Lucky Penny, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, features innovative artisanal pizzas from a wood-burning oven, with locally sourced garden fresh salads, delicious hot & cold sandwiches, handmade sweet treats, beer, wine and the ever-popular Frosé. The exterior of our building is tiled with more than 150,000 real copper pennies that shimmer in the warm Central Coast sunshine.  Join us on our picnic patio or take it away!


Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm | Fri & Sat 11am-10pm


Thomas is a proud 805 native, and also where he began his journey in hospitality through the culinary arts program at Oxnard College. He honed his skills by bringing sophisticated and artisanal menus to large, upscale senior living environments as Food Service Director and Executive Chef. Overseeing teams as large as 60, he is meticulous, creative, and an inspired leader. When not managing the kitchen, Thomas is a dedicated volunteer and community supporter. Currently, you will find him giving his free time assisting with programs at the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara.


Margot gained a wide variety of experiences as a young adult living in four different states. Although she began her career teaching on the ski slopes of Vermont, she quickly fell in love with hospitality as a server and bartender. Later as a team leader and trainer, she showed her mettle by jump-starting two successful restaurant concepts in New Jersey and Montana before arriving in Santa Barbara. Margot brings passion, motivation, attention to detail, and a dedication to the service industry.

Thomas Dado, Chef
Catie Hindman, Manager