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Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf Receives National Wine List Award of Excellence

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Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf Receives National Wine List Award of Excellence

The Harbor Restaurant received the magazine’s 2013 Wine List Award of Excellence for its wine list. This marks the 12th year in a row the restaurant has received this honor.

To qualify for the award, restaurants must offer interesting wine selections, have a wine list appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers, according to Wine Spectator.

“We are honored to be included on the wine list once again,” said Jordan Scott, director of operations. “We strive to give our guests the best experience possible—from the ocean view, to the fresh fish, USDA prime steaks and, of course, our quality wine.”

Scott’s dad, John Scott, purchased The Harbor Restaurant in 1988, renovated it and reopened it in 1989. The father-son duo have worked together for the past five years.

Prior to the Scotts, the Williams family operated The Harbor Restaurant, which was destroyed by fire in 1971 and rebuilt in 1981. The Harbor Restaurant specializes in California wines.

Jordan Scott attended San Marcos High School as well as the University of the Pacific.

The Harbor Restaurant
The Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf.

Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare specimens

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Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare specimens and jewelry lines on Stearns Wharf

Family–owned and –operated on Stearns Wharf since 1981, Nature’s Own Gallery is featuring a 500 million-year-old Trilobite fossil plate this month.

“We are thrilled to operate our tasting room on Stearns Wharf,” said Tom Conway, 31, the vice president of business development. “This location has helped us to build our business from the ground up. We started with nothing but our vineyards, six years later we have produced multiple vintages and have a beautiful tasting room space to share our wines and the story of our winemaking.”

After almost 33 years on Stearns Wharf, Nature’s Own features shells, fossils, minerals, jewelry and gifts from around the world.

The Trilobite fossil is from the Middle Cambrian era and records the Cambrian explosion, before which only soft-bodied animals such as worms and jelly fish existed. Many forms of trilobites came and went during the Paleozoic Era with their extinction marking the end of the Paleozoic Era.

Nature's Own Trilobite
The fossil is from the Jbel Wawrmast Formation (Tissafinian Stage) and shows Acadoparadoxides briareus, according to Jon Marshall, whose parents opened the shop when the wharf reopened in 1981. Click on the picture to view in enlarged format.

Mr. Marshall now co-owns the shop with his siblings. Their children have started working at the shop and are now the third generation of Santa Barbarans to work at Nature’s Own.

Mr. Marshall owns two shops on Stearns Wharf: Nature’s Own Gallery with his brother, Jim Marshall, and sister, Judi Bruskin, and Devil & the Deep Blue Sea.

The shop also features a new line of fossils, amethyst geodes and unique jewelry pieces. Nature’s Own Gallery is the place to go to find that gift for the person that has everything.

Miguel Flores – general manager at Moby Dick

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Miguel Flores – general manager at Moby Dick, a family–friendly restaurant on Stearns Wharf –
celebrates 10 years at the oceanfront restaurant this year.

NoozHawk Article    Casa Magazine

Flores grew up in Mexico City and came to San Jose as a teenager. He attended De Anza Community College and started working in restaurants as a bus boy. He moved to Santa Barbara on recommendation from a friend and got a job at Moby Dick after the same friend, who worked at the restaurant then, referred him. Flores started as a server.

“The minute I walked into the restaurant, I was in love,” Flores said. “It was early in the morning and still dark when I first walked in. When the sun rose, I said, ‘This is it. I don’t want to work anywhere else.’”

Now, 10 years later, Flores is general manager, managing more than 60 employees.

Under Flores’ leadership, Moby Dick has a revamped menu with fewer, higher-quality options. All ingredients are local, purchased from The Berry Man Inc., Jordano’s Food service, Harbor Meat & Seafood and the downtown farmer’s market, Flores said.

“Our business is better than ever,” Flores said. “We are breaking records.”

Old Wharf Trading Company

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Old Wharf Trading Company

Noozhawk Article
Old Wharf Trading Company, a clothing and souvenir shop on Stearns Wharf, recently hired a new manager.

Rina Mitchell brings a wealth of managerial experience to Old Wharf Trading Company. Her previous experience includes managing clothing stores, movie theaters and other retail stores.

“Rina has been a wonderful addition to our staff,” said Inga Hartmann, who owns Old Wharf with her husband, Patrick Hartmann.

Since joining the team, Mitchell has assisted in implementing a new software program that has streamlined the store’s reordering process, Hartmann said.’

Old Wharf Company
Click on the picture to see in enlarged format.

“Old Wharf is a wonderful place to work,” Mitchell said. “People are always happy when they walk in here. They are usually on vacation and relaxed.”

As the economy continues to recover and the Hartmanns look toward the busier spring and summer seasons, they will start hiring additional staff, Hartmann said.

Old Wharf Trading Company, which has been in business on Stearns Wharf for more than 30 years, features a wide variety of gifts and decorator items, clothing, toys, books and more.

