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Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA
Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA
Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA
Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA
Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA

Stella Mare's

4.7
4.7
2102 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

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 2,102 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Best Ambiance

  • California Central Coast

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Overall

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

2,102 Reviews
  1. PamelaG

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in a beautiful atmosphere! What could be better?

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  2. Bigsun

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was just like sitting in a bistro in St Germain, Paris. Fine food, good service, by the sea, Perfect.

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  3. CassyP

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute restaurant with well-priced French food and a great selection of wines. Everything that we ordered was delicious and we had the best service ever our server! Would definitely recommend!

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  4. Paula

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything exceeded expectations, the food the service and the ambiance

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  5. CraigS

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming French Country bistro in a wonderful hidden area. The ambiance transports you away to Europe. Service is outstanding, and the food is excellent. We had the escargot - brilliant! The endive and apple salad - wonderful! The mussels in Pernot - top notch! And the Short Ribs - so scrumptious! They even surprised us with a birthday treat with candle! Highly recommend this gem in Santa Barbara/Montecito.

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  6. Marsha

    Central Coast

    210 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    210 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place! Great food, menu, ambiance and good service. It’s hard to find a better French restaurant!

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  7. DrVJMJ

    Central Coast

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special occasion with my wife..... It's a regular place for us, among our very favorites! Great French ambiance whether inside, outside or under the greenhouse. Amazing onion soup.... And I've had it all over! Had filet mignon, pretty good though a little tough. Amazing French fries!

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  8. Matt

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had high expectations for the food considering the reviews. Was a good place to try one time but will look elsewhere for future dinners.

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  9. Steph

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere. Delicious food. Wait staff a bit over-stretched.

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  10. Calyups

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the decor, the ambiance, the service, the excellent food, and the varied drink options. We were too full for dessert, so we’ll be back!

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  11. DanM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Stella many times. It is a intimate, comfortable, and delicious dining experience in an ideal building and location. The Cordon Bleu was fantastic - also great salads, soups, and dessert. Ample staff keep the drinks and warm sourdough bread coming. We loved our meal and will definitely go back again (and again).

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrate valentines at Stella Mare’s our dinner was excellent. The service was excellent and ambience was excellent. We’re definitely coming back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time on Valentine’s Day, The perfect place to enjoy food and atmosphere, drinks were delicious…

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  14. EbenM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shabby Chic elevated to an art form. Perfect for a slow lingering meal. Service was attentive but clearly all about letting you enjoy the meal in peace. The food is also the kind that is meant to be savored and not bolted. Even my side salad had subtle flavoring that needed a moment to meditate about what I was tasting.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place! So romantic and chic! I had the best wedding day thanks to them

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  16. JohnJ

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We appreciated the quiet elegance of Stella Mare for a marker birthday and weren't disappointed. Reasonable prices, very good food, and quiet atmosphere. What's not to like.

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  17. DianaW

    New York City

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    An enjoyable evening - delicious food in the beautiful greenhouse room!

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  18. CharmaineR

    Yosemite

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Friends have been married there. Our son and daughter-in-law held their rehearsal dinner there. They serve the best braised short ribs in town.

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  19. APinSB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We so enjoyed our meal here. We were a party of five with two kids. They have an amazing kids menu! Our food was wonderful, service warm, and top notch. We are locals and will be coming here much more often for more amazing meals.

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  20. SiouxsieJ

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara! The ambiance is lovely, chic and yet very welcoming. The food is excellent and the menu is often updated and very modern. They have a lovely patio overlooking the duck pond that makes for a romantic setting in the summer. I highly recommend Stella Mare!

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  21. DonnaD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfection last night. I had the grilled salmon with the lemon Beurre blanc, mashed potatoes and Ratatouille. Salmon was grilled perfectly and the touch of Fleur de Sal gave some perfect little crunches of salt. My daughter had the burger and subbed out goat cheese for the blue cheese. She said she would remember it forever ( for a burger! ). We had lemon cake and chocolate cake for dessert. Both were fantastic.

