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Review of Stearns Wharf, from Tripadvisor

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    Ranked #24 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara. No visit to Santa Barbara would be complete wtihout a stroll down this beautiful wharf. Also a great place for that Kodak moment while visitng Santa Barbara.

    Amy K. Los Angeles


    Review of Stearns Wharf, from Yelp

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    Why is Stearn’s wharf rated so low? It’s pretty much free parking (if you patronize one store) and there are gorgeous views. This place holds a very special place in my heart since my bf and now fiance had our first date and sealed the engagement deal years later.


    Review of Stearns Wharf, from Gogobot Reviews

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    Relax by enjoying a meal outdoors on the patio of the Harbor Restaurant, then walk around the wharf breathing in the fresh ocean air. Christine M

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, http://www.santabarbaraca.gov (Municipal code, section 6) , or feel free to contact the Waterfront Department’s Property Management Specialist, Patrick Henry at 805-897-1961 or phenry@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

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Parking Fees on Stearns Wharf:

  • First 90-minutes Free for Single vehicle 20-feet and under: $2.50 per additional hour or part of an hour, $20 maximum per day. Vehicles over 20 feet are prohibited on the Wharf. There is limited oversized vehicle parking available in the Palm Park parking lot and the Garden St. parking lot. Please contact our Parking division at 805-564-5534 with any additional parking questions.
  • ADA (Disabled) Parking first 2 1/2 Hours $2.50 per additional hour or part of an hour, $20 maximum per day
  • Valet parking is available courtesy of the Harbor Restaurant.
  • Exceptions are during special events such as the 4th of July when access to the wharf is limited to pedestrians only.

About Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf from East Beach side
 

In 1872 construction was completed on what had just become the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles 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 quarter century.

When the railroad finally reached Santa Barbara in 1877, Stearns added an additional spur to the wharf, providing a necessary transport link to his lumberyard and the nearby Southern Pacific Depot. The spur was damaged by severe storms in the early 1900’s and was ultimately abandoned in 1923. A raiload logging car remains on the spur as a legacy of the times.

The Harbor Restaurant was built on the wharf in 1941, marking an end to the shipping and transportation era of the 1800’s. The restaurant proved to be the economic backbone of the wharf.

Since its beginning, Stearns Wharf has had its share of natural and economic disasters, from the big earthquake in 1925 to a fire in 1973 which caused its closing. The wharf stayed closed for six years until restorations began, and in the fall of 1981 it finally reopened. Yet another fire in the winter of 1998 devastated the last hundred and fifty feet of the wharf, including Moby Dick Restaurant. Though the rest of the wharf remained open during this period, the rebuilding took over two years. The new Stearns Wharf stands today as Santa Barbara’s most visited landmark.

Press Releases

The businesses on Stearns Wharf are reopening - Phase three

The businesses on Stearns Wharf are reopening - Phase three

Who:       Stearns Wharf businesses What:     The businesses on Stearns Wharf are Reopening When:     Now Where:   Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA Why:       Covid-19 Phase 3 implementation   Stearns Wharf has been open ...
Businesses on Stearns Wharf are reopening

Businesses on Stearns Wharf are reopening

Who:       Stearns Wharf businesses What:     The businesses on Stearns Wharf are Reopening When:     Now Where:   Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA Why:       Covid-19 Phase 2 implementation Stearns Wharf has been open during the Pandemic ...
Sea Center "Lights It Blue"

Sea Center "Lights It Blue"

On Thursday, May 14, several Santa Barbara buildings will become beacons of blue light in visual support of COVID-19 frontline workers. “#LightItBlue,” as the movement is called, began in the U.K. on March 26 with the illumination of landmarks and...
Julia Child’s Guide to Santa Barbara County – Santa Barbara Culinary Experience

Julia Child’s Guide to Santa Barbara County – Santa Barbara Culinary Experience

Stearns Wharf is featured as one of Julia Child's favorite destinations in Santa Barbara County on SBCE Events - Julia Child's Guide to Santa Barbara County . Photo Credit: Photo Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University ...
Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary

Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary

Come join as we celebrate Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary Join us on Stearns Wharf to celebrate the 147th  Anniversary during the Month of October.  Visit the merchants and see what specials they have in celebration of the Wharf’s Anniversary. S...

