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Le Cafe Stella, Santa Barbara, CA

Le Cafe Stella

4.4
4.4
123 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
Le Cafe Stella serves up a variety of comfort food favorites. Guests can stop for dinner paired with house-made craft cocktails from our full bar, wine, and coffee. Enjoy the outdoor dining and bring your pup to enjoy a meal with you on the dog-friendly patio. Le Cafe Stella offers a variety of shared and nibbles, including mac and cheese, honey buffalo cauliflower, beer tempura crispy onion rings, sliders and more. Try one of the burgers served on a brioche bun! The beef bourguignon and chicken cordon bleu are favorites, along with the meatloaf.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American, Fusion / Eclectic, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 569-7698

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Las Positas

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. L

    Lori

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fun!! Thanks for everything 😃
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, cocktails, and service every time we have dined there. A gem in Santa Barbara.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience at Le Cafe Stella. The service was excellent, the food delicious, and the ambience lovely. The birthday gelatto dessert was a nice surprise. Our party of three each ordered different entries which were beautifully plated and equally good. We are so happy to see Le Cafe Stella thriving once again. We won’t wait for a special occasion to return.
  4. 8

    82much

    Phoenix

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The beet salad was excellent! Amazing that not all French restaurants offer beef bourguignon, but theirs is so flavorful! The appetizer meatball portion was very small, too small. The service was perfect. The atmosphere is very simple and so nice for a change. Loved this local restaurant and would definitely return.
  5. FF

    FoodForThought

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Service was slow for not being a busy evening. I have eaten here before and the food was great, this time it was overcooked.
  6. S

    Snapper

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We chose to dine outdoors which was unimpressively on a white picnic table that wasn’t very clean, had stickiness & uncleaned silverware. Server was very pleasant & accommodating. Chicken cordon blue, filet mignon & artichokes were great. Cocktails tasty.
  7. l

    luvtoeat

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, attentive staff, great ambiance
  8. NK

    NancyK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Extremely noisy. We sat at table 15 mins or so before even getting a glass of water. Once served meal we were forgotten. No came over to ask if we wanted anything else.
  9. C

    Califoodie

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    This was a little birthday dinner before a concert at Santa Barbara Bowl for 5 of us….the pluses: The restaurant is totally cute not on any main roads….the food really was delicious ( I had Coq Au Vin) and seriously in today’s inflationary world, the value for the money is amazing! However, while our server was delightful with a great personality, the service was slow as can be imagined. Definitely not her fault; the place was busy but clearly understaffed. I guess that’s what happens these days in one of the most affluent places on earth….nobody needs to work! But I definitely recommend this place, just don’t be in any rush to get anywhere after.
  10. BB

    BerniB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Yummy food... maybe some of the best in town for the cost.
  11. F

    Frequentdiner

    Central Coast

    85 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our server was excellent, the happy hour menu is nice. The manager learned how to use open table rewards which he hadn’t understood before. Pleasant evening!
  12. SG

    SheilaGG

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Anniversary dinner. Love the expanded menu
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  14. D

    Debski

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming to Cafe Stella, especially for their great Happy Hour menu - great choices, great value - I have always found the food at Cafe Stella to be delicious, well proportioned & made with the freshest of ingredients - Service was exceptional as well!
  15. y

    yumyum

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was great!
  16. MM

    MaryM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food in an attractive setting. Easy to park. Very good menu
  17. DH

    DenisH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We'd reserved an outside table, but the weather turned cold and the maître d' immediately found a booth for us. Our server, Maddy, was a joy--high-energy, radiating happiness, super-efficient. The menu is not extensive, but the food is excellent. The ambient noise was just a bit louder than we like, but it also allowed for private conversation. All in all, a winner. We will definitely return.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Steak wasn’t as tasty as it has been in the past. Was tougher and overcooked.
  19. m

    mikef

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Meat loaf was excellent and vegetables cooked perfectly. Will go back. All guests liked their food.
  20. MC

