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“Fun at the beach.”

Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
Ranked #8 of 530 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We are not a dog friendly establishment, though located near a dog friendly beach.
Surrey, Canada
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun at the beach.”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

Very friendly greeting and the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was good and the price was fair for what you got. The location is right on the beach and makes for a great place to have a bite,

  • Visited February 2014
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food in a great setting that makes you smile with joy”
Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

It is difficult to decide what was better - the view, the food or the company! Dining at sunset is ideal as this restaurant gets very busy towards 20h00. Seafood is clearly their speciality and the grilled shrimp was sublime, as was the grilled salmon. The halibut w pineapple was succulent with the curry reduction flavourful without being overwhelming. The service was prompt, friendly and she was engaging and pleasant. The wine list had good variety but who can go past a cold Rombauer?

Visited March 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dining on seafood at the seashore”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

The Boathouse is a very pleasant spot to visit both for the food and the view as well. We love to go at sundown to catch the great sunset colors. It is always quite busy so a reservation is advised. You may choose to sit inside or out on their comfortable plaza. The staff is very well trained and will quickly get you seated. We took an older guest so sat in an interior booth which was very comfy. We first had a bottle of their house chardonnay as we perused the menu. We split a starter of calamari which was delightful as we awaited our main course. Our guest and I ordered cioppino, while my wife had the mac and cheese with fish dish. Just as we finished the calamari our very attractive main dishes arrived.
All three of us were delighted with the taste as well as the looks of our dishes. We chatted happily
as we went through the meal but soon found there was more than we could finish. So the waiter was more than happy to pack up the remainder to take home and we had it the next night as well.
Think of that, two great meals for the price of one. What a bargain!
Make it a point to enjoy the Boathouse asap. You will be soooo glad you did!

  • Visited March 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food in a beautiful location”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Go for the happy hour, to watch the sunset, or a special dinner with friends visiting Santa Barbara, to eat great fish at the beach.

  • Visited January 2014
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Ventura, California
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

I went with my boyfriend and his family. We all loved our food and drinks. The restaurant was busy but was able to seat us relatively quick and provided great service. The view was beautiful.

  • Visited March 2013
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