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5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
18059647881
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 11
    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
much better after 4 years

I had reviewed this restaurant in a mixed way 4 years ago, but I do go there every now and then, when traveling. This time I had a great surprise: I ordered a steak that turned out perfectly cooked, juicy, tender, tasty. By comparison, it surpassed without any doubt a steak I had recently at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
77G
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oregon
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Goleta, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food is great, service is fantastic and the bar is exceptional. Beautiful view from ant spot in the restaurant. This is my boyfriends and mine anniversary dinner place. First date 5 years ago.

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oregon
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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had reviewed this restaurant in a mixed way 4 years ago, but I do go there every now and then, when traveling. This time I had a great surprise: I ordered a steak that turned out perfectly cooked, juicy, tender, tasty. By comparison, it surpassed without any doubt a steak I had recently at a famous steakhouse in Los... More 

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Thank 77G
Gallatin, Tennessee
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175 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a February day! The Beachside is great to soak up winter sun. Sitting in the sun and sampling the salads and fish makes a perfect day. Service was fine and the fare was better than average. We felt we were getting the full California experience. We will be back next year.

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Thank OldOldBob
La Jolla, California
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited for Happy Hour and while everything sounded great, the quality of the food left us feeling like it could have been so much better. Everything seemed like it was just a bit off on the flavor profiles. The seared Ahi was blackened but the seasoning was Cajun flavored and it didn't quite match the sophistication... More 

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Thank RJA_SD_1964
Goleta
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114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is right on the ocean which is a plus. You can hear the ocean while you dine. But not in winter. A huge sand berm protects against winter storms. The food makes it worthwhile anyway. Staff is friendly and helpful. Shrimp is one of the highlights but other dishes like halibut or steak are also very tasty. Atmosphere... More 

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Thank Goletagone
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

So, I have been to The Beachside probably 50 times in my life. I grew up here in Goleta and it is a goto spot for good chowder and probably the best cesar salad in town. All this being said, my girlfriend and I went there the other day for lunch. My girlfriend only has an hour for lunch and... More 

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Thank Marc H
Goleta, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Cannot beat the view. Fish is good, just wish they had more options with it. Good early bird dinner prices though and have taken many a guest for the view and setting. Easy parking too.

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Thank QLPanek
PA
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141 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

Usually it's all about the view. Not so here, food and service was very good. Lunch was pleasant, even though very busy. But then the view kept getting in the way. We will return .

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Thank NLtravels
michigan
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

As a SB local we eat at the Beachside quite a bit but would eat there even more frequently except they say they are dog friendly but aren't. They have a wonderful outside beach seating area and if you bring a dog may tie the dog to a metal post about 50 yards out onto the beach away from any... More 

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Thank MichiganjimMI
Alameda, California
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149 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Went here for lunch on a Monday. We could not believe how completely packed it was at 1 PM. Maybe it was the holidays with Thanksgiving coming up but there wasn't much room available. The food was very tasty and a nice variety to select from. A big amount of outdoor seating was available as well.

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Thank mackanna

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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: 18059647881

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic, Scenic view
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?