Chucks is a favorite among locals. It's not exactly fancy, if you're looking to wear a tux, but it is the best seafood and steak restaurant in town and it is laid back. You can dress up or go casual. It can be intimate if you're looking for a romantic dinner. The service is excellent, the drinks are good, and the food is great. We frequent the place and run into different friends who do the same all the time.
If you want to know where to go in Santa Barbara and get away from all the tourists, this is the locals' best kept secret. It's low key, dim lighting, nice decor, but even better is their drinks, the steaks and seafood is some of the best you can get in the area, and the service. You won't be disappointed.