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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-962-6210
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Whilst the weather wasn't the best, the wharf is well worth a visit with a great viewing area of the surrounding bay and coast line. It is a beautiful bay even in the rain!. Amenities are a little 'Blackpool' like but go to sea the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stevel849
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stearns Wharf has just enough variety for everybody - a few shops, a winery tasting room , and 4-5 places to eat. I like that there is enough interest to draw people and yet without it being totally "tacky". I found a few lovely unique...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lesismore10
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our time on the wharf visiting the restaurants and shops. There is also a marine museum. We always stop in the candy shop and pick up a few treats. We watched some of the people fish off the pier and the boat tours...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank glassman15
Reviewed 6 days ago

We walked up from our hotel. Enjoyed the views and then caught the free bus on the corner to go downtown to shops and little wine spots.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Betty J
Reviewed 1 week ago

California beach towns love their wharfs. Stearns wharf is a great destination for a walk and perhaps a touristy meal. It's a good family experience and worth an hour or two during your Santa Barbara visit. Parking is limited, so consider other options for getting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked to the pier when we arrived for a day visit to Santa Barbara. No doubt it is historic and you read some of that history on the plaques along the walkway. But unless you want to purchase inexpensive souvenirs, fish off the end...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lallan329
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family visited the Wharf the last night of our trip. There are shops for clothing, souvenirs, food and ice cream. There is also the beautiful view of the ocean. This is a good way to round up your trip and grab any collectibles to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DVasser
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the shopping to the ice cream, dolphin watching and oh....the sunset! So glad we didn't skip this stop.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tammy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The five of us strolled across its worn, wooden planks during the day and visited the Sea Center and experienced "hands-on" marine life. There are also four seafood restaurants. The views of Santa Barbara are awesome. Our evening stroll was a beautiful moonlit ocean experience....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Duane H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A big fat wooden pier with lots of gifts shops, restaurants and even a palm reader. Its rare that you can actually drive your car along the pier to the end and park it there too. The very last restaurant, the shellfish company, serves great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
No the shops and vendors are further on
September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
This is my very first visit so I couldn't say if this is the one but there was none or very few vendors at the beginning of the board walk leading up the pier
Maureen B
August 26, 2017|
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Response from Fallbrookian | Reviewed this property |
I have seen pets on the pier, but there's no place for them to do their business so you'll want to see to that first! I'm not positive the souvenir shops would allow them, but there are outdoor cafes where they could join... More