Robin’s Restaurant 4095 Burton Dr., (805) 927-5007. L-D daily; $-$$. Reservations advised. Operating within a converted house surrounded by a cottage garden, this pleasant spot uses homegrown herbs in full-flavored ethnic and vegetarian dishes (Robin’s claims to have “the largest selection of unique vegetarian dishes on the coast”—they definitely are not the usual). The salmon bisque is a must, as are tasty curries prepared to order. Salads, sandwiches, pastas, seafood, and tofu dishes are also on the menu. Housemade desserts include a bread pudding and hot fudge sundae. One very special table is in an alcove with arched stained-glass windows and a privacy curtain, and patio seating is available.
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