Stella Mare's

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$31 to $50
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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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MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carol, as always, was warm, professional and tended to our needs. The short ribs and salmon with Bordelaise sauce was excellent. Stella Mare's is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.

l
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It just keeps getting better. You can go high style French, low country French, or a burger and fries. The service staff can't be more welcoming.

BF
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Awful. Awful. Every dish appeared to come out of a walk in fridge not prepared fresh. Pate was tasteless served with stale toasts. Onion soup was weak with no flavor. Duck ala orange appeared to be cooked days before just like the cassoulet. Wine list thin and not very good. It’s a beautiful venue without any care from the kitchen.

a
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great lunch

MG
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The presentation was outstanding. I would like for the portion sizes to be a little bigger, but it tasted amazing. They were also very accommodating to my gluten free allergies. The service was great, and I love the ambiance.

h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This place is very pretty. The appetizers taste very good, but the main dishes taste either too plain or too salty.

OT
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Mussels small and overcooked. Waiter was non attentive. I realize a local fav but will not be back.

TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good food, ambiance and service. We always enjoy ourselves there.

MV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place with impeccable service. Short ribs are amazing!

d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it! 1 of my favorites.
However, I don't want to bother with 50 characters.

j
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First rate New a years eve dining.

ET
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening and meal for new year’s eve

l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been here several times. Food is consistently good. Great service.

y
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were wonderful! The food is ALWAYS delightful...But this evening we were is a hurry, and late because f the horrible traffic we encountered due to a highway closure. They ensured our orders arrived in time for us to enjoy everything, and got us out in time! They were, and are always, so pleasant to work with!

HH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great French ambiance in an 1872 Victorian. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was good. Classic French butter and pork fat could be moderated but the restaurant was true to the classic style. The menu even had escargot.

g
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I asked for a quiet table for 6, because 2 in our party are hard of hearing. They could not have put us in a worse place in their restaurant. We were separated by a temporary wood folding partition no more than 15 feet from a party of 12. Needless to say, they were celebrating and we had to struggle to hear during
our entire meal. This was SO DISRESPECTFUL of our party and those surrounding us. They need to rethink their seating arrangements. Food was good but the atmosphere was ruined. I doubt I'll be back
because they are thoughtless about their clientele. Management--are you listening???

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our amazing waitress took great care of us and was so warm and kind to our 1.5 yr old son. The food was fantastic as usual and the ambiance was lovely. Stella Mare always feels extra special during the holiday season. Highly recommend.

DH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and the grilled salmon was out of this world.

D
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very festive for the holidays. Great seasonal cocktails. Our meal was lovely in front of the fire.
Same time next year.

PG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thankful forthe pillows as the chairs are really uncomfortable. Loved the Christmas decorations. Our waiter was quite good.

BH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food not as good as previous visits and over priced

MC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a mostly vegan/vegetarian I am always thrilled when there vegetarian options! And delicious on top of it.. the atmosphere was lovely and the service was great. Love the craft cocktails too!! Great night and beautifully decorated for Christmas.

JG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a classic place to eat while in Santa Barbara. I come here often and always will.

BB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and it was excellent. The food was terrific but a tad salty in all three dishes. Service was the best. Will be back and will suggest to others.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Adorable restaurant, so charming and romantic. My husband ordered the cassoulet which was very good, however, my New York strip was tough. S

BW
Central Coast
90 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Stella Mare's. So very happy that they have brought back the Los Patos Burger. It was as amazing as ever. And Meaghan, our server, was fantastic!

EV
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My son and I enjoyed Stella Mare's. Great food. Great margarita in a mason jar. The sun room with the fireplace was quite warm for lunch, however, so we asked to be moved to the inside area where it was cooler.

JR
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A favorite location! Food is always exceptional and location beautiful and welcoming. Had the pleasure of seeing a wedding celebrated, which was exceptionally nice as we were celebrating our anniversary. Service was a tad slower than usual and the dessert "Paris Brest" was not as light as I had hoped. Still a wonderful evening and will definitely visit again.

KW
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and service were fabulous, as usual. It was a cold and windy day when we were there, just after Thanksgiving. So we had a table near the fire and it was wonderful. The only problem was that there was a group bringing things in and out the door for about half an hour and every time they opened the door, it was FRRRRRezing! We asked the wait staff to ask them to use another door, but they didn't.

I had the duck burger and it was good, but just shy of fantastic. My friend had the coq a vin and it was definitely fabulous!!

L
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service and delicious food. Will definitely go back. I dined with my mother and we both got the French onion soup and split a salad - perfect for lunch.

i
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Mares never disappoints! We were a party of 7 on Thanksgiving and everyone was very happy with the food, ambiance, and service. Our table in the atrium was perfectly situated for good conversation between all. Our waitress, Carol, was most pleasant, patient and attentive to our requests. Looking forward to our next visit!

MS
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Thanksgiving We were extremely please with. Everything.

D
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, food was delicious, made my reservation very early &requested greenhouse room near fireplace & my request was not honored, I don’t think that was OK - other than that, everything outside of the screaming baby was fine

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very festive place for Thanksgiving. All the traditional and other choices. Loved the ambience and the service!

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent our Thanksgiving 2019 with the wonderful staff at Stella Mare’s. It was perfect. From the first course to the coffee and of course the unlimited bubbles. Our waiter was so personable and handsome. Looking forward to visiting them again.

KJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place - especially the garden room. cuisine always great; service amiable. a real treat.

PG
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with scenic location and tons of charm.

AB
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful lunch in a very lovely French bistro! Highly recommend.

y
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a romantic and elegant place! This is really a gem!!!

M
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding, love everything about the place.