Chuck's Waterfront Grill

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Relax by the boats at CHUCK'S WATERFRONT GRILL. Enjoy steaks, fresh seafood, and cocktails on the heated deck; or head inside for intimate, cozy booths and the full bar.
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E
Central Coast
69 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the lobster bisque and crab cake hash were amazing. Excellent service.

E
Central Coast
69 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. From the service to the food to the ambiance! Thank you!

BD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a real nice dinner at Chuck’s waterfront. I had this sirloin steak and mashed potatoes and vegetables was delicious my husband had the halibut and loved it.

SB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill. Our favorite spot for dining on the Harbor in SB. Beautiful view of the boats, coast & mountains. We were fortunate to have an outside table overlooking the water just as the sun set. Enjoyed a perfectly cooked steak, lobster bisque & salad, my friend ordered the seafood pasta & loved it. Food & service outstanding with a killer view. Never disappoints.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food ! Friendly accommodating staff. Reasonable prices. Can't ask for more.

AM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Nice weather on the outside patio. Our server was great. We enjoyed it all

OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & drink with kids & grandkids...fun for all!

T
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Hostess seated us outside at a table prepared with place settings and napkins yet table was filthy and we had to request to get it wiped off...when bus boy addresses cleaning he literally wiped table around all place setting never moving anything. DISGUSTING...!!!
Attention to patrons needs while seated and after delivery of food was poor. Literally had to stand up and ask for things a 2nd and 3rd time that were previously asked for earlier i.e water, straws, napkins, salt pepper, ice, etc...
Although, server's were polite in nature; taking care of the patrons that supply jobs for them was NOT a priority. Food was cold or lukewarm at best.

PP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picture setting of harbor & view of Santa Barbara. Never rushed. My favorite is The Calamari!

GH
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was just in town overnight and had a very nice dinner overlooking the harbor. Food was good and service was great. I would definitely go back if in the harbor area again.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Food was great but horrible service. We waited a half hour just to get our drink order taken and had to ask if we had a waiter assigned to our table before we got attended too. Still terrible service after that but the busboys we great

DV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were visiting Santa Barbara for a wedding but wanting a nice dining experience by the water. The staff were all nice and it was not a noisy restaurant. Overall very happy with our night there and our food!

CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall it was a great experience and would have gotten 5 stars if they updated their menus online and at the restaurant. My wife is a vegetarian and found 2 dishes she would pick from when we went. We realized our menus were slightly different because hers had some extra dishes on it, which happened to be one she wanted. Came to find out her menu was old and the dishes she wanted were no longer available. Waiter said he would check if they had some vegetarian ravioli left and it turned out they did after he ‘checked’. The waiter then returned a few mins later saying the chef actually looked and they do not have the vegetarian ravioli. So she had to settle for a Caesar salad, bread, and fries. Which they forgot to bring her fries and we had to ask about them. The waiter also spilled her wine all over my leg and the guys jacket at the table next to ours, but it was an accident and he covered the cost of our dessert, which was amazing! I had the filet and it was perfect, I recommend Chuck’s but make sure you are looking at their updated menu when looking online first.

R
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

One doesn't go to the Waterfront Grill for great food, but rather for its location and friendly, casual vibe. Our dinner exactly met our expectations--fairly simply prepared food served by a friendly waitstaff while we dined on the deck overlooking the harbor. The price was reflective of the experience--I would rate it a good value for what it is. Don't go expecting gourmet, but relax and enjoy the vibe.

MF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were great along with attentive service.

DN
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We are locals and eat here a lot.
Unfortunately, we had a new server. Things were not served that we ordered and we reordered and it took some time. It seems like he was ignoring us. The food was good when we received them.
We will go again and hope the server gets more training time.

H
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

From start to finish, the service was horrible. We had reserved an outdoor table, which we did not get. We asked for bread three times before we received it mid way through our meal. The baked potato that cost an additional $5 wasn’t given until we reminded them several times and it was delivered at the end of the meal. No attempt to apologize or make up for the service issues was attempted. The food was good, but not worth the service issues.

g
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good; outdoor eating was very pleasant; service was very attentive.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot

SA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food....great atmosphere
Outside seating was delightful...hard to find “Chuck’s” sign tho, only on a small reception stand.

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wonderful food and very friendly and smiling staff. Brillant. We went there 3 times for dinner. Lovede it.

LB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent burger or steak. Clam chowder is perfect. Service as well

DN
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at this restaurant on the harbor. Great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

JC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

2nd time my meat was over cooked. will order fish from now on.

VB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun spot great food great view is the hArbor and terrific service

FR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had booked our table for 8.45pm. We arrived at 8.53. The waiter told us there was a problem and we should wait for the manager. This one told us after 5 minutes that restaurant was closing... nicely we were walked out.
Dont go !

J
Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where else could you get the town's best steaks (thanks, Chucks) AND the town's best fish (thanks, WATERFRONT) in one restaurant? Friendliness of staff (especially Alvin) is much appreciated, too. We love this place!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Still getting used to the new style of food. Really miss the Chuck’s salad bowl on the menu and not sure we care for the teriyaki sauce so largely present on the ribeye. Definitely have to remember to ask for rice instead of potatoes because we always miss our rice!

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for dinner. Weather was excellent

H
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

The view was beautiful but this is a tourist restaurant. Meaning they do not hire professional staff and don’t pay attention to the food. The sea bass was over cooked. Salmon over cooked. Boring steamed veggies are the only side veggie options. I’ll never go back.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent sirloin - very tender and cooked perfectly. Service was quite attentive and friendly.

CS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great views of the harbor. See Bass was delicious.

J
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Over priced, all item come separately. Nothing comes with the main course. Salad, soup, or potato extra. We were looking for something special to start our vacation off, but we were both disappointed. We don't mind paying for great food. This just fell short.

MN
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Next best thing to owning a boat in the marina is dinner at the Waterfront Grill. I had the trout, chilled white wine, hot rolls. All delicious and served nicely.

CL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyable lunch with a tasty menu although limited in choices.

RF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love pretty much everything about Chucks Waterfront Grill! The view of the boats, the Teriyaki steak(my favorite), the service(Simon is great) all great! Only downfall is they used to have the best artichokes in town but last couple of times have been tough, skimpy and lack flavor. Too bad because I used to love them. Probably won’t order them again😔!

J
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The hostess sat us in the back of the patio in the sun, we asked to be moved to one of the many tables in the shade, she refused saying that they were all taken and they would tilt the umbrella, but it didn’t work. When we left the tables that were “taken” were still empty.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great tasting food, had fish. Service was just OK.

SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy meal, great view, and even better service! They no longer had the wine we ordered and the server suggested another bottle. It was perfect and LESS than the one we had originally asked for.