French Country Bistro

Santa Barbara, California

Now Accepting Reservations

Come to our house...

In 1872, Captain W.H. Johnson built this house on De La Vina Street in downtown Santa Barbara for his family. It was moved to this site in 1962 to become an antique store for many years. Since 1996, as Stella Mare’s…we call it home.

Stella Mare’s focuses on French Country Bistro cuisine, emphasizing on classic and seasonal dishes paired with French and American wines. We also offer a wide selection of beers as well as handcrafted cocktails from our Full Bar.

French Country Bistro design meets casual Santa Barbara in our historic landmark house on the Bird Refuge… for close to 24 years, Stella Mare’s has been known and recognized for hosting Private Dining Events and offers an excellent selection of private dining rooms.

Stella Mare’s has been the number one destination for private Events in Montecito and Santa Barbara. From intimate events of 10 to fully customized events of 70 to 130, Stella mare’s is the ultimate destination for social events such as Wedding receptions, Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, after wedding brunch, baby showers and more as well as Corporate Events.

Le Chef

Roth Ironside, Executive Chef

“Back in 1996, when Stella Mare’s opened its South of France – inspired dining room at the eastern edge of Santa Barbara’s Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Chef Roth Ironside was working his way up the ranks of professional cooking. After attending culinary school in Las Vegas and working in kitchens around California, he came to Stella Mare’s five years ago. Now, inspired by French culinary giant Paul Bocuse and the late local cooking legend Julia Child, Ironside taps into the endless array of outstanding local ingredients to turn out classic French country bistro cooking with flair. Coq au vin, cassoulet, mussels with frites, quiche lorraine, croque monsieur, beautiful shimmering salads, bone marrow with brioche crostini, grilled artichokes, and an array of steaks at fantastic prices are all on offer. It’s comfort fare extraordinaire, especially given Ironside’s staple culinary guidelines: “Season your food,” and “There is no substitute for butter.” There are seasonal cocktails from the bar, plus French and American wines with an emphasis on local wineries. Dine in the airy and historic main dining room (it dates back to 1872), with its sunny yellow walls and high-backed wood chairs, in the long country-style table of the private dining room, or in the greenhouse for a spectacular experience you’ll cherish forever.”

Dining & Destinations Publication 2016

Private Dining & Custom Menus

Our facility offers several private event rooms to choose from, and we have a unique space for all party sizes and budgets. 

Whether you’re looking to host a birthday party, an anniversary party, graduation, going-away party, or to celebrate another kind of special occasion, we have a space that will work for you and your guests and we offer 3 great options to suit your needs…

We offer multi-course customized menus for any size gathering and groups. All menus are customized and most items and selections are not available on our regular menus. We provide a variety of Dining Rooms and seating configurations to best suit the needs of your event. Every Event is designed specifically to your wishes and is hosted in your own private room, serviced by your dedicated Event service staff. We can accommodate Events ranging from 10 to 70 guests.

 

A Taste of France

Menus

Roth Ironside / Executive Chef
Heriberto Munoz / Chef de Cuisine
We are committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients at the peak of their season

Dinner Menu
French Country Bistro
A Taste Of France

PETITS PLATS

ARTICHAULT GRILLÉ / Oak grilled artichoke, roasted garlic aioli / 1395

ESCARGOTS PERSILLADE / Snails in the shell,
garlic & parsley butter / 1575

PATÉ DE CAMPAGNE / Country bacon wrapped pork paté,
pickled shallots, cornichons, whole grain mustard, crostini / 1350

3 FROMAGES & COMPAGNIE / MP

TARTARE DE BOEUF / Finely chopped beef, sauce gribiche, capers, cornichon, whole grain mustard, pickled red onion, egg yolk, grilled bread / 2275

OEUFS MIMOSA AU HOMARD / Deviled eggs, lobster tail slices,
tobiko caviar, pickled shallots, dill, toasted French baguette,
arugula, olive oil / 1375

BURGERS

With fries

STELLA BURGER / Beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion,
Dijonnaise sauce, brioche bun, French fries / 1795

LAMB BURGER/ Ground lamb, arugula, Boursin cheese, pickled red onions,
red wine gastrique, Dijonnaise sauce, brioche bun, French fries / 2275

SOUPES

SOUPE A L’OIGNON / French onion soup / 1295

SOUPE DU JOUR / MP

SALADES

ENDIVE & POMME / Endive, apple, bacon, blue cheese, toasted
pecans, honey mustard vinaigrette / 1475

CARROTES RÂPÉES / Classic French finely shaved carrot salad, brunoise shallots, flat leaf parsley, whole grain mustard, lemon juice, citrus Dijon vinaigrette, pickled shallots, olive oil / 975

