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Stella Mare's

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50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822 (Cabrillo)
+1 805-969-6705
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is phenomenal, and the food delicious! We had our wedding ceremony and reception here and I wouldn't change it for the world. Before booking this location my husband and I went for Saturday brunch and we were so impressed with the atmosphere (we were dining in the green house) and the service staff was... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a duck burger with blackberry gastrique- yummy, cassoulet-excellent- check to see if they still have some when you arrive as they can sell out it is so good, coq au vin, short ribs- could have used more sauce, and steak au poivre with a yummy blue cheese butter sauce. We had the mussels, house salad, French onion soup,... More 

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Thank Mary D
Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want relaxed eating and wonder affordable gourmet level foods, this is a great place that feels intimate, quiet, and comfortable for a nice lunch, great service, and ambiance in warm yellows reminding one of France and rituals there. Easy parking and a short trek to the Beach and other sites. Good old fashion Hamburger done delux for lunch... More 

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Fontana, California
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for lunch and the service was prompt. We sat in the greenhouse room which was sunny and comfortable. The restaurant is across from a bird refuge. We had the white truffle sea salt fries with our Atlantic salmon burgers and the combination was delicious. The smell of truffles on fries just elevates eating the common fries. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Stella Mare's for dinner. It's quirky and we thought ok let's give it a go. Our waiter was very good, helpful and attentive. His manager was a different story and seemed to want to involve himself for no reason. Anyway we got some drinks, ordered some wine, had a look at the menu and waited... More 

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Thank Bowth
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very warm and inviting with French bistro cuisine. Lovely place for lunch. Good service and good ambiance.

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Thank Debbie R
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Stella Mare's for brunch. We were seated in the greenhouse portion of the restaurant - beautiful, light and airy. We were given a basket of hot, fresh muffins and bread, which were all delicious. I had the Crepe Forrestiere (crepe with ham, mushrooms, cheese and Mornay sauce) which was wonderful. My husband had the Oskar Benedict (eggs Benedict... More 

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Thank Lisa D
california
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We came to Stella Mare's having read it was good, but not that good! Enjoyed local produce done with French flare. That and a bottle of excellent French Chardonnay. It's one of the cutest, French country decor style I've seen in awhile. We ate out in the sunroom / potager. After a very leisurely 2 hour lunch, it was time... More 

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Thank fzachary
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

French ambiance and awesome staff combined with excellent things to eat and friends is a recipe for an awesome Sunday. Stella Mare's in SB over looking the lagoon is a romantic French restaurant. Great for Sunday Brunch and romantic evenings. This Sunday we arrived after 2:30 and ordered from the menu. Stella Burger for 2 of us, 1 Los Patos... More 

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Thank Rocky J
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198 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Thank goodness there is a least one traditional French Restaurant left and Stella Mare's is IT!. So tired of French restaurants changing into Nouvelle French Cuisine. What happened to the Julia Child's classic French. We had made reservations through Open Table on a Sunday at 7:30, our last dinner in Santa Barbara before heading back home. We were greeted and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, 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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
    (Cabrillo)
  • 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
Description
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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