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Bistro at Bacara Resort
Bistro at Bacara Resort

Bistro at Bacara Resort Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bacararesort.com
  • Email: thebistro@bacaresort.com
  • Phone: (855) 200-3544
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 8:00 am - 11:30 am;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef de Cuisine Chris Turano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Bistro offers a private dining space that accomadates up to 20 guests.

    Please inquire with The Bistro for requests of larger, non-private, reservations.
  • Private Party Contact: Ted Ellis (805) 571-4217

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hollister
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet complimentary
A word from Bistro at Bacara Resort
Situated oceanside, The Bistro offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Inspired by the elegant charm of the Italian Riviera, The Bistro blends the finest locally-sourced ingredients with flavors of Italy, rich in seafood, fragrant olive oil, fresh herbs and farmers’ market vegetables. Menu highlights include traditional Italian dishes, such as pastas and brick-oven flatbreads, complemented by lighter, coastal cuisine. A refreshed dining room incorporates elements of Santa Barbara’s beautiful panorama, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "A little pricey for what you get, but very convenient if you are staying at the resort and great views. Expect a long wait if you are getting a golf cart back to your room!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Bistro had a great 'vibe' with choice of indoor or dining 'al fresco' with beautiful water views. Menu had flair and variety and fare for every palate. Wait staff was very accomodating and providing guidance, as well as, local color for tourist inqueries. Casual and relaxing setting to either enjoy a sandwich, pasta, a steak, a burger...with wine, beer or a special mixed drink. Very nice locale."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had breakfast here and food was good to very good. Had their standard breakfast and my husband had the eggs benedict. Both were good, very odd that both dishes had cold roasted tomato on the plate. Was not tasty to us with the hot breakfast, would have been nice it was warm at least. The brand of tea used by the hotel is not great at all. There was absolutely no flavor to the English Breakfast tea. We had the same brand of tea when we were at the patio bar the night before, it was disappointing then too. The ocean view from the Bistro was nice. Very quiet but it was before the crowds that weekend."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "serious lack of staffing at a 5 star resort?? from the hostess to the waiter, nobody wanted to be there very noticably"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is a great spot if you are in the Goleta area you should give it a try."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a brunch and Dinner , the servers are awesome!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "If you love fish, you need to try their halibut! Also, I really enjoyed the lemon blueberry cheesecake! The hotel was stunning, definitely a sight to see before you dine!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The food was very good, though not 5-star. The dining room is beautifully decorated, quiet and very pleasant. My only caveat is that it is not easy to access the Bistro for people with mobility issues. It is downhill but quite a long walk from the lobby. We managed walking downhill, but my wife would have had considerable difficulty walking back uphill to the car. At the conclusion of dinner, we requested a shuttle back up hill to the car. We had to wait at least a half hour for the shuttle to arrive. I am giving the service only three stars because of this. I would give the restaurant service per se 4+. Ending on a positive note, I would like to thank the new owners for their openness to the local community. Very much appreciated."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We had dinner during a recent stay at the Bacara. Although there were only 8 tables occupied at most the food took 45 minutes to arrive. The wait staff was very attentive, but this never makes up for such a ridiculous delay."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our family had the New year's eve dinner at the Bistro. We were not staying in the resort, but in a hotel in Santa Barbara, so when we arrived there we we a little lost and it took us some time to find the restaurant. There was no one at the hotel lobby, so we started walking following the few signs inside the hotel. Once there it took very little time to accommodate us on a comfortable table (we are in five adults so in some restaurants this is an issue). There was an excellent jazz band giving ambiance music, the food was very good (not awesome, but very good nonetheless), the service was excellent and we really enjoyed the dinner. After the dinner the staff made sure that we had transportation to the lobby without our request."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We often go to the Bacara for Sunday brunch- wonderful outdoor patio with ocean views- and access to walk the beach after brunch! Solid menu with something for everyone. Fav- tomato soup with goat cheese; and the halibut on a bed of lentils."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We had not been to the Bistro since it had reopened after remodeling, and decided to go for a nice dinner before I left on a business trip. We went on a Monday evening, it was warm enough to sit outside. The view of the ocean was lovely. Our server was very attentive. We each started off with a cocktail, and shared the caprese salad which was delicious! I had the jidori chicken, and my husband had the local sea bass. Both entrees were moist, tender and very flavorful. We were pleased to be visited by the Bistro manager and enjoyed chatting with him. He suggested the dark chocolate olive oil cake for dessert, a specialty of the Chef Turano, and it was great. The chef actually came out to say hello which was a treat. We will be back!"
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "Bistro was very nice and had good service and food. I have to admit that I find $16 Caesar Salads (no protein) to be a little excessive. The Zucchini Bruschetta was very good. Service was good, but if you are limited on time, be sure to make them aware as the environment is not to rush patrons through their meal."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "We dined at Bistro because we were guest at Bacara. The food was extremely salty and poorly prepared . The Mac and Cheese was soupy and very unappealing. I would say it was inedible. Really not good at all and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. My husband andI both did not enjoy our dinners at all."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Views of the ocean and you may be lucky enough to see whales off shore in the winter. Rotating menu -- food is simple and good. But this place is really all about the spectacular views."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "I dined here a couple of months ago and it was good but some things seemed off. This time around everything was spectacular from the service, food and cocktails. The views and fresh ocean air make the bistro the best atmosphere hands down. Pair that with top level service and fresh food and we have a winner. I met the manager Richard and we really enjoyed his company. He showed a certain passion you just don't find very often. His special cocktail was so good, cucumber vodka with lime and rosemary syrup is to die for. Richard recommended a pasta special with fresh crab, lava beans in a white sauce and it was SO good. He introduced us to the chef and we just felt like nobody else was around. What a great restaurant and can't wait to return."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Once again, the Bistro was a fabulous dining experience for dinner! Chef Chris Turano made a homemade pasta with local crab as a dinner special and it was Soooooo delicious. We are locals and love to dine here. Chef Chris, keep the nightly specials coming! We so appreciate how you source local foods and changing up the menu. Bravo!!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The menu that was on the Open Table site is very misleading. We were looking for vegetarian options. There were veggie options on the online menu. But NONE to find on the actual menu worth ordering. Very unfortunate."
    Dined on 7/16/2013