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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2805
+1 805-565-8237
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (72 reviews)
“caviar” (14 reviews)
“crab legs” (5 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2805
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

I enjoyed a delicious lunch with my family. The service was excellent, every dish was delicious, a good selection of wines and cocktails were offered and it was a special place to enjoy a family gathering. We also enjoyed strolling through the beautiful garden that...More

Thank Phoebe1944
AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Dear Phoebe1944, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at Bella Vista Restaurant. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed our menu offerings, wine list and views of our 22 acres of lush jungle gardens. Warm regards, Aaron Ide...More

Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

This is a restaurant within the Four Seasons Biltmore complex. Nicely appointed with a beautiful fireplace, helpful and professional staff and overall a nice ambiance.... The wine list is good and the steak is well prepared and quality. The deserts can be a hit and...More

Thank piancov
Reviewed 4 January 2018

My sisters and I treated my our mom to a birthday dinner at Bella Vista in March of this year, and we made a wonderful memory. The beauty of the hotel in which it is located is breathtaking, and then they seat you and you...More

Thank 123marissa
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Even if it were not so beautiful, I would still eat there but only half as much. As everything Four Seasons, it is over priced but there really is nowhere else to have a comparable experience. Good enough food, great service and amazing views!

Thank Chad C
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The views are directly of the ocean. Service is impeccable. Food is delicious. Had several meals there, in different areas. Couldn't ask for more.

Thank TravelingIguana
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We had dinner and two breakfasts at this restaurant. For dinner we sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful seaside at sunset. The food at dinner was very good as was the service. For breakfast we had the buffet on both mornings. The selection was large...More

Thank Howard H
Reviewed 30 October 2017

wonderful setting - how could you not love this restaurant? Their Italian themed food is fabulous - I was in heaven!

Thank Chestertripper
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Bella Vista is theBiltmore's in-house restaurant. We have been there a few times over the years just for the excellent brunch, which itself is an experience -- the view, the elegant setting and service. The food is exceptional, and the coffee (for breakfast or brubnch...More

Thank Sam M
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Great location and great view but the food was almost inedible. For the prices paid, this was not acceptable. Both the salmon burger and the fries that came with it were so salty, you had to gulp down water to wash it down. Also, the...More

Thank gycleong
AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Dear Gycleong, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Bella Vista Restaurant. I am greatly disappointed to hear that your meal was less than satisfactory and we were unable to make your experience exceptional. If you would be so kind to...More

Reviewed 23 October 2017

My husband and I frequently have had breakfast brunch at the Bella Vista, and were not anticipating the change in menu that we encountered this weekend. For a hotel that claims to be a 5 star resort, the brunch offerings were miserable. We were seated...More

Thank Elaine M
AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Dear Elaine M, We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at the breakfast buffet at Bella Vista Restaurant. I am greatly disappointed to hear that on your most recent visit we did not meet your expectations and fell short in providing...More

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maray s
13 March 2017|
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Response from AaronI1927 | Property representative |
Dear Maray, Thank you for thinking of Bella Vista for lunch! We do recommend reservations however they are not required. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday... More
24 January 2017|
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Response from AaronI1927 | Property representative |
Hello Suzyhair, Bella Vista is closed for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Thursday - Monday, reservations are recommended but not required. May we assist in setting up a reservation for you? Warm regards, Aaron... More
Barbara J
3 September 2015|
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Response from GJo3814 | Reviewed this property |
No dress code. We saw everything from shorts and beach shoes to more "date night" type of attire.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 48
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, View
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
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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