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Chuck's Waterfront Grill

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113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 805-564-1200
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
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169 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ask for a table facing the harbor and mountains. Wonderful outdoor seating. If you are lucky you can go upstairs to the balcony and have a drink or dinner, however, they don't take reservations and seating very limited. They have dinner specials until 6:00 p.m. and Happy Hour as well as brunch. A really neat place to hang out.

Thank torontobiggs1
fairfax, VA
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, nice but slow service, waterfront views. I had the Hawaiian chicken and it was nicely grilled. Bistro platter with filet, lobster bisque and kale salad was also very good. Would go back.

Thank christinebryson
Portland OR
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up here because the wait was just too long at a nearby restaurant. Though it was our second choice, our meal here was quite good. We had their Cioppino. It was tasty and had a nice selection of seafood. The base was spicy and full of flavor. Service was attentive and the view quite pleasant if you sit... More 

Thank FrequentTraveller61
Bristol, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We choice this grill as it was closely located near to were we stayed in Santa Barbara. Upon first impression this little grill does not look like much but we were all presently surprised when our food arrived. All the meals were freshly cooked, tasty and service was good. We took advantage of the early bird special menu ( eat... More 

Thank sfcoles
Richmond, Virginia
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171 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chuck's is in the marina of Santa Barbara. Our tour group was seated on the patio there was a great view of the marina. I had the vegetarian salad and my wife had the salmon. Others at our table had the grilled chicken. Everything was excellent. We recommend this restaurant.

Thank VA-Short-Term
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116 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From Kevin at the bar and David our waiter excellent but,as most tourist waterfront restaurants are pricey with weak service and mediocre food Chuck's destroys that tradition.Friendly efficient young hostess,good service.Our food, very good, clam chowder , better than most ,seabass and cioppino plus a great burger all tasty.Good breads,a better than average wine list, somewhat pricey but many by... More 

Thank Douglas F
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We usually go to Endless Summer, but opted for Chucks instead. The menus a little more pricey, but more choices. I've always thought that the upstairs had a better view but the patio was lovely. Food was good, wait staff good. It took a little while to get seated despite plenty of open tables but the wait staff overcame any... More 

Thank ExportIng
Glendora, California
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We visited the harbor and had a delicious lunch of Clam Chowder and a Seared Ahi Spinach Salad at the Grill.

Thank Char656
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Initially service was good but then went down hill - took over ten minutes of hand waving before we got the chance to request the bill.

Thank Philip K
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We were excited and looking forward to our reservations at this restaurant on the harbor front. The location was ideal, the bartender super friendly, but the interior was dark and old. We had planned on eating outside but although it was sunny the heaters were inadequate to remain there even before sunset. We relocated inside and ordered a drink and... More 

Thank Elizabeth L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?