- 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
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, carrots, potato batons
Sauce: Nasturtium sauce verte, Béarnaise, Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise sauce
Beautiful restaurant. Service was exceptional. Delicious food. We started with the deviled eggs appetizer. Unusual and beautiful presentation. Duck breast in orange sauce was very nice. The sole dish was quite bland but beautiful presentation. Finished with a birthday surprise dessert picked by the server. Extensive wine list.
A wonderful experience! Can't wait to return. Pate to die for!
Our 40th wedding anniversary. Lovely experience. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Chopped salad was amazingly good. The steak frites was good but not amazing. The waitress brought us a complimentary champagne toast which was very welcoming. Many thanks!
We celebrated a family member"s birthday here with out of town guests. The location was easy to find with a parking lot. The table that they originally placed us at had too much sun, but they accommodated us with a table of our choice. The food choices are a welcome surprise from the regular offerings of chains. I had the coq au vin and it was tender and moist. The ambiance of the restaurant is delightful. I felt like I was in a French garden.
Lovely setting with great food and service. An easy walk from the Mar Monte along the bird estuary.
Wonderful ambiance helpful server! Excellent food!
Friendly, efficient, outstanding service. Excellent food, beautifully presented.
Moved to Santa Barbara 6 months ago and finally made it to Stella Mare. It will be our new go-to place! Loved everything about it. We went for brunch. I had excellent Eggs Benedict and my husband had a delicious Coq au Vin. We also had 2 of their delicious cocktails. We sat outside on a beautiful day across from a duck pond. And though its near the highway, for some reason I didn't hear any traffic noise at all. The wait staff was great too. Attentive without being overbearing. An all round delightful brunch. Will be back for lunch and dinner.
Wonderful atmosphere and service. Not an expert on food, but I thoroughly enjoyed.
Great service, great food
Great place for everything including feeling like one has stepped partially over to France for the evening.
We always enjoy our lunch there. Beautiful place great service.
Otherwise excellently prepared dishes were ruined by far, far too much pepper. Specifically the artichoke and the fillet. The chicken Cordon Bleu, frog legs, and escargot were good.
This is a beautiful place. We ate outside having lunch. The food was excellent, good wine and perfect ambience.
We will be returning soon, next time for dinner.
Great atmosphere! Food taste and quality never disappoints. Very knowledgeable staff[Melissa] helped pick out a fine bottle of wine for a graduation celebration lunch. Overall service was excellent and will definitely be back more often!
Went as a graduation celebration and it was lovely. The food was phenomenal.
Beautiful, charming restaurant. Food and drinks were delicious! Very good service, highly recommend!
Outstanding presentation and quality of food. They have a great menu with an excellent selection of French cuisine. We had a table outside on the patio and it was a great place to host a business dinner. Thanks to a large party (six of us) we were able to sample several of the appetizers, and several different main dishes too. Everyone there really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. My only complaint was that our waiter didn't seem to know the menu very well and didn't come through on a couple of minor requests. I see this as completely understandable given our current situation with places starting to re-hire their staff and re open to capacity following lock downs for the pandemic. I look forward to dining here again some day when I find myself in the area.
Had a private room for birthday celebration. Great service and everyone enjoyed the food
We went to Stella Mare's for our weekly night out dinner. We hadn't been there in a while. My wife had the Duck ala Orange and I had the short ribs. Both presented beautifully, tasty, and more food than these two seniors could eat at a sitting. The menu is interesting and had some other items that we'd like to try in the future.
beautiful setting - felt like we were in southern France. Service was excellent. Menu was varied with lots of choices, but food was only "good" - not great.
Will not disappoint. You are transported to a quaint corner in France
Great food and location. Service always slow.
This was a celebration of life for a wonderful person. Our waitress was extremely attentive and helpful. It was a cold night so we were given a heater to warm up the room and doors that gave privacy as well as reducing any outside noise. The deviled eggs, grilled artichokes, and crusty bread was delicious as starters. Cog au vin lived up to its reputation. Wonderful experience. Thank you so much. PollyGriscom
My husband and I have had the pleasure of dining at Stella Mare’s several times in the past, and when my Aunt came into town this week I couldn’t think of a restaurant that I wished for her to experience more.
An amazing experience with a gracious staff and a spectacular meal.
i had chicken in wine which i found very bland....they did offer to substitute the dish but i did not want to bother. my husband enjoyed his steak. i was disappointed in my meal...
Beyond excellent! Niçoise salad was perfection and the service was outstanding.
Normally enjoy this place. But had to call an audible after our server said not feeling well and had Called in with a stomach bug, but came in cause they were too busy and others called out sick. Paid 40 to cancel order for appetizer and corkage for an amazing bottle that we tossed at that point.
Excellent food and service and a charming place. Definitely worth a return.
We always enjoy our dinner at Stella Mare. The menu is a bit slimmer right now, but there is always something to enjoy. The staff is well trained and attentive. I wish more restaurants made us feel the same way.
Charming Provencal environment, food beautifully prepared, although the serving size on the duck was a little light. The service was impeccable. All in all, a lovely experience. We will be back!
Beautiful outside dining over looking the bird refuge.
The staff was attentive and helpful.
Our server, food and suggested drinks were all perfect. We wagon again!
Stella Mares has always been a great restaurant, but this time it was just good. The service, and our waiter, were very good. The frog's legs appetizer was generous and the sauce very good, but the legs lacked flavor. My wife's sole was excellent, as were the accompaniments, but my short ribs were not as tender as they might have been and the vegetables were very mixed in quality. The mushrooms and onions were delicious, the carrots a little undercooked and crispy. The dessert, a lemon cake, was excellent and beautifully presented.
The wines that we had by the glass, the red (Rhone) and the white (Loire), were good, as were the cocktails.
One disappointment was the fact that, on the Open Table reservation under Special Occasion, I had stated that it was my wife's birthday. No mention of this was made during our dining, not even a "Happy Birthday" (not the singing, the wish) from the wait staff. Also, the automated payment system (via a QR code on the bill) added a 20% tip, which you could modify, but why didn't it suggest no tip as standard and than let you, the customer, add what you wanted. I felt pressured by this blatant manipulation.
Overall, a mixed bag of excellence and indifference. I hope that they get back into their pre-Covid capability soon.
I have always loved this restaurant, but was disappointed with the food this time.
The crust on the quiche was overly baked and hard as a rock. The side salad was just boring soft plain lettuce. The hot tea was not hot, and the bread was served cold. They did give us a small dessert for our birthday celebration which was lovely. I will go back again, and hopefully food will be better next time.
Amazing salads overlooking the burd refuge
Nice setting with large glass dome and windows allowing in ample sunlight. Staff very friendly and food was good.
Lovely ambience, service & food was a delight.
Great food, nice ambiance. Fix the sun visors over the glass on roof.
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 1192 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.