- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, Dijonnaise sauce, brioche bun, French fries
Sauce: Béarnaise, lemon caper Beurre Blanc or Bordelaise
Coq au Vin
French braise of chicken with red wine, lardons, pearl onions, bacon, mushrooms, green peas, garlic, sweet potato purée
While I would love to say that my first time back to Stella Mare's in over 8 years was a wonderful one, sadly I cannot. I made my reservation online knowing that the seating was going to be outdoors, at night, in Santa Barbara where by the end of October, it's typically pretty chilly outside. Having lived in a post Covid outdoor dining world for almost 2 years now, I'm prepared for that. Most restaurants have ample outdoor heating to accommodate and offset this. However what we were not prepared for was the super chilly - albeit COLD conditions that we were placed in outside with NO other options offered - There was ONE stationary (nailed to the ground) heater at our table with dismal heat output. It barely kept 2 seats warm, let alone the large table for 6 we were at. When we asked for additional heaters, they would point to the ridiculous heater and say, you have a heater. We were also completely disregarded when we asked to be seated indoors (there was an empty table for 10 indoors clearly visible during the entire time we were there and not offered to us to move to) Our waitress and the hostess seemed to be bothered with the fact we were complaining about being cold outside and really didn't do much about it. So, that was an immediate damper on the entire meal. As for the food... all of this could have been overlooked if the food was off the charts spectacular. Can only say that 2 of us had an great starters- the mushroom soup and the Lobster deviled eggs - although don't go looking for large pieces of lobster, it was a teeny fleck of lobster but delicious none the less. Steak Frites were meh- the fries were literally fried in old oil and didn't taste great, the French Onion soup was drowned out in sherry that hadn't been cooked down- Salmon was covered in some sort of sauce and puree that was sweet.
Sadly I don't think we will be back again anytime soon. I'm disappointed as I really would have loved to go back and support local SB businesses.
Daddy daughter date. Perfect steak. Nice pour of good scotch.
we had a group of nine people and we all got something different. It was all delicious
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
Great! Def will be back.
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.
Fantastic service and food! Wonderful location
WONDERFUL! Angel was such a thoughtful server and went above and beyond. Had a great Saturday brunch! :)
Nice French Country ambience. Good food and service. Nobly recommend.
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!
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 ! 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
A little freeway noise, but great food and service
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.
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.
The staff was very personable and attentive as was the chef as well.
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.
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.
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!
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!
It was a memorable birthday celebration in every facet!!!!
This was a birthday dinner. We had a great experience. Service was great, food was amazing. We will be back soon.
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.
Spectacular food. Outstanding service. Look forward to the next visit. Impressive !!!
Good, quality food with ample portions. Great French country feel & decor. Service and value were just was OK.
Great! Wonderful food, good service and nice ambiance.
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!
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.
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!
Excellent food and service. My friends and I had a wonderful dining experience.
Excellent appetizer, entre and dessert. Very accomplished wine list. Service was excellent and outdoor seating was very pleasant. Very memorable evening. Would recommend highly!
Stella Mare's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 969-6705.
Stella Mare's is rated 4.5 stars by 1343 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.