The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Barbara. Located at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park— one of the city’s premier marina and waterfront hangouts—this seafood proprietor specializes in raw dishes, progressive cocktails and inventive main courses. Guests can enjoy their dinner on an outdoor patio with stellar views of the ocean and sunsets, or in a lofted dining room with wraparound windows offering the same beautiful sights.
The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach has one of the best locations in Santa Barbara with a number of water sports and sunset sail excursions available just steps away. The restaurant is a ten-minute drive along the water away from Hotel Milo. Follow a nice day in the park or at the beach with a meal here and leave the crowds of Downtown for a few hours.
What to Try
Start your meal at the Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach with some samples from the extensive raw bar menu. The Boathouse Ceviche is a must try mixing shrimp, sea bass and calamari in a salsa fresca with lime and cucumber. If you’d prefer something cooked, the restaurant is known for one of the best fried calamari dishes in town served, in a buttermilk batter with shishito peppers and a chipotle aioli.
The main course options at The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach are upscale and eclectic. The spice-rubbed grilled Pacific sea bass comes with black truffle mash potatoes, spinach and grilled asparagus. The restaurant also whips up a phenomenal cioppino in a spicy tomato sauce with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, stone crab claw and garlic bread.
Close out your meal at The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach with a serving of bananas foster topped off with rum flambeau over a pastry square and McConnell’s Vanilla Bean ice cream.