Stella Mare's

4.7
1040 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!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1040 people are saying
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vipHarveyClan
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 5 had a celebratory dinner; seated at 8 p.m. in a large, quiet room comfortable for indoor dining during the pandemic. Pre-dinner cocktails were inventive, entrees were exceptionally delicious, from short ribs, moules frites, duck al'orange to sole meuniere; the lemon cake for dessert was phenomenal.
When in the Santa Barbara area, this restaurant will become our "go to."

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PaulaB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The portions are typically European, and not a surprise, but we would have enjoyed more vegetables on the plate. The food was delicious and the wine list has something for everyone.

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vipCleo777
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, interior.
I strongly recommend this place!

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ChristopherS
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top 3 favorite restaurant west of the Mississippi

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Francois,the bartender / waiter gave us excellent service! He had great recommendations, was accommodating and attentive! The food was creative and delicious , with a fancy flair on escargot (parsley) and frog legs I have never encountered before! And the Chocolate Desert with Berries was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food for a very special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salmon !

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LarryC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent. It was a little cold in the 'green house'. The heaters were not functioning.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 18 and the wait staff was AWESOME. Great food, great times. Highly recommended!

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely outstanding! Romantic, excellent service, the chef accommodated allergies, the food was delicious.

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vipDreve
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely French restaurant. They really do it right! Beautiful decor, French music and soft vocal jazz, wonderful food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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sblocal
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Stella Mare! Took a friend there for his birthday (it's always one of our considerations). Although it's cozy and can feel romantic, it's also completely comfortable for friends. Food was delicious, as usual.

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Alexandra
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We had a salad, onion soup and pate appetizer, and we didn't find it a good value for the money. Onion soup was ok, but the rest - not particularly delicious. It was a Halloween night and waiters were dressed in doctor's scrubs with face masks of course which I guess was meant as a play on the current pandemic as well. But we thought the idea was ridiculous and bad: I wouldn't want to be served by doctors and nurses and be reminded yet again that we are struggling through the disease outbreak. With the French rustic look of the restaurant, I felt like I was in some sort of rural sanatorium for sick people courted by doctors.

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vipScarylarry
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Approaching Stella Mare, you feel as if you've found an enchanted home. A secret garden nobody knows about. The atrium all lit up was a welcome surprise. Our food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely come back.

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RobertC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious onion soup followed by duck l'orange. Service was wonderful.

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RobinM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated outside, under twinkling lights, with French music playing QUIETLY in the background, we felt like we were in he French countryside. The food was excellent, and the service as well. A lovely evening.

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vipRobertP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. Thank you. We will be back.

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ErinF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This small french restaurant is top notch and deserves the great praise it receives. I will visit each time I am in Santa Barbara.

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Mare's is consistantly a pleasurable experience, all the way around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great . Our waitress was really nice, she made food and wine recommendations that we enjoyed very much.

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JamieV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet dinner out to celebrate or 17th wedding anniversary and Stella Mare’s didn’t disappoint. The service was excellent and the food was amazing.

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vipJoeG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and great service by the the entire staff. Extra kudos to Carol our server.

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maryh
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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LindaJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite Covid, we chose to dine in the glass atrium because there were very few diners at the hour we were there. Delicious duck a a'orange, escarole/apple salad. Server was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend

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vipzulmaG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the outside sitting for dinner, romantic feeling. My husband and I shared the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing and the interesting grilled artichoke. My husband had the SOLE MEUNIÉRE and I had the SALMON ALMANDINE. Both delicious for fish lovers:). Service was well-timed and very friendly, wines were affordable. We will definitively be back in a future trip to Santa Barbara.

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vipGoldie
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

VERY Charming. Traditional French food with California flair that is really well prepared. Loved the garden setting. I ordered the Duck L'orange and was pleased with the preparation - perfectly cooked, nice plating. Stella Mare may become my favorite local SB restaurant. Will absolutely return.

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vipChelen
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely place to dine. It was nice to be able to eat inside again. The dover sole was a tad on the salty side and the side vegetables could be a bit more generous, but overall a nice experience.

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None
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fifty character limit, not quite there. More characters

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HelgaundHelmut
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I will use any excuse to come here, so we bet on the winner of the French Open tennis tournament and and Rafa won, so I lost, but not really because Stella Mare’s is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Five stars all the way around, and Nelson is a superb server. We sometimes love just to have escargot, pate, some other appetizer and martinis, which we did on Friday. Very excellent and satisfying in every way. Have been regulars since they opened over 20 years ago and have always been delighted.

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Beatrice
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful romantic evening ! The food was excellent and so was the ambience . We will definitely return there every time we visit Santa Barbara !

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vipRobert
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve anxiously awaited the re-opening of Stella Mares and looked forward to our first meal back. We normally enjoy lunch at SM, but that wasn’t on offer so we “settled” for dinner and opted to eat outdoors. The front terrace was very attractively set to accommodate socially distanced dining and felt very “normal.”
We started with a grilled artichoke, which was tasty, al dente, and messy to eat. Probably won’t do that dish again. My spouse had the short rib special, which she enjoyed (but found a bit salty for her taste) and I had a wonderful duck breast perfectly cooked to a nice pink with a tasty orange finish. We paired our meal with an inexpensive and OK white Bordeaux, which wasn’t the right wine for the meals but suited my wife’s preferences.
Our server was attentive, knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. She enhanced the dining experience.
We will definitely be back and look forward to a return to relaxed lunches with omelettes, frites and Sancerre.

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Evie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious with great new menu items. Service was excellent, as it's always been. Sitting outside was a really nice change of pace. It felt more casual, in a way, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get out! We've all been through a lot, and things continue to be stressful and challenging, so treat yourself to a wonderful dinner and a nice glass of wine!

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DerekH
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Stellar Mares has style and the location is good for outside dining when the weather permits. The good is excellent, but the only fish choice is Salmon, I recommend adding Halibut in season and Deep Sea Scallops year round.

At present Stella Mares is open only for dinner. But it is also a charming place for lunch.

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Anel
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place with excellent food and service.

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OlgaT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and tasty food. Friendly personal.
Would be back again.

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vipJohnV
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara County.

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DanielV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Somehow the food has gotten even better and the service was impeccable.

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DocB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great infrastructure ambience.

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LeslieP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Stella Mares was delightful. The waitstaff is quick, efficient and as friendly as possible. Carole was our waitress and we were delighted with her sweet and outgoing personality and her efficiency. The food was spectacular and cooked exactly as we ordered it. Dessert is a “must have” item and they are so perfectly created with a beautiful presentation. The ambiance there is one that others can only aspire to. Extremely highly recommended!

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SueG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, I would recommend this pace to anyone! It had been years since I had escargot.

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 1040 OpenTable diners.

Stella Mare's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://stellamares.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.