For more information, click here or call 805.962.4118

Rock The Wharf

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Rock the Wharf

Rock the Wharf

Rock the Wharf Series 2016—2017

View the following Press Releases spanning over a four months of four “Rock The Wharf” events held on Stearns Wharf.

Rock The Wharf, January, 2017
Rock The Wharf, December, 2016
Rock The Wharf, November, 2016
Rock The Wharf, October, 2016

Join us on Stearns Wharf between the Sea Center and Old Wharf Trading Company, Saturday, January 7th, at 3:00 p.m. for the fourth FREE Rock the Wharf event, a new monthly lineup of live performances overlooking the ocean

Bring out family and friends and enjoy live music provided by Notes for Notes – Jazz Villains 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Rock the Wharf will be Emceed by KYTD’s Lin Aubuchon, with a gift basket raffle to be held at 5:00 p.m.

Check out the Rock the Wharf specials at participating merchants and take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy Santa Barbara’s great fall weather and listen to fantastic live music while you dine, shop, and enjoy the best views of Santa Barbara.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf as well as at the Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots. The first 90-minutes of parking on the wharf is free! Or take Little Toot from the Harbor or the Downtown or Waterfront shuttles to the wharf.

Rock the Wharf is sponsored by the Stearns Wharf Business Association, the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, and Notes for Notes . For more information visit:

Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Business Association President Phone: 805.962.6010 Email:

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century. Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and Where State Street Meets the Sea. Ninety minutes free parking and always dog-on-a-leash friendly.

Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs afterschool recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with professional instruments – guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths – and equipment – DJ gear, digital music workstations – and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes.



Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 11, 2016


The Honorable Mayor Helene Schneider will turn on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir to officially open the holiday season for the Waterfront!

The 31st Annual Parade of Lights will start at 5:30 p. m. with some 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging for the parade takes place from the east side of the Wharf, and the Mayor will end the boat parade by lighting the tree to start the fireworks show and end your night with a bang. Take advantage of the opportunity to start your holiday season by having dinner, a treat or do some holiday shopping for your family and friends. Gift certificates are available at the Wharf businesses.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf (before 3:30 p.m.) as well as at the Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots. The first 90-minutes of parking on the wharf is free!

Sponsored by the Wharf Merchants. For more information, visit

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.

Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President Phone: 805.962.6010 Email:


The following merchants have specials on Valentines Day

Celebration Cruises

Valentines Brunch Aboard Azure Seas

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
$65 per person


  • Strawberry Bellini when boarding
  • Assorted Pastry
  • Savory Scrambled eggs
  • Thick Crispy Maple Bacon
  • Home Fried Potatoes
  • House cured Salmon Gravlax
  • Beef Tips with Peppercorn Sauce
  • Baby Kale with Strawberries Feta Almonds and Lemon Poppy seed Vinaigrette
  • Pasta Salad with Pesto Sun Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan
  • Fruit Plate with Melon and Berries
  • Peeled Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce
  • Small Bites Dessert Bar


Valentines Brunch Aboard Azure Seas

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
$60 per person


  • Glass of Cava Champagne when boarding
  • Cheese and Charcuterie Platters
  • Crudités Platter
  • Swiss Style Fondue


Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Cruise Aboard Azure Seas

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
$60 per person


  • Glass of Cava Champagne when boarding
  • Chocolate Truffle Bites
  • Lemon Blueberry Bites
  • Cookie Plate
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Click here to Contact Celebration Cruises here for Reservations


There will be more coming soon!




Frequently Asked Questions

Stearns Wharf Hours
  • Kiosk opens at 07:00AM
  • Kiosk closes at 10:00PM
  • Validation is no longer required; EVERYONE gets the first 90 minutes free; followed by $2.50/hour or any part of an hour
  • Individuals displaying a handicapped/disabled placard get the first 2.5 hours free parking on the Wharf; followed by $2.50/hour or any part of an hour.
  • Travel Directions to Stearns Wharf
  • Stearns Wharf Parking Map
  • Wharf Directory Map
Tour and Charter Bus Parking
Any vehicle over 20′ is prohibited from accessing Stearns Wharf because of the limited turning radius and other considerations on Stearns Wharf. All tour buses can park in the zone designated “Tour Bus Parking” near the Santa Barbara Visitor Center, on Cabrillo Blvd. just past the Garden St. intersection.

A mere 50 yards away is Stearns Wharf, where a medley of shops, restaurants, a museum, wine tasting, renting fishing gear or even get your palm read, all of this and more await you. A short stroll up the Wharf gives the casual stroller the beautiful views of the Harbor (where all the boats are parked), the panoramic views of the mountains as well as the islands offshore.

Tour and Charter Bus directions for parking on Cabrillo Blvd. If you are coming from the south (going North on 101), exit at Garden, turn left at the bottom of the off ramp, proceed until you reach Cabrillo, then turn right on park on the right in the designated Charter bus parking zone.

To view the map in a full size page, click here.

