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Area Restaurants

Arnoldi's Cafe - Little Italian restaurant in historic stone building from 1930's with seating and bocce ball out back.

Beachside Bar & Cafe, down the hill from KITP overlooking Goleta beach.

The Boathouse - Seafood place right on Hendry's beach.

Brewhouse - Pretty much what you expect - beer and hearty food. For large groups, they require a pre-selected menu with only 4 entree choices.

Carlitos - Nice Mexican restaurant on State Street.

Edomasa - Sushi.

Olio Pizzeria - Highest rated pizza place in town, but kind of pricey (up to $20 for individual pie).

Opal - California/Fusion.

Trattoria Vittoria - Italian. Will only take large groups either early (before 5:30) or late (after 8:00).

Hiking around Santa Barbara

  • Hiking info from atomixrays10.

  • Sedgwick Reserve, a part of the UC Natural Reserve System, offers public hikes mornings on the second Saturday of each month from fall to late spring, weather permitting. Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, you may choose your degree of difficulty (easy, moderate, or strenuous.) You must register in advance online. This Reserve is unique also as it is the site of the Byrne Observatory, housing a 0.8m telescope, one of those in the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network.

  • Stevens Park (258 Canon Dr, Santa Barbara) has a beautiful trail that runs more or less alongside a creek for some distance with modest elevation changes and a mix of sun and shade - very kid-friendly. After a mile or so it splits into two trails (Arroyo Burro and Jesusita) that eventually have substantial (>1000' ) climbs. Jesusita goes to Inspiration Point (1812').

Hike up Rattlesnake Canyon to Mission Falls:



Local Events


The Met: Live in HD

  • The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts HD simulcasts of operas to movie theaters all over the world. The live performances are Saturday matinees in New York, so they start here at 9:55am and are shown locally at the historic Arlington Theater in downtown SB and, in a smaller venue at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. It will be rebroadcast again at Hahn Hall at 6:00pm on Saturday and at 2:00pm on Sunday.

Jazz & Folk Music

  • SB has but one place that features jazz and folk: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club .They have decent food if you want to eat before/during a performance.

Sport Activities

  • If you are interested in swimming/running/weightlifting or playing some sports like table tennis or soccer, you may wish to join UCSB's Recreation Center. KITP visitors pay the Community rate.

Contra Dancing

The Santa Barbara Country Dance Society has weekly contra dances on Sundays. There is a major festival on the weekend of Jan 13-15 in San Luis Obispo.

Santa Barbara Theaters

KITP Residence Room Numbers

  • Dwight Barkley 3113
  • Laurette Tuckerman 3113
  • Tobias Schneider 3110
  • Wally 3110
  • Ati Sharma 3110-D
  • Steve Tobias 3110
  • Ashley Willis 2110-D
  • Mike Graham 3213 , cell # 608-712-6703
  • Yohann Duguet 2110-G