LAITUE / Bibb lettuce, fresh garden herbs, red onion dressing / 1175

GRILLED CHOPPED / Grilled zucchini, yellow squash, corn, radicchio, tomato,
avocado, mixed greens, lemon-mustard vinaigrette / 1595

GRILL

Provence herbs, ratatouille, and a choice of fries, roasted potatoes or country mashed red potatoes

SALMON / Sauce … Béarnaise, lemon caper Beurre Blanc or Bordelaise / 3375

PORK PORTERHOUSE / Sauce … Béarnaise, Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise / 2875

FILET MIGNON / Sauce … Béarnaise, Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise – 6 Oz / 4250

NEW YORK STEAK / Sauce … Béarnaise, Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise -10 Oz / 4275

 

PLATS PRINCIPAUX - SPECIALITÉES

COQ AU VIN / French braise of chicken with red wine, lardons, pearl onions, bacon, mushrooms, green peas, garlic, sweet potato purée / 2875

STEAK FRITES / New York steak, Maitre d’Hotel butter, fries – 10 Oz / 3975

SALMON ALMANDINE / Salmon, almonds, purple cauliflower purée, sautéed haricots verts,
cauliflower florets, crispy sage, sweet carrot vinaigrette / 3575

CASSOULET / Slow-cooked white bean casserole, garlic sausage, lamb shoulder, pork shoulder, Toulouse duck sausage, tomatoes, white onion/ 3075

with chicken leg confit / 3675

with duck leg confit / 4875

BARAMUNDI GRENOBLOISE / Pan seared barramundi, fingerling potato confit, broccoli florets, lemon & caper beurre noisette, brioche croutons, fresh dill, herb oil / 3495

FILET DE PORC AU BACON / Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, butternut squash purée, wilted garlic spinach,  dried cherry gastrique, goat cheese crumbles / 3295

MOULES FRITES A LA CRÈME / Mussels in white wine and Pernod, braised leeks, shallots, cream sauce, French fries, mayonnaise / 3975

BOUTS DE CÔTES DE BOEUF BRAISÉS / Braised beef short ribs, parsnip mousse, roasted baby carrots, wilted red Swiss chard, cabernet jus, pomegranate and red grape relish / 3595

SIDES

PETITE SALADE / Mixed greens / 750
SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS / 675

CREAMED SPINACH / 995
SAUTÉED GREEN BEANS / 795

GRILLED BROCCOLI BÉARNAISE / 975
ROASTED BROCCOLI / 775

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions"
Pricing subject to change.

Roth Ironside / Executive Chef
Heriberto Munoz / Chef de Cuisine
We are committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients at the peak of their season

Lunch Menu
French Country Bistro
A Taste Of France

PETITS PLATS & SOUPES

ARTICHAULT GRILLÉ / Oak grilled artichoke, roasted garlic aioli / 1395

CARROTES RÂPÉES / Classic French finely shaved carrot salad, brunoise shallots, flat leaf parsley, whole grain mustard, lemon juice, citrus Dijon vinaigrette, pickled shallots, olive oil / 875

OEUFS MIMOSA AU HOMARD / Deviled eggs, lobster tail slices, tobiko caviar, pickled shallots, dill, toasted French baguette, arugula, olive oil / 1375

ESCARGOTS PERSILLADE / Snails in the shell, garlic & parsley butter / 1575

PATÉ DE CAMPAGNE / Country bacon wrapped pork paté, pickled shallots, cornichons, whole grain mustard, crostini / 1350

TARTARE DE BOEUF / Finely chopped beef, sauce gribiche, capers, cornichon, whole grain mustard, pickled red onion, egg yolk, grilled baguette / 2275

SOUPE A L’OIGNON / French onion soup / 1295

SOUPE DU JOUR / MP

SALADES

ENDIVE & APPLE / bacon, blue cheese, toasted pecans, honey mustard vinaigrette / 1475

GRILLED CHOPPED / Grilled zucchini, yellow squash,  corn, radicchio, tomato, avocado, mixed greens, lemon-mustard vinaigrette / 1575

GRILLED CHOPPED CHICKEN / 1775

GRILLED CHOPPED SALMON / 2175

SALADE NIÇOISE / grilled Ahi tuna, pickled shallot, potatoes, green beans, diced tomato, Niçoise olives, egg, capers, baby greens, Meyers lemon vinaigrette / 1995

COBB SALAD / mixed baby lettuce, grilled chicken, hard-boiled egg, bacon, tomato, diced avocado, grilled green onions, crumbled blue cheese, avocado blue cheese vinaigrette / 1625

