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Beachside Bar-Cafe

5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
+1 805-964-7881
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good45%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“paella” (27 reviews)
“clam chowder” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the 3rd time I've been there... always while traveling up or down the state. The food is so very good, the location is excellent... what's not to enjoy.

Thank avoma42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful view from the dining room, get there early for a window table. We had a quesadilla and the corn relish salad was really good. We also had the ahi tuna salad. Although the ahi was good the salad was soggy in dressing. This restaurant...More

Thank lmyers21
Reviewed 3 December 2017

What can I say? I have been coming to this restaurant for 30 years. It has been consistently good for years. They always have the freshest fish. Their clam chowder is so well liked by my husband that he compares every clam chowder he ever...More

Thank SirenaDives
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

The Ceviche was delicious, the Cesar's was one of the best ever, kalamari was ok, oysters were great. The salmon papillon was light and delicious, the Ahi tuna was so good. A great place, nice ambience, the view was great, service was fantastic. Recommend it...More

Thank Nada B
Reviewed 17 November 2017

We had a casual business meeting at Beachside Bar-Cafe very recently and while the ambiance is not exactly high-end, it was perfect for our group. Their casual ocean side atmosphere is terrific and very relaxing. Their food is not only very good, but also plentiful....More

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Good beach food, good drinks and service, but it's all about location. Great view and worth the wait for a table on the sand if you have kids.

Thank Paige S
Reviewed 17 November 2017

This is a rare restaurant because it is quite literally on the beach near the University of California, Santa Barbara. It has great views of the beach, University and Goleta pier. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and very friendly staff. There is a nice,...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Great ocean view. Lots of sea food & other foods too. The staff is very friendly. I go here overtime I go to an event at UCSB and often with a visitor from out of town.

Reviewed 12 November 2017

We live near this local beach restaurant. My husband enjoys the Chiopino and the chowder. The margaritas and maitais are delicious. Beachside has a pretty good happy hour too. Go early for a beach walk.

Thank Goletaslim
Reviewed 2 November 2017

My family and I are staying in Goleta for a family visit and we have eaten here twice already. The host and waiters/waitresses are always very friendly and I love the casual atmosphere and convenient location. The "shrimp fest" shrimp skewer accompanied by rice is...More

Thank Cathy T
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25 August 2017|
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Response from Gretchen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes, to the shrimp question and probably buying a certificate if you call them. I don't know about online.
amy L
29 October 2016|
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Response from Randy W | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure
27 August 2015|
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Response from Sally K | Reviewed this property |
Not when we were there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5905 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-964-7881
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