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Chuck's Waterfront Grill

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113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 805-564-1200
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our dinner on a Saturday night. We made a reservation using OpenTable but didn't really need it to eat inside at 6:30. My son enjoyed his grilled salmon with garlic mashed potatoes ($27). Both my Waterfront Crusted Halibut (sesame crusted with lobster miso sauce $35) and my husband's Alaskan Halibut "Chuck's Style" (roasted in butter - $34). The... More 

Thank Christina W
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I feel like I'm generally a pretty good picker of Restaurants. This one was just OK in my book. I went there as a single, past the prime dinner rush. I found the front deck area half empty, but they insisted seating me WAY in the back, like on the side by the doors to the kitchen. Then during my... More 

Thank kevinak
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seafood dishes were incredible, especially the shrimp ceviche appetizer. Waiter was friendly and knowledgable and service was great.

Thank Michelle D
Indio, California
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450 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went when the restaurant opened. Some people were already seated on the deck. We were inside and it was not at all busy. Very quiet Monday night. The food was ok but not special so maybe a bit over priced. Service was ok but not great. The Cioppino was spicy - pretty good but lightbon seafood. The artichoke was... More 

Thank Bensus
Laguna Beach
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Very limited menu downstairs which left our party of 4 wanting more choices of seafood than what we desired.

Thank crater55
Telford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I visited Chuck's with my fiance late one weeknight in September. I had booked for 7.30pm but had to ring them to push it back to 9pm, which was fine. By the time we got there the outside deck area was largely empty, but there was still a good atmosphere with groups of friends and couples enjoying drinks and food.... More 

Thank Vicki H
Harrison, Maine
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85 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I ate in four restaurants while in Santa Barbara. This was definitely not a favorite. Service was slow, shrimp cocktail tasted old, menu was limited. Location was nice as were the views. I wouldn't return...too many better options.

Thank rhonda t
Albany, NY
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70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The temp hit 104 today so sitting by the window having dinner with a cool breeze coming in from the marina was wonderful. The food was great too and the service was outstanding. We arrived too early for our reservation so we went upstairs to the Endless Summer Bar and had a cocktail before dinner.

Thank Debbie M
Freehold, New Jersey
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

After we were seated we waited 29 minutes before anyone came by. That was after we asked the busboy. After our order was taken we had to request water refills as no one stopped to check on us. This is unfortunate. The food was decent and the location is great. The bartender also needs lessons. I asked for a basic... More 

Thank David B
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32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Waterfront Grill is Santa Barbara's breakfast version of the old television show "Cheers." We ended up eating breakfast here 4 out of the 5 days we were in Santa Barbara. Clearly a favorite of the locals, and with good reason. Everything we ate was delicious, with great service, reasonable prices, a beautiful view of the harbor and the best... 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$20 - US$35
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-564-1200

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