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The Ultimate Ocean View Happy Hour Guide to Santa Barbara

Sip & Savor the Scene. 


What better way to enjoy the stunning ocean and island front views than with a refreshing cocktail in hand? That's why we've curated a complete list of all the ocean and island view happy hours in Santa Barbara, where you can sip, savor, and soak in the scenic views. From fresh seafood bites to craft cocktails, each happy hour spot offers a unique experience and ambiance for you to indulge in. So whether you're a local or just visiting, make sure to add these must-try happy hours to your list for a truly unforgettable Santa Barbara experience. Get ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy the best of both worlds: breathtaking views and delicious libations. It can be overwhelming to decide where to go. Fear not, we've got you covered with the ultimate guide to Santa Barbara's best ocean view happy hours to help you plan your next outing.

Happy Hours in Santa Barbara
Happy Hour Specials

All restaurants considered for this list were required to have a Happy Hour menu with special discounts and a seated view to the ocean and islands. Happy Hours subject to change so call ahead.

Santa Barbara's complete list of ocean/island view happy hour spots from North to South. 


The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach is a beachside restaurant that offers happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm everyday. The restaurant has a unique ambiance with a cozy fireplace, outdoor seating, and a beautiful ocean view. Try their signature cocktails or local wines while snacking on their delicious appetizers such as oysters or calamari.

Shoreline Cafe - Located right on Leadbetter beach, Shoreline Café is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara. Monday thru Friday 4 – 6pm (except holidays) Come stick your toes in the sand and see why Everything is better at the Beach! Check out the menu here.



The Anchor Rose - 3:00p - 8:00p Everyday. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Website here.


Moby Dick - Monday - Friday: 3pm to 5pm. Located on the Santa Barbara Wharf. Our goal is to provide fresh food, great service and spectacular views. Check out the menu here.



Bluewater Grill - Tue to Fri 3pm-6pm. Located on the Cabrillo Waterfront. Check out the menu here.


The Fish House - M-F and Sun 4pm-close, Saturday 2-5. Located on the waterfront.

Reunion Kitchen - Weekdays 2:30pm–6pm. Check out the menu here.


Tips for Maximizing Your Happy Hour Experience by the Sea

  1. Arrive Early Most happy hours tend to get crowded quickly, especially during peak season. Arriving early ensures that you get the best seating options and avoid the crowds.  

  2. Dress Comfortably Santa Barbara's weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to dress comfortably for happy hour. Bring a light sweater or jacket in case it gets chilly.  

  3. Plan Your Transportation If you plan on drinking during happy hour, it's essential to have a designated driver or plan transportation. Consider using Uber or Lyft to avoid driving after drinking.


Cheers to Sipping by the Sea in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara has some of the best ocean-view happy hours that you won't want to miss. Whether you're a local or just visiting, there's an array of places to choose from, each with its unique ambiance and menu. From sipping on margaritas to trying fresh seafood, Santa Barbara's happy hour scene has it all. So, grab a friend, sit back, and relax as you take in the stunning ocean views and enjoy some of the best happy hours in town.



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