Hello, Santa Barbara!

After many years of hosting the Best Of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll, we have decided to shake things up a bit with a new two-step method. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Nomination Period
From June 7 - July 4, you all determine who deserves to be a finalist for each category by going online to and nominating your favorites. Once the nomination period is over, we will create the final ballot directly based on your responses. The number of final nominees in each category will vary based on number of votes received in that category.

Step 2: Voting Period
From August 1 - 29, you can vote on your favorite nominee in each category online at You must vote in at least 20 categories for your votes to be counted, and no single business can receive more than three votes on your ballot.

Results & Best Fest
Once the voting period is over, we will tally up the winners and publish them in our Best Of Santa Barbara® issue, hitting stands October 18. We will also be hosting our 3rd Annual Best Fest on October 18, where you can enjoy bites and sips from the winners and finalists while mingling and boogieing with the finest folks in town!

Nominate or vote in the Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll to get early-bird access and pricing on Best Fest tickets!

Please note that all nominations and voting will be done exclusively online. There will be no paper ballots. We will have a voting station located at Indy HQ (12 E. Figueroa St.) for those voters who do not have computer or internet access. All questions and concerns can be directed to

❤ Your neighbors at the Santa Barbara Independent