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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

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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Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony

Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us on Stearns Wharf, December 9 th  to kick off the holiday season! Before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will switch on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir on Stearns Wharf ...
Tales & Scales

Tales & Scales

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 AM—3:00 PM Where: Sea Center, Stearns Wharf Creep and slither around the Sea Center in your Halloween costume while enjoying thrilling and chilling activities! Gasp for breath as you watch Sea...
Fourth of July 2018

Fourth of July 2018

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:     Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Live music begins...
Fourth of July 2017

Fourth of July 2017

Who: Stearns Wharf Merchants Association What: Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Live music begins at 11:00 AM Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Where: Stearns Wharf and West Beach,...
MCASB Opens Groundbreaking Exhibition on Stearns Wharf

MCASB Opens Groundbreaking Exhibition on Stearns Wharf

MCASB Opens Groundbreaking Exhibition on Stearns Wharf with Community Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony   Sunday, March 26, 2017 Sea Center at Stearns Wharf
Rock The Wharf

Rock The Wharf

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   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,...
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   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...
Old Wharf Trading Company

Old Wharf Trading Company

Stearns Wharf Press Releases 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...

Miguel Flores – general manager at Moby Dick

Stearns Wharf Press Releases 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 i...
Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare specimens

Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare specimens

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   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 Trilobi...
Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf Receives National Wine List Award of Excellence

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

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   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 y...
Conway Family Wines premieres three new spring wines

Conway Family Wines premieres three new spring wines

Stearns Wharf Press Releases Conway Family Wines premieres three new spring wines Conway Family Wines, a local family-owned and operated winery, will premiere three new white wines this spring. In July 2011, the Conway Family opened the Deep...
Madame Rosinka celebrates 50 years

Madame Rosinka celebrates 50 years

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   Madame Rosinka celebrates 50 years as longest Stearns Wharf merchant The iconic Madame Rosinka has been offering spiritual advice on Stearns Wharf for 50 years. Sonia Rosinka’s parents, both of Yugoslavian d...
Stearns Wharf Merchants Association announces officers

Stearns Wharf Merchants Association announces officers

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   Stearns Wharf Merchants Association announces officers The Stearns Wharf Merchants Association, a group dedicated to ensuring Santa Barbara’s iconic Stearns Wharf remains economically viable, has announced i...
Stearns Wharf Lil’ Toot water taxi announces private charter service

Stearns Wharf Lil’ Toot water taxi announces private charter service

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   Stearns Wharf Lil’ Toot water taxi announces private charter service Santa Barbara’s iconic Lil’ Toot water taxi, operated by Santa Barbara Water Taxi located on Stearns Wharf, can now be rented out for p...
Stearns Wharf offers hand-made Fudge

Stearns Wharf offers hand-made Fudge

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   Stearns Wharf offers hand-made Fudge At least twice a week, Judi Bruskin makes home-made fudge in Mother Stearns Candy Company’s small kitchen on Stearns Wharf. The labor of love is worth every minute. “People com...
Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle offers new lure

Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle offers new lure

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle offers new lure: same results, half the price The owner of Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle—the furthest store off shore at the end of the wharf, first visited the store w...
Shellfish Co. offers limited-time Ridgeback Shrimp

Shellfish Co. offers limited-time Ridgeback Shrimp

Stearns Wharf Press Releases   SB Shellfish Co. offers limited-time Ridgeback Shrimp The local Ridgeback Shrimp season is open now through the end of May and that means these large shrimp are served at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company,...

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

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.