Stella Mare's

4.6
1375 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 1375 people are saying
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doctor
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

STella is one of our favorites. I don't feel like entering fifty characters.
That is tooooooooooooooooooooooo much.!

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JachP
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I always enjoy Stella Mare's. The food is reliably very good and the service is excellent. Our waiter, Angel, was very attentive and did a great job with our table of 8. I've dined at Stella Mare's countless times and I will be back many more times.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, a very enjoyable experience, thank you!

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RetiredKonaLady1
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch venue for out of town guests, excellent service with special dietary restrictions of one of our guests. So many great options on the menu - something for everyone and it all tasted delicious!

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WilliamS
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant excellent service good value

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vipGBFBBC
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a wonderful time and wonderful meals. Our server, Francisco, was absolutely fantastic.

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vipJim2
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Eating in the "greenhouse" is a mixed blessing. Large all glass room best enjoyed during daylight hours. sound reverberates off the glass, so a bit noisy. Also in the winter it can be a bit chilly. Having said all that, it's a delightful experience. Do ask to be seated there.
Ate there a few nights ago and our whole group loved the food and service was good. Servers were very pleasent.

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
197 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving! Great service and food!

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Nose4fuud
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. They did an excellent job with prix fixe menu. Tried all three dishes and all three, including other courses were delicious.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a classy place! Speaking as a gourmet cook myself, the food was superb. Very efficiently run. The waiter was very informative about how long our order would take and he timed each course appropriately. We went for the thanksgiving dinner which offered 3 choices for each of the 3 courses. I couldn’t have been happier with the meal.

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Lynp
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal. I had the Turkey and all the trimmings. My friend had the salmon and it was delicious. 2nd year here and I plan on next year too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Family get together. My son lives in Pacific Beach and we live in San Francisco. Pre- thanksgiving holiday dinner.

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Robin
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed this elegant, sophisticated departure from the typical see and be seen crowd. The menu is divine and the service perfect.

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ChrisT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon almondine was delicious! Very generous portion with string beans n cauliflower.

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erikp
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled Salmon was AMAZING!
Great service! Super nice ambience.

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vipstewiel
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never disappointed. The lamb shank was perfect. Duck, as always, outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
568 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Stella Mare's two days ago. This was our second visit for dinner here and was just as enjoyable as our first one. I had salmon with Bearnaise sauce for my entree and it was delicious. My wife had the mussels and french fries and she was happy with her choice. The Crepe Suzette was wonderful for dessert. Excellent service and the ambiance was fine.

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RitaM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, but definitely will go back again and again and again!
Food was AMAZING, the ambiance was lovely, and the service was phenomenal!

Will be back soon

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
61 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waitress was a little “snippy” tonight. “No, there haven’t been changes in the menu” (there had been); “no, we don’t have sole this evening — it’s not on the menu” (it was on the internet version of the menu); “yes, you can have two checks but it will take more time” (do we need to be told that?

Last time we ordered New York steak — was grisly. And THIS time is was grisly, too. (The filet was great last time and great this time.)

Not much one can do about the noise level, but it was high.

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George
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved for a party of 4, arrived at the appointed time, was seated promptly in a room with several tables, but were the only ones there. The waitress was very good, service was excellent, and the food very good also.

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vipBruced
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Classic American/ French cuisine at a good value.

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons came up from San Diego; and believe it or not, I we were born here but there will be many more visits' to Stellas'

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Robinella
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us met for lunch on a lovely day and sat outside under one of the elegant tents near the bird refuge. Table cloths, appropriate and not-too-loud music, and excellent food made for an elegant, yet well-priced lunch. My salade Nicoise was perfect, full of fresh seared tuna, potatoes, green beans, fresh greens and capers with a light dressing. My friend's omelet was done to a turn, full of sautéed veggies and boursin cheese. They let us linger and chat for as long as we liked -- 2 hours, total! I'd return in a heartbeat for a delicious meal in a lovely setting.

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Marilynb
Yosemite
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent salmon for dinner with salads. our friend had a birthday and we had advised the restaurant when we made the reservation so a lovely small dessert was shared between 5 of us..one bite each. It was a lovely bd celebration and we will continue to celebrate at Stella Mare.

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CharlotteW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience, service is perfect. We'll be back.

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Lulu
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really good service. We will return the next time we are in Santa Barbara.

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VickyL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

You are under-staffed. I understand that you are trying to hire more help but you could offer a temporary COVID bonus for all current and newly hired staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

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JHunter
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just a most charming restaurant like eating at someone’s country home. And even though the fog was in, it was cozy and charming within, perfect for an adult dinner where you can actually hear each other across the table.

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TerryH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine country French restaurant! Dishes I only encountered in France, equal to the best I had in the country. The crepes Suzette were better than the ones I had in Paris. I ordered a French martini and was not disappointed, I also had the bourbon smash. Great bartenders.

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Jennsmom
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Mare is right off the 101 and so easy to find. The staff were friendly and happy to discuss the menu. Our salads could have be4n shared, our entrees and salads were delicious.

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JayE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were in the Greenhouse, good ambience.
Service was top rate.
Food was quite good. I had the broccoli soup & pork porterhouse with pepper cognac sauce. My wife had the salmone.
we had cocktails, l' ancien (outstanding) & a cosmo.

Certainly much better than the previous night at an un-named, but highly rated place.

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DavidA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Annual pilgrimage to Stella Mare with my mother. Reminds us of our 7 years living in France. Ambiance is pleasant, staff is exceptional, food and wine memorable. When crowded, noise level was high due to reflecting glass, but bearable. Food choices varied, with something for all tastes. Can’t beat their steak frites, cassoulet, and coq au vin. Will return again.

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vipMichelle
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daddy daughter date. Perfect steak. Nice pour of good scotch.

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ClareW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a group of nine people and we all got something different. It was all delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Def will be back.

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BrieARose
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! Wonderful location

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 1375 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.