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Beachside Bar-Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Beverly Hills, California
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

2 of the top 10 view tables in the world are right here. Been here most summers since 1983. 33 years of fun. RESTAURANT: A Food quality A Value A+ Ambiance A+ Location A People A Staff A+ Scene A Decor CLEAN OR DIRTY: A Utensils B Table A Glassware A Bathrooms

Thank james90211
Santa Barbara, California
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always end up back here. The setting is great, but at least one of our dishes was just awful and the rest just adequate. We like the place the staff, but mediocrity in the kitchen is to be expected and never fails to disappoint us in some way. However the Caesar salad and fresh bread( rolls) are always great Oh... More 

Thank SharonD_11
Bakersfield, California
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat on the patio so make reservations to eat out there. It is right on the beach next the pier. We ate as the sun was setting and it a very nice view. The food is good. There is a special early-bird menu for dinners between 5 and 6 PM and these are specially priced. Of special note on... More 

Thank Patrick P
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beachside Bar-cafe is a great place on Goleta Beach, a few miles north of Santa Barbara. The food is good, but the views are even better from inside the restaurant as well as from the covered patio. This is the place to come if you want to have good food right on the beach with great ocean views. This restaurant... More 

Thank TArnol
Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jul 8, 2016. Lunch menu has a greater variety and is reasonably priced. Dinner selection is limited and does not have what they do best at lunch. Go for lunch, not dinner. Or go somewhere better in Santa Barbara, a short drive from Gpleta.

Thank cynthia o
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82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an early dinner to enjoy the early bird. However, there weren't many options on that menu. We decided to split a dinner and get a bowl of clam chowder. Between the bread, salad, and calamari appetizer we were stuffed halfway through dinner. The calamari, chowder, and rockfish dinner were outstanding as was the view of the beach and... More 

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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166 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like my lunches when I fly to Santa Barbara. Large portion of Ahi Special and very good Fish and Chips. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather and view.

Thank ravenlady
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is in a great spot! It is right on the beach and it opens up to a beautiful water view. I had the paella and a couple of oyster shots. Both were quite tasty. The paella was extremely large and I could have split it with someone had I known. At our table, three people got cocktails (a... More 

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Nipomo, California
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our recent visit to the Beachside Cafe is a reminder to keep an open mind. The Cafe is located on the beach just south of UCSB. The atmosphere is laid back and very casual and the service is efficient and friendly. We ordered a Seared Ahi appetizer which was to die for followed by my Paella and my wife's Fresh... More 

Thank wanderingsid
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36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

I used to come here for years and thought it was very good but I either did not know better or it has since changed. The views are the highlight, the food is not. Decent but should have gone to Santa Barbara for a better meal. The appys were large but not that tasty, the shrimp soup was sad, very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 18059647881

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?