We were in the Santa Barbara area over spring break. One morning we went to an event at the Four Seasons Biltmore there. So beautiful. If you're in the area, it's worth walking through the lobby, and maybe having a drink at the bar.
For the other end of the spectrum, but equally a favorite, try lunch at the Rose Cafe. We used to only think of La Superica for Mexican in Santa Barbara, until our friends turned us on to this. It has probably the best huevos rancheros I've ever had.