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Boathouse at Hendry's Beach

2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
+1 805-898-2628
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (51 reviews)
“chilaquiles” (13 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on vacation in Santa Barbara in July of 2017 and we loved the atmosphere and the food so much at The Boathouse we continued to come back. The food, the service everything was perfect. They are always busy so you might have to...More

Thank schultzsmiles
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting can’t be beat, sitting on the edge of the beach and a nice walk afterward is a nice treat. It’s well away from tourists so nice local feeling with a small bar that is probably nice in the afternoon and evening too. We...More

Thank YankLivingInWoking
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made a pitstop in Santa Barbara for lunch on our drive from down Hwy 1 to LA. Read the reviews and felt it'd be a safe landing spot for a scenic meal and decent eats. We were not disappointed. I mean we weren't blown away...More

Thank enjoyLIFE40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great cocktails! Must try Bloody Mary!! Add bacon in Bloody Mary!Excellent omelettes and breakfast burrito, chorizo is amazing! Always a go to for brunch. Beautiful view, all glass windows facing the ocean inside and outside patio as well.

Thank panamajoe2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A recommendation from our hotel and what a great recommendation. The location is easy to find as it is about 5 - 10 minutes drive from State Street in Santa Barbara and has a great view, just what you need to start the day. We...More

Thank GrahamS4949
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nice intimate beach setting for either cocktails, wine, casual dining or a date night with that special person. Great signature cocktails and large wine pours! at the small bar inside. There is also a lively out door bar. The food is...More

Thank drastler
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

We ate outside . They have plexy glass to stop wind from beach making it a pleasant way to view beach. We had good food and drinks. Great way to spend time enjoying the site.

1  Thank Donna L
Reviewed 3 December 2017

This beautifully located restaurant sits directly on the beach. You can choose inside or patio dining (I highly recommend the patio!) The food is plentiful, beautifully prepared and delishious. This is not McDs, and while it is acceptable for children, it better suits adults. Because...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We went very early on a Saturday morning in late October. It was so relaxing to sit outside (beneath a heater) and watch the families playing on the beach. The breakfast choices were varied enough for all preferences and the cappuccinos tasted extra good in...More

Thank Penny Y
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Hard to beat this combination... an excellent breakfast of eggs benedict, very good coffee, and open patio looking over the beach. Friendly service. This place has buzz!

Thank Nick Y
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Amanda H
23 July 2017|
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Response from jackmom1112 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what 3DGS said below - I'm sure if you go early and are willing to wait, they'll work to accommodate you - but do know that the layout and position of the restaurant will provide a a nice setting and good view... More
Cheryl T
29 April 2017|
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Response from Ronald H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I saw no dogs in or out. But I doubt it would be.
4 March 2017|
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Response from MissFlamingoGirl | Reviewed this property |
Yes, one level from parking lot to restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-898-2628
  • E-mail
We are not a dog friendly establishment, though located near a dog friendly beach.
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