Stella Mare's

4.6
1342 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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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 1342 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daddy daughter date. Perfect steak. Nice pour of good scotch.

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ClareW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a group of nine people and we all got something different. It was all delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time reminiscing Our friend had passed away and this was our get together for her. The noise was a bit but good noise. Somebody’s birthday so much singing. All good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Def will be back.

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BrieARose
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Carol was a phenomenal waitress. Truly knowledgeable on the menu. I dined with the mint julep, lamb, and a red to pair with it. Excellent food, and an excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! Wonderful location

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HollyS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

WONDERFUL! Angel was such a thoughtful server and went above and beyond. Had a great Saturday brunch! :)

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vipLuvwine
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice French Country ambience. Good food and service. Nobly recommend.

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vipSandiEzB
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening celebrating our anniversary and will definitely return to Stella Mera! We started with the chopped vegetable and shredded carrots salad — both delicious and fresh. Our entrees were the Salmon almandine and the coq quo vane, both prepared to perfection! Everything was so delicious, generous portions at a reasonable price that, honestly, we were too full for dessert but enjoyed coffee instead! We’ll save room next time! Our server was delightful and attentive. Just a beautiful and memorable evening—thank you!

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ElaineS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second year in a row dining at Stella Mare’s for my birthday.
The food was wonderful and so was the atmosphere.
Thanks for the birthday desert with a birthday candle ! 😉

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place with outdoor seating of which we took advantage. Salads were very good as well as the beef short ribs. The sea bass was slightly overcooked but overall a restaurant we will go back too.

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Cari
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the sweetest evening for our 19th Anniversary with delicious food, ambiance and our server and everyone there was hospitable and wonderful. Everything we had was delicious and we cannot wait to go back.

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FeliciaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The staff was very attentive, and the restaurant itself is lovely. We were initially seated next to a boisterous birthday group, and because we were there to chat, we asked to be moved to a quieter place. They immediately and graciously did that and we were able to chat and enjoy our delicious lunch.

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Jusay
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to our server Angel. We’ve been going to Stella Mare’s for 11 years. We do celebrate our wedding anniversary and our son’s birthday here.

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best French Onion Soup, maybe anywhere. So authentic. The atmosphere and service are impeccable. You are treated like royalty by all staff. I highly recommend. It's also a terrific spot for a weekend brunch and special occasion!! Thank you Stella Mare for being open for lunch. Very few of the nicer restaurants are.

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BeckyH
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Mare truly was a French Bistro, very authentic. Lovely food prepared perfectly and Francisco delivered the best service. Friendly and knowledgeable in every way. Value for the $$ is quite high.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 5 year anniversary and they brought us complimentary flutes of champagne. The food was very quick to arrive and absolutely delicious. We enjoyed taking our time and will be back again!

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luv2dine
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had last minute reservation and was given a four top table for party of two in center of atrium. Service was excellent and food just what we needed. Special fish dish and wonderful steamed muscles. Even gave a nice birthday candle plate with a small amount of chocolate. Always love dining here.

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vipDennis
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love having the tablecloth back in the greenhouse!!! Fireplace and twinkle lights on; great service; delicious dinner and cocktails…we were happy campers. Thank you Stella Mares

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Disappointed
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Ambiance was very nice, food was just ok compared to other French restaurants we have been too, i.e Bouchons in Napa Valley . Fries were on top of mussels, wrong they should have been served separately, made the fries soggy, and hardly any broth to dip the French bread

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TomD
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little freeway noise, but great food and service

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LindaL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another delicious birthday lunch at Stella Mare's. We loved the vol au vent, the Cobb salad and chicken salad tartine. Their onion soup is memorable. We shared the chocolate tart and lemon cake for dessert. Everyone was delighted with the meal. The service was outstanding, and their patio is lovely and quiet. It is our favorite Santa Barbara place to celebrate birthdays.

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Robin
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the loveliest venue in Santa Barbara! I hesitate to recommend it, since I dont want it to become crowded, but oh well sigh, it's just the best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very personable and attentive as was the chef as well.

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RobinM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been twice in three weeks and each time our special requests have been been fulfilled. The servers were attentive and helpful. The menu is always delicious.

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CJFoodie
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t even stay for dinner. At a very low tide the lagoon smells like a stable and they shouldn’t put guests on the patio. They were unapologetic and they seemed to be either so understaffed or so uncaring, that we left. We have been going there every year for 10 years for our anniversary and have taken guests there 3 or 4 times a year. This was such a disappointment on our anniversary. So eat inside or check the tides before you go, or just go somewhere else as we will in the future.

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dans1950
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has enjoyed Stella's for years prior to the pandemic. Our first time back this year was a complete joy. The food and the service remain impeccable, and it was great to see the additional outdoor seating. Well done!

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SBMesaFamily
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful ambience and presentation, top notch service, consistently. We have been to restaurant 3 times since May 2021, from a group of 12 to small tabel of 4 people. Stella Mare's has not suffered the service and food issues that other restaurants, post-pandemic have experienced. A true favorite!

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joanief
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a memorable birthday celebration in every facet!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday dinner. We had a great experience. Service was great, food was amazing. We will be back soon.

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PhilipP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Attentive service. We sat inside because it was a cool evening but the outside terrace seating looked romantic too. Parking was no problem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food. Outstanding service. Look forward to the next visit. Impressive !!!

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HoomanL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good, quality food with ample portions. Great French country feel & decor. Service and value were just was OK.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Wonderful food, good service and nice ambiance.

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
181 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place. Warm and wonderful ambiance, excellent service, and a menu full of great choices with several French dishes that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else! All this for extremely reasonable prices, and we’ve never had a menu choice that wasn’t delicious!

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SallyY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My coq au vin was the best I ever had. The setting was peaceful and charming. Service was excellent. Tables were spaced apart so felt COVID safe. We didn’t eat outside because the smell of the birds from the lagoon was too unpleasant but indoors was fine. Portions were large and we thought the prices were reasonable.

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vipkathleen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terry was a fabulous waiter. He was very attentive and made fantastic recommendations. He made my mom’s 87th birthday lunch celebration extra special. And the food was superb!

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vipAAngelo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. My friends and I had a wonderful dining experience.

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LTR94556
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent appetizer, entre and dessert. Very accomplished wine list. Service was excellent and outdoor seating was very pleasant. Very memorable evening. Would recommend highly!

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NealG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

When spending close to two 'Benjamins' for dinner, I expect everything to be pretty amazing, and it wasn't. Both the food and the service was so so. Our waitress was nice enough, but it seemed like she was just about the only server on our side of the building. She'd bring something, and then we wouldn't see her for awhile. My wife ordered the sole, and I ordered filet mignon. We shared the endive and pomme salad. I guess endive IS supposed to be yellow, but it just didn't look very appealing. I wouldn't eat here again I'm afraid.

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 1342 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.