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Beachside Bar-Cafe

5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
805-964-7881
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Ranked #9 of 113 restaurants in Goleta
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Agoura Hills, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Beachside restaurant has amazing seafood and views of the Channel Islands. On a nice day, this is the place to go for lunch or dinner. They have both outdoor and indoor seating. With the huge windows, everyone has a great view. After eating, you can walk out on the Goleta pier or watch the birds at the adjacent lagoon (slough)... More

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Bakersfield, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I ate here on the Fourth of July so we were pleasantly surprised to get a table. We did eat earlier in the evening (6:30 p.m.), so maybe it was harder to get a table as it drew closer to the fireworks time of the evening. The wait staff was all quite friendly, but my husband did... More

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Denver, CO
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

great service, good food, very crowded so go for dinner specials 5-6 pm, or make a reservation, nice beach views

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Dropped into the Beachside Cafe after some kayaking off of Goleta Beach. Just wanted a little something to take the edge off, so we ordered up some calamari and clam chowder. YUM!! The clam chowder is made in-house and is loaded with clams. The calamari is *lightly* breaded and fried up right. The squid is the star here, not the... More

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Ramona, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were camping up at El Capitan State Beach and had been traveling all day in our motorhome and were ready to settle for anything that was close. We found this place on Trip Advisor and are we glad we did. Great view, great service and great food. Appetizers, soups, salads and entrees were all outstanding. It was real busy... More

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new york
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I found this place through Trip Advisor as a place to kill some time while waiting to pick up a friend from the Santa Barbara Airport. I couldn't be more pleased. Nice, casual, beachside restaurant. Prices seemed reasonable and the menu had a good assortment for lunch. They have both outdoor and indoor seating and are accommodating for those who... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our first night in Santa Barbara we decided to head to the beach in Goleta on the advice of some locals we met in Carmel. We went to this restaurant for dinner and we were very pleased. Our server was wonderful. She was very pleasant and did her job very well. We sat in an indoor/outdoor area where it was... More

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Sacramento, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My boyfriend and I were down in Santa Barbara to apartment hunt and he decided to surprise me with a romantic dinner here after all the stress from the week! I had no idea where we were going but was extremely pleased when we pulled into the parking lot. We wandered onto the beach for a bit and enjoyed the... More

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Palm Desert,CA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Beachside has been a favorite of ours since our kids were at UCSB. It's a lively place right on the sand with ocean views, gorgeous at sunset. They don't take reservations except for groups over 8 so sometimes there is a wait, but worth it since it's one of the best in Goleta near the campus. Waiter was nice...2nd glass... More

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CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Group of 4 went to the Beachside Bar & cafe on UCSB Graduation weekend. It was very busy, but we got seated pretty quick. It's a fairly large place, most tables(and the large bar area) have a decent view of the beach and pier right in front. I started with a cup of their Clam chowder, was really really good.... More

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