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Stearns Wharf

219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-962-6210
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Sun sea and smiling faces

On a sunny day just the spot for that afternoon ice cream or maybe a sundowner G+T. Some exercise... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DIANE H
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Bakewell, United Kingdom
Stearn review

After checking into our hotel the first thing we saw was Stearns wharf. It calls to you for a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Robert S
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Riverside, California
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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nice walk” (98 reviews)
“souvenir shops” (40 reviews)
“wooden pier” (19 reviews)
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219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
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+1 805-962-6210
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Reviewed 2 days ago

On a sunny day just the spot for that afternoon ice cream or maybe a sundowner G+T. Some exercise for the kids trotting along watching out for the pelicans. Right at the end of State St and out into the water just a nice wander...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After checking into our hotel the first thing we saw was Stearns wharf. It calls to you for a visit. It would seem silly not to venture over to it. We did just that. We decided to go wine tasting at Deep Sea and the...More

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed, expected artisan shops, something a bit different and appropriate to Santa Barbara, tacky, tourist stuff, ice cream and a few restaurants

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, but somehow is over hyped. A few restaurants, nothing special, but reasonable value. Some shops selling usual seaside tat. Overall, somewhat lacking.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very touristy place with souvenir shops that offer the usual range of T-shirts, jewellery, hats, etc. There are also some restaurants here (a bit pricey) that seem to specialize in sea food. You can drive out on the pier and park. If...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an afternoon hanging out on Stearns Wharf. Great views of Santa Barbara and the harbor from here. We watched some dolphins and sea lions playing in the surf too. We stopped and did a wine tasting and enjoyed shopping in the different beach...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were just in Santa Barbara for one day, but knew we wanted to see the wharf. It was such a beautiful day and just walking along enjoying the ocean breeze was great.

Thank bsktdee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a supreme tourist trap! It’s overcrowded and tacky. There are so many better restaurants and beach views elsewhere in town. Skip this.

Thank boccach13
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Monday at about 5 o'clock and were able to drive down and park at the end of the wharf. One and half hours free parking and then you play. Just sat and watched the boats come in, people fishing and the...More

Thank norman c
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have you ever driven on a pier? Would you like to? How fun it is to be able to drive onto a solid wooden plank over the ocean, park, then wander wondrously as you selectively shop, meander with marine mammals and maybe do a little...More

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irishlass75
28 September 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
No the shops and vendors are further on
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irishlass75
28 September 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
This is my very first visit so I couldn't say if this is the one but there was none or very few vendors at the beginning of the board walk leading up the pier
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Maureen B
27 August 2017|
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Response from Fallbrookian | Reviewed this property |
I have seen pets on the pier, but there's no place for them to do their business so you'll want to see to that first! I'm not positive the souvenir shops would allow them, but there are outdoor cafes where they could join... More
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