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Chuck's Waterfront Grill

113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 805-564-1200
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (34 reviews)
“clam chowder” (24 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has a great room. The service was reasonably good, not great. The food was adequate at best. Perhaps a bit more care in the kitchen will yield a better product and, for the price, your customers deserve it.

Thank JRR R
steve h, Manager at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the honest and constructive feedback. We'll take your thoughts to heart and find ways to improve. We hope you'll consider us again.

Reviewed 15 November 2017

Good food and service in a great location! The weather was mild for our visit and we loved sitting outside. Our server, Katie, was outstanding. Had dinner with a local who loves it as well as their other location. Apps, salads and bread were all...More

Thank Deborah E
steve h, Manager at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Great title to your review, Deborah! Thank you for bringing a smile to our faces by taking the time to leave us your thoughts on your experience. Katie's been with us for ten years and really loves to make sure our guests enjoy their time...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017

We reserved a table on the terrace on a quiet night for the restaurant , it was also a cool but clear evening but the heaters and table fires were more than adequate , we received a warm welcome from the hostess and even a...More

Thank KPedds
steve h, Manager at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Thank you for giving us such an in depth review of your experience. We appreciate your thoughts on our efforts to support our local fishing crews with their hard earned catches by bringing local fish dishes to our guests. We've put an emphasis on making...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

This was a family reunion and our first time to Santa Barbara. We had a large group of 9 people and wanted to dine alfresco in beautiful Santa Barbara. Chuck's Waterfront Grill took reservations and was able to accommodate our large group. As the the...More

Thank lynnsea
steve h, Owner at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Family and community are very important to us here at Chuck's. We're so happy to hear that we could be a part of your family reunion by the water. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your experience.

Reviewed 26 October 2017

We called on our first evening in Santa Barbara and although we had no booking and the restaurant was very busy the staff helped us find a nice table and provided good service. Nice menu and drinks selection. Its a busy bustling place very popular

Thank tonyboylan
steve h, Owner at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for taking time to review us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our experience and look forward to your next trip to Santa Barbara!

Reviewed 23 October 2017

Lovely setting by the marina, we sat outside and watched the sun go down. The seafood pasta was delicious.

Thank 09robbins
steve h, Manager at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review on our location and food. We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Met a friend who lives in Santa Barbara at this restaurant that she highly recommended as a nice place to view the marina and water. We really liked The view and the food was quite good. In particular the clam chowder was yummy!

Thank Dr_C_and_E
steve h, Manager at Chuck's Waterfront Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on how we're doing. We're very happy to hear that one of our fellow SB locals recommended our dining experience to you. We'll see you for more chowder in the future!

Reviewed 15 September 2017

Ate at Chuck's Restaurant and was disappointed at the ambiance! Very worn and old and it didn't appear that the owners took pride in the way the place looked. The waitress (Brooke) was excellent and the food was just average. Not one of the best...More

Thank Ken J
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The girls at the front desk seemed bothered by our request. Waiter not kind. Seemed worried to work! Food just satisfactory. Too expensive for that food. Better restaurant nearby

Thank Ruggero57
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Sometimes the location and atmosphere makes up for average to good food, and that's the case here. An uncrowded pleasant patio, raised a bit to give a good view of the docked pleasurecraft, the ocean, and the mountains beyond. Our hula grilled chicken sandwich with...More

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2 September 2017|
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Response from VA-Short-Term | Reviewed this property |
As the folks have already stated, yes, reservations on Saturday are suggested. Sunday may not need a reservation after 4.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-564-1200
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