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Shoreline Cafe

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801 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2307
+1 805-568-0064
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09:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 08:00 - 21:00
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Canada
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290 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For lunch we shared the Hawaiian plate special (~$16) and a Caesar salad ($9). The plate had four kinds of protein: shrimp, pork, beef strips and seared tuna. The spicy tuna was the best of the bunch; the beef had too much fat and gristle. The beachside location is wonderful; the young servers energetic and friendly.

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Thank ccvvbb
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an excellent location at the beach this is. No real meat dishes, but the burgers they had and the seafood dishes were good. Happy hour was nice between 4 and 6pm. We will get back!

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Thank Ivo L
Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't get it. Why is this place rated so highly? The food was average at best. The portions were small. And, it was way overpriced. They have a great view, and I guess that has a lot to do with it. But, a place with such a great view, one that draws people from far away, has a responsibility... More 

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Sacramento, California
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All I remembered from the last time I had been to Shoreline, about 10 years ago, was the plastic patio chairs and an unimpressive sandwich... but loving digging my toes in the sand by the ocean. They still have the classic plastic chairs in the sand but also have a great patio that blocks the wind. Shrimp tacos were pretty... More 

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Thank kristinalisan
Santa Barbara, California
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346 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few restaurants right on the sand. Friendly servers. Painful lines on weekends, but friendly easy place. The fish is fresh and the burgers and sandwiches are healthier than you might expect from a beach joint. This is a good standby when you want to see the ocean.

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Thank expectquality1942
Annapolis, Maryland
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369 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to have a meal (even breakfast) on the ocean in Santa Barbara. There are even tables in the sand. The food was delicious and the scenery was fantastic.

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Thank lovetotravel560
Fresno, California
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131 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Has a nice deck area with a view of the ocean. Some outdoor heaters would be a nice addition. The food and drinks are very good and the service was good as well. Nice relaxed atmosphere for family, friends and kids.

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Thank Tom L
Kernersville, North Carolina
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Grilled ahi tuna tacos were so good! Casual, laid back atmosphere. Beautiful views and friendly staff.

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Thank Sherry D
Colleyville, Texas
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584 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The Shoreline Café is located right on the water and has great views. There were four in our party and everyone enjoyed the views and the food. The Quesadillas were pink but tasted great and the hotdogs were good-sized. Be careful getting drink recommendations as I asked for their darkest beer, went with their recommendation and received a pale lemon... More 

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Thank Mitch M
Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The food is not that all great, but the location is. You have to try it and see if you like it. I am not a big fan.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Mexican, Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2307
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-568-0064

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?