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Stella Mare's

50 Los Patos Way (Cabrillo Blvd.)
Montecito, CA 93108
Stella Mare's offers satisfying French-inspired food and a lengthy list of local wines in a comfortably elegant country setting.
Openings: Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sat.


Stella Mare's, Montecito, CA

Stella Mare's Restaurant Review:

You might not know that Stella Mare’s has been around since 1996. Located across from the bird refuge and housed in an 1872 residence with a rustic look, it has a French country motif, mustard-colored walls and wide-plank distressed floors. The best spot here is the glass-encased greenhouse offering a panoramic view, fireside couches and a full bar, a setting ideal for weekend brunch and Wednesday night jazz. Other seating inside gives the feel of French country rustic, with several intimate rooms in which to dine. While not formal French food, the menu emphasizes the classics like niçoise salad and croque madame, or crab cakes served with a chili rémoulade. You’ll find diversity among entrées, seen in an oak-grilled rack of elk, venison osso buco and braised boar shank. Seafood lovers find satisfaction in such fresh choices as prawns, scallops, lobster, sea bass and salmon. There’s also the Los Patos burger --- ground duck with arugula, goat cheese, black cherry gastrique and whole-grain mustard aïoli on a brioche bun. Finish with a house-made dessert: tart lemon cake with a caramelized mascarpone cream topping and vanilla sauce. The wine list, while not large, offers a solid diversity of local and international wines.

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