A savvy traveler shows us there’s more here than State Street and the wharf
Instead of Stearns Wharf:
Visit the less-commercial (and more kayak-friendly) Santa Barbara Harbor.
Yes, the harbor’s Brophy Brothers Restaurant ($$; 119 Harbor Way; 805/966-4418) draws crowds with its epic moorings-and-mountain views. But downstairs is slightly quieter Brophy’s bar, with a giant Channel Islands map.
Next door, the ultra-fresh Deli Sushi Go-Go (pictured; $; 805/962-6568) has outdoor tables.