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Shoreline Cafe

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801 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2307
+1 805-568-0064
09:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 08:00 - 21:00
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Orange County, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a small restaurant right on the sand. Your tables and chairs are literally in the sand. They do have a covered patio area above the sand if you prefer. The food was good (french toast) and the price was great. You can't beat the view and the sound of the waves.

Thank OC_Janine
Lompoc, California
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238 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good location with beautiful views, good service and food. Very friendly and attendant staff. Clam chowder and seafood soup tasty. Bloody Mary was a good starter.

Thank Jbhes
Sydney, Australia
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496 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The shoreline cafe certainly has a magnificent view. I had dinner here tonight as the sun went down behind the mountains and the view was really special. I had a mojito, which was just okay, followed by tuna tacos which were really tasty. I also ordered some nachos as an appetiser which are expected to be small but in fact... More 

Thank aimoverseas
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a yummy place to eat with great scenery... We found this gem... Food was huge and very tasty drinks were yummy...Great lil gem right on the ocean...

Thank LPawling
Orange County, California
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a perfect lunch with our kids at Shoreline Cafe. My husband and I both had the fish tacos and my kids the fish and chips. Very relaxed environment and the food was tasty. It was a great spot to grab lunch while we were traveling through SB. Not to mention we raced to the sand right after lunch... More 

Thank Alyssa C
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292 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

For lunch we shared the Hawaiian plate special (~$16) and a Caesar salad ($9). The plate had four kinds of protein: shrimp, pork, beef strips and seared tuna. The spicy tuna was the best of the bunch; the beef had too much fat and gristle. The beachside location is wonderful; the young servers energetic and friendly.

Thank ccvvbb
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

What an excellent location at the beach this is. No real meat dishes, but the burgers they had and the seafood dishes were good. Happy hour was nice between 4 and 6pm. We will get back!

Thank Ivo L
Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I don't get it. Why is this place rated so highly? The food was average at best. The portions were small. And, it was way overpriced. They have a great view, and I guess that has a lot to do with it. But, a place with such a great view, one that draws people from far away, has a responsibility... More 

Thank davidluther77
Sacramento, California
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

All I remembered from the last time I had been to Shoreline, about 10 years ago, was the plastic patio chairs and an unimpressive sandwich... but loving digging my toes in the sand by the ocean. They still have the classic plastic chairs in the sand but also have a great patio that blocks the wind. Shrimp tacos were pretty... More 

Thank kristinalisan
Santa Barbara, California
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361 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

One of the few restaurants right on the sand. Friendly servers. Painful lines on weekends, but friendly easy place. The fish is fresh and the burgers and sandwiches are healthier than you might expect from a beach joint. This is a good standby when you want to see the ocean.

Thank expectquality1942

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Seafood, Mexican, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2307
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-568-0064

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