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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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11:30 am - 9:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 30
    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
Delicious french cuisine!

Love, love, love this place. This is our favorite special night out spot. As my bf put it: "this the kind of place that knows how to properly cook a steak". This is not what you would call "healthy", but if you feel like treating yourself to a unctuously delightful, full cream, all the butter kind... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
cavegirl81
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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140 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Love, love, love this place. This is our favorite special night out spot. As my bf put it: "this the kind of place that knows how to properly cook a steak". This is not what you would call "healthy", but if you feel like treating yourself to a unctuously delightful, full cream, all the butter kind of french meal (with... More 

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San Francisco, Ca
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My boss and I were working out of town for the week and did not want to be anywhere near State St. and the St. Patrick's Day crowd. Our office recommended Stella Mare's. I was able to call and get a reservation for that night but honestly they weren't very busy at all. The one negative was our server in... More 

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toronto
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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Six of us had a wonderful dinner at this heritage, Victorian house near the Bird Refuge (lake). The service was very good and everyone enjoyed their meal. A large steak selection. This is also a neat place for Saturday or Sunday brunch about 10:30 a.m.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Accidentally found Stella's on last visit to Santa Barbara and oh, what a find! Had the Cassoulet - excellent! Wife had steak - excellent. Atmosphere was unique greenhouse and cottage style "French" furnished comfortable and unlike any room I had been in. Will return as there were several menu items we wanted to try. Well deserving of 5 stars in... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Green Room is fantastic (sometimes it is a little chilly, so bring a sweater). The food and wine are great!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went there for my wife's 60th after reading the recommendations from this site and the Hotel where we stayed. The venue was wonderful but the food was just OK. Maybe our expectations were too high as a result of the recommends or the fact that it was "French", but it was disappointing. My wife's rib eye was less than tender... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

A bit out of main Santa Barbara and Montecite area but well worth the searching. Feels like you are in the Frend countryside The food is great, much of it locally sourced. The staff is exceptional. Try it! You'll loveit!

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The ambiance at Stella Mare's is wonderful. The wait staff is always good. And usually, the food is lovely. But today, I had the Cobb Salad, and it was awful! It had no flavor at all, and there was almost no dressing on the salad. I was extremely disappointed. On the other hand, my friend had a lovely crepe with... More 

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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

What a wonderful surprise! We were on our 4th week of vacation just coming off a cruise ship Ocdeania's "Marina" whose director of food is the famous Jacques Pepin. Now this cruise line wins every year the award for best food at sea. But I can tell you that the best meal was right here at Stella Mare's. Everything was... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

What a lovely place, from calling to confirm to closing the place out with a "glad to do it for you... please come back!" I had the Coq au Vin. Man... Such a deliciously succulent dish. I wanted to eat the bones and the plate! It was so delicious and the olive plate was great too. My aunt wasn't too... 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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?