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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Take in the pleasant views from the tip of Stearns Wharf, a wooden pier stretching out into the harbor of Santa Barbara. Built in 1872, the pier now serves primarily as a tourist attraction. Stop at the restaurant at the end of the pier, and enjoy the views over Santa Barbara as you savor your meal. With our world travel planner, Santa Barbara attractions like Stearns Wharf can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Great pier with good restaurants. The view of the beach is very beautiful there. Much more simple than those of San Francisco and Santa Monica, but it's worth the trip for those who want to stay a day or two in a quiet town.
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  • fun to walk on the pier and visit...Not a whole lot to do there, however since it is there, worth the visit and walk  more »
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  • I had my wedding ceremony at their place and I can't be more grateful for all the friendly staff, classy place and the very delicious food! They also printed a delicate dinner menu specially designed for the occasion with both our names on it! The manager is a really great person too, very friendly and considerate and tries her best to make everything as perfect as possible. I think as they proved to be capable to handle this ceremony so beautifully, they definitely deserve a 5 star rating! I trusted them with my wedding, you could definitely trust them too! Thanks Stearns Wharf for giving me such a delightful memory!
  • I have to say that Stearns Wharf probably is the most scenic of the piers along the California coast. Plenty of Wharf parking and some near the Wharf as well as on the street. Parking was free for the first 2 hours and pretty nominal for the additional time. The beach adjacent to the Wharf is very pretty as well. Fishing boats and sail boats sail around. They have some shops and restaurants as well as a tour operator and a museum. The restrooms were clean.
  • Super cute. Great picture opportunities. The wharf itself is kind of cool to drive over. It makes an interesting noise as you drive over it. There are plenty of touristy places to eat and get souvenirs if you're into that kind of thing. There was one restaurant at the end of the wharf that actually looked like I'd want to eat there because there were so many cool kinds of local crabs to eat in tanks by the window. The parking is quite expensive but if you're just doing a drive by like us, the first 90 min are free. Keep aware of your surroundings (as you would anyway). No one harassed us but I did see some residentially challenged individuals get angry at each other and start a bit of a fight.
  • It was beautiful scenery. The service w as excellent. I would have given a 5 stars, if all their tables had umbrella. We were burning hot before we finished our food.
  • Beautiful day on the beach. The boardwalk was so much fun. Great places to eat with a fantastic view. There is a great sweets store that sells fudge and other treats. Worth a stop if you have a sweet tooth.

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