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“Nice place. Good food and good service. Recommended for brunch.”
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Ranked #55 of 530 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cabrillo
Transit: Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
Description: 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!
Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“Nice place. Good food and good service. Recommended for brunch.”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

With a very nice glass conservatory overlooking the bird sanctuary, Stella Mare's is a delightful place with good food and good service. We had Sunday Brunch there and can recommend it!

  • Visited November 2012
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Santa Barbara CA
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Just the best!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Rented the Greenhouse room for dinner group of 31 ladies---everyone amazed by the setting---the windows and little white lights---to say nothing of the food which was delicious---excellent service---could not have asked for more!

Visited September 2012
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Altadena, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“What a lovely place”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I got off on the wrong exit to santa barbara and just happen to drive by this restaurant that appeared to be a nice place to check out. Glad I stumbled on it. It has a pleasant country feel with upscale service. I was seated right next to a large walled off fireplace with a beautiful mantle and had a nice view of the restaurant. I had escargot, shrimp, and their great creme brulee.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank criticzee
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Thousand Oaks, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“shabby and chic”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Honestly, it's not shabby at all. Although we went in the heat of summer and it is not air conditioned, we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless as the food is delicious. We took some friends of ours with us for lunch as we had been a couple of times prior, and were not disappointed at all.
The chef seems to be fond of doing variations on the vol au vent, a puff pastry "nest" filled with yummy things like lobster and other seafood, or eggs with some kind of creamy sauces. Their salads are always tasty, and the artichoke appetizer with aioli and balsamic glaze was delicious.
Service is cool but efficient. Nice place to dine if you are traveling the 101 and you get peckish or if you are visiting Santa Barbara and want a cozy place to eat next to the fireplace on the patio. A really sweet place for a luncheon party as well.

  • Visited September 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
“Slow Service”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Our group of 12 had a reservation for 7pm. We arrived on time. We finally got to place our food order about 7:45 after going and finding our waiter. We were served at 9PM. Clearly not enough help for the wait staff or kitchen. After extremely slow service they did not hesitate to add a full 20% gratuity to our bill !

  • Visited September 2012
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