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Harbor Restaurant
Harbor Restaurant

Harbor Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.harborsb.com
  • Phone: (805) 963-3311
  • Hours of Operation: Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Weekends: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Weekends: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Santiago
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Any of the items on our menu are available for an off-site catering job.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have many areas that are conducive to private parties.

    The Harbor room can hold up to 100 people and is available for weddings, parties, corporate dinners etc.

    The Captains Room is very private and is located in our exclusive wine room. It hold ups to 18 people. The terrace room can be closed off and is available for private parties up to 35 with an amazing ocean view.

  • Private Party Contact: Robyn (805) 933-3311

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State and Cabrillo
  • Public Transit: The 'wharf woodie' and the local trollies can bring customers form the downtown area to Stearn's Wharf.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is complimentary valet parking at the Harbor Restaurant.
A word from Harbor Restaurant
It's always smooth sailing at the Harbor Restaurant, featuring exquisite dining and Santa Barbara's most spectacular ocean views. Come join us for the freshest seafood and USDA Prime steaks, tender prime rib, cocktails and an award winning wine list featuring local and imported wines, all served in the area's most romantic setting and best place to watch the sun set.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "After 50 years of going to the Harbor restaurant for special occasions, I will not return again. The temperature in the dining room was 80 degrees after the manager came and turned off the AC. He then refused to turn it back on because someone in another part of the restaurant was cold. I felt this was unjust, and that some sort of compromise could have been reached. The server tried to accommodate us but was not successful. He was friendly and competent. The manager didn't even bother to talk to us about the situation or compensate us in any way. It was supposed to be an anniversary celebration and turned out to be very unpleasant."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "your typical high demand tourist spot and the management delivers a worn out restaurant and young inexperienced servers. This place could be fantastic but management here is raking in cash with high prices and small plates...we paid $69 for lobster and got a 4 oz tail...good but come on 4oz - really. Shame on the mgmt"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The Harbor Restaurant was an excellent choice for a delicious seafood dinner. We ordered off the special menu for the evening. We enjoyed every bite. The staff was very attentive, friendly and helpful. They have the best view of the sunset in Santa Barbara. It is the type of restaurant where you can go for a casual night out or for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "great basic seafood with a solid menu. Seafood tower is amazing. A great choice while in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "If you want a scenic view this is the place; food, however, is very average at best. Service was good but it was very, very loud (table of 10 next to us). Haven't been there in years because of the mediocre food and it was exactly the same as it was many years ago. I splurged with the lobster appetizer (27.00). It was a lot of coleslaw base and very wet with too much cocktail sauce in with the lobster and mixed in with the coleslaw. Basically a suggestion of lobster was there. Disappointed in the local mussels...pithy with not much meat. The clams were OK but way to much salt. I wish I could say better things about this restaurant except that it has one of the best views of all SB restaurants."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary at dinner. We've celebrated our anniversary at The Harbor now 3 years and a row and will probably be back next July 27. Lovely view and fun to watch the sun go down and see the lights of the city come on. A very romantic setting and good food. The waitress was great and decorated our Mud Pie (which is outstanding) with "Happy Anniversary." A wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were dubious about this restaurant because of its touristy location on the pier at Stearn's wharf, but other reviews persuaded us to give it a try. The restaurant did not disappoint - it is reasonably priced, the food is above average and the setting is excellent. We would go again if we are in Santa Barbara again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Dined here on a recent Monday summer evening, and there was a decent crowd. Had one youngster in our group of adults, and she seemed happy with the kid's meal selections. The wine list is good and represents the area fairly well. Plenty of meal and appie selections to satisfy every taste. Food came out promptly and was tasty. Nothing over the top here, but consistent. Service was friendly and overall, no complaints. Probably one of the better restaurants in the area with scenic views."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My aunt suggest your restaurant to meet her at. We are from Texas and enjoyed the whole dinning experience with y'all. The waiter was friendly and did not rush us."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Beautiful view and great food. Easy to make reservations."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "great for brunch with an incomparable view!!! Nice service, $10 bottomless mimosas or Bellinis..can't beat it for the value!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "It was a bit surprising that an expensive place like this would not split the plates in the kitchen. We've we've even had Denny's and Chilis do this for us!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The calimari was excellent. A couple of the fish dishes were dry. The salmon Wellington was excellent. The service was very slow. My drink was empty befor my meal and I did not get a refill until the meal was complete."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good food with a great view is a rarity, so we were lucky! Panoramic ocean view, fast service and good food, it all you need to have a happy dinner with kids. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Made my reservations online. Our waiter was great! Excellent service. The food was very good. Everyone liked their lunch. We all had a very nice day. We were not rushed to leave and spent a couple hours chatting."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I live in Los Angeles and have taken the train on several occasions with family and friends just to dine at this location. The food is superb and the view of the ocean incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant for any and all occasions."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great loc on the pier, very friendly staff, delicious food. Will def go back. Open Table, however, let me make 10pm res online. Luckily I called the restaurant anyway because they close at 10 and they did not have my reservations. Will likely not use Open Table again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The prime rib was excellent. We went early 5:30 and it was very quiet. My husband had the seafood platter and said it was the best he had ever had."