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About 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.

210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

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

Cross Street:
State and Cabrillo

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 963-3311

Website:
http://www.harborsb.com/

Catering:
Any of the items on our menu are available for an off-site catering job.

Parking Details:
There is complimentary valet parking at the Harbor Restaurant.

Public Transit:
The 'wharf woodie' and the local trollies can bring customers form the downtown area to Stearn's Wharf.

Executive Chef:
Carlos Santiago

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:
Aubrey: (805) 963-3311

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Harbor Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (16)
Scenic View (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Fun (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Oysters were great and the clam chowder was good. We also liked the wine selection. I would avoid the shrimp ceviche. I️ guess we were expecting something fancier than what came out. Aside from that, we enjoyed our dinner.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was excellent as always - maitre d' was disorganized - even thought they had a list with names and times, they appeared to not know who had arrived when to the point that i received an email chastising me for not showing up..... and threatening me to not be able to use Open Table again.... interesting, since we had a reservation, showed up on time, spent $200 using a credit card with my name on it.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing Thanksgiving Buffet dinner at The Harbor Restaurant! This was our second year in a row - making this a family tradition!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is my go-to restaurant for the Thanksgiving buffet. It is elegant but still down to earth. The food is excellent and the service warm and friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We have gone here for many years, and this was most disappointing! The lobster special was tough, and the service was the worst we have encountered in the last 40 years! We were at the big ship table at 6 pm. Our waiter took the order, but then left for an hour, and the food arrived in shifts afte that. The lobster was over cooked and tough, and the vegetables were cold. The waiter never returned to check on us for the next hour, so we had to find a staff member to go get him for our check, All six of us are locals who know this restaurant well, and I don’t think any of us will be back. It was such a disappointment because the Harbor has been a place for special dinners and celebrations for us!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great dinner with a group of 9 persons. Everybody enjoyed their meals and also a nice place to chat and have fun. The waiter is friendly. The promotion of that day was so valuable and everybody no need to think and just ordered the promotion item.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of best places to dine at sunset. Courteous service. Nice basket of bread & butter with spices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious, large lobster. Great wine list. Outstanding service. Could not beat the view at sunset!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a lovely, relaxing evening with fantastic ocean views. It was a belated birthday celebration with an out of town guest.

Our reservation request for window seating was accommodated.

The 3 of us had the Lobster Dinner Special. We all enjoyed. Everything was cooked to perfection. Delicious al dente broccoli. Nice wine list, reasonable prices.

Our server, Jennifer, was excellent and very friendly. Great service but not hovering. David Siordia is always welcoming and pleasant. Always makes sure we we happy with our dining experience.

Our out of town guests can't believe the beauty of Santa Barbara and the fantastic location and food of the Harbor Restaurant reinforces that experience.

Definitely recommend their lobster special.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Brought friends from Florida that flew in to Santa Barbara. Perfect. Waiter was so nice

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Harbor was recommended to us during our honeymoon by a server at a restaurant i Los Angeles. The restaurant was, and I quote, "the best one in Santa Barbara". I am sorry to say that this meal was the worst during our honeymoon. The clam chowder was thick and lumpy, the tuna poké was missing its avokado which we received afterwards after pointing this out, and the lobster roll was plain boring. Would not recommend anyone a visit here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Portions were large, food was OK and service was mediocre.. Great views. I was expecting way more.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Can't beat the view from The Harbor. Burgers were huge and delicious! Service was awesome and we can't wait to go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I haven't had service this memorable in quite some time! Our waitress was superb and the ambiance was wonderful... We had lobster tacos which were delicious and the portions are beyond generous!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service was very pleasant, we felt welcomed and cared for. We had reservation and had very nice table by the window with great view. The food was excellent, decided to go with lunch specials, which turned out to be a great choice for a good value. Presentation of the food & plate is a world class. Portions are large. I am sensitive to new spices & taste when eating out, but nothing bothered me here. I felt great after the meal. Will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food and service, will definitely be back again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was all right, service was ok, but definitely not worth the price. The Fish House down the street is much better food/value.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Bar drinks were terrible. Restaurant was nice & cozy. Bathroom was extremely dirty & needed much attention. Enjoyed the ambiance & waiter was attentive. Took 30 mins after being seated to receive our drinks from the bar, which turned out to be not so good.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Typical Harbor view, Seafood restaurant. The food was very good, service OK (not enough staff?) Beautiful view of Sunset over Santa Barbara

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Brighton)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This restaurant has a wonderful position and view of the harbour. High prices match the location and service appeared to be mostly to tourists. The service was prompt and polite and the food was of good quality with generous portion sizes. The Restaurant needs an update it's rather old fashioned inside and in places showing signs of wear and tear.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Loved the salmon tacos, the coleslaw, and the fresh-squeezed lemonade.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

My wife and I had not eaten there in a long time. We went there to celebrate our anniversary and the waterfront view, the ambiance, food, wine, and service were truly outstanding. Very glad we did.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Good food, excellent customer service, great location, good value.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The location is amazing! Beautiful views and parking was a breeze with complimentary valet parking! Fantastic service. The food and choices were not the best but the location and service can't be beat!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience once our waitperson escorted a noisy unpleasant deranged man out of the restaurant. Our server did a great job taking care of us and the food was delicious. The view to the water is most enjoyable too.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Everything was below the average. It's overrated. I would not recommend to go there.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

the restaurant is lovly located , so I expected the same in food. But food was served in huge quantity and poor in taste

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This is an old, established restaurant on the pier. With that said, it is a bit quieter. Our waiter was very attentive and helped us with our drink order and menu. We had sea bass and it was fantastic! The apple pie dessert was a mini pie! Would definitely return.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Best Seabass I ever had!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Good was pretty good, we all enjoyed it! The service was top notch, place was clean and beautiful. Only knock was the lobster & clams. Great otherwise!

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We celebrated my mother-in-law's 80th birthday - the food and venue could not have been any more perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Went to lunch here and it was great. Loved the food and drinks. The table was great by the water.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 7, 2017

THE FOOD WAS SO BLAND AS TO BE ALMOST TASTELESS. WE WAITED FOR IMPROVEMENT FROM COURSE TO COURSE , BUT IT NEVER CHANGED. AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE REPEATED.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Good place, but terrible food. To oil on seafood pasta.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fantastic sunset view of the harbor and City lights. We could hear each other easily. The menu is is on the pricey side. Generally go here for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Graduation

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Drove from Santa Monica for a lovely evening in Santa Barbara. Could not have been more disappointed in the food and drink. Ordered a Mojito and they use sugar cubes and not simple sugar and the guacamole was flavorless. No complaints with the ahi but when I asked if they had ceviche of any sort was told they have guacamole chips and salsa which is a similar substitute (really?). Will not return to this restaurant but they do offer a beautiful scenic view of the ocean.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great time celebrating my wifes graduation from UCSB 48 years after the fact.!! Wonderful having whole family ,kids ,daughter in laws,grandkids present for a special event. My wife and I came here on special dates when she was a student at UCSB in the 60's.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We've had several lovely meals here over the past 41 years of marriage; lovely to revisit this special spot with an amazing view of the ocean! My husband loved the ricotta pancakes!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Ocean views. Bomb food. Amazing place in Santa Barbara with amazing views! Loved every minute there. Our server was on point! We watched the sunset and boats coming into to the harbor. Very special restaurant. If you are in Santa Barbara it's a must to dine here!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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