About Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny is a casual cafe for dining in on our outdoor heated patio or taking away to the beach, your favorite tasting room or other local Santa Barbara location. Lucky Penny features artisanal pizzas from a wood-burning oven, garden fresh salads, seasonal small plates, house-made hot & cold sandwiches, and house-made baked treats. Lucky Penny serves locally produced wines from Notary Public, craft beers and the ever popular frozen libation, Frosé (frozen rosé). Covered in 156,000 pennies, Lucky Penny is a sight not to be missed.



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 O’Keefe, Manager


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.

Accolades & Awards


2014 “10 Hottest Restaurants in Santa Barbara”, Zagat

Santa Barbara Best Value Restaurants – Gayot’s

Best Santa Barbara Kid-Friendly Restaurant – Gayot’s

2014 Best Architectural Feature, Santa Barbara Beautiful Award


For more information or reservations, visit luckypennysb.com

127 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101 | 805-284-0358
Sunday – Thursday 11am to 9pm | Friday & Saturday 11am to 10pm

Follow Lucky Penny | @luckypennysb