Stella Mare's

4.6
1192 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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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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1192 people are saying
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vips2artr
Los Angeles
349 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Boberan
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! Can't wait to return. Pate to die for!

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vipMaryE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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LindaP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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TERRYS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting with great food and service. An easy walk from the Mar Monte along the bird estuary.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance helpful server! Excellent food!

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HarrietE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, efficient, outstanding service. Excellent food, beautifully presented.

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AnnaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AnthemRomantic
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and service. Not an expert on food, but I thoroughly enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for everything including feeling like one has stepped partially over to France for the evening.

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Romantic1
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our lunch there. Beautiful place great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

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ColinH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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RayshaunG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MarielleC
London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went as a graduation celebration and it was lovely. The food was phenomenal.

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vipdavid328
Chicago
212 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful, charming restaurant. Food and drinks were delicious! Very good service, highly recommend!

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MarkRice
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a private room for birthday celebration. Great service and everyone enjoyed the food

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terry9270
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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AnnieP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will not disappoint. You are transported to a quaint corner in France

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and location. Service always slow.

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PollyG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TamieC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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whatever
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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...

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MissWOR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond excellent! Niçoise salad was perfection and the service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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Ojai
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service and a charming place. Definitely worth a return.

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MenuMaven
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MaryCP
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipBeachgal
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside dining over looking the bird refuge.
The staff was attentive and helpful.

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Maurine
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, food and suggested drinks were all perfect. We wagon again!

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vipRockerbox
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Perfect Celebration!

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ConnieD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing salads overlooking the burd refuge

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ZZAP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice setting with large glass dome and windows allowing in ample sunlight. Staff very friendly and food was good.

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vipDeborah
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, service & food was a delight.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, nice ambiance. Fix the sun visors over the glass on roof.

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 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.