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Le Stella Cafe

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3302 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3204
+1 805-569-7698
09:00 - 21:00
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Santa Barbara, CA
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152 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This offshoot of the grander Stella Maris (French) restaurant near Montecito, has a diverse menu that makes it perfect for large groups, business meals, family dinners/lunches etc., while it's fine for couples too. You can get salads, burgers (everything from beef to lamb to fish!), seafood (try the mussels or fish & chips), pastas and the usual steak, pork chops,... More 

Thank Jagggs
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I really like this place. Besides the dependable favorites on the menu, they have many unique dishes. I had the salmon burger, which I found to be very tasty. The soup of the day was cauliflower, which had a nice, balanced creaminess. The decor is tasteful, the atmosphere quiet, and the service was quick and friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank Airfrere
Andover, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

With a name like Le Stella Cafe you'd think I'd order the Coq au Vin, and if I would have wanted a big cooked dinner I would have, but wanting lighter fare one in our party and I ordered the lighter salmon salad, and both thought it was delicious. The member in our party with a heartier appetite ordered the... More 

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I love the venue, and tapas around the fire place at Christmas time. However, I was stiffed $10 box for a glass of wine charged twice when I took my family for a Easter brunch one year. I never recovered the money the manager said he left in cash at the reception desk, and I did not like that.

Thank thefrenchpro
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Pretty much my favorite restaurant. I make sure to come here whenever I am in Santa Barbara. It's off the crowded State Street stretch and has outside and inside seating with a great view. There food is awesome. The Stella Burger is the best, but they also have fantastic french fries. I also love their eggs Benedict. I have had... More 

Thank meredithg72
Holbrook, Arizona
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Great menu, great service, dog friendly patio, can happily accommodate any size party! Everything on the menu is quite delicious and generous portions! One of my favorite places to eat in SB

Thank Demetria F
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We are regulars at Cafe Stella- the menu has something for everyone, and the desserts YOWSA! Hint to parents with teens - get your teens a table, and let the parents sit in a booth. The staff really makes them feel special. Great place, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, can't fail. Lite eaters can have appetizer and garden salad (and... More 

Thank psharina
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Ordered a meal from Santa Barbara Menus and expected the same quality that I experienced in the restaurant. The roast pork dinner was a disappointment. The pork was very tough and the vegetables had been seasoned with garlic salt... On the other hand, the chocolate cake was amazing! Hopefully, it was a fluke!

Thank travelerfromsb
Arroyo Grande, California
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Excellent food our second visit and we live 1 1/2 hrs away husband had Duck spring rolls yum I had most wonderfull articohoke fried very light batter anoli sauce, Louie shrimp salad , very very good would make the trip just for the articohokes L&L

Thank Lovely077
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

I love the place, service and food!!!! If you are in Santa Barbara, this is a good place to stop by for a meal and is totally kids friendly.

Thank Bruna M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, French
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3302 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3204
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-569-7698

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?