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“Great Restaurant in Santa Barbara” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stella Mare's

Stella Mare's
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
805-969-6705
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Ranked #28 of 449 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $30 - $30
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!
Oakton, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant in Santa Barbara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We regularly dine at Stella Mare's and we have never been disappointed with the quality of the dishes; the menu changes regularly, they are innovative in their cuisine while preserving their emphasis on fresh organic farm to table cuisine. We've been there for a delicious generously proportioned Sunday brunch, their Wednesday Jazz dinners and most recently for my wife's birthday dinner this past Sunday. The staff is always terrific and the French country setting in an old historic home always appealing. Highly Recommended!

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Two out of three”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Three of us visited for lunch. The salmon almondine platter was a hit and good value at $16.95. The Los Patos Burger [ground duck, arugula, goat cheese, etc] and accompanying french fries were also quite good, though maybe just a bit overpriced at $15.75. The grilled chopped chicken salad [$14.74] was not very tasty; a real disappointment. We ate outside at the tables in front of the resaurant, a pleasant location overlooking the bird refuge across the street, a street which has light traffic.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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186 reviews 186 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“wow oh wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Friends in L.A. sometimes drive up here just to have lunch--that's how much they love Stella Mare's. So they took me and my husband here while we were vacationing. We were surprised that it's not in Santa Barbara proper; it's one exit away. But we were not disappointed! The setting in a country-style house was charming. The service was lovely. Best of all was the food, including the divine desserts. It was one of those meals where everything came together perfectly. Now we just have to return to Stella Mare's for dinner on our next trip.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Stella Mare's Restaurant & Bistro, Santa Barbara, CA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I was at this restaurant twice in December 2013, first with my family for brunch and next for a business luncheon. Both visits were great. The service is fantastic. The Los Patos burger is the best! We ever heard of a burger of ground duck with goat cheese and black cherries... all on a brioche bun?The coq of vin, eggs benedict and crepes are also fantastic. The atmosphere is wonderful being set in a old Victorian house with a huge greenhouse dining area across from the Bird Refuge. Brunch is the best here! I really cannot say enough good things about the food & service here.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

My friend and I chose Stella Mare's on December 29 after reviewing menus at several top rated restaurants and having eaten at various ethnic restaurants during a 4 day vacation. We were greeted on entering the lovely restaurant, which is located in a house built in the late 1800's. We were offered a choice for seating and our waitperson arrived quickly. We found the service more than excellent, all questions were answered, suggestions made when asked, food prepared and served exactly as we requested. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, did not hover and at the same time weren't absent. The food was very good, we ordered several of petits plats and a perfect Chardonnay to compliment our food choices. This was our "special" night out meal and we couldn't have been more pleased. The last, but not least, compliment is that as two women we were not ignored or treated differently from others present; this is not true at all restaurants!!!!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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