Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara/dining/restaurants/bella_vista/
  • Phone: 8055658237x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am,
    Sunday Breakfast: 7:00am - 10:00am;
    Breakfast Buffet: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am,
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm,
    Sunday Lunch: 1:30pm - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;

    Afternoon Tea: Friday & Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alessandro Cartumini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Music played through centralized system.
  • Special Events: Mornings at Bella Vista aren't just for Sundays!
    Jump start any day of the week with a delicious buffet featuring all of your breakfast favorites in Santa Barbara's most spectacular oceanfront setting. Enjoy made-to-order omelettes and eggs benedicts,
    along with pancakes, french toast, bacon and sausage, pastries,
    house-made granola, specialty dishes, fresh juices and much more.

    Monday-Saturday
    7:00 – 11:00 am
    Sunday
    7:00 – 10:00 am
    $32 Adults
    $16 Children

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Four Seasons Biltmore offers complimentary parking for anyone dining in Bella Vista. Street parking is also available along Channel Drive.
A word from Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
A convergence of California cuisine with contemporary Italian influences takes center stage at Bella Vista. The oceanfront restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner created by Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini and his talented culinary team with a focus on the freshest seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The bountiful daily breakfast includes fresh juices, pastries and local fruits, while the legendary Sunday brunch, featuring fresh local seafood, is a must. Known as the Central Coast's premiere "power lunch" spot, Bella Vista serves up a mix of California-Italian cuisine midday. At dinner, a diverse selection of sumptuous pastas, braised meats, pizzas and fresh seafood comprise the menu, which is accompanied by an extensive wine list that showcases many California labels. After dinner, an array of decadent, regionally inspired desserts awaits. Bella Vista also offers weekly dinner events, a popular children's menu and traditional Afternoon Tea.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (71)scenic view (71)special occasion (54)great for brunch (43)romantic (42)fit for foodies (32)great for lunch (28)kid-friendly (12)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (9)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • As good as remembered
    seagull
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Haven't had the chance to go for brunch in over 20 years. Still a wonderful brunch that everyone should find satisfaction! There's no way one can try everything!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a romantic view
    RyanAnush123
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Dinner at sunset outdoors with the ocean waves hitting the shore was absolutely romantic. Dinner was good, Ricardo was a delight
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really good Sunday brunch
    foodfighter
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great service, good food. We would defiantly go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Lunch
    akanels
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After a lovely, small wedding in Santa Barbara, we went to the Biltmore for lunch. It was perfect! The deck was lovely and the view of the ocean was great. The service and food was the best! Wish we lived closer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    april
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Me and my husband have been dining here for over five years. It is always a highlight of our trip to Santa Barbara!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harold is the Man !
    121SiliconValleyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great experience and our waiter Harold was wonderful - worth asking for him when you go there - food was beautiful and our view was awesome -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special
    Brunchers
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A group of eight meet here to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was wonderful. The food & variety were excellent. Vanessa our server took great care of us. They didn't hurry us and we enjoyed our brunch for a nice long time. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a special brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • b'day lunch
    Seasidelunch44
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went with friends for a birthday lunch. Menu had a wide enough variety that we are each were able to find a meal that suited. The tomato tapanad was delicious and the bread wonderful. Service was superior. The only complaint I might have the Ice Tea was pricrd high but they were very generous with refills. Hotel and grounds were very nice and all service personal kind and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    LookingS
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to brunch with a friend and had a wonderful time. Impeccable service! We both had the breakfast bar... Especially enjoyed the French toast! Will definitely return soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Touch
    sblife
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It's the little things that matter. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. Not only was the service fantastic and the view beautiful, but it's the little touch they did for us at the end of the evening to celebrate our anniversary with us that made the night special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love2eatgoodfood
    Love2eatgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Biltmore Hotel dining is always a treat. Right on Butterfly Beach- Beauteous, scenic and yummy. I brought my mother who was in town visiting for breakfast and she thought she was a celebrity! I had a vegetable frittata and the fruit plate, which came with the most delicious honey yogurt. The service was impeccable which made our visit even more delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seasonal delight
    RanchB
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had dinner by candlelight looking out to the ocean. What could be better
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    Lovefood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary with a nice lunch, and they brought us a beautiful dessert. We had an amazing time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • view is amazing but the food stinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    You pay waaay too much to get 2 overcooked steaks and bland everything else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great once in awhile experience
    Shelbsng3
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My husband and I took our parents for brunch as a thank you for our wedding. The service was amazing- our mimosas were never empty. The food was great- there was a huge variety and the buffet room has large so it never felt packed. We sat in the patio and you just can't beat the view. My only negative was that I didn't think the buffet was quite worth the price- you can only eat so much in one sitting! However it was a special occasion and would do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The new Biltmore
    d1cobb
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I used to go to the Biltmore many years ago. They had a locals’ night on Tuesday that was a great deal and reasonably priced. Well things happened, new owners, no locals’ night. All that was left was the high prices. Fast forward to today. The restaurant has been remodeled and has switched to an Italian based menu with California influences (or something like that). Anyway, we went back the other night and the food was really good, the service was excellent and the new setting is very nice. They have a larger outdoor seating area. All in all a great experience. The high prices are still there, but for special occasions, it’s worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning view!
    Lamer
