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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mike
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The braised short ribs were super. Everyone at our table enjoyed their food. We were the only ones there however so the atmosphere wasn’t very lively.

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun with friends in the beautiful deck overlooking the Santa Barbara Harbor. The patio floor is heated, as well as standing gas heaters. It is lovely!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service & beautiful location right on the waterfront. Salmon was excellent as were drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went here for my birthday dinner. It was early on a Saturday so we were the first guests there. The place was totally empty. When we found the hostess, a young girl, she was so rude. She acted like she was in a bad mood and didn’t want to be there. Not what we expected from this type of restaurant. However, the server was very nice. I ordered a steak medium rare, but it came out more on the rare side so they took it back to cook it more. I hate doing that because it never turns out right. This time I was pleasantly surprised that the steak was cooked perfectly. I would go back, but I think they need a new happier hostess.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a valentines date with my husband and 20 month old son. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Thanks for the great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was able to make a reservation on Valentine’s Day 2 hours before. They gave us an amazing outside seating with a fire next to us to keep us warm. The crab cakes were a great starter, and the rest of the food was amazing as well. The view is also nice while eating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early valentines dinner and it was wonderful

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vipMlewis
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Our server, Tim was awesome and very attentive. We had sunset dinner specials - steak, salmon, trout. -All delicious and very reasonable. Cocktails were great too.

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vipVictoria
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went in a Friday night in December, it was quiet and not busy at all. The service was good and so was the food!

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vipmaliburon
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The last two times we have gone we have had the same experience...the service was very poor...don't understand why since they were not that busy.....My meal came out only warm at best....same problem a couple of months ago....its to bad since they have a very nice location on the harbor...but they need to get it together ...the other Chucks Steakhouse is always good...don't understand whats going on with this location.

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vipChuck
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable on all levels, food, service, low noise so you can hear your company’s discussion .

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JuanR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice view good food great service excellent place to hang out

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JohnP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and LOVE going to the Waterfront Grill all year long ❤️

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Ted1
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

as always, brunch on the waterfront was very nice, food was good, view terrific, noise level ok, not too extreme. it's a nice place and I am glad that chuck's serves good food to go along with the view.

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vipEdie
Central Coast
82 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipEdie
Central Coast
82 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BryanD
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.

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SealBeachMom
Los Angeles
12 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.

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vipMontrealers
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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AndrewM
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Tylg66
Orange County
10 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.

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PaulineP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GeorgeH
12 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.

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SarahL
San Francisco
2 reviews
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

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DeVaughnaJ
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!

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ChrisA
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.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
61 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.

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MukFam
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were great along with attentive service.

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DeeN
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.

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vipHarper
Central Coast
5 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.

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gleneagleace
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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KyleC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot

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Rich
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.

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DorteJ
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.

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LaurentB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

JC
vipJoanC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

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

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

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

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Permanently Closed - Chuck's Waterfront Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 365 OpenTable diners.