Yes, they do mean that The Endless Summer (113 Harbor Way, 805/564-4666, www.endlesssummerbarcafe.net, daily 11 a.m.–close, $10). When they decided to create a new restaurant out on the pier, the owners went to Bruce Johnson, a Santa Barbara resident and acknowledged creator of the “real” surfing movie genre, and asked him if he would mind having a restaurant named for his most famous film.
Bruce thought it was a fine idea, and not only gave the project his blessing, he quickly became a regular in the dining room. Photos of Bruce, other famous surfers, and lots of surfing paraphernalia from the historic to the modern deck the walls of this seaside bar and café.
The menu has plenty of salads and sandwiches, includes some intriguing daily specials, and serves from the menu of the Waterfront Grill downstairs. Service is friendly, and the atmosphere tends towards casual local hangout.
Many patrons know each other and the staff, and the bar gets crowded as the evening wears on. Live music—sometimes just a talented solo player—provides pleasant background and occasionally a dance track for the more energetic patrons.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition