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“Good food and fun watching the sailing class”
Review of Harbor Restaurant

Harbor Restaurant
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Ranked #92 of 534 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State and Cabrillo
Transit: The 'wharf woodie' and the local trollies can bring customers form the downtown area to Stearn's Wharf.
Oslo, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good food and fun watching the sailing class”
Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Drove up from Burbank to do the tourist thing. Show my daughter more of the Pacific coast than just Manhattan Beach.

So the obvious choice is lunch on one of the wharfs and we chose this as the best option for a tourist experience and good food (see below). Being from a seafood country, we know and recognize our seafood cooking techniques and my daughters review was that her seafood salad was excellent. My grilled swordfish was tasty and and the accompanying mixed vegetable cooked perfectly.

As you can gather from my recent reviews, both of us are on gluten-free diets, and one of us is allergic to shellfish so that drops a lot from our list of restaurant options. So we go upmarket and ask for a gluten-free menu. In this case, we had many options (as is common in California) and this made us feel welcome. My daughters view of this, is that this becomes a primary test of a good restaurant: the server staff should know the ingredients as well as the cooks and they should know the suggested alternatives. The waitress here fit that bill and the food was excellent.

As an off the record comment, dietary restrictions often preclude trendy/cliche restaurants with set menues. But a really good restaurant can often rise to the task and provide tasty off the cuff creations. I often call ahead for dinners, but vacation time is often less planned, so the Harbor gets a thumbs up from this group.

Visited May 2014
Thank ReisendeGringo
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Ontario, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Restaurant is located on a pier which extends into the harbor. Food was good, views nice, service efficient and polite, but in my opinion, very overpriced.

  • Visited May 2014
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Houston, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great view and good food”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

We were experiencing Santa Barbara for the first time, headed to the beach and Stearns wharf. There are several restaurants on the pier, but my husband chose this one. We had a late lunch at the Harbor restaurant. My husband had a pasta dish which he enjoyed. I had shrimp tacos, which were yummy. The views were beautiful- boats, birds and waves on the beach. Our server, Hunter, was very good. We had good food and service and enjoyed our meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank karen b
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“great sunset....awful preparation of seafood. ”
Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

we had high expectations as we sat over a beautiful sunset on the pacific. Busy restaurant as you would expect on such a pier. Mouth watering menu....until you get the harbour seafood platter to find everything is breaded and therefore everything has same texture and taste....you could have got as good seafood from the ice box of a supermarket....oysters to start a little on old side in tasting (from canada! ) ....great pinot grigio to wash it down though took ages to get the cooler with the bottle !! great location average food.

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Newark, California
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“This was Pretty good”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

I would not rate it 5 stars but we both appreciated the quality of the food and the location on the wharf. Prices are a bit much for the amount of food one gets. Be prepared.

Visited April 2014
Thank Michael P
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