We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474 (Hollister)
+1 805-968-0100
08:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

195 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 192: English reviews
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

I attended a private event situated at this venue. The focus was French cuisine. Apparently Bacara has a relatively new Executive Chef, and French is his specialty. I have very limited experience with this type of cuisine. But, to me, the salad and main courses were among the best I have had in a long, long time. Quite the treat.... More 

Thank SeekingVines
Carmel, California
Level Contributor
311 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Bacara Resort offers nothing but the finest in in all of its wonderful amenities. The Bistro is no exception. Exceptional service (thank you Salvadore!), diverse menu (the ceviche and chicken tacos are SO good) and an incredible setting. Thanks to all for a memorable experience.

Thank Jim W
Los Angeles, California, United States
Level Contributor
108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

The service was incredible, especially from our server Landon. My wife and I were at the Bistro to celebrate our anniversary. Landon was EXTRAORDINARY! He made us feel like VIPs. As far as the food goes, we started with the fritto misto (excellent). I had the chef's famous halibut and I was not disappointed. One of the best local halibuts... More 

Thank Gerard R
Level Contributor
35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Back from Europe and went back to the Bacara, a favorite for nearly 10 years. Great food and outstanding service. Nice to be back, have a family lunch and a favorite walk on the beach. No tar balls!

Thank Chris S
West Covina, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Healthy menu. Good Sunday buffet breakfast. Check out with good impression and healthy food. Nice pet friendly place

Thank Mayank S
Shell Beach
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

I was excited to dine on opening night of the renovated Bistro Restaurant at Bacara yesterday. The menu isn't a giant selection of entries by any means but what Chef Lesage has assembled was nothing short of amazing. We started of with martinis and calamari for starters. The calamari steaks was a generous portion, perfectly cooked and yummy.. We had... More 

1 Thank CoastalCouple_10
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

We always have breakfast or brunch here when we stay at Bacara. The outdoor seating provides a beautiful view and the service has always been excellent!

Thank Bilwil_LasVegas
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The food here was fantastic, the views beautiful, great energy, truly romantic. Pet friendly outside seating.

Thank SkiergirlLosAngeles
Level Contributor
70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

I ate here twice and enjoyed the food both times. First time was dinner on my birthday. The salmon was delicious and service was attentive. Second time was late lunch (2:00). I was promptly seated and then forgotten. Once my order was finally taken, it seemed like the kitchen forgot me as well. When my burger came, it was delicious.... More 

Thank Diane E
Columbia, MD
Level Contributor
315 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

The food and service here were both good. I had a delicious pasta dish and my husband had a beautifully prepared steak. You can sit on the heated patio in the evening and enjoy the lush atmosphere.

Thank Ruth G

Been to The Bistro? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
American, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-968-0100
  • This restaurant is at Bacara Resort & Spa

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Bistro staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?