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About Stella Mare's

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!

50 Los Patos Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cabrillo

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 969-6705

Website:
http://www.stellamares.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz on Wednesday nights, in the greenhouse by the fire.

Catering:
Stella Mare’s Restaurant is host to rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, and holiday celebrations, as well as corporate luncheons and dinners. We accommodate private parties of 10 to 50 guests at the Restaurant and from 40 to 300 guests at our Events by Stella Mare’s private restaurant, as well as off-site catering.

Parking Details:
Our private parking lot is adjacent to the Greenhouse side of the restaurant and wraps around the building next door. We also have parking directly in front, as well as street parking in front and across the street from the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).

Executive Chef:
Roth Ironside

Private Party Facilities:
The Private Dining Room An intimate room filled with unique artwork and antiques with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge. Minimum for reservation: 8 Maximum capacity: 14 The Ocean Room and Terrace A beautiful, private room opening onto an outdoor terrace, perfect for socializing with friends during a cocktail hour. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 20 Maximum capacity: 30 The Greenhouse This spectacular glass enclosed room creates the perfect romantic ambiance for any event with its custom built bar, fireplace, cozy couches, and views of the bird refuge. Minimum for exclusive reservation: 30 Maximum capacity: 50

Private Party Contact:
Bonnie Wasson: (805) 969-3415

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Stella Mare's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (26)
Cozy (22)
Special Occasion (22)
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Good for a Date (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Scenic View (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Authentic (10)
Casual (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Waterfront (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Live Music (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife Julie and I love Stella Mare's! We go there each and every time that I sell a home. We each get a Burger (she gets the Stella Burger and I get the Los Patos (the Duck) Burger.) with fries. They are always great and we enjoy them with a great bottle of red wine. The food is always great, the ambiance very nice, and Carol (our go-to server) is fantastic. We had another dining experience last week! We look forward to going again soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our lunch was wonderful as always. You can't beat the ambiance and the view of the bird refuge plus the great food and service adds up to a relaxing and enjoyable lunch experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have always loved this restaurant and we were not disappointed on our recent visit for my birthday.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The wait staff are attentive and professional. A great place to take out-of-town guests!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been to Stella Mare numerous times, but this particular night things just seemed to be "off." Service from the bar to the table was poor, slow and inattentive. And the food that is most times delicious, was disappointing.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I went to Stella Mare thinking it was Italian food based on the name, but it turns out it is French. The decor is French country, which is not my taste. The chairs were uncomfortable with no lumbar support. The steaks were all cooked perfectly and the sauces were good, but not outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Meal at Stella Mare's. It is beautiful with all the lights driving up in the early evening. The setting is comfortable, but the staff is quite professional and top notch. Our Thanksgiving meal was delicious, even though it was a familiar set of ingredients for the day. The kitchen must have been cranking out identical plates for hours. Desert was a perfect size, and I got a good cappacino.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy, Seasonal, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was the best Thanksgiving experience ever. Thank you!

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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Stella Mare. The traditional turkey meal was excellent. It is our favorite place to eat out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I were traveling at the Thanksgiving weekend and were looking for a nice place to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal and Stella Mares was perfect. Great selection of food, great service and excellent atmosphere. We ate outside and it was a great day and relaxing. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Been there many times and it always comes through with excellent service and very good food choices. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food and the wine choices.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We drove down from San Francisco and wanted a special place for dinner with a group of friends. Stella Mare's was it. Great drinks, great food, great wine and we loved our waiter. Didn't want to leave.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Organic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went for lunch. Absolutely charming place. Food only so so, but we'd still go back and try again with different dishes. French onion soup was fair, mushroom soup wax divine. Seared tuna salad wasn't all that tasty, nor a salmon pasta. Lunch steak and burger were good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and great ambience! We love this place!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our experiences at Stella Mare has always been enhanced by our server, Angel!

Angel is very attentive, knowledgeable about the wines and menu, and so charming.

George and Kristine Xifo

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I lived in France and Belgium. This is exceptional! One step above a brasserie (which is French for "good restaurant with a full bar and uncomfortable chairs") yet a step below a 5-Star, over-priced gastronomy menu but the food is perfect. Everything was impeccably prepared, service was textbook-attentive, yet not pushy. No snobbery here, just a fantastic night out and we will return. My only disappointment was the very limited French wine selection. Apparently locals are die-hard Cali wine fans. However a $20 corkage guarantees I bring my own Margaux or Montepulciano next time and share with the staff.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

My husband and I are French. We liked the food very much. The Crème brulée was really good and the taste was similar that we know. The wine was good too. And the jazz concert was nice.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice menu tending toward the French. They have frog's legs on the menu, very good.
The waiter seemed to have a hearing loss with many missed things. Did not know what an afogato was and didn't get it after detailed explanation.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our dinner for 3 had 3 outstanding entrees and 3 excellent first courses. The waitpersons were industrious and tried hard, but something slowed the service to a near halt. We were told that the lamb took 25 minutes; but that surely shouldn't mean 25 minutes from the time we FINISHED our appetizers. Next time we will emphasize the fact that we are headed to a concert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I chose this restaurant based on a particular item on their online Sunday brunch menu. After we were seated I asked the waiter and he informs us that they haven't had this dish for 3 years! I told him they need to update their website and he says a lot of other folks have had similar complaints but the owner will not update it. Very disappointing. I feel this is false advertising.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service, good food and awesome desserts. Try the lemon cake! It was so beautifully presented that I took a photo but unfortunately can't post it due to pixel difficulties.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Ordered medium steak which was served rare and had to be returned to kitchen. Artichoke starter had heart missing.
Kitchen may have been under pressure due to large wedding party.
Apparently, this restaurant frequently caters to large functions

