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“One of the best meals ever!”
Review of Stella Mare's

Stella Mare's
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Ranked #57 of 549 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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!
Reviewed August 15, 2014

My husband and I had the loveliest meal here! He had the lamb chops and I had coq a vin and he said it was one of the best meals he had ever eaten! The setting in the lovely greenhouse with a fire in the fireplace makes for such a lovely ambience for a meal. It is so close to Montecito that it should be listed there. Wonderful menu and excellent service.

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Unless you go just to hear their jazz combo, don't go on Wednesday night. We didn't know about the music and found we couldn't hear, talk or enjoy our meal. The food was fabulous - cassoulet, moules, trout - all very delicious and very French, but we simply had to gulp down our food so we could leave. Not pleasant.

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Thank Joan R
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

There are so many wonderful dining choices in Santa Barbara and we hoped that we could add this one to our list of favorites. The cuisine is French but watered-down French. The décor is a little too kitsch and the menu not quite what you would expect from a bistro. Too large, too bright and too Disneyland in the end.

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1  Thank PVETraveler
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a beautiful, lunch on the patio of this lovely restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the view made us feel like we were in the south of France.

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Thank James D
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very well prepared food. We've visited several times and never had a bad meal. Most recently was with the Axxess book which got us a free entree. You really cannot go wrong, order whatever strikes your fancy

Thank Gary W
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