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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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Santa Barbara, California
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have not been too often to the new restaurant at Hendry's but the location has it all. We had dinner on one clear evening with a calm sea and all of teh diners there were anticipating --- and it is true there is a green flash at the sunset on the sea, it was outstanding!

Thank Anabel-2013
Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boathouse is great experience. If early, can get Table w ocean view. Staff very helpful. Food excellent. I've tried the omelettes and husband has done Benedict's. Yum! Biskits so very good. Everything we've tried has been tasty. And then you can take your dogs off leash to Hendry Beach. Our elderly 15 yr old had gentle lovely time. We love... More 

Thank Chessy10
Syosset, New York
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230 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was very windy the day we visited, so we opted to sit indoors, but the view was still amazing. I had the most delicious shrimp tacos and my husband had the kobe burger. Both arrived promptly and were yummy, as well as nicely plated. Our server was not especially attentive, but fortunately we were not in a rush. After... More 

Thank Momma L
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing about Boathouse is the setting. It is steps away from a great beach where you can bring your dog. The worst thing about it is the parking. It can take you up to an hour to find a parking space on the weekend. The restaurant food is ordinary. Not particularly well flavored or prepared, but the setting... More 

Thank Linda C
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I cycled here from Santa Barbara for lunch. It was a really cycle ride, and we definitely felt like we had learnt a little bit of lunch for our efforts! There was a 15 minute wait for the table, so the extremely efficient waitress gave us a bleeper, which sounded when the table was ready, which meant... More 

Thank Caroline P
Saint Charles, Illinois
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to The Boathouse on several visits! Love the ocean view! Great burgers! Nice outside seating on warm days or cool nights (heaters available)

Thank japeterson7569
Sydney, Australia
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496 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had an incredible evening eating at Hendry's with friends. A pre-dinner drink on the terrace was lovely, followed by dinner with great service and delicious food. I had two starters (as opposed to a main) - the pork belly and scallops, and the crab cakes. Both were delicious. Considering the location, prices are reasonable. I'll definitely eat here again!

Thank aimoverseas
Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was the perfect morning for breakfast at the Boathouse. The tide was low and lots of people and their dogs were walking on the beach. We even saw a pod of dolphins swim by. Unfortunately that was the best part about our meal. We ate inside because we wanted to avoid the loud group at the bar outside. The... More 

Thank Eileen H
Diamond Bar
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is small but views are large. The wait can be long but it is worth it. On a Sunday at noon we were told a 1.5 hour wait but the wait was less than one hour. According to my wife, she received her best bloody Mary she ever had and my wife had a few. The food was... More 

Thank Richard W
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a lot to like here. First, it's right on the water with spectacular views. Second, the cocktails are creative. I had a blackberry mai tai and it was great. Third, the food is outstanding. Four of us got the seabass and it was divine. Super fresh, cooked to perfection. The only thing I would change is to serve... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$9 - US$25
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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?