This is the only place I come to for Japanese noodles. It’s a hole in the wall, located in an unpretentious and slightly out of the way “interzone” between Santa Barbara, Goleta, Hwy 101 and 154.
Neighboring shops include a paint gun and supply shop, a bait and tackle shop, and a gun supply shop. Talk about being out of place, but Itsuki has been here for years, I’ve been going there since the 80s.
The Itsuki lunch bento is a great deal for filling food. I think it’s about $5.50 now and includes teriyaki chicken over rice, four pieces of california roll, 3 gyoza, miso soup, salad, and a slice of orange.
No complaints about their sushi and sashimi either, although there are plenty of other places in Santa Barbara that are fine or better.
But if you’re only looking for noodles, it’s Itsuki. If you need any motivation, watch Tampopo first.