Renting Wheel Chairs on Stearns Wharf
The company to contact regarding wheelchairs and rides is “Easy Lift” at (805) 681-1181 and website:
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found for missing items is located in the Harbor Patrol Office at 132-A Harbor Way. Phone number is (805) 564-5530. All found items should make their way to this office if found on the Wharf or in the Harbor.
Stearns Wharf Pet Policy
Dogs are allowed Stearns Wharf and there are rules/laws/regulations that govern animals and/or dogs. Most of the laws are common among municipalities. For example, dogs must be on a leash, less than 6′ in length, the dog must always be under the immediate control of the owner, you must clean up after your dog, and for Santa Barbara dogs are not permitted on the beach in city limits and dogs left in vehicles when the weather is hot is not advised.

There are a couple of restaurants that have outdoor seating that may allow you to have your dog sit nearby while you enjoy a burger (Char West-805-962-5631) or a lobster taco (SB Shellfish 805-966-6676). For complete details on our animal regulations, please visit our website, (Municipal code, section 6) , or feel free to contact the Waterfront Department’s Property Management Specialist, Patrick Henry at 805-897-1961 or Patrick Henry at Santa BarbaraCA . gov.

Stearns Wharf Fishing is Free
For all fellow anglers who like to fish off of Piers and Wharfs, fishing on Stearns Wharf is free. You will find supplies and bait at Stearns Wharf Bait and Tackle for all of your fishing needs.
Stearns Wharf Permits Photo & Film
Film Production on Stearns Wharf For photo and film permits please contact the Waterfront Department at 805-564-5531.
Walking Shoes
It is not recommended to wear high heels. The heels can get stuck between the planks and heels can get broken. Flat comfortable shoes are suggested for walking on Stearns Wharf.
No Requests for Donations or Businesses Allowed
We do not permit person(s) to “set up a station” for selling/displaying of any items for sale, massages, etc. We do not permit any requests for donations or sales in the roadway or on the walkway since the free flow of vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic is paramount for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Stearns Wharf is an old wooden wharf with very limited space.
Stearns Wharf Memorial Plaques
Memorial plaques. Kathy Sangster at the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department is the key person to discuss this important matter and can provide you with all the details and answer your questions. Since the information is somewhat detailed please call Kathy after 9:00am on Monday at 805-897-1963. The Wharf itself doesn’t have any Memorial plaques.
Any merchant related ventures (no carts or stands)
We appreciate your interest in wishing to conduct business in the Santa Barbara Waterfront. We receive numerous business proposals annually and although we appreciate you wanting to do business in the Waterfront, we do not allow these types of business activities. As far as the permissibility of such an operation I can direct you to our Municipal Code.

    • SB Municipal Code Chapter 17.28.010: Permit Required – Business Activity: Except as expressly authorized in writing by the Waterfront Director or his or her designee, no person shall engage in any business or commercial activity of any kind whatsoever in the Harbor District without first having applied for and obtained the appropriate license, lease or permit. (Ord. 5528, 2010; Ord. 4757, 1992; Ord. 3517 §2(part), 1972.)


The Harbor District as defined in the Municipal Code Section 17.04.010.M is the entire waterfront of the City. More specifically: M. HARBOR DISTRICT. The entire Waterfront of the City, including all navigable waters and all tidelands and submerged lands, whether filled or unfilled, situated below the line of mean high tide, bounded by the limits of the City as now fixed or hereafter may be extended. (Ord. 5386, 2006; Ord. 4757, 1992; Prior Code §24.1.)

The entire Municipal Code is available at: and Page 364 of the document is where you will find 17.28. This section states that you must meet a number of criteria to do business in the Harbor including leasable space.

To inquire about any space for lease, feel free to contact the Waterfront Department’s Property Management Specialist, Patrick Henry at 805-897-1961 or


Specialty Shops

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Deep Sea Tasting Room

Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room
217 G Stearns Wharf
Wine Tasting and Views

Mondays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fridays 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
219 C Stearns Wharf
Opened in 1988, Devil & Deep Blue Sea specializes in toys and gifts guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone.


Mother Stearns Candy Company

Mother Stearns Candy Company
219 B Stearns Wharf
We carry hundreds of different varieties of candy, from old fashioned hard candies to gummy bears.

Sunday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Natures Own

Natures Own Gallery
217 Stearns Wharf
Nature’s Own Gallery offers a wonderful selection of shells, fine jewelry, candles and interior design items.


Old Wharf Trading Company

Old Wharf Trading Company
217 A Stearns Wharf
The Old Wharf Trading Company is the largest general merchandise store on the wharf.


Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle

Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle
230 B Stearns Wharf
Experienced Employees Ready to Satisfy the Needs of the Salt-Water Angler.
Call 805 965.1333 for the latest information for fishing on Stearns Wharf.

Sunday through Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company

The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company
219 A Stearns Wharf
32 flavors of fine ice creams and sherberts, handmade locally.

Sunday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Topside Resort Wear

Topside Resort Wear
217 Stearns Wharf
Topside is the largest clothing store on the wharf.


Seasonal Hours may depend on event schedules, and when tourism is increased.