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Funk Zone

Funk Zone

Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara , California

The basics

The aptly named Funk Zone offers a relaxed, artsy alternative to Santa Barbara's upscale boutiques and fine dining scene. Food and wine tours make the rounds at the micro-neighborhood’s casual eateries, taco trucks, breweries, and even a distillery, while a handful of tasting rooms make it easy to check off multiple stops on Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail.

Artisan shops sell locally made goods, while those looking for a more athletic adventure can rent surfboards, bikes, and surreys from walk-up outfitters. 

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Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
$135.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best Food Tour Ever
This was with no doubt the bast food tour we have ever done, Christine was great and the food/area was amazing.
Thomas_D, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Santa Barbara

star-5
Delicious, informative and a whole lot of fun!!
Pamela_S, Jan 2022
Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
The tour was amazing! Each stop had its own vibe and reasons to want to stay longer. The food was amazing and I tried multiple dishes I would have never tried and I was happy to go outside of my comfort zone. We learned interesting things about Santa Barbara and the history of the Funk Zone. The folks on the tour were great. Our tour guide was one of the best parts of the tour. She made sure we had a fantastic experience! I would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Must do tour!
Geronimo_C, Jun 2021
Authentic Funk Zone Tour
This tour is a Santa Barbara must! Great way to learn about the rich history surrounding the Funk Zone while getting to taste the local wine and peek into the thriving local entrepreneur spirit. 10/10
star-4
Lovely afternoon wine tour
Cara_L, Aug 2021
Authentic Funk Zone Tour
We really enjoyed the tour guide-Liz. She seemed really knowledgeable, personable, and was very interesting. We loved the first place that we stopped for wine and the choices given. Jorde was very informative about the different choices. The second stop had a wonderful view and the man was knowledgeable about the area. We didn't like the wines as much there. I would've like to see more of the area but I guess there is only so much you can do in that time frame.
star-5
QUALITY FOODS
Guido_J, May 2021
Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
The trip offered a nice variety of quality foods and wines. We went to places we probably would have not seen. The food was plentiful. I wasn't too excited about sharing chips with strangers so individual portions would have been better but for the most part of the tour the foods were all individually served. Overall a good value for the money and the photo tips were also valuable.
star-5
Funk Zone fun
Sal_A, Feb 2020
Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
Our guide, Christy, a friendly person and became a friend to us. Her knowledge of area made walking the zone much more enjoyable to entire group. She brought group together by having a go around with each person doing intro and little info on them selfs.
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Things to know before you go

  • When following the Urban Wine Trail, check out self-guided tour packages that include 2-for-1 tasting coupons and bottle discounts.
  • Bikes and surfboards may sell out during peak season, so call to reserve ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
  • If visiting with kids, check out MOXI (The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation), the Funk Zone’s acclaimed interactive children’s museum.
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How to get there

The Funk Zone is bordered by State Street, Stearns Wharf, and East Beach in downtown Santa Barbara. It is within easy walking distance of most downtown and wharf attractions. Paid parking is widely available, and the Amtrak train station is just across State Street.  

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When to get there

Tasting rooms generally keep standard business hours, while most eateries are open later for dinner. In late February to early March, many Funk Zone restaurants offer special tasting menus as part of Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

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Best Santa Barbara Wineries

Santa Barbara and the nearby Santa Ynez Valley are among the most celebrated wine regions of California's Central Coast. The popularity of urban tasting rooms means you can plan a full day of wine tasting without ever leaving downtown. Within the Funk Zone, try bold, juicy reds like zinfandel and syrah at Kunin Wines, or swirl Rhone varietals at DV8 Cellars. Municipal Winemakers is a traveler favorite for its stylish decor and friendly staff, while Santa Barbara Winery (founded in 1962) offers candlelit tastings in the barrel room.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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