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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 good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“cassoulet” (11 reviews)
“coq au vin” (6 reviews)
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All hours
French, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2822
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The steaks we had were prepared just right and the quality of the meat was some of the best in town. Service was outstanding as always. Very festive for the holidays.

Thank talden1971
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Francisco "Franny Nolasco" not only made this reunion between mother and daughter a success for Westmont parent weekend - but the atmosphere too. He was kind and gracious with a professionalism that can not come from anywhere else except from experience and love of his...More

Thank George12014
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Wonderful service. Everyone greeted us upon our arrival as we were seated. Enjoyed trout and tuna. Highly recommended. Great atmosphere.

Thank Bernie R
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Stella Mare's seems like it would be a perfect place for a baby/wedding shower, of which there were several happening. We went for brunch. The service was attentive but not intrusive. I had the special House Smoked salmon Benedict on a homemade biscuit, on a...More

Thank NatAtHome
Reviewed 1 November 2017

So great to see a French bistro that is both warm & inviting on a mini estate. Parking in driveway is very convenient. We ate in the Green House but the main rooms are just as charming. The pineapple mimosa was so good and made...More

Thank m p
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Stella Mare's is in one of the most scenic spots in Santa Barbara, sitting on a small street overlooking a bird reserve and a park. It is so unfortunate that the food is so average. I have no complaint about the staff and the waiters--they...More

Thank Penn69
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Our 2nd time dining here. I made Open Table reservations for 7:30 on a Saturday, when we arrived we were greeted and seated in the beautiful atrium. Our server Carol was excellent. My friend and I started with Cocktails. For appetizers, we ordered the Spinach...More

Thank akdeepdiver
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We had a private room, menu selection was appropriate and modestly priced. Service was excellent, very attentive & cheerful staff.

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Limited menu, but very good food, and relaxing atmosphere. Service can be "iffy" depending on day and hour.

Thank SeamomInSB
Reviewed 15 September 2017

A charming restaurant just outside of downtown Santa Barbara. We just celebrated another Anniversary. Beginning with fresh warm french bread and then an endive and apple salad with nuts and gorgonzola cheese. I had their appetizer Duck leg with a generous side of mashed potatoes....More

Thank Rosel T
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Questions & Answers
Marian S
31 May 2016|
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Response from Starlet S | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, and you won't be disappointed with their menu.
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
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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