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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
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very French restaurant with a delightful cuisine. Not cheap but worth the blow out budget. Easy parking. If good weather (most of time given it is in Santa Barbara), sit outside. Servings are generous so do not over order. Wine is expensive but that is not news. Highly recommended and also romantic for that special day.

Thank Les M
Healdsburg, California
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great staff. Beautiful setting. Teriffic French food. Try the chicken salad for lunch--- it's fantastic. Will return everytime I visit Santa Barbara/Montecito.

Thank Healdsburke
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I am a lover of French food and was thrilled to bits when I found this dining gem online. Read excellent reviews on Yelp and told myself I will be there for my trip to Santa Barbara. A very nice quaint building. There was a wedding event held in a former green house. Very nice interior with its lovely decoration,... More 

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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221 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were invited to join our son's girlfriend and father for dinner while we were in Santa Barbara for dinner. They selected this restaurant as it has always been their favorite. The building itself appears to have been an older home that was remodeled into a beautiful restaurant similar to what you might find in Paris. There is beautiful artwork... More 

Thank ThirdStarToTheRight
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92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The ambience was terrific -- country French decor in an older house with a series of nicely proportioned dining rooms, across from a bird sanctuary. The food was classic French bistro, expertly prepared. The wine list was terrific and even had a couple of Santa Barbara county wines. But the entire experience was hopelessly marred by the family seated across... More 

Thank cassandra2009
Los Angeles, CA
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370 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I've eaten here both for dinner and lunch. Greenhouse room is best during a sunny day, especially as we move toward day's end, but also charming at night. Food ranges from steak to seafood, everything served elegantly. Prices are high, wine list extensive. Food was tasty without being fantastic, either for lunch or dinner. Certainly, a relatively expensive place to... More 

Thank GEDLosAngeles_CA
Santa Barbara, California
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

The service is very attentive. The food is French, served in a gourmet fashion. Delicious! A nice spot for a romantic lunch or dinner!

Thank romaniangirlamerican
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We went to Stella Mare's today after a great time at the zoo. Visiting Santa Barbara with our little four year old friend - they were almost at the end of "lunch" but were delightful in their service! The Los Paros Burger was delicious. It's a beautiful bistro with a menu we'd like to learn more about! We will definitely... More 

Thank Dana W
Thousand Oaks, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 

Thank Kara W
Sarasota, Florida
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
French, American, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
  • 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
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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