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Stearns Wharf

219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-564-5530
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Unexpected and appreciated

There's a few shops on the wharf and a half dozen or so restaurants. It's definitely a major... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
Andrea P
Detroit, Mi
We loved it!

Friendly people, great vista, a lovely place to walk holding hands with your loved one. We'd go... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
Mike L
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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-564-5530
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

There's a few shops on the wharf and a half dozen or so restaurants. It's definitely a major attraction in the area and while it's different there wasn't much to it. I definitely recommend venturing on the wharf to experience it and dine but once...More

Thank Andrea P
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Friendly people, great vista, a lovely place to walk holding hands with your loved one. We'd go back in a heartbeat.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Walked the wharf three different times. Saw seals, dolphins, lots of birds. Lots of action and things to see! Had our grandkids with us ages 1 and 3. They had a great time!

Thank SaraD656
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We stay nearby on our trips thru Santa Barbara and always stroll along the wharf after the trip in from Palm Springs. I like the working wharf much better. We stroll over there for dinner at Brophy Brothers and enjoy watching the boats come in...More

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

It was under construction all around. The shops were super tacky souvenir type places. Nothing boutique or special or artesian. Waking out there was cool. The pier itself is neat. View was so so....there was a bunch of mess washed up on the beach &...More

Thank Jodi D
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Amazing views of the surrounding and the ocean. It is a pier in the harbour in Santa Barbara. It has Santa Barbara's history and character. If you are lucky you can see dolphins or whales at the end of the pier. There are shops, restaurants...More

Thank amtel02
Reviewed 18 January 2017

at the and of State St this area is a great spot to get the flavor of SB by the ocean. You can see marine life and get a bite to eat.

Thank Mihaela C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

No trip to Santa Barbara is not complete without a walk on Stearns Wharf. You have to pay to take a car on the wharf, but it is an easy walk to the end. Great views of the ocean and Channel Islands. Fun Atmosphere -...More

Thank Melissa M
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I was surprised to see that cars drove onto the peer and were parked. A waste of space in my opinion. We saw people fishing and got some good photo opportunities. We also enjoyed some overpriced ice cream.

Thank MJH048
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing place, Wharf is Santa Monica is more beautiful than this one as the sunset on the ocean but this one also very good and also car van enter the wharf and the first 90 minutes for free

Thank Mai S
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Alicia A
How much is it to fish? Do they have pole rental? Do you need a permit? We are traveling to town for a wedding and looking for something for the boys to do
22 May 2017|
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Response from WanderJenn | Reviewed this property |
There used to be "no fishing" signs which were not enforced. Now there are signs for designated fishing areas. I believe that there is no overhead casting. . .for the sake of fellow visitors, I imagine. There is a bait... More
Are the artists/craftsmen in this area on a Saturday?
18 May 2017|
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Response from 407debraz | Reviewed this property |
In November they were only there on Sundays
Will there be fireworks for the 4th of july?, and has the oil spill impacted the water?, and is the ocean water safe to put your feet in? We go every year there for the 4th of july and just want to know before we head out there. Thank you
19 June 2015|
Response from DSamario | Property representative |
Thank you very much for reaching out. Santa Barbara beaches have not been affected by the oil spill beyond the passing tar ball and the beaches are full of visitors each day. We are very excited to be putting on our Fourth... More