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Boathouse at Hendry's Beach

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2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
+1 805-898-2628
07:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 21:00
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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While visiting family in LA before a drive up the coast to San Francisco in 2006, a cousin impressed upon me that I would not be doing my family justice if our 2 days in Santa Barbara did not include breakfast at the Boathouse (at that time called The Brown Pelican). We have been on the west coast in the... More 

Thank Paul S
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Once again checked TripAdvisor for a place for lunch and found this wonderful spot right on the beach. We were seated quickly at a table view a great view. We had the Shrimp Pasta, Fish Tacos, Seared Tuna and Tuna Salad Sandwich. Every one was very happy with their selection. The Clam Chowder was loaded with crab. Went for a... More 

Thank Jeff C
British Columbia, Canada
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, we arrived just a tiny bit too late to take full advantage of the sunset from our deck table that was as close to the beach as you could get. The outdoor heaters were a welcome addition and even though the deck was crowded, our table was very private. The wine menu offers a great selection and our waiter... More 

Thank Patti C
Yachats, Oregon
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I stopped here for lunch on a road trip. We were lucky and found a parking stop and only had to wait about 20 minutes at this popular place for a table with a view directly onto the beach. The prices were reasonable, the food fresh and good, the beach location ideal. We ordered one of our... More 

Thank travelfanaticsunltd
Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It has a lovely view and nice menu. The wait time and service can be very slow. Parking can be tricky, too.

Thank Hfamily42015
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove here at the suggestion of our hotel clerk and it was well worth it. It's absolutely beautiful, right on the water , the food very good and the service outstanding. We went for lunch, but they also serve a breakfast menu til 2. The walnut cranberry salad with shrimp was outstanding and we split the bananas foster for... More 

Thank Auntmaz
Henderson, Nevada, United States
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a recommendation from a guy at a winery and we are so glad we listened to him. My husband and I split a lobster special which was great. We tried the wedge salad and clam chowder--delish! My kids both had the filet mug on and said it was amazing. Prices are higher but food is worth it. We... More 

Thank Lisa B
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a spectacular table on the patio looking out on the ocean. The food was excellent, the service was wonderful and the setting out of this world

Thank SlwOfDavis
Charleston, South Carolina
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't ask for a better location even if the hotel is at a long wait. After a hour wait, the food and drinks were well worth it. Excellent food and cocktails with great service. Will repeat when in the area.

Thank ncsugrad2000
Cuernavaca, Mexico
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did not get a chance to try the lobster from the region, however the one they offered from Main was excellent. Although I must say that what I liked the most were the scallops with rice. Without a doubt the place is worth it, the locals recommend it and the view that I touched that day at dusk was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-898-2628

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