French Country Bistro

Santa Barbara, California

Now Accepting Reservations

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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 80 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 80 guests.

(Stella Mare’s is also available for full buy-outs on Mondays for Events up to 130 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 / 1275

ESCARGOTS PERSILLADE / Snails in the shell,
garlic & parsley butter / 1395

PATÉ DE CAMPAGNE / Country bacon wrapped pork paté,
pickled shallots, cornichons, whole grain mustard, crostini / 1195

3 FROMAGES & COMPAGNIE / MP

ENDIVE AU JAMBON / Baked Belgian endive, Jambon de Paris, gruyere cheese, mornay sauce, crispy bacon / 1375

CUISSES DE GRENOUILLE PROVENÇALE / Herb crusted frog legs,
diced tomatoes, garlic, shallots , lemon, capers, white wine, parsley / 1475

OEUFS MIMOSA AU HOMARD / Deviled eggs, lobster tail slices,
tobiko caviar, pickled shallots, dill, toasted French baguette,
arugula, olive oil / 1175

BURGERS

With rosemary garlic fries

STELLA BURGER / Beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion,
Dijonnaise sauce, brioche bun / 1550

LOS PATOS BURGER (is back!) / Ground duck, arugula, goat cheese,
black cherry gastrique, Dijonnaise sauce, brioche bun / 1975

SOUPES

SOUPE A L’OIGNON / French onion soup / 1175

SOUPE DU JOUR / MP

SALADES

ENDIVE & POMME / Endive, apple, bacon, blue cheese, toasted
pecans, honey mustard vinaigrette / 1350

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

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

GRILLED CHOPPED / Grilled zucchini, corn, radicchio, tomato,
avocado, green onion, mixed greens, lemon-mustard vinaigrette / 1450

GRILL

Provence herbs, ratatouille, and a choice of fries,
roasted potatoes, or Yukon potato puree

SALMON / Sauce … Béarnaise, lemon caper Beurre Blanc
or Bordelaise / 2975

PORK PORTERHOUSE / Sauce … Nasturnium sauce verte,
Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise sauce / 2675

FILET MIGNON / Sauce … Nasturnium sauce verte, Béarnaise,
Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise sauce / 3595

NEW YORK STEAK / Sauce … Nasturnium sauce verte, Béarnaise,
Cognac peppercorn or Bordelaise sauce / 3575

PLATS PRINCIPAUX - SPECIALITÉES

COQ AU VIN / French braise of chicken with red wine, lardons, pearl onions, bacon, mushrooms, green peas, garlic, carrots, potato batons / 2650

STEAK FRITESSeared New York steak, Maitre d’Hotel butter, pan jus, fries – 10 Oz / 3375

SALMON ALMANDINE / Salmon, almonds, purple cauliflower purée, sautéed haricots verts,
cauliflower florets, crispy sage, sweet carrot vinaigrette / 2975

JARRET D’AGNEAU / Braised lamb shank, white wine, parmesan polenta, sundried tomatoes, fava beans, peas, sundride tomato tapenade, goat cheese crumbles / 3175

CANARD A L’ORANGE / Crispy skin duck breast, parsnip purée, roasted broccoli florets, charred red wine braised shallots,
orange gastrique, candied orange zest, pea shoots / 2950

CASSOULET / Slow cooked white bean casserole, duck leg confit, garlic sausage, lamb, pork, Toulouse sausage / 3275

MOULES FRITES A LA CRÈME / Mussels in white wine and Pernod, braised leeks, shallots, cream sauce, French fries, mayonnaise / 3775

SHORT RIBS Á LA BOURGUIGNONE / Cabernet braised beef short rib, mushrooms, carrots, lardons, pearl red onions,
potato baton / 2995

SIDES

PETITE SALADE / Mixed greens / 650
SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS / 575
SAUTÉED GARLIC SPINACH / 575

