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Stella Mare's

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50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822 (Cabrillo)
Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
805-969-6705
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Stella Mare’s is a Santa Barbara local’s favorite for lunch, brunch and...
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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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place to celebrate with girlfriends

My friends and I sat on the patio and we each ordered either a salad or sandwich. The waitstaff was attentive and the menu was inventive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Kathie M
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My friends and I sat on the patio and we each ordered either a salad or sandwich. The waitstaff was attentive and the menu was inventive.

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Attended a wedding here last weekend. I was impressed by the quality of food and level of service with such a large group. The salmon with saffron risotto and braised short ribs were both particularly good. The passed appetizers before the meal were excellent as well (seared salmon on a fried wonton, salmon crostini, I'm making myself hungry here!). I... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Took my mom who is visiting from out of state here at the recommendation of a friend. Amazing experience. I called just before we went to see if we needed a reservation. Luckily we did not. When we arrived the host remembered the call and gave us a choice of several beautiful tables. We sat next the the Mantle. The... More 

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Cathedral City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had a mixed experience. The food was all well prepared and well presented. The Chef is to be commended. The service was somewhat haughty and pretentious, which made the meal a bit less enjoyable than it would have been. I recommend the food highly, the service, not so much, but perhaps it was just our server, other employees seemed... More 

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Montreal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I had dinner at Stella Mare's with my family last Sunday and one week later I am still talking about this restaurant! We were in California (San Fran down to Anaheim) for two weeks in July and Stella Mare's was by far the best meal that we had, both from a cuisine perspective as well as value perspective. I had... More 

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redwood city
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

food was prepared just right, nice setting, portions a bit small but adequate. Would have liked to have some subtle background music

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Loved everything about the place. I would have given it a 4.5 star if I could. I rarely give 5s. We brought our dog and were given a great table in a private little alcove outside overlooking the lagoon, right next to the 'greenhouse'. Our waitress was great and upbeat. Made sure the dog had water and encouraged us to... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Stella Mare has had many transformations over the years. It keeps improving. The grilled vegetable salad has been a staple on the menu for years and never disappoints. I love the grilled salmon salad. Also, one of the best steak frites in town!

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Oak Park, Illinois
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We enjoyed a lovely brunch with dear old friends. I had the mussels and my husband had the bouillabaisse. I thought the mussels had too much Pernod which overwhelmed their delicate flavor. Spouse liked his bouillabaisse a great deal. The setting is French country in a light and airy green house. Quite lovely.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

On a sparkling clear day in Santa Barbara, there are few restaurants to rival the ambiance of Stella Mare, located opposite the Bird Sanctuary. The French country decor well-lit by windows all around, offers you a trip to Provence without the airfare. This is a special place for family celebrations or intimate tete-a-fetes (hopefully not in close proximity to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
    (Cabrillo)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-969-6705

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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!
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?