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50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
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Ranked #29 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cabrillo
Transit: Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
Description: Stella Mare’s is a Santa Barbara local’s favorite for lunch, brunch and dinner. French country recipes are offered with fresh fish, meats and poultry cooked on our wood-burning grill. Stella Mare's is perhaps one of the best examples of Santa Barbara style. Located between Montecito and Santa Barbara, this charming restaurant is housed in a historic landmark Victorian home, overlooking the Bird Refuge. The decor is French Provincial meets Santa Barbara style. The glass Greenhouse, with stunning views of the Bird Refuge, has cozy sofas, a fireplace, and a full service bar. “I'm so fortunate all over the world to find places that are very good that I can recommend, but I do have a short list of absolute musts. If you come anywhere near Santa Barbara, this is a must - Stella Mare’s, first of all, is so casual and homey. It's beautiful to look at, very relaxed atmosphere, and secondly the food is fantastic!” - Rachael Ray, Rachael’s Vacation Show - Food Network A bientot!
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  • English first
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

the food is very tasty, the ambiance is faded French Country which I love,. We come here for celebrations, everything is special.

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My husband and I went to Stella Mare's for our anniversary dinner. We both ordered filet mignon, prepared different ways. They were both amazing; cooked perfectly and served with tasty sides in a lovely presentation. I've been telling everyone that this was probably the best filet either of us have ever had. We were in the green house dining room... More 

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Goleta, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had tried this place for drinks and appetizers vowing to try their entrees. Our wish was well rewarded. After having sat by the fire listening to a fun and vibey jazz trio we opted to be seated and then began an exquisite foray into culinary heaven. My partner's Cassoulet was prepared in a more rustic provincial manner with nothing... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Stella Mare's is housed in a Victorian house above the bird refuge, near Montecito. There are number of dining rooms, and we were seated in one holding only 3 tables--the lack of noise contributed much to our enjoyment of the superb food, as did the country French décor. I began our meal with a duo of tapenades: black olive and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

For us, this is a neighborhood restaurant. We're lucky to be able to call ourselves regulars and have the unique pleasure of enjoying the wonderful food and atmosphere of this beautiful restaurant as often as we choose.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We booked a private dining room at Stella's for our wedding reception. Everything about this place is special and awesome - the decor, the service, the location and the food. The cuisine is as mouth watering in the flesh as it is on your plate. We can't thank the staff at Stella's enough for making our special day that extra... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Good food!!! The restaurant is decorated just as a normal livingroom back home, so the atmosphere were laidback an casual, but still french. Absolutely worth the trip!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have been to Stella Mares on several occasions. When a business associate from the London office was in town, it seemed the perfect place for a business dinner. The food and service were, as usual, excellent. And don't forget the desserts - they are amazing! The atmosphere is serene and conducive to conversation. Highly recommend for quiet, romantic evenings... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I had the loveliest meal here! He had the lamb chops and I had coq a vin and he said it was one of the best meals he had ever eaten! The setting in the lovely greenhouse with a fire in the fireplace makes for such a lovely ambience for a meal. It is so close to... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Unless you go just to hear their jazz combo, don't go on Wednesday night. We didn't know about the music and found we couldn't hear, talk or enjoy our meal. The food was fabulous - cassoulet, moules, trout - all very delicious and very French, but we simply had to gulp down our food so we could leave. Not pleasant.

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Additional Information about Stella Mare's

Address: 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
Phone Number: 805-969-6705
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American, French

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