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Beachside Bar-Cafe

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5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great location, friendly staff and good food. However our evening was spoilt by our server forgetting to order our starter. The offer of complimentary desert was a nice gesture but..... The crab stuffed halibut was delicious as was the tuna, even though the tuna portion would normally have fed a family of five. Lively bar and lively atmosphere. Give it... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wow! I had a peak experience dining alongside the beach watching the waves and sunset as I ate delicious seafood. The service was wonderful and the food and drinks were right on. I recommend the New England Style Clam Chowder, which tasted great. I can't wait to come back to this restaurant the next time I'm in town. What an... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our large group was seated near the windows with a perfect view of the setting sun over headlands to the north and the sand and wharf to the south. The servers were friendly, our large group was served promptly, prices reasonable, sea food selections varied and tasty. Some of us arrived during happy hour and enjoyed a drink in the... More 

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Boulder City, NV
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About 18 of us descended on Beachside Bar-Cafe last week for our dinner. Though not in a special room, they accomodated us at one long table, service was good, lots of choices for good food & drinks (started in the Bar area), watched the sun go down, & just had a very enjoyable time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here with my daughter for dinner. Super busy on a Monday night - clearly very popular place - also recommended by our hotel. To avoid wait, sat at bar where full service was available, plus an additional bar food menu. We liked the atmosphere of the place - 80's whitewashed comfortable beach style. The food we ate was satisfying... More 

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74 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beachside Bar-Cafe lives up to its name - right on the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean and pier. This is a casual restaurant with a very nice menu. Fish tacos were very good and the blackberry pecan salad was excellent. Had the salad with grilled salmon (they have a wild salmon option which is what I had)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of goleta best kept secret's. A relaxing atmosphere that offers great food, full bar & you can sit outside on the beach... Holly

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richmond, va
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238 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love places to eat where I can sit at the bar, have a drink , watch the food being prepared, have a great view of the ocean, and eat great food! Happy hour starts at 3 pm, we had filet sliders cooked perfectly, an Ahi Poke that was wonderful, a prawn cocktail, tender and crunchy calamari , and vodka... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Incredible view and really good food combine to make this a great place to relax. We enjoyed the fresh air, sea, food and ambiance. Casual - upscale dining with quick service and a fresh sea air breeze that just makes everything taste better. The menu is creative and nice selection of entree's.

Thank Amy D
Goleta, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This is, consistently, the best seafood restaurant on the best beach, anywhere near the Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The fish melts in your mouth and the views warm your heart. Libations are well prepared and fulfilling. Wine list is excellent. Prices are moderate.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, Bar, Seafood
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
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?