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had 4 adults, 2 teenagers and a 9 year old. We all found the food to be delicious, the atmosphere relaxing and the views entertaining and ever changing. Service was quick and efficient. Valet parking was quick and efficient as well. Will dine here every visit to the Santa Barbara area!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Located on Stearns Wharf...complimentary valet (with no wharf fees as I was there on a Sunday). No hassle to park at all. Food was very good...seared tuna just right. Wedge salad was a little heavy on blue cheese (am I complaining?). Go-to place when I'm in SB, and easy to get in to. Even last minute."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This place had horrible service. When we were ordering wine the waiter rushed us and did not provide any insight into their selection and then rushed off before I could provide an answer. Throughout the dinner we never had our waters refilled or checked on to see if our food was good or if we needed anything. The food was marginal at best. The chef is not creative and could not execute on the preparation of the food very well either. I understand that you are paying for the view and location of the restaurant but the prices were very high for the food and service quality. If you are not particularly into great food or being treated well, then this place would be fine for you. The view is very nice and its a large noisy venue."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went to Harbor Restaurant on Saturday night to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. I asked for a window seat on Open Table. We arrived a half hour early and were immediately seated at our window table in time to watch the sunset. The service and food were wonderful. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The welcome was friendly and the staff efficient. The booth was good with lots of space and a great view out over the Marina. A good choice of food and drinks, but maybe a little short of options for Fish & Seafood. For a restaurant on the pier, I was a little surprised not to have more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I made a reservation for a party of 8 - for Friday June 13th. It was our son's graduation from UCSB and we were looking very much forward to this event. The view was amazing, huge picture windows... The menu looked as if it had been printed out for this weekend - and was very expensive! The salad which was a la carte was just okay, some of the greens were wilted. Some of us ordered the fish, it came and was on the dry side because it was overcooked. I asked for any sauces to be served on the side, the fish came in a pool of sauce. So there you have it. Would I return? No. The following night we ended up at a French restaurant and had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "enjoyed dinning here and I would go back. Main course was delicious. cheesecake tasted awful"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We stopped here early last minute and were accommodated right away. The oysters on the half shell tasted fresh. I had lobster tacos. There was plenty to eat but the lobster wasn't that tasty. I would order something else next time. The restaurant was told it was my birthday and I was disappointed that they didn't provide a complimentary dessert. Most places do. The setting is great as it is on the wharf."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I ate what sounded nice and fancy on the menu turned out to be a fried food "sampler" the fish was delishous but the mahi was bland and over fried. It would have been an ok sampler for $20 but $38 is way over priced."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We choose this restaurant because it had a Santa Barbara "feel" and we had out of town guests. We had a lovely table with an ocean view. The service started out great-basket of muffins, bottomless champagne and mimosas. The server was super nice, attentive and sweet but it took FOREVER to get our food. At least 40 minutes went by. It also took a long time for my son to get his drink from the bar. We asked for waters but they never came. One person in our party got the wrong order. After waiting that long-they should have done something to make up for that mistake. I really wanted to like the restaurant because it is so pretty but it just wasn't a good expereince. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "These guys make a MEAN cioppino. I've been there 3 times in about the last 6 months or year, and the cioppino never fails. My wife had something she thought was OK, but it had a bit more cheese than she likes [in some places, that's a virtue!] My son had the lobster / prime rib combo and loved it [he ordered it rare, but it looked a bit more like medium rare to him... a minor issue]. The service was great. I measured 70 - 80 dBA on my iPhone sound meter, a bit higher than I'd like, but tolerable."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The seafood tower was spectacular and a really great value."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Clearly it survives on its pier location and on tourist... The views are nice and is clean but that's it! The food was horrible. My prime rib, sent back twice, and was literally microwaved, yes that's right microwaved... Come for the view and A drink but don't bother eating there. ITS A TRUE TOURIST TRAP!!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great selections of food and great ambience for day or night dining! Easy parking on the pier with Valet and very reasonable too!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with this restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. Favorite restaurant there along with Beachside Cafe."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "There was a group of 8 of us for a special occasion. We all had a wonderful time. The food was great especially the Calamari was delicious! Kalli was excellent and went above and beyond excellent service! All of the employees were very nice and Payed extra attention to making our experience perfect!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We arrived early, were greeted warmly, and were seated promptly. Both our waiter and busman were attentive but nonintrusive. Two of our party of five enjoyed beautiful salads, two of us ordered entrees, and I ordered one of the daily seafood specials. Our grandson enjoyed his order of fish & chips from the kids' menu. Everything was delicious and prepared as ordered, from the seafood Cobb salad to the sourdough bread. We would love to return."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Lobster was overcooked, and did not appear to be cleaned properly. Salad was unremarkable. Overall, a disappointing dining experience and expense did not comport with quality."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food was great, view was great, service was great, however, the waiter was not too knowledgeable about what's behind the bar."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a great Valentines Day Dinner. Despite the restaurant being busy we had great service. We were seated immediately and the food was very good. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "cant remember the young gents name but he was working the back tables on Valentines day. Great service Food was amazing and the price was a great deal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch with 11 family members. Our service was perfect, our waiter was wonderful. Of course the view of the ocean was spectacular. I highly recommend. Food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/9/2014