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Stella Mare's

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50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822 (Cabrillo)
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I chose Stella Mare's to host our Rehearsal Dinner for 45-guests on 8/27/2016. We reserved their "Greenhouse Room" for the evening, and it could not have worked out more perfectly. Start to finish from event preparation, to menu creation, ambiance, to meal execution, service and billing, our experience at Stella Mare's was outstanding. I would highly recommend... More 

Thank iretz
Thousand Oaks, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We have eaten at Stella Mare's four times. It is worth the hour drive one way and the hour back home. The wines, food, jazz, and service are extraordinary! Many menu items are gluten free, and in the past the servers have inquired of the chef if the dishes could be prepared gluten free (which they were). Each server we... More 

Thank Leilani S
Santa Barbara, California
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Several visits, same experience: Extremely slow service that is unworthy of their chef who is talented! Much of their menu is hardy fare garnished with flair. Not much view, but very handy to the public golf course and Loreto Plaza on Upper State Street. A on food; F on service.

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara, California
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I reviewed this lovely old restaurant in 2011 and commented on its then fine service, along with the great decor and excellent food. I am sorry to have to give it a much lower rating this time because of the simply abominable service we are currently receiving there at lunch time. On a number of recent visits, we have had... More 

Thank billyboy53
Clearwater, Florida
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211 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Stella Mare's is in an historic former home and has plenty of charm. The interior of the house part is very French and has plenty of individual rooms for hosting private events. The main dining area is in a greenhouse atrium and is beautiful. We were there for brunch on a Sunday and arrived just after they opened, so we... More 

Thank CAK314
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

A perfect setting for a quiet small group meal. We were there for dinner on a Friday evening. The restaurant was full, mostly family celebrations. We had a pre-set meal. The first course, a salad was fresh with an exceptional sherry walnut vinaigrette dressing. Delicious! For the second course I opted for the Grilled Salmon vs. the Boeuf Bourguignon. It... More 

Thank Gazelle Deer
Cambria, California
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This classy restaurant on a Wednesday evening (with the George Mamalakis Trio) deserves five stars except for the "Moules Friezes" specialty that consists of dozen of shells with microscopic-sized mussels. Spouse selected that and went home hungry. I had the filet with cognac sauce and peppercorns. Superb. No comment about the rest of the week. The trio only plays on... More 

Thank Cambriariter
Chesterfield, Missouri
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

SM is my favorite restaurant in SB. During our month long stay visited SM 7 times including 4 times with friends (local). Had excellent filet mignon 3 times (twice with gorgonzola, once with eggs Benedict. Another super dish I enjoyed is Saumon Amandine (goes well with a nice California Sauvignon blanc- $8-12/glass) Dessert selection rather limited (having taken off last... More 

Thank hertelf
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

A wonderful place for our rehearsal dinner. The dining is cozy and atmosphere is warm. A great place for elegant family dining or a romantic evening.

Thank marydmiller9
Clovis, California
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93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I have eaten at French restaurants all over the world. I love French cuisine, and am often disapointed at attempts to serve a great dish. This place nailed it at each level. The bone marrow app was outstanding. the entrees that both my wife and I enjoyed were cooked perfectly. Particularly my filet. I amazed at the quality of steaks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-969-6705
Stella Mare’s is a Santa Barbara local’s favorite for lunch, brunch and dinner. French country recipes are offered with fresh fish, meats and poultry cooked on our wood-burning grill. Stella Mare's is perhaps one of the best examples of Santa Barbara style. Located between Montecito and Santa Barbara, this charming restaurant is housed in a historic landmark Victorian home, overlooking the Bird Refuge. The decor is French Provincial meets Santa Barbara style. The glass Greenhouse, with stunning views of the Bird Refuge, has cozy sofas, a fireplace, and a full service bar. “I'm so fortunate all over the world to find places that are very good that I can recommend, but I do have a short list of absolute musts. If you come anywhere near Santa Barbara, this is a must - Stella Mare’s, first of all, is so casual and homey. It's beautiful to look at, very relaxed atmosphere, and secondly the food is fantastic!” - Rachael Ray, Rachael’s Vacation Show - Food Network A bientot!

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