Goleta City Council Approves Outdoor Restaurant Dining Program

Come to Goleta and see what’s cooking!  Many Goleta restaurants are already open for business and are welcoming diners.  A list of open restaurants can be found below and on the City’s website at http://cityofgoleta.org/covid19, under the section “Outdoor Dining in Goleta.”

The Goleta City Council recently voted to suspend zoning and development permit requirements for open-air spaces and parking lots on private property and adopt an emergency expanded restaurant dining and other uses program. The Goleta City Council approved a resolution to help restaurants and other specified uses expand their outdoor dining and use areas to serve more customers.  With the physical distancing guidelines in effect from Public Health, restaurants are in need of additional space to serve customers now that they are allowed to reopen under Stage 2 of the State’s reopening plan and County RISE Guide.  Other specified uses that would be allowed to expand outdoors include retail sales, fitness and yoga classes, and faith-organizations.

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “We are so pleased that some of our restaurants in Goleta will be able to expand their dining area to accommodate more customers.  We encourage you to support our local restaurants by dining there or by continuing to order #GoletaToGo.”

The City’s Emergency Expanded Restaurant Dining and Other Uses Program allows for the expansion of dining and use areas temporarily to open-air spaces and parking lots on private property where certain requirements are met. Expanded outdoor dining and use areas are intended to allow Goleta restaurants and specified uses to re-open safely, ensuring safe and adequate pedestrian and vehicle circulation while simultaneously meeting physical distancing and public health standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This Program temporarily suspends City zoning and/or land use permit provisions applicable to business premises or restaurant dining areas that are in conflict with the expanded dining or use areas allowed by this Program.

Restaurants and other uses that want to expand into adjacent, open-air spaces (Group 1 businesses) may do so without a permit, provided that they have met certain requirements, including self-certification of a COVID-19 Prevention Plan under the State Dine-In Guide and County RISE Guide.  A complete list of requirements for expansion into open-air spaces can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ydhdb7u5

Restaurants and other uses that want to expand into private parking lots (Group 2 businesses) must meet the same set of requirements as Group 1 and, in addition, obtain a Temporary Use Area Expansion Permit from the City, which may be found on the City’s website here: https://tinyurl.com/y8y5sv9e.

City staff will check to make sure a proposed expansion into a private parking lot:

  1. Preserves adequate and safe circulation for vehicles and pedestrians;
  2. Ensures vehicular traffic onsite would not create a traffic problem (e.g., queueing) on public roads or obstruction of public sidewalks; and
  3. Is protected by a surrounding barrier approved by the Public Works Department.

For more information, please contact the Planning and Environmental Review Zoning Counter at (805) 961-7543.


Goleta to Go helps rally support for our local restaurants during this COVID-19 crisis and Stay at Home Order by encouraging locals to order takeout or delivery from the more than 70 Goleta restaurants. We are asking community members to take a photo of themselves or their family getting takeout or delivery from a Goleta restaurant and sending it to us with a mention of their favorite menu item. We will share the post on our Facebook (@CityofGoleta) and Instagram (@cityofgoleta) accounts. 

Please send your photo and short caption to PIO@cityofgoleta.org and be sure and use the hashtag #GoletaToGo.  While it may be tempting to just show photos of the delicious food you are ordering, we would prefer photos of people in them as well! 

Restaurants (including coffee shops, breweries, and wineries) currently open for take-out or delivery in Goleta:

  • Alphie’s Restaurant
  • Altimirano’s Mexican Grill
  • Anna’s Bakery
  • Beachside Bar- Café
  • Ca’ Dario Cucina Italiana
  • Cajun Kitchen
  • California Coast Naturals
  • CalTaco
  • Captain Fatty’s Brewery
  • Chili’s
  • China King
  • Chipotle
  • Choppa Poke
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Country Meat Market & Catering
  • Cristino’s Bakery
  • Dave’s Dogs Grill
  • Domingo’s Café
  • Draughtsman Aleworks
  • El Sitio Restaurant
  • French Press
  • Goleta Red Distilling Co.
  • Goleta Sushi House
  • The Habit Burger Grill
  • Hollister Brewing Co.
  • Home Plate Grill
  • Itsuki
  • Jane
  • Jersey Mikes
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Kyle’s Kitchen
  • La Hacienda
  • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
  • Lemon & Coriander
  • Los Agaves
  • Los Arroyos
  • Masala Spice
  • M. Special Brewing Company
  • McDonald’s
  • Meun Fan Thai Cafe
  • Natural Cafe
  • Neighbor Tim’s BBQ
  • Nikka Ramen
  • Noodle City
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Nugget Bar & Grill
  • Old Town Coffee
  • On the Alley
  • Panda Express
  • Pattaya
  • Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Phamous Café
  • Pho Bistro
  • Pickles & Swiss
  • Pollofino
  • Rusty’s Pizza
  • Saigon Noodle House
  • SAMsARA Wine Co
  • Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch
  • South Coast Deli
  • Spudnuts Donuts
  • Starbucks (Albertsons location)
  • Subway
  • Sushi-Ai
  • Sushi Teri
  • Taco Bell
  • Three Pickles Deli
  • Woodstock’s Pizza
  • Yogurtland
  • Zizzo’s Coffee
  • Zodo’s

Thank you for helping to support local restaurants!  We can’t wait to see your photos!

Pictured: Local musician Eddie EagelFeather enjoying lunch outside at Los Arroyos Goleta Mexican Restaurant & Take Out