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Stella Mare's
Stella Mare's

Stella Mare's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stellamares.com
  • Phone: (805) 969-6705
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Roth Ironside
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Stella Mare’s Restaurant is host to rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, and holiday celebrations, as well as corporate luncheons and dinners. We accommodate private parties of 10 to 50 guests at the Restaurant and from 40 to 300 guests at our Events by Stella Mare’s private restaurant, as well as off-site catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Private Dining Room An intimate room filled with unique artwork and antiques with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge. Minimum for reservation: 8 Maximum capacity: 14 The Ocean Room and Terrace A beautiful, private room opening onto an outdoor terrace, perfect for socializing with friends during a cocktail hour. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 20 Maximum capacity: 30 The Greenhouse This spectacular glass enclosed room creates the perfect romantic ambiance for any event with its custom built bar, fireplace, cozy couches, and views of the bird refuge. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 30 Maximum capacity: 50
  • Private Party Contact: Bonnie Wasson (805) 969-3415
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz on Wednesday nights, in the greenhouse by the fire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cabrillo
  • Public Transit: Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our private parking lot is adjacent to the Greenhouse side of the restaurant and wraps around the building next door. We also have parking directly in front, as well as street parking in front and across the street from the restaurant.
A word from Stella Mare's
French country bistro...Between Montecito and Santa Barbara, Stella Mare's Bistro is located in a historic Victorian home overlooking the Bird Refuge. French country cuisine rules the menu, with dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and moules frites. Sip seasonal cocktails amid cozy décor -- all the right ingredients for a great dining experience. Bon appétit!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I took a friend to Stella Mare for her 90th birthday and we had a delightful time! Francisco, our waiter, was charming and thoughtful. We had a delicious lunch, glass of wine and Francisco brought out a wonderful chocolate pie with nut crust and "Happy birthday" written in rasberrry sauce! A real treat!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "It is a gracious and beautiful space with many small "rooms" that allow quiet dining at the same time as larger family celebrations. Always a treat."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This was my second dinner here in the past few months. The food was very good both times, but the service was below par. The first time, my husband and I were astounded to hear that they would not substitute other vegetables for the potatoes on our entrees. I informed the manager that I have never been to a restaurant anywhere that refused to make that kind of a change for someone who doesn't eat potatoes. I was told I could order and pay for a side dish of vegetables instead! The second time, the service was siow and we had to request bread for our table and water refills."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I had never heard of this restaurant, but it received great reviews. Fact is, it is just fun, casual, with great food. Beautiful location, near the beach. Food is maybe a little old fashioned, but so am I. Service is great, fun place."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Really nice for a birthday lunch. All the food was good. It was a quiet day and service was a little slow, but otherwise all good."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed great service and a good meal in a delightful setting. We dined in a greenhouse-like room with a country French feel. We ordered a local wine, Stolpman's syrah, which was delicious. My husband ordered steak au poivre with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. The brussels sprouts were exceptionally good and drenched in butter. I order the coq au vin, which was satisfying. We devoured the apple crisp for dessert. Our server Aaron offered suggestions on the menu and took excellent care of us."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was the second time my colleague and I dined at Stella Mare's, and both times we enjoyed a superb experience: from the extremely helpful yet unobtrusive service, to the elegance of the French Provincial decor, to the wise spacing of tables, and of course to the variety and high quality of the food, the level was consistently excellent. We will definitely be back, and soon!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our food was delicious. However, the service was something to be desired. We were given a dirty dish and they seemed to take forever to bring a clean one. Even bringing us the check took too long. The restaurant was not full at the time. It just seemed like they did not have enough staff available. I would like to give it another try because it is such a beautiful place."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Service was great, food excellent, and a great place to celebrate a birthday!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've never taken the Cabrillo left exit off the 101 before. What a surprise to find a beautiful park, good sized lake, and Stella Marie's across the street. A converted home from the late 1800's, the restaurant has several small rooms and a large atrium to serve customers. A country French theme pervades the decor and cuisine, and yet a casual ambience is preserved. Dinner was excellent, with the artichoke appetizer (roasted over oak) a "must eat", and both of our steaks cooked to perfection. If you're a meat eater, there are quite a few dishes on the menu. The wine was great, and our server was very attentive but didn't hover."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful, food service and setting. This was our second time and will definitely return. Great menu selection. It's a French house with various rooms and fireplaces. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration, and were delighted to find a beautiful location, charmingly decorated, with delicious dishes! From salads, to salmon, to steak au poivre, to tapenade to apple tart dessert - everything was perfectly made! The staff was helpful and ideally attentive. Cannot wait to return and in the meantime, spread the word."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My favorite steak place in Santa Barbara when I'm too lazy to drive north into Buellton or Nipomo. The ribeye is good quality beef and both the bearnaise and bordelaise sauce are fantastic. Much better beef and preparation than Holdren's, which in my opinion is overpriced. Great service and great ambiance. I highly recommend the beef, any cut is fine, but the sides are just good, nothing special."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Friends and I have wanted to try Stella Mare's for a long time and on our last trip through Santa Barbara, we finally made it for an early dinner. On entering the lovely restaurant, we were greeted by Jafet who made us feel welcome and gave us our choice for seating. We chose a cozy room looking out towards the front patio. It had a beautiful view of greenery and blue sky.. Our waiter, Sahid, was friendly and helpful. He provided us with excellent service. The food was delicious and with Sahid's help we chose the perfect Rhone wine. It was a most enjoyable meal and a very special evening."