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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
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Romantic (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Scenic View (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Waterfront (5)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Live Music (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great Evening. We returned the following day, for lunch, with Dr. Ellioitt Breslar and we were
part of his party of seven people. We live in Burbank but wouldn't think of visiting
Santa Barbara with visiting Stella Mare's. Can assure you that in Burbank there's not a restaurant that's a close second to your wonderful restaurant. We recommend Stella Mare to
anyone visiting Santa Barbara. Believe the first time we visited "SM" was in April 1996, when
we moved (after 40 years) of living in New York City.

Sincerely,


Joan & Darwin Bahm

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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·Dined 4 days ago

Gourmet dining experience at below market prices with excellent service, a beautiful quiet setting, very charming.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Stella Mares is the best lunch place around! So glad they’ve reopened. Food is fabulous and the wait staff are awesome!!! Especially Angel.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Menu options are a bit limited, especially brunch, and very similar to Cafe Stella's. Just about everything used cream and butter. The Mimosa drinks (orange or pineapple at $10) should use fresh real juice and not from a plastic or can container - it's such a small drink and this makes a difference! Waiter was intrusive (even out of place with personal questions, and speaking in Spanish thereafter just because we seemed to understand him). Another waiter pretending he knew Italian and French words but just speaking in Spanish with Italian and French accents. It was laughable, not sure if he did it to amuse, but it was a bit ridiculous. More staff training perhaps? Other staff were straight to business and paying more attention to what was actually needed. Glad to see the restaurant is open though and we went to support them and used the Axxess card. But we wouldn't go there to dine again.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Stella’s is always our favorite place to dine in Santa Barbara. We were celebrating our anniversary with good friends and I had the filet mignon special that was the best filet I have ever had! Roth, the chef, is a culinary genius! Service was excellent as usual.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

Stella Mare’s has that food that you constantly crave and dream of. Mussels and French fries, French onion soup, perfect oak grilled artichoke. And those are only the starters! Then on to the filet, the sole, cassoulet with duck confit... absolutely delicious heart warming cuisine combined with a comforting atmosphere and attentive yet unobtrusive service. An A+ experience
every time. ***tip-whatever is on the special menu is amazing and creative! A must order!

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding on all levels. One of the best meals and nicest restaurants I've been to in years.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We each had a filet and they were both nicely cooked. I got a cocktail, which I rarely do, and it was nice with the soup of the day, lentil. I then had a glass of wine that paired nicely with the filet. It was a great dinner, I was very satisfied.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous! Great food and beautiful restaurant highly recommend

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Have been a fan of Stella Mare for over a decade and it's reliable for providing pleasant ambiance, good food, and at lunchtime Angel is attentive, remembering the preferences we have, as well as special requests. Yesterday the trout was excellent, the green beans on the side were fresh and perfectly cooked, the sweet potatoes were pureed, the bread and butter provided before the meal and the coffee is exceptional. The clientele demographic is a little older and they know good food and value. There are two separate areas of the restaurant -see which one you prefer. Ask Angel what happened to his mustache?

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This is a hidden gem in the city of Santa Barbara. The food was delicious and the service was great! Great place to eat for a romantic getaway or family dinner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Stella Mare is one of the most frustrating restaurants I have been to and I am not sure why I keep going back.
The service, at best, is always spotty and the food is inconsistent.
My partner’s grilled yellowtail seemed to please him; my filet mignon was cold and dry upon arrival.
The wine choices by the glass are limited and somewhat overpriced, even by Santa Barbara standards.
Perhaps the reason we go back is that is easy to find a reservation at just about any time, if there is no “event” going on.
Whatever the reason, we left dissatisfied and disappointed.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently good food, lovely atmosphere and polished service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Four of us went out to celebrate a birthday. We had requested a quiet table, and our request was granted. Room was a bit noisy at first, but quieted down when boisterous group left. Petrale sole entree was delicious as was tomato bisque soup. Flourless chocolate desert was memorable too. All of us raved over the fois gras. Service was mostly quick and amiable, although server initially forgot our order for sparkling water and bread arrived late. Have dined here many times over the years, and have always had a positive experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Found this place from a travel blog and it was my first stop in Santa Barbara, I loved how cute place was and I had the Los Patos burger which was very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We really enjoyed it, great spot! Food was awesome, service great. Only nit was although it was pretty empty when we arrived (early 6 PM reservation), hostess kind of jammed us in the corner next to a other occupied tables. Could have spaced us out a bit. But other than that everything was really great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 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 23, 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 17, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 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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 (Central Coast)·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 3, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 25, 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 20, 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 20, 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 14, 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 8, 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 7, 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 6, 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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