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Stearns Wharf

Address: Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #24 of 57 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
Activities: Fishing
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Owner description: Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.

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North Yorkshire, England
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216 reviews 216 reviews
22 attraction reviews
442 helpful votes 442 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I can't believe some of the critical reviews here. Some people are hard to please. Yes there are souvenir shops and some of the restaurants are a bit touristy but this wharf still has a great history. You can read about it on plaques set up on the side of the fencing. Not only that it offers great views of... More

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

You can have a nice leisurely stroll along Sterns Wharf or you can go to one of their restaurants. We bought an ice-cream from the ice-cream shop as most of the eateries were booked out. Be very careful if you have young children as very easy for them to fall over the side of the jetty because in some parts... More

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Carlsbad, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The pier looks good from a distance, and that's what you should do: look at it from a distance. Don't go on it. It's a venue for tawdry shops selling overpriced junk, ice cream cones for $6 or $7. About the several restaurants, I have no experience, but would tend to figure that they are not too good and over... More

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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

As a local this is still one of the best views of the city that you can get. A walk out on the wharf is a treat for an 65 year resident or a 6 hour cruise passenger.

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San Luis Potosi, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We went with friends to the wharf. Great views of the ocean and the beach. Stopped at Longboard's Grill for a drink and to watch the game. Nice atmosphere.

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Long Beach, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Met some friends at the wharf - I got lucky and found parking. The turnover is pretty frequent. You get 90 minutes free with validation from any of the shops or restaurants on the wharf. Our other friends valet parked (you still get 90 minutes free) they just had to tip the valet guy. Great shops and restaurants. You can... More

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45 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to take in the ocean and beach. Stearns Wharf is one of the best places to take in both while being able to walk along a nice wooden pier with places to eat and hang out at. Its my 2nd favorite pier to Santa Cruz in Northern California. You can drive on the pier... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Take a walk or drive out on this wharf into the past. Think schooners filled with building supplies anchored at it's end, trading ships unloading sailors giddy for shore leave. Several places to eat, shop and plenty of places to just gaze back at beautiful SB. Go to the end, where there's no guard rail, but hurry, as there are... More

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Fremont, California
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1,700 reviews 1,700 reviews
1,065 attraction reviews
995 helpful votes 995 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Stearns Wharf is a beautiful wooden wharf area in Santa Barbara. Views from there are amazing of the water areas. One can see lots of boats, people enjoying water sports, cruise liners (when the ship is in) and more. There are also restaurants with great views of the area. I enjoyed lunch on an outside table and enjoyed the views.... More

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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149 reviews 149 reviews
77 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Strolling along Santa Barbara seafront, we decided to give Stearns Wharf a whirl. Nice, but nothing special. Wooden, which started me thinking about pier fires (as you do!). Unsurprisingly there was a notice detailing the fire of 1973. Interesting facts to be found. Traffic on the pier is a little disconcerting. Little nick-nack shops and a couple of restaurants. Great... More

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