My friend from Jerusalem was here this weekend, and I took him to the Boathouse for Sunday brunch.
To me, the food here is just average, and pricier than it needs to be. But the view of the ocean and the Channel Islands offshore just can't be beat. As a local I can see the beach anytime, so I usually only come to the Boathouse when I am bringing out-of-town guests. They love it! My friend kept interrupting our conversation to rave over and over again about how he just couldn't believe he was sitting there eating breakfast looking out at the Pacific Ocean.
The restaurant is situated almost right on the sand, raised up just a few feet from where the beach starts. It's a real beachy scene here - lots of barefoot people in shorts, bringing their dogs to the beach. This is one of the best "dog beaches" in Santa Barbara, where dogs are free to run off leash, chase Frisbees into the waves, etc. There is always a happy vibe at this beach. This is also one of the best places in Santa Barbara to watch the sun setting into the ocean, which you don't see from downtown.
Last week I saw whales spouting just offshore at this beach, very close in. Mothers and their calves that were born in Mexico this past winter are heading north to Alaska now, and the mothers and calves stick close to shore. My friend asked if I could order up some whales to swim by on Sunday, but we just saw lots of seals, seagulls and California brown pelicans swooping along in a long line with their wings almost skimming the water. Really, what a beauty! Sometimes I see dolphins here. On Sunday the tide was out, and we looked into tidepools. We had a lovely walk down the beach after brunch and my friend couldn't have been happier.
Sometimes people dress up to come to this restaurant, but there are also lots of patrons in shorts and flip-flops. No dress code here. Just lots of happy people.
So the food was average, and it cost almost $40 for the two of us to get omelets and toast and coffee. But it was worth it.
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