Stella Mare's

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$31 to $50
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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!
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MO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent!! Very nice ambiance, though it got very noisy with two large parties.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and ambiance. The restaurant was better than expected and we will definitely go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was

CW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stella Mares is charming and I will be going there often in the next months. My guests all were happy and said they had forgotten how nice it is.

E
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visiting Santa Barbara on vacation. This restaurant was recommended to us by friends who had been here before. We were also attracted by the pre fixe menu, which looked great, but we ended up going to some of their specialties. My wife had the Coq Au Vin Alseciene. Excellent, tender, flavorful. I had the Cote de Porc. The pork was a little dry but that was my fault for ordering it medium. The Red Quinoa was delicious. Our server, Michael, was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. He frequently checked in on our needs and his recommendations were quite helpful. The ambiance is outstanding. A very charming setting. Overall, this was well worth the trip.

E
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely! Fabulous meal! The food was incredible

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Warm greeting, friendly service, good food. Close to

S
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lunch for 4 good overall. One item ordered was just ok, but Pate' appetizer was excellent. First time there for lunch and seated in greenroom, which was sunny and cheerful but a bit too warm. Great menu selections and service is attentive. Had not been there for a few years and it is still a wonderful restaurant. Prefer dinner in the dining room, but will try lunch in greenroom again. Will return soon.

M
Central Coast
120 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat here! Great French menu, service and setting. It has become our “regular “ place for after a movie or theater.

BW
Central Coast
86 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Mare's is always a wonderful place to enjoy dinner. the food is delicious, the ambiance is great, and Carole's service is impeccable. She definitely adds a great deal to the overall experience. We always enjoy dining here and can't wait to return!

t
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful inside dining ambiance whether in the white tablecloth dining room or the greenhouse dining room....staff is very accommodating and hospitable. Food was excellent...coq au vin delicious! Good cocktails and wine...very romantic setting. Will definitely return when back in town.

CH
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I found Stella Mare on OpenTable and had a delightful early-afternoon brunch. The setting is absolutely lovely (and light-filled), the food and drinks are perfectly prepared, and the service is both friendly and attentive. Highly recommend!

AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an easy brunch gem in Santa Barbara!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service food and ambiance.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant with great food!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In SB for a two week vacation and this was our absolute favorite meal.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Honestly we have always had exceptional service there and the other night it seemed like someone took our order who didn’t know the menu and screwed up 3 of the 4 orders. We were pretty confused because we didn’t understand what got misunderstood. Also we would have ordered another round of drinks and we never got asked (we only had one round). We love it there but by far our worst experience

c
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had the halibut which was ok . Nice environment but food was average

SL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

D
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good. The cocktails were tasty. Waitress was attentive and provided useful recommendations. The old house is charming.

TS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Stella Mare's is our family go-to for celebration dinners and it does not disappoint. Food and service are consistently superb!

MS
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd visit to Stella Mare's...this time for Mom's 91st Birthday. Always fine food, great service and a lovely atmosphere.

g
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat often at Stella’s. Everything is always predictably perfect. We are never disappointed with the service or the food. My filet mignon special was incredible and my wife’s pork chop was tender and huge. Eric took great care of us as always. The best Beefeater martini anywhere too!

GV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice, out of the way location. The escargot were fantastic, great sauces and the deserts are ridiculously good.

PW
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu is v good but the portions were too large compared to many French restaurants that we have been to and the sauce for the frogs legs was too creamy and not enough taste with herbs etc.
Location and service is good just felt could have provided less food and raised the quality of what was provided a little more.

RH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect: food (every course), and portion size, and service

SM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Jax music was fantastic!

J
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great music & lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.

TS
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Stella Mare's several times. Sometimes we've been for a special occasion or as we did tonight, a date night. We have never been disappointed.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I used to love this restaurant. We recently went for lunch and all of our meals were mediocre or poor. The salads that accompanied our meals were TERRIBLE. No dressing, old lettuce. I'm not sure how the felt they could call it a salad. It was like someone dumped an old bag of leafy greens on to the plate. The "special" quiche of the day was disappointing. did NOT taste fresh at all. We ate out of necessity since everyone was hungry and on a tight schedule, but everyone was really disappointed in their meals.
I would absolutely never go back.

MK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The atmosphere is awesome, it's a beautiful place. The lake is across the street and is makes for a killer sunset. The service is always great. The food is amazing and comes to the table the way you ordered it. The food is actually still hot when it arrives at your table!!! A simple thing, but their French fries are soooo good.

M
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Three nice salads at lunch. One salad was inexplicably loaded with brown lettuce and avocado. When the manager asked about boxing it up we declined and showed him why it was uneaten. He really went out of his way to not acknowledge the issue. The waiter was nicer.
Many fine experiences here and this was not typical.

c
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one of our favorites for special occasions. It was my birthday and our server, Francois, did everything to make it a wonderful event. I had the pineapple mimosa and TARTINE DE SAUMON
butter toasted sourdough bread, caper crème fraiche, fresh dill, pickled red onions, marinated cucumber, shaved radish, crumbled egg yolk, parsley. It was very good except the smoked salmon was way too salty. My friend had the omelet du jour which was a bacon and cheese omelet with a sauce which was very tasty. Service was great and atmosphere was great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful....food, service and atmosphere were perfect!

GO
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, beautiful decor and exquisite food and wine selection--outstanding!

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't even describe the feeling you get when you walk into this place. The atmosphere and ambiance is just once of a kind. Then you get a unique french menu, lovely and professional staff, and THEN an amazing bartender. I love this place. Will be back!

CC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ambiance, meal and service. The French onion soup is a must have - the food is remarkable!

JS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Santa Barbara by train, and selected Stella Mare based on Open Table reviews. The evening that we went a jazz combo was playing in the “greenhouse “. The attention for service was excellent as was the Sole Merinere.

M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious! French onion soup is the best anywhere. Good wine selection. The service was really good. Waiter was very attentive. It was full but the noise level was still decent.