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Stella Mare's

50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
+1 805-969-6705
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“cassoulet” (12 reviews)
“coq au vin” (6 reviews)
All hours
French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We used to love this place. What happened? -ignored when we entered, then a curt young man seated us with no greeting. HOW STRANGE. -bottle of white wine we ordered was warm. “By the time you finish your first glass, the rest should be chilled...More

1  Thank ssaless
Reviewed 4 days ago

Charming atmosphere & unique location/architecture is matched with fine food & friendly service. An impressive combination to impress a date or visiting relatives.

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a shutdown due to fires and flooding Stella Mare reopens to its former status as a French Bistro.Elegant surroundings including a warming fireplace which match a typical bistro menu and wine list, as well as daily specials.Set in a Gothic revival building across from...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always an enjoyable experience sitting in the greenhouse room, if you don’t look up. Service is excellent. Daily specials available as well as a complete menu. The food was pretty good overall. Unfortunately if you look up it is obvious that the glass and the...More

Thank Bruno S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place to have a birthday gathering! The food is excellent and the staff is very accommodating. My mother’s 80th party was excellent! The excellent service started with appetizers and wine outside and the excellent service continued once we we went inside and sat...More

Thank dditzel
Reviewed 21 December 2017

The steaks we had were prepared just right and the quality of the meat was some of the best in town. Service was outstanding as always. Very festive for the holidays.

Thank talden1971
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Francisco "Franny Nolasco" not only made this reunion between mother and daughter a success for Westmont parent weekend - but the atmosphere too. He was kind and gracious with a professionalism that can not come from anywhere else except from experience and love of his...More

Thank George12014
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Wonderful service. Everyone greeted us upon our arrival as we were seated. Enjoyed trout and tuna. Highly recommended. Great atmosphere.

Thank Bernie R
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Stella Mare's seems like it would be a perfect place for a baby/wedding shower, of which there were several happening. We went for brunch. The service was attentive but not intrusive. I had the special House Smoked salmon Benedict on a homemade biscuit, on a...More

Thank NatAtHome
Reviewed 2 November 2017

So great to see a French bistro that is both warm & inviting on a mini estate. Parking in driveway is very convenient. We ate in the Green House but the main rooms are just as charming. The pineapple mimosa was so good and made...More

Thank m p
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Marian S
31 May 2016|
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Response from dditzel | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They can combine rooms and accommodate your party. They also have another room with beautiful windows all around but I believe to reserve that one was about $1,000! We did not have a buffet, but guests could pick from... More
24 March 2016|
Response from Jeffree I | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if they have any salt-free specific items on their menu but I'll bet they would accommodate such a request. I attended a wedding there; they made sure to have gluten free items available that I could eat. I... More
Joe A
8 April 2015|
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Response from sue t | Reviewed this property |
They do serve some seafood here...fresh from the sea. don't know about bringing your own wine..they have a very good selection. You might call and inquire...there would probably be a corking fee.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop at the corner of Cabrillo blvd and Los Patos way (our street).
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-969-6705
Stella Mare’s is a Santa Barbara local’s favorite for lunch, brunch and dinner. French country recipes are offered with fresh fish, meats and poultry cooked on our wood-burning grill. Stella Mare's is perhaps one of the best examples of Santa Barbara style. Located between Montecito and Santa Barbara, this charming restaurant is housed in a historic landmark Victorian home, overlooking the Bird Refuge. The decor is French Provincial meets Santa Barbara style. The glass Greenhouse, with stunning views of the Bird Refuge, has cozy sofas, a fireplace, and a full service bar. “I'm so fortunate all over the world to find places that are very good that I can recommend, but I do have a short list of absolute musts. If you come anywhere near Santa Barbara, this is a must - Stella Mare’s, first of all, is so casual and homey. It's beautiful to look at, very relaxed atmosphere, and secondly the food is fantastic!” - Rachael Ray, Rachael’s Vacation Show - Food Network A bientot!
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