Features

Video including Stearns Wharf by Lilli Montes
Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

PRESS RELEASE & CALENDAR LISTING Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf Who:     Stearns Wharf Merchants Association What:      Fourth  of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf When:     Thursday, July 4, 2019           Live music...
Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare Fossil Specimens and Jewelry lines on Stearns Wharf

Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare Fossil Specimens and Jewelry lines on Stearns Wharf

Family-owned and – operated on Stearns Wharf since 1981, Nature’s Own Gallery is featuring a Crinoid fossil plate this month.  After almost 38 years on Stearns Wharf, Nature’s Own features shells, fossils, minerals, jewelry and gifts from around the wo...
Must Sea Landmark

Must Sea Landmark

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Merchants


Celebration Cruises

Celebration Cruises
Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara located at Stearns Wharf is a luxury 42-Passenger yacht. Running daily, our schedule offers a variety of fun and romantic cruises to fit everyone’s needs including, sunset cruises, brunch and dinner cruises, whale watching, seasonal tours.

237 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805)465-6676

Hours
Sunday through Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Char West

Char West
Charburgers, cheeseburgers and the yummiest fish and chips this side of the English Channel.
221 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-5631

Hours
Sunday through Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm


Deep Sea Tasting Room

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

Hours
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.

Hours
Seasonal


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.

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


Harbor Restaurant

The Harbor Restaurant
Excellent Dining and Santa Barbara’s Most Beautiful View
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Hours
Mondays 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesdays 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Thursdays 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fridays 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sundays 10:00 am – 10:00 pm


Longboards

Longboard’s Beach Bar and Grill
Casual Dining with an Ocean View
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-3311

Hours
Mondays 11:30 apm – 11:00 pm
Tuesdays 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thursdays 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fridays 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sundays 11:00 am – 10:30 pm


Madame Rosinka
221 B Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Madame Rosinka
Offering Palm, Tarot Card, and Psychic readings. Confidentiality is guaranteed, and readings are also available by phone.
Call for an appointment today at (805) 215-3540 or drop by her parlor in the little tower on Stearns Wharf.

Hours
Sunday through Saturday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm


Moby Dick Restaurant

Moby Dick
An Excellent Breakfast Venue.
220 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805)965-0549

Hours
Sunday through Saturday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm


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.

Hours
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.

Hours
Seasonal


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.

Hours
Seasonal


Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Sea Center

211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805)962-2526

Hours
Sunday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day


Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company
That great little crab place near the end of the Wharf.
230 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 966-6676

Hours
Sunday through Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Santa Barbara Water Taxi

Santa Barbara Water Taxi
With a smile on its bow and bubbles rising from its smokestack, the Lil’ Toot is a Santa Barbara tradition that has delighted over 250,000 since 2003. Running from noon until sunset every half hour, Santa Barbara’s original waterfront taxi shuttles both visitors and locals continuously between the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf.

237 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(888)316-9363

Hours
Mondays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesdays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sundays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


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.

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


Topside Resort Wear

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

Hours
Seasonal

Welcome

Santa Barbara’s number 1 attraction

Businesses on Stearns Wharf are reopening Phase Three

Stearns Wharf has fun recreation, great restaurants, and amazing creatures at the Sea Center.

Recreation and Education

Take a ride on the Water Taxi. Spend some time with marine life at the Sea Center. See what your future holds at Madame Rosinkas. Visit the Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle and cast your line to fish at the edge of the wharf. Click here for information about the Stearns Wharf Sea Center event rentals

Restaurants

Come for the best food and the best views in all of Santa Barbara. You will find char-burgers and fish and chips at Char West; casual dining at Longboards Grill; fresh fish, steaks, prime rib, cocktails, and fine wines at the Harbor Restaurant; casual dining and the catch of the day at Moby Dicks Restaurant; and local crustaceans, shrimp, and other seafood specialties at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. They all have the best views of Santa Barbara.

Specialty Shops

There are many specialty shops at Stearns Wharf. You will find souvenirs, delicious candy at Mother Stearns Candy Shop, Ice Cream at the Great Pacific Ice Cream Company, and unique shells at Nature’s Own Gift Shop.