The food was excellent!! Very nice ambiance, though it got very noisy with two large parties.
Outstanding food and ambiance. The restaurant was better than expected and we will definitely go back.
Great service and food
The food was
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.
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.
Absolutely! Fabulous meal! The food was incredible
Warm greeting, friendly service, good food. Close to
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.
Always a treat here! Great French menu, service and setting. It has become our “regular “ place for after a movie or theater.
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!
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.
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!
It’s an easy brunch gem in Santa Barbara!
Amazing service food and ambiance.
Very pleasant with great food!
In SB for a two week vacation and this was our absolute favorite meal.
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
Had the halibut which was ok . Nice environment but food was average
Excellent food and service!
The food was very good. The cocktails were tasty. Waitress was attentive and provided useful recommendations. The old house is charming.
Stella Mare's is our family go-to for celebration dinners and it does not disappoint. Food and service are consistently superb!
My 3rd visit to Stella Mare's...this time for Mom's 91st Birthday. Always fine food, great service and a lovely atmosphere.
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!
Great food and nice, out of the way location. The escargot were fantastic, great sauces and the deserts are ridiculously good.
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.
Perfect: food (every course), and portion size, and service
The Jax music was fantastic!
Amazing food, great music & lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was wonderful....food, service and atmosphere were perfect!
Beautiful location, beautiful decor and exquisite food and wine selection--outstanding!
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!
Outstanding ambiance, meal and service. The French onion soup is a must have - the food is remarkable!
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.
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.