Affordable Date Ideas in Santa Barbara

Dating on a budget? Save your fears and your cash, these fun and romantic ideas guarantee a great time and will save you a fortune.

Updated: August 21, 2007

Where to Go


5925 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

Go midnight bowling. Games are only $3 per person on weekends and you also get the full experience of a light show and live DJ. You'll forget you're there to bowl.

Santa Barbara Museum Of Art

1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Show off your cultured side and treat your date to a an afternoon of art. This top-ten regional museum is home to Picassos, O'Keeffes and Monets. Free admission on Sundays.

Where to Eat

Brophy Bros.

119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Waterfront dining at its best. Grab a dockside table at the clam bar downstairs and feast on the most sensuous of foods. Oysters are less than $10.

Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant

14 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Sit at one of the mosaic-tiled tables and order a glass of the sweetest homemade horchata. Add any two of the delicious entrees and only spend about $25.


813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

A plush wine bar that also offers delectable and inventive cuisine at modest prices. Try the duck rillette toasts and lamb kibbe. What more can you ask for?