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Boathouse at Hendry's Beach

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2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
+1 805-898-2628
07:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 21:00
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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96 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our one and only night in Santa Barbara we made a reservation at the Boathouse. We were immediately seated and had a great table with a view. I had the sea bass and it was very good, my husband had the filet (ordered medium rare plus) and lobster and the filet came out well done on half and medium on... More 

Thank PackGuru
Rancho Murieta, California, United States
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed the scenic view from this restaurant. It was fun to enjoy great food and watch the surfers catch the waves right before our very eyes. The restaurant is located close to the ocean and the waves sound almost musical. I recommend the clam chowder and scallops! There are plenty of patio heaters outside and protected glass providing a... More 

Thank Sandy W
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the Sea Urchin aka Uni, which is absolutely spot on. The staff and service were delightful, atmosphere perfect and views stunning.

Thank Maxine C
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46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views and delicious food. Spent a great evening enjoying cocktails and great fish dishes. Very generous portions and professional service, but the best thing is the setting right on the beach watching the sunset- a must visit if you are in the Santa Barbara area.

Thank Luckysquirrel4
Portland OR
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived early so no wait for breakfast, Yes! They have a nice outdoor seating area with lots of heaters. Coffee was plentiful & hit the spot. Both dishes we ordered were incredible. Mine was their signature breakfast: sautéed potatoes, peppers, onions over crab cakes, topped with poached eggs with a chipotle hollandaise sauce. Mmmmm, so good. The other dish... More 

Thank FrequentTraveller61
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach has one of the most amazing views you could ever ask for. It looks out onto Santa Barbara Bay and islands off the coast of mainland California. The food was very good. I had the NY Strip which came out well done even though I asked for medium, but it was still delicious. Besides that... More 

Thank Paris F
Kansas City, Missouri
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a relaxing morning on the beach we stopped here for lunch. The food was delicious and service was prompt and attentive. Amazing view too!

Thank wdblubie
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always enjoy stopping for lunch at the Boathouse with a great view and in the past wonderful food. The lunch we had was average aside from the clam chowder which was delicious. My husband ordered the fish tacos and I ordered the crab cakes. My crab cakes were dry and quite tasteless, also over cooked. The fish tacos were... More 

Thank sisterbythesea
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Boathouse is worth the extra drive out of Santa Barbara and is a nice little something different to the rest of south California coast. The fresh seafood salad that I had was great. Will be back again

Thank Jackson W
Tappahannock, Virginia
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707 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed half a dozen raw oysters and fish and chips, my partner had grilled salmon, spinach and fries. Lovely glass of Russian River Chardonnay! Excellent! It was a bit windy so we ate inside and enjoyed the panoramic sea view enhanced by the full mirror on the land side of the dining room which gives the illusion of ocean all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
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
We are not a dog friendly establishment, though located near a dog friendly beach.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?