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50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
805-969-6705
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Ranked #23 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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
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
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

I brought out of town guests here for dinner after their long travel day. We all loved our meals and the wine selection was great. Our server was good but there were some awkward moments. Before we sat down we asked if a corner table was available and were told it was taken. Fast forward 30 minutes and another arriving... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
68 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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California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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