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5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
805-964-7881
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An Isla Vista Evening

A fun stop on any trip to Santa Barbara. Beachside is definitely ON the beach. Fun menu, great view on the patio, good food and service. I had the paella-a great choice. My wife can't do lettuce, so she ordered the Cobb salad without the lettuce. The manager immediately came over to the table and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
Marman99
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Glendale, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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168 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
buffalo, ny
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Aside from the beautiful location on the beach with cozy fireplace to ward off the chill, and the friendly service, this place was a big fat miss. The salad that comes with the meal is iceberg lettuce with prepared-elsewhere croutons and sour tomatoes. Not good. The stuffed halibut was so over cooked a sharp knife was inadequate, and the crab... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beachside has been a favorite of ours for 20 years. In recent years, we have gone there more for sunset happy hours than dinners. But several nights ago we went with friends for dinner. The featured entree, Paella del Mar, was barely edible. They substituted salt for saffron as a seasoning and through in a few pieces of shell fish... More 

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Glendale, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A fun stop on any trip to Santa Barbara. Beachside is definitely ON the beach. Fun menu, great view on the patio, good food and service. I had the paella-a great choice. My wife can't do lettuce, so she ordered the Cobb salad without the lettuce. The manager immediately came over to the table and said that in the thirty... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Located almost on the sand of Goleta Beach, just down from UCSB. Sun shining, surf up and kids and adults in the cold cold water. The sea food special (scallops on a bed of rice was Outstanding. My husband had a Phillies sandwich and although a bit tough and chewy, very tasty, says he. I say...stick to the seafood. You... More 

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Enschede, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This restaurant, located at the beach near the university of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), has a great location, with a view on the pacific ocean. I have enjoyed calamari strips as an appetizer and a shrimp pesto pasta as the main course. After this excellent meal I was stuffed and satisfied. The interior of the restaurant is nice and there... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Nice lunch spot on the beach. Recommended by a local who has lived there for 50+ years. Perfect lunch. I had 2 skewers with veggies, shrimp and scallops with a papaya salsa and the spicy shrimp soup. Delicious!

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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have come to take The Beachside for granted because it's always been there for me and I sometimes forget how "special" it really is. I met 2 old friends there for lunch the other day and we were seated at the corner table right on the sand...prime real estate! Considering that it was a gorgeous day in January and... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Met a friend for lunch, based on the recommendation of my local parents. Sat outside in chilly weather, but they turned on the ceiling heaters. I had the best clam-chowder in a sourdough bowl! I nearly ate the entire bread bowl too. I can't wait to go back again!

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Stopped in for a quick meal after arriving at the nearby airport. Caught the happy hour menu and enjoyed excellent crab cakes, grilled artichoke and a well-made margarita. It was all well prepared and the view can't be beat. Good service, nice decor and atmosphere.

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Santa Ynez, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Sort of a locals hangout just down the way from UCSB. Right on the beach. Seafood choices always fresh...great oysters and must try the calamari appetizer....fantastic

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805-964-7881

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?