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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 805-565-8237
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07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Pleasanton, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view of the ocean is the best aspect of our experience. The menu was promising but the food did not deliver - the octopus was chewy and it went down hill from there. Perhaps it would have been better appreciated if our server wasn't in such a rush - they tried to clear plates before we were even finished.... More 

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Thank Dominic S
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner on the patio. The service was amazing. The food was wonderful. The wine was excellent. The view out did everything else.

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We make an effort to come here every time we stay in Santa Barbara. Its got the best view for lunch in Santa Barbara/Montecito but I would give this restaurant a 4 star for location and 3 star for food. You don't have to make a reservation but I recommend it because even at 1:30 pm when we came, most... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we had a reservation at this restaurant.We thought that because it was in the Four Seasons it would be a good place to have dinner. We arrived and the restaurant had no atmosphere and was loaded with a lot of kids. We had a table outside on the patio. We asked to see the wine expert to order wine. He... More 

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Fresno, California
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131 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We only went to have a drink and appetizer on the deck overlooking the Pacific. The service is excellent and the appetizers match up well. It is an iconic spot with lots of local history and an unmatched location on the water. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Tom L
San Luis Obispo, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

the food generally are good &expensive......great selection with romantic view of the ocean>fish&meat&vegetable the best time actually is the brunch where all friends &family for special occasion

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houston
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Great night! We were at Bella Vista on a very chilly California night and really wanted to eat outside. They couldn't have been nicer. The seven of us each had a blanket and 4 heaters around our table. The food was awesome and the service was unbelievable. Will definitely be back!!

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Thank man01
Sunnyvale, California, United States
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Delicious brunch, attentive staff and a breathtaking view. What more could you ask for? Yes the buffet is pricey but it's worth it. Be sure to try the house cured meats - delicious! They had a whole section with gluten-free pastries, oatmeal and condiments. The GF banana bread and muffin were dry, but a little Nutella can solve that. Treat... More 

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Austin Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

If you an eat outside , do so. Inside not so charming. remodeled restaurant and furniture is not like it used to be Italian menu. Good service,, food choices could be better

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Thank Robert Faulkner G
AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Robert Faulkner G, Thank you for sharing your recent experience with fellow TripAdvisor users. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the terrace overlooking Butterfly Beach. I am disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy the restaurant aesthetic as well as some of the menu options. We greatly appreciate your feedback and will be sure to... More 

Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Reserved dinner at Bella Vista to surprise my wife with the place as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and she totally loved it .. Not the first time at Four Seasons in general but it was the first time at this place and they were above and beyond my expectations as usual. Great Place from the moment you walk... More 

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AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Elagouz, I am so pleased to hear that we were able to make your recent dining celebration at Bella Vista memorable. Thank you for sharing your experience and we so look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Warm regards, Aaron Ide Resort Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 48
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 15:00
Thursday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
Description
Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara's most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito's Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor-outdoor dining experience. Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats and the shared charcuterie plate is the most popular appetizer on the menu. Thursday nights a crudo bar offers shucked oysters, shrimp and scallops at sunset and the restaurant is home to one of the most celebrated Sunday brunches in the United States.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?