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“nice walk”(101 reviews)
“souvenir shops”(42 reviews)
“wooden pier”(20 reviews)
Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-962-6210
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Reviewed 4 days ago

free, and free parking. Plenty of little shops, places to eat, stroll around and see if anyone catching anything at the end of the pier.

Thank mykomyko
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was fun to see but certainly not the boardwalk of other places. Not much there to do. Beautiful views from the wharf.

Thank Jane R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you buy something from the stores on the Wharf you get charged around 4 percent. No signs stating this so be aware.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was excited upon finding the pier as I love city themed piers. The excitement didn't last as it soon became abundantly clear that the majority of space was used for parking. What a waste of prime real estate. A couple of restaurants and some cheesy...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shops and a variety of restaurants can be found here along with very scenic views. Try some seafood and enjoy the sunshine.

Thank Linda5355
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shops to explore, restaurants to eat at, and wine tasting with a view! Easy parking on the pier, or you can park in the city and walk to the pier.

Thank MP2132
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the Wharf early morning and I’d say it is a pretty tourist type place. But worth a walk and view back to SB.

Thank okatty
Reviewed 1 week ago

There aren't many piers "Wharfs" you can drive on. Take the opportunity to visit Stearns Wharf and enjoy the delightful restaurants and shops. There is minimal parking unless you eat at Harbor Restaurant or Longboard's Grill, where you can valet park. Have a beer and...More

Thank deewiz2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stroll the aged wood of the wharf, but watch out for cars. In a place with limited space the owners of this wharf still see fit to devote about 50% of it to the automobile (parking & road space). How much nicer it could be...More

Thank Wanderering1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I travel to SB, I also make a stop at Sterns Wharf. It has some great casual and fine restaurants, fun wine tasting stop,and an awesome view of the SB coastline. What is not to love. Its a hub area for the Cabrillo Blvd...More

Thank PatriotDave
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28 September 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
No the shops and vendors are further on
28 September 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
This is my very first visit so I couldn't say if this is the one but there was none or very few vendors at the beginning of the board walk leading up the pier
Maureen B
27 August 2017|
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Response from Fallbrookian | Reviewed this property |
I have seen pets on the pier, but there's no place for them to do their business so you'll want to see to that first! I'm not positive the souvenir shops would allow them, but there are outdoor cafes where they could join... More