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  22. GaryF

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Stella Mare last night! The service was just right! The cocktails top notch, and the food was very good! We had the grilled artichoke, rack of lamb, and the pork porterhouse. All the items cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of seasoning. We topped off our meal with a fresh lemon cake...a great finish for a tasty meal! We will be back!

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  23. EricaV

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful dinner experience. The food, ambience and service were all top notch. Francisco was our server and added some charm and fun to the evening. Stella Mare is one of our very favorite Santa Barbara restaurants!!

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  24. VictorF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good, excellent service, and our waitress very alert and good. We enjoyed like several other we have dined at Stella Mare,

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  25. LarryB

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made my reservation online and requested a table near the fireplace in the garden room. Upon arrival and giving the host my name his reply was good evening and we have your table at the fireplace for you. It made for a wonderful dining experience for us. Food and service was excellent as well.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the entire night. Food and setting were perfection!

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  27. DavidH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Serious French food in a lovely setting. The sun room is one of the most beautiful restaurant rooms in Santa Barbara. Highly recommended.

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  28. KateC

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for brunch on a rainy day and it was lovely in the greenhouse room. The duck confit with waffle was wonderful and not too sweet. Smoked salmon crepe was delicious. Stella mare’s Is a delightful spot. The service is always good and the ambiance is welcoming.

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  29. Ginger

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about the visit for my dear friend's birthday. The entire experience at Stella Mares was exceptional and I look forward to a return in the near future.

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  30. doctor

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food & presentation. Carol is personable. 50-

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  31. ElizabethW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful lunch with friends we haven’t seen in one year. Our waiter was friendly and informative. This is the fourth time we’ve eaten here and it never disappoints! The food is delicious!

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  32. Barb

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinning experience at Stella Mare last evening. It is not our first visit. Every time we return, we reconfirm the five star review of food, ambiance and service. I ordered beef bourguignon. It is one of my personal favorites. Even those little pearl red onions in the sauce are highly delicious. Other times I order sole meunière, a delightful fish dish. Don’t depart without ordering a French dessert. The correct word is “magnifique.” Lastly, be reverent to building in which you dine. The house is from the 1870s. So great food, homey ambiance, comfortable attentive service as well as a visit to Santa Barbara’s history…can’t beat that scenario every day!

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  33. Darcy24

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting menu and delicious food. Lovely setting in the Garden room. Nice birthday celebration.

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  34. BobW

    Central Coast

    132 reviews

    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful dining experience at Steall Mare's. Their burgers are so delicious. Carol our server is always amazing!

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  35. JosephD

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ALMOST a trip to France 14 minutes away in Santa Barbara! Wonderful staff and fantastic food. Off the beaten path....which is a good thing too! ENJOY!!!

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  36. BerndS

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great French food, outstanding service, never disappoints

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  37. Bluesky

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Having just watched an episode of Michel Roux's French Country Cooking, I felt like being beamed to Southern France when my husband and I got to Stella Mare Thursday lunch time. The setting was perfect, not too fancy, just perfect. By 12:30 pm the place was packed. Our escargot, my vol au vent, and my husband's duck confit were a fitting celebration of our 20th anniversary lunch. The local wine selection was also excellent. We will definitely return next time we come to Santa Barbara.

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  38. Glenn

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Really liked it and will go back. But the food was a little under seasoned.

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  39. Scooter

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A stunningly beautiful place to spend an evening ( or day), enjoying a sumptuous meal. The thought of this restaurant closing down is very distressing.

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  40. AnnT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Stella Mares! This visit I had the smoked salmon and scrambled egg crepes which was delish and very generous. Yummy Frisbee side salad. Try the grilled artichoke and escargot. Try everything. I have never had a bad meal here. A local treasure!

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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 4.7 stars by 2102 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

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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