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Beachside Bar & Cafe Restaurant Review: Take a knockout location at Goleta Beach Park, add a creative chef who makes the most of steaks, seafood and pasta, and you have the Beachside Bar & Café. The sunny main room looks out over the sand to the busy Goleta Pier and Santa Barbara Channel. The glass-enclosed patio has a breathtaking view of the sunset over the water and the nearby University of California at Santa Barbara. The airport’s right next door, so you get an interesting mix of students, faculty, beach-goers, pilots and crew, and other airport shufflers. Chef Carlos Ramirez, former sous chef at Chicago’s plush Pump Room, says his signature entrée is the Alaskan halibut stuffed with Dungeness crab, baked with a goat cheese crust and served over citrus beurre blanc. Salads and light sandwiches are a good match for the setting at lunch, as is a generous ceviche, made with fish and calamari. Real seafood fans can stick with daily selections from the raw bar. The wine list is strong on local bottles.