If you are ever in Santa Barbara and have need for a sushi fix – do yourself a favor and beg to be admitted to Arigato Sushi on State Street. I was out there last week at the Bacara resort, and a very kind (and cute) Bacara staffer named Merissa recommended it.
They don’t take reservations but I managed to arrange something with seven other friends (thanks to the very gracious manager, who even rang my cell when the table was ready). It was one of the best sushi experiences I’ve ever had – the service was excellent, the food was creative and delicious, and I was actually underwhelmed when the bill was delivered. Couldn’t have asked for more from this place.