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“Friendly Local Place”

Breakwater Restaurant
Ranked #171 of 536 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $8 - $19
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Great views right on the waterfront, marina. Patio is glass enclosed with umbrellas. Ninety minute parking free and nearby. Great breakfast and lunch spot. Prices comparable to any in town and quality is consistently good. My favorites are the breakfast omelets and Fish Tacos at lunch. Fish tacos are a large serving of mixed fish fresh cut on site; sauteed with seasonings just right. The accompanying chipotle mayo is great! They can accomodate groups as well. We eat here often!

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Located right in front of the harbor with unobstructed views, this has been a locals' favorite for many generations of Santa Barbarans. The current management keeps the place fresh and crisp with the great view patio being refurbished frequently. The small; but intimate interior is great for the ocassional cold, foggy day. Breakfasts are the big draw, though local harbor denizens keep the lunch hour hopping. Dinner, surprisingly is a bit slow due mostly to the fact that historically this has been breakfast/lunch only and there is a lot of strong competition in the harbor area featuring a lot of atmosphere and decor. The dinner menu and wine list are priced substantially below that of the competition; yet the food and wine are quite good with healthy food portions. There is a real team spirit among the staff with many long term employess and a happy, efficient flow to the service. Good parking and easy access make this a great choice even at the busiest season,

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is a great place for kids, who are happy with simple foods. For adults, the drinks were pretty good, but the meals were just OK. It is a popular spot, so come early. It's fun to walk along the docks.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

I have never stayed in Santa Barbara or had time to explore it. The last 2 years it has been our stopping point on our way to the Morro Bay area. Last year we ate at a little place off the parking area, the tables were in the sand! It was good, but this year my daughter wanted to try another place. There are so many choices there, but we choose the Breakwater. It was so good, we sat outside, so close to the ocean, well I guess the docking area. The food was great and the service. I would go back in a heart beat and some day would at least like to be able to stay in Santa Barbara for at least a night! Oh they are dog friendly too. One couple brought their dog in, including his little mat to sleep on as they ate.

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Reviewed June 30, 2012

We love this place. One review said they made them tie their dog up outside and this is certainly not true. I think they are thinking of the Boathouse on the water where they do make you tie your dog up. Here at the Breakwater they love dogs and bring them water. The food is great, the view sensational and the people waiting on tables are amazingly friendly. We go for lunch and dinner often, never have been there for breakfast, but loved the comment "best bacon in town"....They make us feel very welcome with our dog...highly recommended.

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