Stella Mare's

4.6
1247 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 1247 people are saying
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJohn
Palm Springs
54 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening!

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ShannonD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Mare restaurant was absolutely amazing. Surprisingly we had not been to this location before and it did not disappoint. The location is beautiful. Our severs were outstanding. Wine list and all of our food was great. They start you out with warm bread. Get the deviled eggs and french onion soup as an appetizer. The burgers, sole, salmon and were so good. Definitely go!

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vipGourmet4fun
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, nice menu covering most French classics. The dishes were well executed, very reasonably priced and served with a smile!

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GertM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is the second time in the past month that I have made reservations for three older women and we have enjoyed dining on the upper patio. One of the guests is partially blind and has walking problem and I appreciated the easy access, one has really fussy food requirements and all of these problems were accommodated nicely. Thank you so much.
I will be coming soon with some hearty, healthy young people.

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CoolAunt
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Stella Mare's. I had the "Chop" salad with the salmon. What a great combination. My husband had the Cobb Salad and really enjoyed it. Great prices for a french restaurant! We will be back.

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vipRichK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charming old building with great indoor and outdoor space. Excellent brunch menu and terrific service.

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cotaresident
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We liked our table and our attentive servers. My guests were pleased with their meals. The vegetarian Assiete was disappointing, however. I wish quiche were still on the menu.

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vipbigeater
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was one of our best meals there and much more reasonable than the Coast Village Rd cluster. A great glass of wine for $9.00 and saw a big TV star at the next table. The kids got a big thrill from that!

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DeniseC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious meal! The appetizers of escargot and grilled artichoke were amazing. We both ordered the braised short ribs which were cooked to perfection. This chef is incredible and so nice. All the staff super attentive and pleasant. Great atmosphere!

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RobertH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service, great appetizers, great wines, good ambience EXCEPT that if you sit in the glass house near the windows you're going to have ants as visitors. Twice now, with years between visits, I have taken guests to Stella Mares, been seated in the glass room at a table next to the glass, and has a multitude of ants come visit during the meal.

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gardenerlove
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I realize that parents are allowed to bring children
out to dinner, but not ones that scream on ocassion. I think management should have said, something. We paid a fair amount of money to dine out,I will take dogs any day over a child who who excercises their lung out at a restaurant.

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BarbaraK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Pate cold, deviled eggs too much mustard. Steak so tough, inedible, they did however take it off the bill. Huge disappointment for us.

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FenchieInCali
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Escargots were very oily with some kind of pesto sauce instead of butter and herbs. I suspect they were not freshly made. The Vol au vent's pastry was not fresh. The salmon was correct but the green beans were raw and the ends not cut-off. The crème brûlé was good. So was the lemon pie. Overall disappointed.

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vipMoreauP
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Stella Mare’s everything from the ambience, service , and the food was stellar! Our server Nelson was outstanding! We loved the short rib dish is was mouthwatering! The salads, sides, and desserts were amazing!! We highly recommend this restaurant!

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BarbaraK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and selection are wonderful---very consistent. Absolutely love the atmosphere. Tres chic!

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LisaW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say?

The service was great. The food was wonderful. Overall we had a long, lovely visit over a most delightful meal.
Nothing negative, and I’d go back today.

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a charming & quint experience at this fabulous French restaurant.
Thank you.

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JackieP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been there for a couple of years and was so happy to be back. We sat on the patio and received the best service with excellent food. I can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very good experience overall although disappointed with duck that was chewy and sole that lacked favor dishes. Creme brûlée was excellent!
Waiter was very attentive and ambience was nice.

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DenisSt
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We started with the escargot, excellent.
Next was the Endive and Pomme Salad, excellent.
My wife had the filet mignon with frites, took three trips back to the kitchen for the steak, meh, the frites were excellent.
I had filet of sole... good, I make better.
Creme brulee for desert was excellent.

Service was excellent!
We were well taken care of.

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vipTeeBone
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a superb restaurant that did everything right the night we dined there. Ambiance is definitely French bistro. Menu is outstanding. Wish we were in the area a bit longer because we would definitely be back. Taylor, our server, was attentive without being overbearing and her wine recommendation was spot on. Put this on your list as the place to visit if you only have one night. If you stay longer you might find yourself coming back.

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Larry
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was quite tasty. The price is reasonable for a French restaurant. The service was just OK. The servers were not particularly friendly. The wine selection by the glasses was not that great.

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ChrisM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Good was great, the service was horrible . Large party in adjacent room was very loud

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WilliamS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Stella Mare's food is always excellent. I was slightly disappointed that my announced birthday was not honored by a gift dessert as it has been in the past.

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vipBobH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Santa Barbara.

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vipMPT1
London
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening seated in a small outside alcove. Service, food, and atmosphere were all great. We will definitely return.

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erikak
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we three friends ate at Stella Mare's yesterday for lunch , we enjoyed that lunch very much all was perfectly prepared and served. I had been there many times before but since Covid this was a first again. Delightful,

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AndrewC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was less than average, and not warm, sent it back, but still could not get it right.
Small portions and nothing special about any of it.

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3nolagurls
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, yummy food. A tad bit pricey but definitely worth the splurge. The chef personally served a couple of our dishes and when he noted that the sun was beating down on us, he took the time to adjust an umbrella for
Our comfort. Great cocktails. Regret that I didn’t try the onion soup- next time!

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LuciaO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, good value.
Nice ambiance.
Ordered the escargot, delicious and filet mignon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, food was delicious, service was outstanding

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Earlybird
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals we beautifully prepared and delicious. Not oversized, but just right to leave full, but not stuffed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was great. The scallops in the puff pastry was really good. The Cobb salad, not so much. But, overall nice.

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EileenS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we spent dinner for my dad's birthday. service was great, and food was magnificent. i highly recommend.

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RobertA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening! It was our friends 66th Anniversary! Thank you for making it a special night.

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MicheleN
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 7 of us, and while we had requested an outdoor table, the only one available was in full sun. So they gave us a lovely room to ourselves, where we would not bother other diners with our boisterous laughter.

Our waiter was attentive and fun, and we had fun speaking different languages with him.

Overall, our whole party LOVED it.

Thank you for a memorable lunch afternoon.

Oh, and the food was incredible!

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vipEatout
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Each of us was pleased with our entrees. Quiche received rave review. A first-time visitor was quite pleased with the grilled artichoke, exclaiming it was one of the best-prepared artichoke she has had in years. Several of us had the chopped salad, which was light and had a good blend of flavors. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch outdoors in lovely setting.

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vipLangT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet 16 birthday

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ClaireB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful time, best lemon cake ever! It was so wonderful to dine in such a lovely place

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful! Thank you!

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 1247 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.