    MicheleC

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time & Amber is a Terrific mixologist.
  21. p

    parkerl

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food excellent !! Loved the buffalo cauliflower!! Gonzalo our server was wonderful. We will definitely be back.
  22. PL

    PaulL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leafy outdoor seating...
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best beet salad I have ever eaten! The addition of pistachios is brilliant. My Cosmopolitan was excellent. Friendly efficient service. Delicious food.
  24. DL

    DeanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my daughters 25th birthday with a party of five adults. The food and its value for money was excellent, beautifully prepared and presented. The great service added to the memorable occasion, vibrant atmosphere and unforgettable dining experience! We will definitely be back. This restaurant never disappoints one of Santa Barbaras best!
  25. JP

    JachP

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant. I had been there when they first opened and I was not impressed. That was a few years ago. This, my second time, the experience was totally different. The menu is varied with lots of interesting options. The food is delicious. The service is friendly and helpful and it added to the dining experience. The cocktails were just right. I will be going back several times. For me it is a new find and a wonderful one.
  26. NA

    NANCYC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food Great service So happy they are open again!!
  27. SB

    SelmaB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating because of the rain possibility. Ended up eating inside The food was wonderful and they even gave me a treat for my bday. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back as it is our “ go to” place
  28. F

    Frequentdiner

    Central Coast

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience3
    Grat hh, wine, drinks, snacks menu and dinner menu. Sitting in booth by the windows is very nice unless weather is good for outside dining. Th hh snacks are small but good esp the spanokipita. Great value for good food for dinner!
  29. J

    John

    Palm Springs

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly waitstaff (very important to us) and an interesting menu brings us to this place often. Great new additions to list of entrees on their menu. Well-priced wines, too.
  30. OB

    OwenB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice views of the vista. Great food, drinks and service. Jesus treated us very well.
  31. w

    wiscmom

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time
  32. BW

    BWDover

    Philadelphia

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Easy to get to and easy to park. Great service and tasty food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mattie is just the best! Might be the best waitress in Santa Barbara. Food was good. Disappointed in the margueritas...they were fine, but the quality has declined recently. Whatever you were doing, you should go back to! Including the dried orange slices!
  34. y

    yumyum

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of our favorite Santa Barbara places. It's frequented by locals, not tourists. It has a great menu with many delicious options, or food was wonderful! The only negative to our entire dining experience is that we chose it for its lovely garden seating, but It was quite cold outside when we visited and they did not have heaters. Fortunately it does have an array of interior seating options for those who want more private, or more buzzy vibe. Our dining experience turned out to be just fine, as they were able to seat us in a more remote area inside. The food, as always, was great and they have a very good bar with reasonable priced drinks.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Food was wonderful and flavorful. Great ambiance and service
  36. LW

    LorraineW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious; staff friendly and attentive; able to eat inside or out
  37. AS

    AnnS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amber makes the best cocktails and the food was tasty and fresh!
  38. R

    Rockerbox

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It's good to see that Cafe Stella has weathered the Covid storm. We visited there quite often during the pandemic and the restaurant went out of their way to create a safe, appropriately distanced environment outside. Now that they once again have inside seating it is good to enjoy their small, but well stocked bar and their comfortable seating. The food has always been good and the quality reliable with an eclectic choice of dishes from burgers to pasta to a few French bistro style plates. Something for everyone and well prepared - a good place to make regular visits.
  39. PF

    PaulF

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great edge of town place with nice entrance , large interior and good parking , with good food and attentive staff
  40. M

    Momo

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal with great service. The grilled salmon was terrific!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Le Cafe Stella using the Order Online button. Le Cafe Stella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 569-7698.

Le Cafe Stella is rated 4.4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Le Cafe Stella does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Le Cafe Stella

3302 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Las Positas

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, Fusion / Eclectic, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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