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Stella Mare's

4.6
4.6
1739 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

7:30 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 1,739 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was enchanting!
  2. i

    ingy

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot for decent French food!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The room very too bright for a romantic dinner for two. The service was mediocre; our waitress had 0 bedside manner and made no attempt to make us feel special. The food was good but we are not super excited to go back.
  4. RM

    RowenaM

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Doesn’t matter if you are celebrating an occasion because they don’t even address it if it’s your anniversary or your birthday.
  5. LW

    LindsayW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely spot. Beautifully located in Santa Barbara at the Bird Refuge. Charming French country decor. So festive now, many trees and holiday decorations with small twinkling bright lights. The roaring fireplace with comfy chairs is an inviting spot to have a cocktail before your meal. Surprisingly good value. Food, cocktails and wine by the glass are quite reasonable for the quality.
  6. D

    Dutch

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything about our evening at Stella Mare. The ambiance was festive ... fire crackling in the fireplace and holiday lights twinkling. The service was excellent, and our meal could not have been any better. We will definitely return!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. The whole team is wonderful, especially Francisco, he’s the crown jewel.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    This place is really nice and it had great food for the price. It is also very beautiful. We will go back for sure.
  9. j

    jkg14

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful french cuisine. Authentic and very well prepared. The Mussels in a Pernod cream sauce were perfect.
  10. LA

    LuAnnG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The service was slow, and unprofessional, as no dishes or glasses were cleated so we set them in the window ceil. Tho worse was the fact our food wasn’t hot. And the coq au vin had great flavor, but was missing a theith and only a drum stick. We’ve been coming here for 20+ years and NEVER DISAPPOINTED LIKE THIS. The clincher was the crepe suzette had no flavor of Grand mariner? How is that possible??
  11. SB

    SBdiner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely ladies lunch the other day with relatives from out of town. Food was delicious and service was spot on. Can't beat the atrium room for ambience.
  12. M

    Michael

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with the best French onion soup anywhere!…worth the trip by itself!
  13. MP

    MichaelP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely thanksgiving meal!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    We have been to Stella Mare’s on Thanksgiving for the last few years. It has always been very good until last night. Our experience this year was extremely disappointing. Our table was not ready for over 30 minutes. When they finally seated us we were put outside when I had reserved a table indoors. I asked for a heater but didn’t get one until a table near us left. Also the food was very disappointing. I ordered the turkey dinner and it was room temperature and the turkey was tough. My daughter and husband both ordered the salmon and it was very dry. Perhaps it was an off night for Stella mare’s. We will go back at some point but not at Thanksgiving.
  16. S

    Saturna

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On busy Thanksgiving the service was great, not rushed, very attentive.
  17. R

    Romantic1

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy being and taking our friends and family. That’s where we decided to spend our family’s thanksgiving this year. Always great food and service.
  18. v

    vivtoria

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Gorgeous setting and atmosphere. Excellent service. Everything from the beginning to end was perfect.
  19. P

    Patricia

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Stella Mare. The food, service, and ambience were stellar. It felt very homey and warm. We look forward to going back.
  20. FK

    FrankK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! We had a party of 4 and they made sure that we were greeted with warmth and friendliness and could not have been more helpful in our service needs. You cannot beat the atmosphere!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb! Great food and service! Will definitely be back!
  22. CN

    CliffordN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moules Frites delicious, a little pricy for the small amount and the small size of the mussels.
  23. LM

    LeighM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    I waited for some time to get into this restaurant as they closed during COVID. I am thrilled to see them open and thriving. Went for Sunday lunch and it was full but not crowded. We were all happy with our meals (salads, hamburger, duck) and the portions were perfect. The service was really awful and we could not figure out why. It took at least 10 minutes for anyone to come to the table for just water. The waiter graciously set up the outdoor heater when asked but it took him ages to come back and take our order though we told him we were ready, and he never bothered to take a drink order. I had to go in and order and then it was quite sometime before they arrived. At the end of the day the crowd had thinned and I was able to see that our waiter was spending all his time at the other remaining table in the back. Probably a celeb, but the delay in getting our bill out to us, among other things had us all struggling with how to tip for such poor service. I will go back and give them a second chance…the food and ambience were both pleasant, and other reviews are favorable.
  24. E

    Enjoydining

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really lovely venue. Food is a B+. Not outstanding but better than average.
  25. p

    petery

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent french cuisine in a beautiful restaurant.
  26. M

    Marsha

    Central Coast

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love this place for the menu, service and usually the ambiance. This time there was a light bulb that shown directly on our table that they couldn't turn off and was truly offensive it was so bright. I'm sure they will get that taken care of when there are no customers. Our waitress, Carole, is always superb, giving us better service than we receive at our country club! Special favorites are the pate for an appetizer and the short ribs for the entree...superb!
  27. DM

    DianaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty French food, beautiful country-French ambience, reasonable prices given these qualities.
  28. HD

    HappyDiner

    Central Coast

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stella Mare presents an excellent value for an elevated French menu with good wine selection and great cookery. The duck confit was an excellent starter with very crispy skin and perfectly cooked meat beset by a sweet cherry topping and arugula. The cheese plate was another great starter featuring generous cuts of cheese including humbolt fog. For dinner, we had the filet of sole which was very tasty if not a little heavy on the capers. Desserts were outstanding including a fresh and light lemon tart and crepes suzette. Excellent service, a very nice ambiance, and a restaurant that can be quiet and upscale or, if you choose the greenhouse on a busy night, vibrant and fun.
  29. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service. Server was very helpful and careful with gluten free food and drink options. Highly recommend!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    happy times with happy people
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    There were A LOT OF flies there. Sanitary is a big problem.
  32. JM

    JohnM

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Five stars, food and service were top notch.
  33. JS

    JamesS

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Enjoyed a patio lunch for two on a Saturday. Had the coq a vin and steak frites with escargot appetizer. Rounded off with creme brûlée and beignets and coffee. Coffee americano & cafe au lait. Wonderful ! Service is always first rate.
  34. GN

    GregoryN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Stella Mare is a wonderful venue for Brunch @ 11:00 a.m. on a 'Sleepy Saturday Morning' ... As you might be meeting up with your Three adult grand-son's to Commemorate: The Birthday of one ... The successful Employment of another, And, The future Marriage Engagement of the 3rd. Additionally, we quite enjoyed our server Omar who was spot-on regarding the menu and its ingredients. Although a couple of the meals did not meet the grade ... We were all Ultimately blown-away by the Dessert entry/selection ! Once Again ... Stella Mare remains our go-to location !
  35. A

    Arwel

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food- beautiful ambiance in the glass room. R
  36. F

    Frequentdiner

    Central Coast

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I lv stella mares ambiance, French cuisine and great great service. The leak bacon daily soup special was divine, creamy and delicious. However the chicken( polyethylene) salads was not that good. Won’t order it again but my friends croque Madame was beautifully prepared and delicious!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great dinner
  38. WD

    WineDude

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun location which is accentuated by sitting in the "greenhouse" area! As for food, the cheese plate was a great starter and set the mood for our mains. Can't go wrong with the ever-so-tender Coq a Vin accompanied with their grilled artichoke. We paired a bottle of the cremant rosé with dinner...very nice!
  39. W

    Westburbsdiners1

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner experience was great. I specifically requested the greenhouse and they made it happen. The roaring fireplace made for nice ambiance. Cocktails were delicious, as well as service. Highly recommend.
  40. DC

    DonaldC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food preparation and taste. The service was fantastic and put all in a good mood. Highly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Stella Mare's is rated 4.6 stars by 1739 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

7:30 PM


Booked 14 times today
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

  • 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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