Stearns Wharf
Stearns Wharf
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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.
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  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,246 contributions
    Nice spot in Santa Barbara
    We pulled onto Stearn's Wharf to have lunch while driving up the CA coast. There's parking on the pier (restaurants validate) so it's very convenient. We didn't have any trouble finding a space on a Wednesday at lunchtime. The pier offers nice views and ocean breezes. In addition to several restaurants, there some touristy shopping. We enjoyed our lunch and visit and would return.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • MaryQ
    San Antonio, Texas354 contributions
    Take a Walk on a Historic Wharf
    This is a great place to get lovely views and pictures, of the harbor, the distant mountains, folks fishing, and occasional sea animals. We enjoyed the ocean breezes and the sights. There was something special about walking on a wooden wharf. There were some places to get something to eat, and clean public restrooms. Parking was free on the wharf for the first 90 minutes. This was a great place to get out and stretch our legs while driving the PCH.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Jessica G
    Los Angeles, California4 contributions
    Fun Walk!
    I spent my college days working on the wharf, so I know it well. It is a great walk and good place to get a bite. I usually get soup and then turn around and walk it off on State Street. Not much to do on the wharf, but eat and go in a couple of the tiny touristy shops. Go there for the view or some fresh fish at the last restaurant on the wharf. Fun visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 30, 2024
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Jessica G
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
I spent my college days working on the wharf, so I know it well. It is a great walk and good place to get a bite. I usually get soup and then turn around and walk it off on State Street. Not much to do on the wharf, but eat and go in a couple of the tiny touristy shops. Go there for the view or some fresh fish at the last restaurant on the wharf. Fun visit.
Written January 30, 2024
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cohoman
Sammamish, WA2,071 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the few piers where you can drive on and park. 90 mins free parking, followed by $3.50/hr. Note, that everyone visiting from out of town tries to park here, so finding a spot may be impossible (we didn't). So, we ended up exiting and parking in a public lot just a few blocks south of the pier for $3/hr.

The pier has mainly a few mediocre restaurants and a few souvenir shops. Not much to see or do. Even still, there's lots of tourists walking the pier. I wouldn't recommend driving or walking this pier. Much better restaurants across the street from the wharf.

Written December 28, 2023
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MaryQ
San Antonio, TX354 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is a great place to get lovely views and pictures, of the harbor, the distant mountains, folks fishing, and occasional sea animals. We enjoyed the ocean breezes and the sights. There was something special about walking on a wooden wharf. There were some places to get something to eat, and clean public restrooms. Parking was free on the wharf for the first 90 minutes. This was a great place to get out and stretch our legs while driving the PCH.
Written October 29, 2023
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,246 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We pulled onto Stearn's Wharf to have lunch while driving up the CA coast. There's parking on the pier (restaurants validate) so it's very convenient. We didn't have any trouble finding a space on a Wednesday at lunchtime.

The pier offers nice views and ocean breezes. In addition to several restaurants, there some touristy shopping. We enjoyed our lunch and visit and would return.
Written September 4, 2023
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FamilyTraveller
Peterborough502 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This place is ok if you fancy a walk and good views of the coast, but it’s not a “must see” in my opinion. It’s very busy, and you have to avoid the many cars driving on it.

There’s a few touristy shops and restaurants but nothing special.
Written August 13, 2023
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WillieMacfan
Healdsburg, CA792 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Stearn's Wharf is actually a long wooden pier that allows cars to drive out and either turn around or park on it while the riders and walkers wander around or have a meal.

A number of restaurants at or near the end of the pier as well as a museum and a few shops.

A good opportunity to get your steps in if you walk the pier from the entrance to the end. The walkway is separated mostly form the pier road. Take you time and enjoy the views.
Written May 28, 2023
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connie
Grand Forks, ND29 contributions
Feb 2023
It was fun to walk this wharf and watch people fishing. We als watched a surfer. There are shops and restaurants as well as public restrooms. It is a lovely place to spend some time
Written February 19, 2023
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,555 contributions
Dec 2022
Classic California wharf in Santa Barbara. Still lots of wood. You can even drive on it. Offers a few restaurants on site as well as some gift/souvenir type places. There's even an ocean education center. At times you can even catch a water taxi. Nice for a stroll even if you're not eating, but sometimes the passing cars get in your way and mar the experience.
Written January 20, 2023
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Ashley
Fontana, CA49 contributions
Dec 2022
Nice place to grab lunch and walk around for a bit. There are a lot of sea lions that sleep underneath that are fun to watch.
Written January 18, 2023
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,712 contributions
Dec 2022
We walked it to watch the annual boat parade and stand were actually set up on the end. There are also picnic tables at that end and so much room. Tons of restaurants and small boutiques to shop. Very, very nice
Written December 19, 2022
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