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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
Owner description: Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets and sample fare...
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
Activities: Fishing
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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Austin, Texas, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Usually, I avoid wharfs because of crowds, mediocre and overpriced food & trinkets, but Stearns Wharf is a real treat. Even on busy days people are nice, perhaps because the views of the ocean, shore and mountains are both spectacular and serene. The restaurants offer a range of good choices and decent values. And don't forget to watch (but not... More 

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Groveland, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The view back towards the city, and north and south, is excellent. And there were several pelicans happily resting at the end of the pier. There were 3 restaurants to choose from, and several small specialty shops with nice souvenirs some of which were artisan and not just "made in wherever" touristy. And the Sea Center was excellent, less than... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Stearn's Wharf may not seem a Wharf by the definition provided me in London on my trip down the Thames enroute to Greeenwich when our narrator and guide defined a Wharf as: "Ware House At River Front." Whereas, here in Santa Barbara Mr. Stearn is long gone as is the Wharf that occupied the pier (quay) early in the 20th... More 

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North Yorkshire, England
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232 reviews 232 reviews
29 attraction reviews
443 helpful votes 443 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Goleta
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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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San Jose, California
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47 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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