21 RESTAURANTS NEAR VANDENBERG AFB (VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE)
By Sarah Jaudon
IntroductionWelcome to Vandenberg Air Force Base (now Vandenberg Space Force Base), home of the 30th Space Wing! Located on the beautiful central coast of sunny California near Santa Maria, and only an hour from the historic Santa Barbara. As you get settled into your new base, you will undoubtedly be wondering where the best restaurants near Vandenberg AFB are, where you can hang out with friends, or where you can enjoy a nice meal by the beach. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Read on to find the best restaurants on Vandenberg AFB (Space Force Base), as well as, restaurants near Santa Maria, California. Know what you’re hungry for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (1-5) Food Court Dining on Vandenberg AFB (Space Force Base) (6-10) Fast Casual Dining on Vandenberg AFB (Space Force Base) (11-18) Yelp’s Top 8 Restaurants in Santa Maria, California (19-21) TripAdvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants in Santa Maria, California
Suggested Read:Vandenberg AFB (Now Space Force Base): In-Depth Welcome Center
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants near Vandenberg AFB may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each restaurant's current hours and dining situation.
Vandenberg AFB (Now Space Force Base) Restaurants
Vandenberg AFB (Space Force Base) Food Court DiningVerify hours of operation for the Vandenberg Main Exchange before arrival.
Vandenberg Main Exchange Food Court10400 Community Loop P.O. Box 5668 Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
Phone:1 (805) 734-5521
Phone:1 (805) 741-3777
Phone: 1 (805) 734-1028
3. La Chaquita
Phone:1 (805) 734-1200
4. Burger KingBldg. 10510
Phone:1 (805) 734-4263
5. Coffee a la Cart
Phone:1 (805) 598-9128
Vandenberg AFB (Space Force Base) Fast Casual Dining
6. Breakers Dining FacilityOregon Ave. Bldg 13330 Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437
Phone:1 (805) 606-7540 The Breakers Dining Facility at Vandenberg AFB (Space Force Base) is a full-service cafe offering delicious variations of foods and snacks. The DFAC is open to all base personnel, military, families, and retirees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
7. Healthy PalateLocated inside the Vandenberg SFB Fitness Center 10130 Washington Ave. Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437
Phone:1 (805) 606-0079 For the health-conscious eater, at Healthy Palate you will find delicious smoothies, acai bowls, macro bowls, sandwiches, and salads.
8. Pacific Coast Cafe758 Nebraska Ave. Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437
Phone:1 (805) 734-4362 Start your day at Pacific Coast Cafe! Grab your specialty coffee, hand-crafted breakfast, fresh wraps, and salads, or weekly lunch specials here.
9. Pacific Coast Catering758 Nebraska Ave. Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437
Phone:1 (805) 606-3330 If you’re planning an event, large or small, Pacific Coast Club Catering is the spot for you. Call the number above to schedule an appointment today.
10. Surf Lanes GrillLocated inside the Surf Lanes Bowling Center 10366 Community Loop Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437
Phone:1 (805) 606-7500 Surf Lanes Grill is a great place for friends and family to gather together for fun, food, and bowling. Check the website for the rotating menu specials.
Santa Maria Restaurants
Yelp’s Top 8 Santa Maria Restaurants
11. Shaw’s Steakhouse & Tavern714 S Broadway Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 925-5862 The recently remodeled Shaw’s Steakhouse & Tavern is a staple of Santa Maria, California. Enjoy tri-tip or steak grilled to perfection over a red oak fire. Don’t forget the fresh seafood, classic side dishes, and house-made desserts. Walk on in, call for a reservation, or order online today.
12. The Salty Brigade3564 Skyway Drive Bldg. 3, Suite A Santa Maria, Ca 93455
Phone:1 (805) 354-0635 The Salty Brigade is a classic California kitchen highlighting some of the best local ingredients. The beef sliders, tuna tartar tacos, fish n’ chips, and truffle mac n’ cheese are just the tip of the iceberg for this delicious from-scratch restaurant.
13. Woody’s Butcher Block700 E Main Street Suite 104 Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 354-0213 Woody’s Butcher Block is the neighborhood meat market, consistently providing top-quality premium meats as well as high-end deli meats and cheeses. Serving specialty sandwiches like tri-tip, chipotle chicken, and Italian just to name a few.
14. Urbane Cafe655 E Betteravia Road Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 330-2230 If you’re looking for a place to grab a quick, healthy, and delicious bite, Urbane Cafe is your spot. Rice bowls, sandwiches made on fire-baked focaccia bread served with healthy soups, and salads will fill the belly and delight your palate.
15. FoodTrip230 Betteravia Road Suite F Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 361-0299 FoodTrip is a Filipino restaurant serving authentic Filipino dishes like lechon kawali (crispy fried pork belly), tapsilog (Filipino beef jerky), bangus (fish steak), and bulalo (beef soup). Don’t forget to get an order of lumpia to-go, you won’t regret it!
16. SizzlinGogi1841 S Broadway Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 287-9760 The SizzlinGogi is a Korean BBQ restaurant. Here you get to experience the Korean method of cooking meats like beef, pork, chicken, and fish. Such dishes are prepared at the diner's table on gas grills that are built into the center of the table itself. This is such a fun and delicious experience. Call today or check their website for hours of operation.
17. Al Pho1201 E Main Street Suite B Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 332-3378 Al Pho serves traditional Vietnamese soup known as Pho pronounced "fuh." The dish is made of slow-cooked bone broth, ban pho noodles, and thinly sliced meat or fish. Customize your soup with bean sprouts, mint, peppers, lime, or other herbs typically provided on the side. This is a great place for vegans and vegetarians alike.
18. Zoe’s Hawaiian BBQ2880 Santa Maria Way Suite A-2 Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone:1 (805) 357-7635 Escape to the islands if only for a bite at Zoe’s Hawaiian BBQ! Serving traditional island specials like loco moco and Hawaiian-style plate lunches. The mixed BBQ meat plate and chicken katsu are always crowd-pleasers.
TripAdvisor’s Top 3 Santa Maria Restaurants
19. Cool Hand Luke’s1321 Nicholson Avenue Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 928-6196 At Cool Hand Luke’s you’ll experience a “taste of the West”. Share an appetizer of sizzling steak bites or a hand-battered onion blossom followed by a signature fire-grilled ribeye, and finish the evening with an iron skillet bread pudding topped with vanilla bean ice cream served tableside with a brandy butter sauce. Your taste buds will thank you!
20. Moxie Cafe1317 West McCoy Lane Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone:1 (805) 361-2900 This is not your average cafe. Breakfast ranges from specialty omelets to fluffy pancakes. Popular lunch options include handcrafted sandwiches and gourmet salads. Dinner won’t disappoint with a prime-cut steak or wild-caught salmon. With a full selection of locally sourced wine and craft beer, live music, and a large outdoor patio Moxie Cafe is a great way to spend your evening!
21. The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant and Cafe122 E Boone Street Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone:1 (805) 347-1112 At The Garden, you will enjoy fresh homemade Mediterranean dishes at this family-owned restaurant. Some traditional favorites include meat sambousek, cheese borek, tabbouleh, and falafel. Be sure to order a side of the garlic sauce, it’s not to be missed.
ConclusionHungry for more? Check out Santa Maria Valley for more wineries, breweries, and restaurants near Vandenberg AFB (now Space Force Base). As you settle into your new life at Vandenberg SFB you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will settle into a routine and be swept away by the coastal charm of central California.
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