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Boathouse at Hendry's Beach

2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
+1 805-898-2628
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (45 reviews)
“chilaquiles” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Boathouse is run by the same people that own Santa Barbara Shellfish Company on the wharf & The FishHouse on Cabrillo. So needless to say, their fish fare is EXCELLENT. Full bar & nice wine selections. Super seating options: outdoor tables on the (protected)...More

Thank steven c
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located right on the beachfront, have breakfast/lunch and watch the carry ons of the beach goers and their pooches whilst listening to the ocean wave action. Eat on the patio outside or in aircon luxury Inside with just a great a view. Just do it,...More

Thank RocheMaree
Reviewed 1 week ago

We usually come here for breakfast and because we can take our dog off leash on the beach, after we eat. It is the only off leash dog beach in the area. This time we had cocktails and appetizers. We sampled a high end bourbon...More

Thank wildelk
Reviewed 1 week ago

take a trip down a hidden road and discover Boathouse, right on the beach. you enter on a beautiful roundabout. a very rare experience in dinning. this place will take your breath away. you will always remember the experience. the food and drinks are the...More

Thank Burt Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location on a beautiful day makes for a perfect dining experience This was our second experience dining at the boathouse. The first time we had a wonderful dinner and this time we had brunch. The service both times was attentive and friendly with a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a gourmet establishment, to say the least. Generally very crowded. Wait staff in need of training. Glass barrier to windy beach usually needs cleaning (blame the salt). Parking can be a real challenge. But there IS the beach!

Thank JohnandGlo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my wife, they have some "open" tables, right in the front, for up to 4 people, with amazing views. Food and service were great, and the pancakes are huge & amazing. A large stack is plenty for 2.

Thank jeffkjohnson6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All in all a very nice meal. The burger was cooked quite well and had nice flavor. The lobster mac and cheese was good and they were able to remove items we didn't want (bacon and shallots). The service was friendly and efficient; the girls...More

Thank HotelDuderino
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As our host lived nearby in Hope Ranch, we walked up and down the beach and ended with a nice breakfast at the Boathouse. He chose the Chilaques and eggs Benedict. The view was outstanding and such a lovely service. Moses was our waiter and...More

Thank Denise L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a party of 6 and had to wait about 35 minutes for a seat (inside). The food was presented nicely and was quite good, although it took quite awhile. Awesome Bloody Mary's.

Thank Harts4
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Amanda H
23 July 2017|
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Response from jackmom1112 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what 3DGS said below - I'm sure if you go early and are willing to wait, they'll work to accommodate you - but do know that the layout and position of the restaurant will provide a a nice setting and good view... More
Cheryl T
30 April 2017|
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Response from Ronald H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I saw no dogs in or out. But I doubt it would be.
4 March 2017|
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Response from MissFlamingoGirl | Reviewed this property |
Yes, one level from parking lot to restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 9 - USD 25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-898-2628
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We are not a dog friendly establishment, though located near a dog friendly beach.
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