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

How does this restaurant have good reviews? First of all the ambience is straight out of 1996 when they opened. If you like yellow walls and grandma curtains then this is the place for you. The food is terrible. The fish in the sole meuniere was not fresh and did not taste like sole. The butter and lemon that makes it meuniere was missing. And any good restaurant filets the fish at the table, they did not, probably to hide the fact that it isn't really sole. Both Tre Lune (it's usually a special) and Lucky's offer excellent sole meuniere. The rest of the meal was equally bad. The grilled vegetable salad contained no grilled vegetables. The cauliflower au gratin was basically cauliflower sitting in warm milk with some cheese sprinkled on top. However, the waiter was excellent.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have eaten at Stella Mare many times. It is a local favorite of ours. This particular evening the service was very slow. Mostly our server I think, and management did step in and comp a glass of wine after I waited for nearly 15 minutes to get the order filled. So we will still be having dinner at Stella Mare's...it is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Food is excellent and atmosphere lovely.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food. I enjoy the French Blossom coctail very much. I enjoy a quiet place to dine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent food served attentively and warmly in romantic greenhouse room with fireplace and a view of the bird refuge. Could not have been nicer.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love this place. We were a party of six, all locals, all regulars. The service is top notch, professional and the food always consistent. We ride our bikes there from downtown Santa Barbara! xoxox

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food, lovely setting. It was very busy this day but our food came in a timely way.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great service and great food. What more do you need from a restaurant? Quiet location, easy parking, nice ambiance. Despite the name, they serve good French food. Wine list nice... not too extensive. Noise level is a bit high, as tables are packed close. But acceptable. We'll be back!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Scenic View, Romantic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our 2nd time dining here. I made Open Table reservations for 7:30 on a Saturday, when we arrived we were greeted and seated in the beautiful atrium. Our server Carol was excellent.

My friend and I started with Cocktails. For appetizers, we ordered the Spinach and Frisee Salad (Warm spinach and frisée salad, soft poached egg, pancetta vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes, toasted pecans, crispy prosciutto, shaved ricotta cheese, truffle oil) and Escargot Persillade served it their traditional shells. Entrees ordered was the Rack of Lamb with Cherry Gastrique and Mussels in white wine (braised leeks, shallots, cream sauce, French fries, mayonnaise) The Food was EXCELLENT!

Atmosphere beautiful especially sitting in the Atrium. Food is Excellent. Service is Excellent (thank you Carol) Can't wait for our next visit again to Santa Barbara.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Stella Mare's is tucked away on a side street just off the highway, though you wouldn't know it once you step inside. We heard no highway noise. There are two distinct areas in the restaurant: a green house design over a large dining room, and a series of smaller interior rooms with windows. We ate in the latter, but I would love to return to visit the other.

It took some time to be initially served, but it was a Friday night, and a large reception was taking place in the green house area. Our waiter was very attentive once we began interacting. He was very knowledgeable of the wines, and properly described them.

The food was exceptional, start to finish. We began with a cheese plate to have with cocktails. The waiter did not tell us anything specific about the cheeses presented, which makes it impossible to seek them out at Gelson's, but we didn't specifically ask. Appetizers were the scallops for me and the frogs legs for my date. Both were excellent, but the sauce with the frogs legs was divine. If we had the room to ourselves, we would have eaten the remaining sauce with a spoon.

Main courses included a nice selection of French dishes, and I chose the lamb shank which was cooked to perfection, the fat was nicely trimmed to the bare essentials, and the carrots and white beans with it were the perfect accompaniment.

Dessert was excellent - lemon tart/curd for my date, and the seasonal clafoutis (which was pear) for me. I have never tasted a more perfect clafoutis. Still warm and the batter in which it was baked had the flavor of crepe and a soft, but not thick, texture.

We will most certainly return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Dining in the greenhouse, with its French inspired menu, is our "go to" local getaway.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

This is five star dining, with four star prices! The food, bar drinks and service are absolutely outstanding. We didn't want to leave.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We love Stella Mare's, the food is fabulous, service is on point and the ambiance is unbeatable. This is our favorite spot in either Santa Barbara or Monetecito. The atrium dining area is incredible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Love this place, the service is amazing. We love to ride our bikes and then just do some quality people watching. xoxox

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, People Watching, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service is too fast! Slow down and pay attention to pacing!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our second visit to Stella Mares. We love the food and the restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Wonderful birthday dinner with the family on the night of the storm in Santa Barbara when many other restaurants had shut their doors. The service was exemplary & the food divine. We started with escargot and shared multiple other entrées that were impeccably cooked and served with a flair.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Located in what looks to be an old mansion, so lots of character. We wanted to be seated in the Green House, but it was really hot and humid that evening and there didn't appear to be any A/C there. Even the regular dining was a bit warm with the A/C struggling to keep up (they had several doors/windows open), but not fine for the meal. Luckily, they weren't fully-booked up so we had several seating options to select from. Service and food was quite good. Would definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Cozy, quaint, pretty colors. Food is very good, enjoyed the escargot, frog legs, loved the duck confit, fish.
Was really disappointed with the ladies room. I expected a pretty room with potpourri, flowers, something i usually see in french bistros. 😞

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