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in Santa Barbara. Lunch at the Bella Vista was incredible! Food was great although a little pricey but all worth it for the ambiance. Wait staff were all very kind and accommodating. Will certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Beautiful setting by the beach. Lovely grounds. Staff was attentive and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SharryvVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything about our lunch was superb. The food presentation and taste was wonderful. The service was excellent and the view was incredible. Sitting outside on the terrace was divine. I wish I lived closer and I would definitely recommend visiting the Biltmore in Santa Barbara and taking advantage of the perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Best brunch ever!! Food selection was excellent and service was awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    Paul
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ate here two nights in a row because we remembered it from the year before. The food is good, but the wait staff seem a little stretched. Can't beat the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special, Romantic Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Bella Vista for my birthday in February and our experience was too wonderful. We went again for his birthday this June and we will continue to go for all our special occasions. The service and ambiance are ideal for a perfect evening. The view of the ocean is perfect among the positioning of the heat warmers so you can sit outside without too much of a breeze. We love it there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Anniversary Dinner
    JoeL
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The wife and I had reservations for our 1 year anniversary. We got there a bit early but they sat us with out a wait. The view is amazing whether you decide to sit inside or outside. The food was incredible, I had the Seafood "stew" which had tons of flavor and my wife had the tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection. Overall an awesome evening. Will def go back for more!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and service
    Classycollegediner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The price was expensive but we loved our sweet waitress as delicious meals. Definitely don't skip dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor service, food just ok
    MJ333
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband and parents were in town this weekend for a graduation, and had 7 pm reservations (months in advance). The terrace dining and atmosphere seemed perfect to start off the weekend.We were so disappointed - the service couldn't have been worse.The only time our table got attention was when we called someone over to it. At one point we were completely out of every drop of liquid and crumb of food, and still not one person came to check on us - we had to call the maître de over and finally asked what the heck was the problem with their staff and inability to manage the dinner service.The restaurant wasn't full, so it made no sense. He said something about not expecting so many guests, yet it was UCSB graduation weekend...very poor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella Visa is Bona Bella
    Danielle
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Loved the atmosphere! Even though we ate inside we still had a beautiful view of ocean and the way they have a filtered ceiling makes you feel like you are dining outdoors (can't explain it you need to see it). It is pricey but it is the 4 Seasons so one should expect that. For myself I could not afford to come too often but it was a lovely treat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    SantaBarbarian
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food for omnivores and vegetarians alike. Wait staff right on top of it, very responsive, cheerful. If you have stayed away because the food was not so great in years past - they have fixed that and it is now to die for. We went on a TravelZoo voucher - it was the only way I could get my partner to go - he said he stopped going years ago because the food was mediocre. He was skeptical that it would have improved - but after our meal he changed his mind - said he would not hesitate to do it again. We will definitely be back. Our only regret is that we did not invite anyone to come with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed diner
    winetraveler
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I paid $22 for a cold cut turkey sandwich. Others at the table had dry sword fish. What a let down. The hotel dining room is living off its reputation. The chef needs to step it up about 4 notches to even meet adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Brunch
    Bdunf
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Pro - We celebrated our Anniversary at the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara on the patio. We had a table with a great view of the ocean. The food was as good as I remembered and the service was beyond compare. Wonderful Day! Con - The number of serving stations has been reduced to three which limited the overall selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVELY
    Dianne
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our dinner at Bella Vista was wonderful! The food, wine and desert were amazing and our view of the ocean was incredible. We LOVED our server, Alicia, who was very professional and personable. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing but perfection
    foodshameVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    From the food to the ambiance the Four Seasons has it all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Enjoyed the quality of food and service. Felt the staff was very attentive. Food was well done with great presentation. Wine lost was good not fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, creative menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A delightful selection of creative recipes, with unusual combinations of seafood, vegetables, fruits. Crisp, fresh tastes. Wine selection focused on California coastal selections and a few from beyond. Lovely ocean view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect spot for lunch
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Beautiful views with the usual stellar Four Seasons excellence.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special place to eat
    SantaBarbarafoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Eating outside at the Biltmore is a real treat. The food was delicious and we could hear the sound of the waves over dinner. Love the pastas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Crispin is such an attentive and personable waiter-even tho it was so busy he was composed and so helpful-Patrick was also very helpful getting the heater situated-
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    msbsba
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our food was very good but the service was a little slow. For a restaurant of this price point, I would have expected more attention from the wait-staff. Everything from ordering our food, getting bread on the table, to receiving our entree seemed to take a very long time. Overall a very good experience, but would have appreciated better service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    Diddy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love the whole experience of Sunday brunch. This time I sent the wife with a few girlfriends as a Mother's Day gift
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful day
    Lauriet123
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Service was great when we sat down then staff seemed to disappear. My crab BLT was disappointing.... Didn't seem like fresh crab. Fries luke warm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday dinner at Bella Vista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We've lived in Santa Barbara for over 4 years, and had not had the opportunity to experience the Biltmore's Bella Vista. With our Travelzoo voucher, we made our reservation via Open Table and arrived a little before our reserved time. No problem, given the choice to sit inside (very quiet) or outside on the patio (lots of filled tables and a bit chilly). We had a very nice table at the window - really the best of both worlds. Service is impeccable. Prosecco was delicious. Four course tasting menu. Asparagus salad with a poached egg was incredible! Second Course - lamb ravioli, expertly prepared. Third Course - white sea bass. Fourth Course - a chocolate mousse with salted caramel ice cream. Highly recommend for a special dinner out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.9
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 243 reviews are from the Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara reviews archive.