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Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
7:00 PM
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Harbor Restaurant

4.3
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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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
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Phone number
(805) 963-3311
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Santiago
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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.

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Private party contact
Aubrey: (805) 963-3311
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Catering
Any of the items on our menu are available for an off-site catering job.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State and Cabrillo
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Parking details
There is complimentary valet parking at the Harbor Restaurant.
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Public transit
The 'wharf woodie' and the local trollies can bring customers form the downtown area to Stearn's Wharf.
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
What 408 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Had a window table with view of the waterfront. Excellent service and good food.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my husband. Food and drinks were great, waiter was excellent and the view of marine life was an added bonus!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Old school seafood house. Feels like a former Rusty Pelican (maybe?). The oyster appetizers were very good, but the entrees were mediocre and expensive. And they were delivered to the table while we still had half a dozen oysters to finish. Server was nice, but not all that knowledgeable. Next time I may go to Brophy Bros and be done with it.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Good food and service. Extra special at sunset.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Usually we come here for a special occasion, holiday, birthday or friends in town for a nice dinner and view of harbor. The food is consistently good thru out the years we've been coming here and it's been decades. This time we had the ahi tuna with mashed potatoes and veggies, done perfect, The lamb ribs and asparagus excellent, jumbo fried shrimp and the seafood fettachini all very good. It was our friends birthday and they had a lovely cheese cake, candle and rasberry sauce saying Happy Birthday. A special evening.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great location, food, service.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

As a long time local, I go to the Harbor Restaurant infrequently for special occasions due to the price. The waterfront setting remains exceptional, and the service quite good. However even lunchtime prices are high to me. They no longer validate parking although the first hour or so is free. I do recommend it as the food is a cut above, but for special occasions or for those who don't balk at $19 fish tacos.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nothing was hot, everything was lukewarm or cool. I asked for well-done potatoes and I got hashbrowns and then when I sent those back for the potatoes I ordered, they still were not well done but at that point I didn’t want to send it back a second time. So it was very disappointing meal.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Harbor restaurant is a beautiful location on the water. The food is just ok. Nothing special, pancakes had almond flavoring in them yuck.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter lunch very busy of of course well managed great food. Wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great ambiance with the best ocean view. Service was excellent with a fabulous menu. I highly recommend the daily special..z guaranteed to be a hit.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always the best food, dining experience in Santa Barbara. The staff and serve people are friendly but professional and remember you by name. And who can argue that it’s one of the most spectacular views of the harbor at sunset!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great dinner on Valentines Day!! They didn’t rush us through and provided excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Well she loved it!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentine Day brunch. Selection and quality was great. We were also able to bring our two small dogs. Service was good. Great view of the marina. Lots of parking that was validated. The brunch was reasonably priced. Overall a great place to go. We will go back.
Oh yes they even brought water for the dogs.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Amazing time! Good food. Great deal... $30 for 2. Sat by window. Beautiful view. Good service.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The Harbor Restaurant offered a $29 for two special dinner which, along with some friends, we took advantage of last night. Wow! What a deal it was. We'd never been to the restaurant and found the view absolutely gorgeous. And the food was great....plentiful and very tasty. We will definitely be going back again and again.

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1.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful luncheon with friends. Just a mite slow after ordering for our meal to
be presented and we came at 11:45 before the lunch rush. Will be back. We were
enticed to come by you $10 lunch. promo. Thanks

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Empty on a Friday night says it all. Shrimp and lobster were overcooked. Go for the view not the food.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Terrible food. Flavorless and mushy mahi mahi. Undercooked and stringy shrimp scampi. Only thing good about this place is the views of the ocean.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We always come here for a late lunch with friends and family who live in the L.A. area. We live north about 1 1/2 hours away...so it's a nice mid-point. Your staff always works with us, and it's nice to be able to stay a long time chatting and catching up, without feeling like we are keeping a table from other potential customers. We try to dine between 1-4 (after lunch, and before dinner) and it works out perfectly. Everybody loves the food, and the view and people watching is awesome. AH-MAZ-ING PLACE IN EVERY WAY!! Recommend it highly! Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Right now, the limited time $10 lunch menu has lots of options. We love coming here anytime! We like to celebrate special occasions here too. The view is to die for and the service is always friendly and above average.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

The manager was gracious enough to bring a large plate out with happy anniversary on it with a cheesecake

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Really wonderful Christmas buffet. Best in Santa Barbara

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4.0Dined on November 25, 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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5.0Dined on November 23, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on November 7, 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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5.0Dined on November 3, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 19, 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.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on October 13, 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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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on October 1, 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and service, will definitely be back again!

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