SALADE AU POULET / chicken salad with mayonnaise, diced red apples, celery, golden raisins, chopped pecans, mixed greens, honey mustard vinaigrette / 1575

CRÊPES

with mixed greens & basil vinaigrette

CRÊPE AU SAUMON FUMÉ / Scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, dill créme fraiche, tobiko caviar, frisée, lemon vinaigrette, parsley / 1995

CRÊPE AU JAMBON / Jambon de Paris, caramelized onions and Gruyére cheese, sunny side egg, Mornay sauce /1695

BURGERS

with fries

STELLA BURGER / Ground beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, Dijonnaise, brioche bun / 1795

LAMB BURGER / Ground lamb, arugula, Boursin cheese, picked red onions, res wine gastrique, Dijonnaise, brioche bun /1975

SPECIALITÉES

VOL AU VENT / Puffed pastry, Bay scallops, mushrooms, melted leaks, white wine, Mornay sauce, Gruyère cheese, micro greens, with mixed greens & basil vinaigrette / 1895

COQ AU VIN / French braise of chicken with red wine, lardons, bacon, onions, mushrooms, green peas, garlic, carrots, sweet potato purée / 1875

CONFIT DE CANARD / Crispy duck leg confit, maple mascarpone stuffed brioche french toast, maple & thyme reduction, toasted pecans / 1995

MOULES FRITES A LA CRÉME / 3/4 pounds mussels in white wine and Pernod, braised leeks, shallots, cream sauce, French fries, mayonnaise / 2875

OMELETTE AU BOURSIN / Boursin cheese omelette, diced tomatoes, wilted spinach, fresh herbs, mixed greens, basil vinaigrette / 1695

QUICHE LORRAINE / Black forest ham & cheese quiche, butter lettuce and red onion vinaigrette / 1595

SAUMON AMANDINE / Salmon, almonds, cauliflower purée, sautéed haricots verts, cauliflower florets, crispy sage, sweet carrot vinaigrette / 2175

CROQUE MONSIEUR / Toasted Jambon de Paris and cheese sandwich on brioche, Mornay sauce, with choice of mixed greens or French fries / 1575

CROQUE MADAME / Toasted Jambon de Paris and cheese sandwich on brioche, Mornay sauce, sunny side up egg, with choice of mixed greens or French fries / 1675

STEAK FRITES / Seared New York steak, Maitre d’Hotel butter, pan jus, fries – 10 Oz / 3975

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions"
Pricing subject to change.

Roth Ironside / Executive Chef
Heriberto Munoz / Chef de Cuisine
We are committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients at the peak of their season

Dessert Menu
French Country Bistro
A Taste Of France

DESSERTS

CRÊPE SUZETTE / House made crêpes, Grand Marnier, orange réduction, orange segments, powdered sugar / 1175

CLASSIC CREME BRULEE / Vanilla Bean / 1075

TARTE AU CHOCOLAT / Chocolate torte…walnut, pecan and almond crust with strawberries, mocha cream, chocolate sauce / 1295

LEMON CAKE / Lemon curd filling, caramelized Mascarpone cream, vanilla sauce / 1250

BEIGNETS / With cinnamon sugar / 1150


TARTE AUX POMMES / Buttery tart shell, gala apple sauce, caramel apples, crumble, crème anglaise, caramel sauce, whipped cream, a la mode / 1495

Cake Plating fee / 250

McCONNELL'S

FINE ICE CREAMS & SORBET / 995

DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND NIBS / mouth-filling Guittard cocoa, a splash of R.R. Lochhead® vanilla, and Central Coast, grass-fed milk & cream (GF)

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY / Melted Bittersweet Guittard chocolate and perfectly ripe Santa Barbara strawberries (GF)

VANILLA BEAN / Sourced from the Madagascar farms of 50+ year McC’s partner, vanilla revolutionary guru R.R. Lochhead®. The very same, full-flavored, classic ‘nilla-liciousness we’ve been kicking down since forever.

