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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Waterfront (9)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Romantic (5)
Casual (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Well she loved it!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Really wonderful Christmas buffet. Best in Santa Barbara

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 3, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 27, 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 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.

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 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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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 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 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 16, 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 3, 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 29, 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 24, 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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 7, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 5, 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 4, 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 2, 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 28, 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 28, 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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