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Stella Mare's

50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
+1 805-969-6705
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (29 reviews)
“cassoulet” (12 reviews)
“coq au vin” (6 reviews)
French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had our anniversary dinner here. The food was tasty -- we had the coq au vin and the filet mignon. The filet was medium-done and a fairly large cut (more than I could eat), with pink in the center, but just on the edge...More

Thank Alma M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a hidden gem in middle of Santa Barbara. If you want authentic French cuisine, visit Stella Mare. Location could be great for a romantic lunch or dinner.

Thank amaloyan
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I love Stella Mare's! Excellent staff & food. The building is beautiful. The chef went out of his way to create a special entree for us.

Thank plmartin1987
Reviewed 12 May 2018

The quality of the food is very good. However, it can be very uncomfortable in the glass enclosed room on a sunny day.

Thank ConcernedCalifornia
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had just completed a visit to Lotusland and the noon hour was upon us so we were looking for lunch. What we got at Stella Mare’s was not only an outstanding meal, but also a quick trip to sunny France. As...More

Thank 77Zeke
Reviewed 3 March 2018

My daughter and I happened upon Stella Mare's when in the Santa Barbara area. We wanted to give business to Montecito after their devastating mudslides and fire. We were surprised to find this gem of a restaurant. It was truly lovely. The atmosphere was gorgeous....More

Thank carolmF5378GB
Reviewed 17 February 2018

We used to love this place. What happened? -ignored when we entered, then a curt young man seated us with no greeting. HOW STRANGE. -bottle of white wine we ordered was warm. “By the time you finish your first glass, the rest should be chilled...More

1  Thank ssaless
Reviewed 15 February 2018

Charming atmosphere & unique location/architecture is matched with fine food & friendly service. An impressive combination to impress a date or visiting relatives.

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

After a shutdown due to fires and flooding Stella Mare reopens to its former status as a French Bistro.Elegant surroundings including a warming fireplace which match a typical bistro menu and wine list, as well as daily specials.Set in a Gothic revival building across from...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Always an enjoyable experience sitting in the greenhouse room, if you don’t look up. Service is excellent. Daily specials available as well as a complete menu. The food was pretty good overall. Unfortunately if you look up it is obvious that the glass and the...More

Thank Bruno S
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Marian S
31 May 2016|
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Response from dditzel | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They can combine rooms and accommodate your party. They also have another room with beautiful windows all around but I believe to reserve that one was about $1,000! We did not have a buffet, but guests could pick from... More
24 March 2016|
Response from Jeffree I | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if they have any salt-free specific items on their menu but I'll bet they would accommodate such a request. I attended a wedding there; they made sure to have gluten free items available that I could eat. I... More
Joe A
8 April 2015|
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Response from sue t | Reviewed this property |
They do serve some seafood here...fresh from the sea. don't know about bringing your own wine..they have a very good selection. You might call and inquire...there would probably be a corking fee.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
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, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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