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Boathouse at Hendry's Beach

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2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are no bad seats inside or out, but go on off hours for the best chance of getting in. We went on a Sunday evening and settled for a high-top outside in the bar area with limited views of the ocean because we didn't want to wait for a table. The service was cheerful and mostly efficient. My companions... More 

Thank Judy S
Lincoln, California, United States
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83 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We happened upon the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach by accident while exploring the California coast just north of Santa Barbara. The location couldn't be closer to the beach with free parking adjacent to the restaurant. Beautiful views of the beach and it's inhabitants. We got at able almost immediately. The clientele were local and everyone seemed to be having a... More 

Thank Ray A
Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful restaurant right on the beach. The service is good and the food is good, but seems the quality varies a little from day to day. Most of the time it has been very good with many seafood specialties. The location at Hendry's beach is worth the trip, even if you only have a drink. There is a typical beach... More 

Thank Lucy T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent crab cakes special. Excellent service! Excellent location!! Enjoyed our 34th anniversary in Santa Barbara.

Thank Maria S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had a late lunch at the Boathouse after a recommendation from a local. The cioppino was very good. My husband said his apple walnut salad was good too. We did not have to wait very long to be seated. We were seated inside and still had a nice view of the beach. The flies were a... More 

Thank Lebasi10
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location, but the food was average. We had dinner at the bar, service was good , but we waited for dinner Much longer than we should have. bartender apologized 2 times for the wait, and a manger once to say he was sorry and if we needed anything.

Thank evilearl
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear the food took longer than it should have and we appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention. More 

Santa Ynez, California
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great setting makes up for less-than stellar food. Your out-of-town guests will love sitting right on the beach on the casual outdoor patio. It's a dog friendly beach so the action is always fun to watch. Service is friendly and efficient, the menu is varied & not too expensive. A full bar offers some inventive & location appropriate cocktails.... More 

Thank SCtogo
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the menu variety and craft cocktails. More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up here by chance - headed to Hendry' Beach and then got hungry. The setting is awesome - literally a stone's throw from the water. The deck is surrounded by plexiglass and there are umbrellas over the tables so it really is comfortable eating outside - just wish the food/service had been better. It was overpriced and so-so.... More 

Thank SDC372
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, responded to this review

We apologize for the inconsistent service and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and location and we hope to have you back. More 

London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place, the decor was modern laid back. The fresh seafood was delicious (would definitely recommend the crispy squid). Service was fast and the food arrived quickly. We rang the day before we planned to eat there and booked a table and had no issues getting in though it had to be inside, this suited is as the... More 

Thank lesleygraves
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you were able to snag a reservation and that the meal and service were top notch. We do hope to see you back soon! More 

San Mateo, California
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Literally a day on the beach, followed by incredibly inventive cocktails and imaginative, beautifully prepared/presented plates. Fresh sourced meals, worth every penny. Boathouse is right on the beach, friendly service, and easy to find off the beaten path. Come in casual evening wear, or shorts & flip-flops right off the beach.

1 Thank Pleschy
justine b, Guest Relations Manager at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind words and thrilled to hear you had a lovely dining experience with us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $25
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Pacific Rim
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 18058982628

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