Stella Mare's

4.7
1128 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 1128 people are saying
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NeilA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful evening, delicious food , excellent service. Going back soon.

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SuzyP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

For for Mother's Day brunch. We had a great experience - wonderful ambiance and food. Very cute old house, great outdoor seating. Would recommend and look forward to going back.

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vipAngieMama
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is just as expected, tastefully decorated Country French. Service is friendly and very professional and the food is delicious. Could 't have asked for anything more!
Would love to go back.

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vipMichelleG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Mother's Day!

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FranciscoO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Loved the fireplace. Our waitress was working hard all night. It was really busy yet she kept checking in on us and letting us know she would be by soon. Once she came over to us she gave us her undivided attention. She apologized for the wait. She tried to get to know us a little and make a connection. It was a real personal touch which she maintained throughout the night. The meals were great. Highly recommend!

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DerekH
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mussels in cream sauce was delicious. But extremely good French fries should be served on the side.

Filet mignon with roasted potatoes was excellent.

New York strip steak was very tough, nut French fries were delicious.

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CathyA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! Food is spectacular... pate and cheese plates, duck and mussels,, and was treated to a fabulous birthday treat to finish the meal. We ate outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed it. Service exceptional as well!

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SuzanneV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

For a French restaurant it should have had a more interesting wine menu. There was no decent wine on the menu and all cheap and tasteless wines. The rest of the wine menu was the same. Disappointing wine list. And if you ask for a glass of Bordeaux it was not even served out of the original bottle, instead we tasted a cheap bulk wine.
One guest had to return her steak because it was overcooked, and the 2nd time same thing again. So the rest of our table was finished before she could start her dinner.

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our party of 6 showed up on time for our reservation and were told the hot water heater broke down and there would be no lunch. Why couldn't they call me letting me know?

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vipAlexanderM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is fantastic! Love the braised short ribs. Pork chop was delicious.

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vippenumbra
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming setting, terrific service, fair prices. Will definitely return!

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Emily
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely time at Stella Mare. I love the new outdoor tents and curtains they have put up. Great service, great food, great experience!

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MenuMaven
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, we have a very enjoyable dinner experience. There is seating both indoors and out. Indoors captures the essence of Stella's more than outdoors which is mostly an accommodation for Covid.

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Victoria
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely, great setting for brunch and very Covid safe option even for indoor dining.

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vipSilviaB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impecable service, beautiful location, superb food!

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MarkTini
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We've been dining at Stella Mare's for years, and love it. Two things this time that were not so good..

1. We were seated promptly, dining room was not close to full yet we were forgotten. 20+ minutes after sitting down, someone in our party had to hunt down and ask for a waitress. People who arrived later, next table, were had their drinks while we still waited for someone to attend to our table.

2. The solarium is our favorite spot. It is still very pleasant, but we were quite disappointed to find they've removed white linens from the tables! Looks more like a casual lunch place now. Big mistake.

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vipMarieHelene
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Oeuf mimosa was just ok; no taste of homard at all
New York steak, medium rare, was impossible to chew. French fries from frozen package.
Sole meunier was well cook but the potatoes around it was soaking in the lemon juice.
The desert, chocolate ice cream was plain small balls of ice cream, no whip, no decoration; on the menu this dessert was described with 3 sentences of different ingredients that I looked for it when I received the dish :(
Overall this restaurant is over rated!

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CarolynM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not a fan of the new menu - it's too limiting and not enough options for medium priced meals, as it used to have.

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marthal
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. The sole meunière was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best meal for my 70th bday! I had the Sole and my husband had the French onion soup and endive salad. Couldn’t have been better! And they gave us free champagne and choc torte!!! Very excellent waiter.

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vipKelz
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Fish didn’t taste fresh and the steak was chewy.
Nice server.

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LesR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, we sat in a small relatively enclosed room with only two tables, and the other one remained unoccupied the entire time. Service was extremely helpful, and they checked-in every 10 minutes or so, which I had been concerned about, since we were in a semi-private room, but they really had their act together.
The food was typical french, and the prices were surprisingly reasonable. We would definitely return whenever we are in the area.

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vipTaxdoc
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was by far one on the greatest French restaurants I have been to. The food was incredible I had the duck ala orange we hitch was cooked perfectly. The onion soup was fantastic the duck burger was delicious. The Berry dessert was wonderful.

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with 91 year old Mom.
She loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Used to love the food here but it has not been as good since Covid. Love the ambiance. Hope the food returns to previous high level.

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vipStevenH
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space. Friendly server. Very good food,

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipDKdiner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food, friendly and competent service, reasonably priced wine list. What more could you ask for?

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BrFr
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little noisy outside due to proximity to freeway, but otherwise a great choice for brunch.

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MartaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

With a reservation and 10 minutes early, we were sat in the hot, loud and uncomfortable atrium.I definitely made the reservation for either in or outside since my open table said the reservation had been changed. It would have been 30 min. to one hour wait for outside or another room. Yet the man right after us was asked if he wanted in or out(?!!) and was sat outside immediately. I had also requested a larger supportive chair due to back injury. There was nothing in that atrium but unsteady wooden chairs. The service was abysmal since we had to ask SEVERAL TIMES for water, tea, and coffee. We were sitting in that atrium from 1 until 3 and it felt much longer. The entrees were fair to good, and the appetizer eggs were ridiculously expensive for the quantity. The worst thing was truly having to request basics so many times and then waiting and waiting and waiting and requesting a second or third time. We waited at least 30 min. for our entrees.The wait person was Carol. On top of such a poor dining experience, I found I had left my card in the bill/check wallet. This was a hot exhausting mess for my 92 year young mom and Aunt visiting from Washington state. The day before we had brunch at El Encanto and your establishment could learn a great deal about service from this great hotel. You lost a great many potential customers with the shoddy treatment we received. The dessert was the only positive note after it was doctored up. I normally would have left and did not want to inconvenience my elderly mom. By the time we left, I did not have the energy to seek out the manager about our service.

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Nina
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food but have had better service for a special occasion. They forgot my cocktail but took it off the bill. They confused our table with another and thought it was someone else’s birthday when it was mine. We ordered dessert and finished it but then they came out with a birthday dessert when we were already stuffed and couldn’t enjoy what looked like an excellent chocolate mousse.

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cllh
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, even better food. Our server took very good care of us while leaving us plenty of time for conversation.

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FrankE
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated anniversary, great experience. Would make it a ritual for our anniversary celebration, service was exceptional , food outstanding and ambiance was perfect.

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Michelle
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing environment, food, cocktails. I came here for my 27th birthday and it was great not to be rushed from our table. Would recommend this to everyone!

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LaurieP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. The service is always incredible in the food is beautiful and delicious. The greenhouse room is by far my favorite though we have had private parties in the smaller room. I highly recommend this place, especially at sunset.

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vipsanysidro
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal. Quiet table outside. Excellent service. Beautiful location. Highly recommend this restaurant.

LJ
LJB17
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delightful and delicious as well as moderately priced.

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anansi
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful first foray after pandemic separation! The food was as delicious as ever, our waiter was just attentive enough, and as always, the location and ambience of the restaurant, both inside and out, was welcoming, cozy and lovely. Very happy luncheon!

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TracyF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, beautiful day to sit in the sunroom, terrific service, delightful to be in the gentle atmosphere of Stella Mare, Thank You

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AngelaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were very good. We had service right away and the waiter were attentive but not intrusive.

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 1128 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.