RASPBERRY SORBET

ASSIETTE DE FROMAGE

A SELECTION OF 3 CHEESE / with accompaniments / MP

COFFEE

Espresso / Macchiato / Cafe Creme / 495

Capuccino / Cafe au Lait / Cafe Noisette / 550

Cafe & Calvados / 800

French Coffee…Coffee liqueur, Cointreau, coffee, whipped cream / 1500

PORTS / DESSERT WINES

GLASS

Adriano Ramos Pinto, Quinta da Ervamoira / 1200

Cockburn, 20 year Tawny / 1500

Fonseca, 20 year Tawny / 1300

Castelnau, Sauternes / 1700

HALF BOTTLE

Delas, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise /4000

Castelnau, Sauternes / 6800

DIGESTIFS

Grand Marnier / 1200

Curvoisier / 1600

Remy Martin V.S.O.P. / 2300

Martell V.S.O.P. Medallion / 1600

Hennessey X.O / 2900

Calvados, Christian Drouin / 1500

Benedictine / 1200

Roth Ironside / Executive Chef
Heriberto Munoz / Chef de Cuisine
We are committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients at the peak of their season

Brunch Menu
French Country Bistro
A Taste Of France

PETITS PLATS & SOUPES

ARTICHAULT GRILLÉ / Oak grilled artichoke, roasted garlic aioli / 1395

CARROTES RÂPÉES / Classic French finely shaved carrot salad, brunoise shallots, flat leaf parsley, whole grain mustard, lemon juice, citrus Dijon vinaigrette, pickled shallots, olive oil / 875

OEUFS MIMOSA AU HOMARD / Deviled eggs, lobster tail slices, tobiko caviar, pickled shallots, dill, toasted French baguette, arugula, olive oil / 1375

ESCARGOTS PERSILLADE / Snails in the shell, garlic & parsley butter / 1575

PATÉ DE CAMPAGNE / Country bacon wrapped pork paté, pickled shallots, cornichons, whole grain mustard, crostini / 1350

TARTARE DE BOEUF / Finely chopped beef, sauce gribiche, capers, cornichon, whole grain mustard, pickled red onion, egg yolk, grilled baguette / 2275

SOUPE A L’OIGNON / French onion soup / 1295

SOUPE DU JOUR / MP

SALADES

ENDIVE & APPLE / bacon, blue cheese, toasted pecans, honey mustard vinaigrette / 1475

GRILLED CHOPPED / Grilled zucchini, corn, radicchio, tomato, avocado, green onion, mixed greens, lemon-mustard vinaigrette / 1575

GRILLED CHOPPED CHICKEN / 1775

GRILLED CHOPPED SALMON / 2175

SALADE NIÇOISE / grilled Ahi tuna, pickled shallot, potatoes, green beans, diced tomato, Niçoise olives, egg, capers, baby greens, Meyers lemon vinaigrette / 1995

COBB SALAD / mixed baby lettuce, grilled chicken, hard-boiled egg, bacon, tomato, diced avocado, grilled green onions, crumbled blue cheese, avocado blue cheese vinaigrette / 1625

SALADE AU POULET / chicken salad with mayonnaise, diced red apples, celery, golden raisins, chopped pecans, mixed greens, honey mustard vinaigrette / 1575

CRÊPES

with mixed greens & basil vinaigrette

CRÊPE AU SAUMON FUMÉ / Scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, dill créme fraiche, tobiko caviar, frisée, lemon vinaigrette, parsley / 1995

CRÊPE AU JAMBON / Jambon de Paris, caramelized onions and Gruyére cheese, sunny side egg, Mornay sauce /1695

BURGERS

with fries

STELLA BURGER / Ground beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, Dijonnaise, brioche bun / 1795

LAMB BURGER / Ground lamb, arugula, Boursin cheese, pickled red onions, red wine gastrique,  Dijonnaise, brioche bun /2275

SPECIALITÉES

VOL AU VENT / Puffed pastry, Bay scallops, mushrooms, melted leaks, white wine, Mornay sauce, Gruyère cheese, micro greens, with micro greens & basil vinaigrette / 1895

OEUFS POCHÉS / House made biscuit, soft poached eggs, creamed spinach purée, sliced Canadian bacon, Béarnaise sauce, rosemary roasted potatoes / 1895

PAIN PERDU / Blueberry Mascarpone stuffed Brioche French toast, blueberry compote, whipped cream and lemon zest / 1525

COQ AU VIN / French braise of chicken with red wine, lardons, bacon, onions, mushrooms, green peas, garlic, carrots, sweet potato purée / 1875

CONFIT DE CANARD / Crispy duck leg confit, maple mascarpone stuffed brioche french toast, maple & thyme reduction, toasted pecans / 1995

OMELETTE AU BOURSIN / Boursin cheese omelette, diced tomatoes, wilted spinach, fresh herbs, mixed greens, basil vinaigrette / 1695

MOULES FRITES A LA CRÉME / 3/4 pounds mussels in white wine and Pernod, braised leeks, shallots, cream sauce, French fries, mayonnaise / 2875

QUICHE LORRAINE / Black forest ham & cheese quiche, butter lettuce and red onion vinaigrette / 1595

CROQUE MONSIEUR / Toasted Jambon de Paris and cheese sandwich on brioche, Mornay sauce, with choice of mixed greens or French fries / 1575

CROQUE MADAME / Toasted Jambon de Paris and cheese sandwich on brioche, Mornay sauce, sunny side up egg, with choice of mixed greens or French fries / 1675

STEAK FRITES / Seared New York steak, Maitre d’Hotel butter, pan jus, fries – 10 Oz / 3975

 
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions"
Pricing subject to change.

