscape. From the charming Upper Village to the vibrant Lower Village, residents and visitors alike can look forward to a diverse array of dining experiences. Let's take a closer look at the exciting additions that promise to elevate Montecito's culinary scene to new heights.
The former Cava building, now receiving a Jeff Shelton revamp, will become Clark’s—a culinary gem with roots in Austin and Aspen. Known for its distinct charm and flavors, Clark’s is poised to bring a unique blend of culinary delights to Montecito, adding a touch of sophistication to the local dining scene.
- Lilac Montecito
In the old Mesa Burger space, construction is underway for Lilac Montecito, the spinoff of the beloved Lilac Patisserie. Get ready for a delectable journey as Lilac Montecito aims to satisfy sweet cravings and offer a delightful escape for patrons seeking the perfect blend of pastries and ambiance.
- Corazón Cocina's Expansion: Alma Fonda Fina and Oat Bakery
Nestled in the heart of Montecito Country Mart, the expansion of Corazón Cocina brings a double delight. Alma Fonda Fina, a sister to Corazón Cocina, and Oat Bakery are on the brink of opening their doors. Prepare to indulge in a fusion of flavors that promise to tantalize the taste buds and create a unique culinary experience.
- The Post: A Culinary Hub with Jemma Montecito
Set against the backdrop of the reinvented Las Aves complex, The Post is destined to become a culinary hub. Expect not one, but two restaurants: Jemma Montecito, a sister establishment to the popular Jemma restaurants in Los Angeles, and an enticing bakery/café space, with the tenant yet to be revealed.
- Thomas Keller's Tydes at the Coral Casino
Overshadowing them all is the much-anticipated takeover of Tydes at the Coral Casino by the legendary Thomas Keller. With a projected reopening in January, this culinary maestro is set to weave his magic, offering a contemporary dining experience that seamlessly blends continental cuisine with Keller's unparalleled culinary expertise.
- The Biltmore Mystery
Across the street, the mystery unfolds at The Biltmore, where construction hints at an exciting transformation. While the details of the restaurant remain undisclosed, plans showcase a promising vision: a dozen booths amid lush foliage, an expanded terrace, and a dining experience that aims to captivate.
- Graham Duncan's
Noteworthy is Montecito resident Graham Duncan's venture into the former Montecito Wine Bistro space. While the details remain shrouded, the presence of Duncan's name on the liquor-license application sparks curiosity. The emergence of East Valley Kitchen LLC leaves us eager to discover the culinary narrative this establishment will unveil.
- The Upper Village Resurgence
The Upper Village, a locale known for its quiet charm, is set to be rejuvenated with two new dining establishments. Graham Duncan's mentioned above and Restoration Hardware's new restaurant in the iconic Old Firehouse building.
As Montecito becomes a canvas for culinary innovation, residents and visitors alike are in for a treat. Stay tuned for the grand openings, savor the flavors, and embark on a culinary journey that promises to make Montecito a destination for food enthusiasts seeking the perfect blend of taste, ambiance, and innovation.