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Love Stella Mare's for lunch! Very relaxing, wonderful food...gotta try the truffle fries! The menu is out of this world --excellent!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Always first on my list when visiting Santa Barbara. Charming, cosy, romantic, excellent service, and delicious food. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We were running late due to traffic through Camarillo and the man who answered the phone was a bit rude and said he could only keep the table for 20 minutes. Once there, our server was fantastic and the food was very good!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant in SB. It is a nice casual dress place located on the shore of the pond of the bird refuge just past the east end of the beach. The food is excellent - the mussels, cassoulet and short ribs are superb. You can't go wrong with your choice of entree. We have enjoyed meals as a couple and with our extended family - we were 9 at the last dinner there. Our waitress was outstanding. It is a must restaurant for French food in SB."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It was like taking a trip to Provence in France. Sweet."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I cannot recommend this restaurant too highly! The lovely French country ambiance, the professionally attentive yet unobtrusive service, the variety and quality of the menu offerings, all resulted in a dining experience par excellence."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Space divided so the dining is quiet for talking--hard to find in most restaurant s these days. We also liked the many choices and all were good service could be better. P"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Classy, quaint and fun. Food was good. Wasn't the best I've ever had but the atmosphere and service made the whole night special. Definitely will be back. Definitely will recommend."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food is good and nicely prepared. For lunch, we love the ambiance of the Greenhouse, a glassed-in section of the restaurant. It gives the feel of eating outside without direct exposure to wind, sun or other weather elements. Service is attentive and food offerings are varied. Whenever we visit Santa Barbara, we make a point of eating at least one meal at Stella Mare's."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "After enjoying a meal at the more casual Le Cafe Stella in San Rocque, we wanted to try Stella Mare's while we were still in Santa Barbara. We visited after dark but have no doubt that this would be a beautiful spot to dine, given its scenic location and its welcoming porch. We were seated in an inviting small room where lighting, decor and noise level were all fine. Service was friendly and attentive. Meals were very good and everything we had (crab cakes, beet salad, filet mignon w/ bearnaise) was delicious. Nice selection of wines, at reasonable prices. The whole experience was enjoyable. If we lived in the area, we would come back and enjoy it in the daylight."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My son had a filet that was tough. We were planning a 24 person event but many would have ordered the steak so we are looking for someplace else."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food,fair service, but the ambiance is fantastic."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Stella Mare's is a real find - we enjoyed our brunch there."
    Dined on 2/19/2012
  • "Great French cuisine!...The escargot were delicious, the onion soup is the best and the Filet Oscar and cassoulet were also delicious...we will be going back and recommedning to friends!"
    Dined on 2/18/2012
  • "They did a nice prie fix menu for the Valentine Day holiday. Four courses, consistent, my husband doesn't eat meat and there were nice choices for him as well. Service was attentive but not overly doting or disruptive. Our server Angel was very good."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "Dined there on Valentines day. Fix Prix menu, so only a few choices. crab cakes a disapointment. Salad and soup very good. Had a filet mignon was cooked the way I like it. Food was good and service very good. Ambiance is nice. Wine list was nice. Location may be a little hard to find. Overall, a nice place."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "Located across the street from Santa Barbara's bird refuge (some say duck pond), Stella Mare's is a very quaint French influenced restaurant in a converted home. The atmosphere is charming, the staff (many of whom are European) is friendly and knowledgable and the food is very good. This is a great spot for quiet lunches, private dining rooms, or special occasions."
    Dined on 2/12/2012
  • "We've been there before and this time did not disappoint .. this is an excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 2/9/2012
  • "A lovely unique restaurant with fabulous food and service. The decor and ambiance were very romantic and special. Worth a special trip - a one of a kind place. The flourless chocolate cake was unbelievably decadent but light."
    Dined on 2/8/2012
  • "Always a lovely dining experience. Beautiful rooms Good food The grilled salad is a great dish for vegetarians"
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "The food is as good as ever, and the atmosphere has not really changed. What has changed, however, is the attempt at seeming more Continental, by adding a snail appetizer and lots of French wording to the menu. We enjoyed our dinner but were disappointed by our waiter's lapses in attending to detail."
    Dined on 1/15/2012
  • "Service was excellent, Food was wonderfull, I would highly recommend to everybody"
    Dined on 1/12/2012
  • "We've an excellent experience at Stella Mare's. Very nice placê, excellent service and a really good food."
    Dined on 12/31/2011
  • "Went to Stella Mare's based on a referral from the Inn we were staying at. The location is stunning and the restorted 1800's house where the restuarant is located is beautiful. The service was great and the food was good. I was impresed by how reasonable the prices were for the location (Santa Barbara is typically very expensive) and for French cuisine. My steak and my wifes scallops were cooked perfectly and quality was high. They were plated nicely. We ate in the greenhouse which provides beautiful views of the avian reserve across the street. Given all the glass it was a little on the loud side but not overbearing. We would certainly eat there again. Good food and romantic atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/28/2011
  • "The menu looks promising, the execution of the dishes leave much to desire; the bouillabaisse was bland. The wait staff is wonderful- cheerful, helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 11/25/2011
  • "We came here on a Tuesday night so it was not very busy. Which is why maybe they had few food servers. Our server was busy with about 3-4 tables. Very slow getting our order. Basically everything was slow, from getting drinks, water and food. But the food was fantastic! I ordered the grilled chopped salad and it was great! My entree was the wood grilled chicken with Bearnaise sauce and asparagus (all is ordered a la carte). The chicken was delicious. My husband ordered the French Onion Soup and Bouillabaisse. He enjoyed both. The desserts were also very good (lemon cake and chocolate puffs). Overall a great experience but just wished the service was a bit better. We might just have been there on a bad night."
    Dined on 11/15/2011