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American, Bar
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2.1 miles from Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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Reviewed January 15, 2022 via mobile

We had a fantastic experience thanks to AMBER’s welcoming personality and knowledge of both the food and drinks menu. Great recommendations , friendly and inviting service, and fantastic drinks! Escargot right out of the shell with herbed butter highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2021

The restaurant is billed as being French, but it's more American with a slight French twist. Burgers, Fettuccine Alfredo or Beef Sliders don't strike me as being too French, yet all were offered on the menu. Upon entering the dining room the evening we were...there, I think we lowered the average age of diners to 73. Apparently, it's popular with an 'older' crowd. The food was okay, but if you're in the mood for traditional French food, keep looking.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

My family and some friends ate here for dinner in early June 2021. The food was certainly tasty, but it wasn't amazing. The portions were very small for what we paid. Le Stella Cafe tries to be fancy but it's just not.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed January 16, 2020

The (possibly canned) beet salad rested on an enormous pile of arugula with a few pieces of cheese. Lightly dressed. Accompanied by not very fresh bread--super market quality. Try a different dish or go to another place in a nearby shopping center. Servers were attentive.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Go eat here. Locals know a good thing. Visiting friend. She lives here in gorgeous Santa Barbara. This is where she chose to take me. Low key and delicious 😋. Had the pork chops special. Great mixed salad and wine. Can’t go wrong. Comfortable and...lovely.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 27, 2019

Cafe Stella is popular for a reason. Expect a good-sized, nice but not super fancy room. Expect helpful and polite service. Expect a menu packed with traditional (stereotypical?) French favorites. I tried a BBQ pork sandwich. My wife did a quiche. Both were just fine....Sometimes we drive past this place and the parking lot is packed. I suspect we will return and give Cafe Stella another try.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 17, 2019

Met long time friends here - on patio with great greenery and delicious food. I had the beef sliders and they were delicious. Hubby had a salad and It was huge. Dog friendly patio. Also a good wine list. right by Earl Warren Showgrounds and...golf course so easy to get too.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 10, 2019

It took us nineteen years after this place opened to get there, and I must say it is in a very nice setting on a hill, with a large dining-room, comfortable chairs, and an inviting bar area. But it is a good thing i visited...the men's room after eating, as it was very, very worn and dirty. I reported this to the manager and she said she had already noticed it and would attend to it. But its unsavory condition betrays the crowded conditions that must occur there. The service and meal were good, if a bit pricey. We had a wonderful hot bucket of fries, the salmon salad and the beef sliders. All were good. Our Arnold Palmer drinks were frequently replenished, and overall I would give the place an average to slightly above average rating. It would be worth a try again at Happy Hour.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

We stopped off here on the road from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles.We were glad that we did so. The staff was very friendly and professional. And the food was very tasty. We started off with some turkey bites. There after we shared a turkey...burger with fries. Each component of our meal was delicious. There is plenty of free parking outside the restaurant. And this restaurant is apparently known for being very kid friendly and we found this to be the case. All along we were very satisfied and we will come back.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 18, 2019

They have an outdoor patio that is pet-friendly as well as indoor seating in the spacious and reasonably quiet restaurant with lots of available parking. The menu is extensive and leans toward French dishes, but there is something for everyone. I had a girls' lunch...here with my adult daughters. We all enjoyed the brie starter. I had the onion soup which was flavorful and full of gooey cheese (yum), but I prefer a thicker broth. I also had the moules mariniere (mussels),which they were kind enough to make with a cream sauce for me instead of the typical wine broth and I REALLY enjoyed it. My daughters ordered the lamb sandwich, which was big enough for two, but I thought the thinly sliced lamb had a somewhat strong flavor. We all enjoyed the specially crafted cocktails that were offered. It was a great outing for all of us. We'll be back and bring the dog next time!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed January 12, 2019

Our family went here just after Christmas and we were pleasantly surprised. Not sure why we waited so long to have dinner here! The ambiance was quite nice and the staff were very attentive with service and helpful when we had questions about the menu...items. The Christmas decorations were festive! One of our group had a large kale salad that was mouth-watering. Another family member had a tender pork chop with brussel sprouts, cooked to perfection. Yet another had a cup of the cream of mushroom soup and it was rich and delicious. One person in our family had a lamb burger and said it was very tasty. This Le Stella Cafe is not to be confused with the Stella Mare on Los Patos Way, down near the Bird Refuge. We will not hesitate to go back. Stella Mare's is priced competitively with other similar restaurants in this area. The ample parking lot was full, which is a good indication that people like this place!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

I was invated to this place a while ago and I really ejoyed. The service was fantastic and the patio is quite and beautiful. The food was really good but maybe a little bit over priced. Coffee was delicious.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

Separte entrance when you come with your dog. How's that for special service? Outdoor patio as well as inside seating. Parmeasan Truffle Fries are 'to die for' as they say. Worth paying a bit extra. Two folks can devour it or one really hungry person....The various brugers are also noteworthy. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Meet a friend for lunch, always a pleasure to eat here. Serve is good, food is great & plenty of free parking...

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is a nice restaurant. They have great food. There is a lovely patio and they allow dogs. Highly recommend the burger.

Date of visit: March 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4