CREAMED SPINACH / 895
SAUTÉED GREEN BEANS / 695

GRILLED BROCCOLI BÉARNAISE / 875
ROASTED BROCCOLI / 675

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

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 / 1275

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 / 1175

ESCARGOTS PERSILLADE / Snails in the shell, garlic & parsley butter / 1395

PATÉ DE CAMPAGNE / Country bacon wrapped pork paté, pickled shallots, cornichons, whole grain mustard, crostini / 1195

SOUPE A L’OIGNON / French onion soup / 1175

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 / 1895

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

BURGERS

with rosemary garlic fries

STELLA BURGER / Ground beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, Dijonnaise, brioche bun / 1550

LOS PATOS BURGER / Ground duck, arugula, goat cheese, black cherry 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 micro 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 / 1775

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 / 3375

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 / 1075

CLASSIC CREME BRULEE / Vanilla Bean / 975

TARTE AU CHOCOLAT / Chocolate torte…walnut, pecan and almond crust with strawberries, mocha cream, chocolate sauce / 995

LEMON CAKE / Lemon curd filling, caramelized Mascarpone cream, vanilla sauce / 1150

BEIGNETS / With cinnamon sugar / 1050


RELIGIEUSE
 / Cream puff stuffed with chocolate mousse and mocha cream, chocolate ganache, caramel butter cream / 1250

Cake Plating fee / 250

McCONNELL'S

FINE ICE CREAMS & SORBET / 695

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 / 4

Capuccino / Cafe au Lait / Cafe Noisette / 450

Cafe & Calvados / 8

French Coffee…Coffee liqueur, Cointreau, coffee, whipped cream / 10

PORTS / DESSERT WINES

GLASS

Adriano Ramos Pinto, Quinta da Ervamoira / 9

Cockburn, 20 year Tawny / 12

Fonseca, 20 year Tawny / 10

Castelnau, Sauternes / 10

HALF BOTTLE

Delas, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise / 40

Castelnau, Sauternes / 45

DIGESTIFS

Grand Marnier / 9

Curvoisier / 11

Remy Martin V.S.O.P. / 18

Martell V.S.O.P. Medallion / 13

Hennessey X.O / 29

Calvados, Christian Drouin / 9

Benedictine / 12

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

ARTICHAULT GRILLÉ / Oak grilled artichoke, roasted garlic aioli / 1275

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 / 1175

ESCARGOTS PERSILLADE / Snails in the shell, garlic & parsley butter / 1395

PATÉ DE CAMPAGNE / Country bacon wrapped pork paté, pickled shallots, cornichons, whole grain mustard, crostini / 1195

SOUPE A L’OIGNON / French onion soup / 1175

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 / 1895

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

BURGERS

with rosemary garlic fries

STELLA BURGER / Ground beef, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, Dijonnaise, brioche bun / 1550

LOS PATOS BURGER / Ground duck, arugula, goat cheese, black cherry 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 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 / 1425

COQ AU VIN / French braise of chicken with red wine, lardons, bacon, onions, mushrooms, green peas, garlic, carrots, sweet potato purée / 1775

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 / 3375

 

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 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 12 guests in our Private Dining Room, 14 in our Citrus room)

Selected Bistro Menus

For gathering and groups for up 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 21 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 80 guests.

(Stella Mare’s is also available for full buy-outs on Mondays for Events up to 130 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: 12

The Greenhouse

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

Minimum for an exclusive reservation: 20. 

Maximum capacity: 30

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: 20. 

Maximum capacity: 30

The Entire House
On Mondays

Stella Mare’s is also available for full buy-outs on Mondays for Large Parties and Events. 

Maximum capacity: 130 guests.

The Main Dining Room

A beautiful room set with table clothes, creating an intimate setting, filled with artwork and antiques.

Minimum for an exclusive reservation: 20. 

Maximum capacity: 30

The Citrus Room

An intimate, private room with windows overlooking the historic bird refuge.

Minimum for a reservation: 8.  

Maximum capacity: 12

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 80 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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Open with limited capacity and adjusted hours.

Lunch Tuesday – Friday

12pm – 2pm

Dinner Tuesday – Saturday
5pm – 9pm

Saturday Brunch
10am – 2pm

50 Los Patos Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

805.969.6705

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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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