If you were any closer to the water you'd be on a boat. Perched above the sand at Arroyo Burro Beach ("Hendry's" to the locals), this is Santa Barbara's go-to spot for fresh-off-the-boat seafood, sunset cocktails, and lively happy hours, with a free side order of ocean breeze. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, the Boathouse is owned by father-son team Tom and Adam White, who also head up the nearby FisHouse and Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. The indoor dining room has a casual yet upscale beach club feel, with huge windows framing ocean and Channel Islands views, and a well-designed bar that allows for both indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoors, the spacious glassed-in patio is decked out with a firepit, heaters, and umbrellas. A sure breakfast or brunch bet is the signature poached eggs over Dungeness crab cakes on a bed of hash browns. Dinner entrées range from mesquite-grilled local white sea bass with roasted tomato beurre blanc to a cioppino, chock-full of shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, and crabs. Landlubber options include chicken, pasta, and steaks. Don't miss the homemade macadamia-nut mud pie, made with local McConnell's ice cream.
Santa Barbara› Restaurant
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
At Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr. (nr. Las Positas Rd.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Arroyo Burro Beach Hours Daily 7:30am–9:30pm, bar until 11:30pm Phone 805/898-2628 Prices Main courses $18.95–$32.95, includes soup or salad Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
MapAt Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara
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