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Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA

Stella Mare's

4.7
4.7
2150 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
French country bistro...Between Montecito and Santa Barbara, Stella Mare's Bistro is located in a historic Victorian home overlooking the Bird Refuge. French country cuisine rules the menu, with dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and moules frites. Sip seasonal cocktails amid cozy décor -- all the right ingredients for a great dining experience. Bon appétit!

When requesting the greenhouse please note that is considered indoor dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 969-6705
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Roth Ironside
  • Catering
    Stella Mare’s Restaurant is host to rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, and holiday celebrations, as well as corporate luncheons and dinners. We accommodate private parties of 10 to 130 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    The Private Dining Room An intimate room filled with unique artwork and antiques with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge. Minimum for reservation: 8 Maximum capacity: 14 The Ocean Room and Terrace A beautiful, private room opening onto an outdoor terrace, perfect for socializing with friends during a cocktail hour. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 20 Maximum capacity: 30 The Greenhouse This spectacular glass enclosed room creates the perfect romantic ambiance for any event with its custom built bar, fireplace, cozy couches, and views of the bird refuge. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 30 Maximum capacity: 50
  • Private party contact
    Bonnie Wasson: (805) 969-3415
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    Cabrillo
  • Parking details
    Our private parking lot is adjacent to the Greenhouse side of the restaurant and wraps around the building next door. We also have parking directly in front, as well as street parking in front and across the street from the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
  • Entertainment
    Live Jazz on Wednesday nights, in the greenhouse by the fire.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

2,150 Reviews
  1. HappyGourmet

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! Consistently great food, ambience, service, etc. it is our go-to spot for celebrating special events and taking visitors. Never disappoints!

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  2. DavidI

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service Biggest letdown was the wine list - sub par - the food and the guests deserve better. Seriously, the food is truly outstanding, and deserves/requires a commensurate wine selection for pairing. There is an abundance of better wines in SB, and I would have loved to have had a selection of French wines selected for pairing It was a really surprising omission in an otherwise beautiful restaurant. Also a lost opportunity for the restaurant

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  3. vveggie

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    All was great except our waiter was either over loaded or new. When we were finished he cleared one plate then didn’t come back for 10 minutes to take the others, brought the check before asking if we’d like dessert-we did, put a plate on top of my guests take home while clearing after she’d asked for a box, etc. not what I would expect from an otherwise excellent restaurant.

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  4. Cbear

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant. Unfortunately it was noisier than we remembered. That was disappointing, Excellent service and food.

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  5. Marsha

    Central Coast

    214 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    214 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVE this place! Wonderful French menu with many items that are almost impossible to get anywhere else. I had the beef tartare and onion soup (the soup is a MUST every time) and both were excellent. My friends had the pork tenderloin and grilled salmon and very much enjoyed both. You really can't go wrong here, no matter what you order!!

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  6. catnet4

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was perfect! Our waiter was gracious and helpful; the food was superb. I had beef short ribs that were fork tender with contrasting sweetness provided by the sprinkle of pomegranate seed and red grapes. Crepes Suzette for dessert! Wonderful.

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  7. KCsMom

    Los Angeles

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals you can have in SB. The bacon wrapped pork tenderloin was tender and moist…and the butternut purée and spinach complemented the flavorful cherry glaze . A night to remember

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  8. Bitsy

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stella Mare is always consistently wonderful. It is our favorite place to celebrate a special event.

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  9. JustMe

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this place. Not fussy, lovely atmosphere and great service. We all tried different dishes and they were all amazing. It’s hard to find a place like this where you can get a wonderful meal and service for a reasonable price. We will be back.

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  10. LenaL

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The wine list is abysmal and despite choosing something decent it tasted like it was opened two days prior. Food was fine and service was mediocre at best.

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FAQs

Stella Mare's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 969-6705.

Stella Mare's is rated 4.7 stars by 2150 OpenTable diners.

Stella Mare's 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 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Stella Mare's

50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cabrillo
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Our private parking lot is adjacent to the Greenhouse side of the restaurant and wraps around the building next door. We also have parking directly in front, as well as street parking in front and across the street from the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Roth Ironside
  • Entertainment
    Live Jazz on Wednesday nights, in the greenhouse by the fire.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 969-6705
  • Catering
    Stella Mare’s Restaurant is host to rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, and holiday celebrations, as well as corporate luncheons and dinners. We accommodate private parties of 10 to 130 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    The Private Dining Room An intimate room filled with unique artwork and antiques with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge. Minimum for reservation: 8 Maximum capacity: 14 The Ocean Room and Terrace A beautiful, private room opening onto an outdoor terrace, perfect for socializing with friends during a cocktail hour. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 20 Maximum capacity: 30 The Greenhouse This spectacular glass enclosed room creates the perfect romantic ambiance for any event with its custom built bar, fireplace, cozy couches, and views of the bird refuge. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 30 Maximum capacity: 50
  • Private party contact
    Bonnie Wasson: (805) 969-3415
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