See the KITP Social Wiki for lots of ideas, and please join it if you'd like to contribute!

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

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.

Santa Barbara Theaters

BBQ in the residence on Jan 19th:

Time: 5:30 pm


KITP residence,

6560 El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117

Astronomy on Tap March 1st:

Time: 7:30
M8RX (Matrix) Night Club
409 State St, Santa Barbara, California 93101

Free, short, public astronomy talks at a bar. This month we're celebrating our one year anniversary! In this special event we'll have lightning-round presentations by astronomers at UCSB and Las Cumbres Observatory on the most astounding facts about the Universe. The Las Cumbres Observatory director will also tell us about running a round-the-world facility for monitoring the sky 24/7. Plus, some VERY special prizes! Open to all levels, must be 21 or older to enter. Event starts at 7:30p, doors open 6:30p.