Reserve your Table

Between Montecito and Santa Barbara, Stella Mare’s Bistro is located in a historic Victorian home overlooking the Bird Refuge. French Country Cuisine rules the menu, with dishes like Coq Au Vin, Cassoulet, Escargots and Moules Frites. Sip seasonal cocktails or enjoy a great Glass of Bordeaux Rouge amid cozy décor — all the right ingredients for a great and fun dining experience. Bon appétit!

Now Accepting Reservations

Now Open For Lunch, Dinner, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch

Welcome Back to Our House

Private Dining & Events

Santa Barbara, California

Off the menu...

Small intimate gatherings for up to 14 Guests…..you may directly order from our Stella Mare’s Bistro Menu. You will be seated in one of our main dining rooms, or , if available, in our Private Dining Room or Citrus Room at no extra charge.

(maximum capacity 10 guests in our Private Dining Room, 14 in our Citrus room)

Selected Bistro Menus

For gathering and groups of 15 to 20 guests, we offer 3 course versions of our Dinner menus. All menus are variations of our seasonal restaurant menus and are designed to provide a true restaurant-quality experience. Guests do not pre-order but are presented with a personalized dinner menu (without prices) at each place setting.

(no minimum expenditure required)

Custom Menus & Events

For over 25 years, Stella Mare’s has been recognized as being the best Santa Barbara’s venue offering a truly unique Customized Private Dining Experience.

We offer multi-course customized menus for any size gathering and groups. All menus are customized and most items and selections are not available on our regular menus. We provide a variety of Dining Rooms and seating configurations to best suit the needs of your event. Every Event is designed specifically to your wishes and is hosted in your own private room, serviced by your dedicated Event service staff. We can accommodate Events ranging from 10 to 70 guests.

 

Our House

Private Dining Rooms

We’re excited that you're considering hosting a party at Stella Mare's!

Our facility offers several private event rooms to choose from, and we have a unique space for all party sizes and budgets. Whether you’re looking to host a birthday party, an anniversary party, graduation, going-away party, or to celebrate another kind of special occasion, we have a space that will work for you and your guests and we offer 3 great options to suit your needs…

The Private Dining Room

An intimate room filled with unique artwork and antiques with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge.

Minimum for a reservation: 8 

Maximum capacity: 10

The Greenhouse

A light filled, glass enclosed room with a full bar, and cozy fireplace perfect for hosting your special event.

Minimum for an exclusive reservation: 25 

Maximum capacity: 50

The Ocean Room

A beautiful, private room opening onto an outdoor terrace, perfect for socializing with friends during a cocktail hour.

Minimum for an exclusive reservation: 15 

Maximum capacity: 30

The Entire House
On Sunday or Monday

Stella Mare’s may also be available for full buy-outs on Sunday or Monday evenings

Maximum capacity: 130 guests

The Main Dining Room

A charming sunny room filled with artwork and antiques.

Available with a partial buyout including the Ocean Room and Citrus Room

Maximum capacity: 70

The Citrus Room

An cozy, semi-private room with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge.

Minimum for a reservation: 10  

Maximum capacity: 14

Located in our 1872 Victorian House with it’s most Unique adjacent Greenhouse, and selection of private dining Rooms, Stella mare’s has been the number 1 destination for private Events in Montecito and Santa Barbara. From intimate Events of 10 to fully customized events of 70 to 130, Stella mare’s is the ultimate destination for social events such as Wedding receptions, Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, after wedding brunch, baby showers and more as well as Corporate Events.

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Indoor and Outdoor Dining Available

Lunch Tuesday – Friday

12pm – 2pm

Dinner Tuesday – Saturday
5pm – 9pm

Saturday Brunch

10am – 2pm

Sunday Brunch
10am – 2pm

50 Los Patos Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

805.969.6705

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Please click on the “EVENTS” tab above and submit an EVENT INQUIRY

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French Provincial design meets casual Santa Barbara in a historic landmark house on the Bird Refuge, we can accommodate special events, rehearsal dinners, holiday and wedding celebrations, luncheons and dinners from 10 to 130 guests. Our House is divided into a variety of Dining Rooms with seating configurations to best suit the needs of your event.

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