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“wooden pier”(21 reviews)
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.
219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-962-6210
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I love visiting the Wharf. Whether to visit the amazing retail stores, the ice cream store, the fabulous restaurants or the Ty Warner Sea Center (where they have amazing and educational touch tanks - even sharks!) - it’s always fun, relaxing and entertaining. You can...More

Thank Deborah R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for ice cream (which was lovely) and it’s easy enough to park (first 90 minutes are free). A handful of shops but lovely to walk around and snap a few photos of the view. A few fish restaurants and lots of seagulls...More

Thank AshBush
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It took about 10 minutes to walk to end of the pier. Lovely little shops, restaurants and bar. We watched some people fishing, very relaxing sitting watching the world go by.

Thank mar7in65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pier has some great restaurants and cute shops. See what the locals are catching. We spotted a few seals playing around the Pier. If goggling, look up Stearn’s Wharf. Take a walk, grab some shellfish at Santa Barbara Shellfish Co, get some ice cream,...More

Thank SDNewbie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A picturesque local attraction. Several choices of fun restaurants-most of which serve "local catches of the day". A fun ice cream shop,seaside aquarium, well apppointed small variety shops, and more importantly- great view of the Santa Barbara harbor. Beware: drive very slowly along the bumpy...More

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not really a worthy tourist destination, but an obvious attraction since it is there. Just restaurants and a few little stores of mild consequence.

Thank John H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

an excellent place to visit by walking or car. they have three restaurants there we ate at Moby dicks and the shellfish company at the last building. saw harbor seals playing also

Thank bluesaveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great restaurants along the wharf, and a great place to take photographs of the beach areas and Santa Barbara - especially at night with all the lights reflecting in the sea.

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lot more shops & restaurants than you’d think were there. Tips: You can park on the wharf itself for free (90 min). This is pretty much the same as a lot of public parking areas around the Stearns Wharf area. There is free parking...More

Thank Rich807
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That is a wharf which kept it‘s original Charme of sea & fisherman’s Business which - at least in October- was not crowded and a very relaxed place where you can drive on with your car.

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September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
No the shops and vendors are further on
September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
This is my very first visit so I couldn't say if this is the one but there was none or very few vendors at the beginning of the board walk leading up the pier
Maureen B
August 26, 2017|
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Response from Fallbrookian | Reviewed this property |
I have seen pets on the pier, but there's no place for them to do their business so you'll want to see to that first! I'm not positive the souvenir shops would allow them, but there are outdoor cafes where they could join... More