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“I love Santa Barbara and this place was great!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Breakwater Restaurant

Breakwater Restaurant
107 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
805-965-1557
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Ranked #152 of 409 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Golden, Colorado
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128 reviews 128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“I love Santa Barbara and this place was great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

I have never stayed in Santa Barbara or had time to explore it. The last 2 years it has been our stopping point on our way to the Morro Bay area. Last year we ate at a little place off the parking area, the tables were in the sand! It was good, but this year my daughter wanted to try another place. There are so many choices there, but we choose the Breakwater. It was so good, we sat outside, so close to the ocean, well I guess the docking area. The food was great and the service. I would go back in a heart beat and some day would at least like to be able to stay in Santa Barbara for at least a night! Oh they are dog friendly too. One couple brought their dog in, including his little mat to sleep on as they ate.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Desert,CA
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125 reviews 125 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
“Great food, wonderful service and a harbor view dog friendly patio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We love this place. One review said they made them tie their dog up outside and this is certainly not true. I think they are thinking of the Boathouse on the water where they do make you tie your dog up. Here at the Breakwater they love dogs and bring them water. The food is great, the view sensational and the people waiting on tables are amazingly friendly. We go for lunch and dinner often, never have been there for breakfast, but loved the comment "best bacon in town"....They make us feel very welcome with our dog...highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
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89 reviews 89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Nice dessert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

We did not have a meal here but walked to the marina from our hotel and enjoyed huge slices of pie ala mode. The service was very polite and friendly.

Visited April 2012
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San Ramon, California
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103 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Great Location With Awesome Views of the Santa Barbara Waterfront”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

The best part of our visit to the Breakwater Restaurant was its location on the Santa Barbara Waterfront!! It was a beautiful day outdoors duringour visit, so we enjoyed dining outside on their patio and enjoyed the views of the Santa Barbara Harbor and surrounding area. The Breakwater has friendly staff members, clean atmosphere, and the typical tourist food fare. The price of food was reasonable, but the food itself was average and nothing to write home about at all. You come to the Breakwater for the Atmosphere only.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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santa barbara
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great place to grab breakfast with a million dollar view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We love to eat breakfast on the patio, with a great view of the boats docked in the harbor and the Santa Ynez mountains beyond. If you get their early (by Santa Barbara standards, before 8:45 AM), you can generally get seated without a wait. The food is good "average", but coupled with the setting, it makes eating on the patio a great experience.

Visited December 2011
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