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El Encanto Dining Room
El Encanto Dining Room

El Encanto Dining Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elencanto.com
  • Phone: (805) 770-3530
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast

    Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am


    Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm


    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


    Daily: 5pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Leo Andres Ayala
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you’re celebrating a special birthday, hosting a retirement dinner or just because, The Wine Room is the perfect place to gather.

    Enjoy a custom menu in the warm and intimate setting. Sip perfectly paired wines from local vineyards and beyond.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelsey Best (805) 770-3717
  • Special Events & Promotions: Lush gardens and sweeping ocean views set a lovely scene for your wedding or gathering. From the wisteria-lined Arbor and Lily Pond to the elegant ballroom with exclusive patio, you can select from a variety of Belmond El Encanto’s signature locales to host your event. From rehearsal dinners to ceremonies to post wedding brunches, El Encanto offers the ideal venue.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lasuen
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary for all restaurant guests.
A word from El Encanto Dining Room
Enjoy California coastal cuisine with a side of stunning ocean views.

El Encanto Dining Room features comfortable indoor seating and al fresco indulging on The Terrace. The Wine Room is the perfect venue for your private gatherings.

Light dining, sunset hour cocktails, extensive California wines by the glass and Afternoon Tea happen at The Lounge.

The Bar is your place for handcrafted cocktails complemented by live entertainment.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was brought here to celebrate my birthday. Aesthetically it is hard to beat but the service wasn't as attractive. I stayed at the hotel and had not one but two occasions to dine in the El Encanto Dining Room. Sadly, both times service was very slow - first during lunch with a limited waiting staff and lastly during dinner (not sure of the exact hold up) where I waited an hour for my entree which was salty and barely warm. I was offered a complimentary dessert to make things better but couldn't fathom an additional wait. Everyone has good and bad days to be sure but I certainly expected more from a luxury hotel dining room. Not to mention it didn't make for the happiest of birthday celebrations."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "From the moment we were assisted with our car, a purse stand was provided by the staff, and a great location was provided , I knew we would have a memorable lunch. We did."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Location is great; Perfect for evening under the stars; The Abalone was tough Crab cakes and risotto were amazing Scott was excellent host for our evening"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The hotel is fabulous and the dining also met the expectations. Food was tasty, steak was cooked to perfection. Nothing shocking on the menu, pretty regular, but high-end, fare. Unfortunately, service was sketchy all the way through, starting at the bar. I enjoy a leisurely dining experience, but this bordered on being ignored."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "El Encanto is still trying to find its place... The Brunch is over priced and the idea of FAMILY Platter to start off the Brunch is not an good idea, No one at our table liked what was offered on the platter. The main dish for $45 was nothing special. We all left very disappointed and hope the new Management and Chef can find the way back to the Wonderful El Encanto we always remembered!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 48 th wedding anniversary. We have not been to the El Encanto in years. We were looking for a special place to celebrate. We were not disappointed from the time the young men met us to valet our car to the finish of dinner topped off with a fabulous floating island. The ambiance was the best with a spectacular view of the ocean."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "One could not have asked for a better farewell dinner venue. The sunset was spectacular, the service & food was the very best."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Beautiful patio, friendly staff (but inattentive), food was just okay."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This was easily one of my favorite dining experiences ever. The view, the food and the staff made this a 5 star experience from beginning to end!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The service was excellent... Our table was exactly what I requested with a beautiful view and the dinner was delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The El Encanto is located at the top of the Santa Barbara hills, so the view is amazing. We sat on the patio and could see all the way to the Channel Islands. The only thing better than the view was the food. Starters: crab cake and hamachi sashimi. Both beautifully presented and delicious. Next: tomato and burrata salad. Also great. For entrees, I had the juicy and flavorful bone-in rib eye and my wife had the filet. Mine was so tender I barely needed my knife. The sides were equally amazing: creamed jalapeno corn, mashed potatoes, and mushrooms. Dessert: creme brulee and chocolate cake. Good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Better were the treats they brought as an anniversary gift: macaroons, choc. strawberries, choc. bark, etc."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautifully appointed with a wonderful view of Santa Barbara and the ocean The menu was eclectic with something any foodie would enjoy. Not inexpensive but worth the price. The service was very pleasant but the kitchen was a bit overwhelmed so our entrees took a long time to arrive. But we were treated to a glass of wine for each of the four of us, and the evening was so lovely, it really wasn't a problem."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and service were great. Mauricio was gracious and very good. We had a marvelous birthday lunch, so special. The property is beautiful, we enjoyed our stroll around th grounds. What a pretty place!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food and presentation was outstanding. And the service was just right. The views are superb. What a delightful spot. The prices are rather high, though--especially the wine selections."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "3 of us had the American Bento lunch and we all agreed it was delicious. The steak was perfectly medium rare (as we had requested), and the two salads tasty. The box even included dessert. The portion sizes were small, but just right, considering there were 4 different items in the box (5 if you count the mashed potatoes under the steak)."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at the Dining Room at El Encanto. We were looking for something a little different to wrap up our trip to Santa Barbara, and the Dining Room at El Encanto did not disappoint. The service was extremely attentive (maybe overly attentive), the food was fantastic - we really enjoyed the short ribs sous vide and the delicious desserts. The view and the ambiance were very unique and a must for anyone looking for a special occasion restaurant or a special showcase of Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The restaurant was almost perfect except for the service. It took forever to take our drink orders. We were a party of six and when our main coarses were brought out one was missing and the order was never turned in. By the time we slowly finished our food and our plates were taken away our female guest finally got hers. It really didn't seem to matter to the staff. Don't know which staff member it was came by apologized with a bad joke as we all watched our guest finish her food. They should have offered her a dessert on the house or something, but nothing. Also, one of our waiters had a runny nose."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "They really made this into one of my favorite spots in SB. The view and ambiance have no match....overlooking the city and the nice new deck. I liked the old restaurant but they really opened it up and fixed many of the things that were lacking before. The menu is limited, but everything I have tried has been excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Overpriced but the location is stellar. Go for sunset, sit near a heater and watch the stars come out. Food is good but not extraordinary. You're paying for the view."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We used to eat at the old El Encanto before it was rebuilt, and this was our first time back. It was our niece's birthday and we wanted to do something special, and we certainly made the right choice. The covered outdoor setting with a view of Santa Barbara and the Pacific below couldn't have been nicer. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was unique and delicious, and the setting of the restaurant within the hotel was beautiful."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband & I stayed there for the weekend and dined at the restaurant twice for lunch & dinner. We loved the foods and the services were outstanding. We had a lovely time there and will go back again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Hard to get to because of winding roads but service was great...good was wonderful and if the weather is nice you HAVE to sit out on the patio. The best views hands down!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Service and food where outstanding and the view spectaclular !!!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Have been here many times and it always is a wonderful experience. Beautiful view with great food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A perfect SB spot. We went here before a concert at the Bowl and taxied down to avoid the parking hassle. Everything was delicious, creative and the service was spot on."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "A fantastic dining experience. The food was really great. Been dining up and down the coast and this is one of the best. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great views food and service. Really appreciatedErin our wait person's recommendations."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The El Encanto has always cultivated a reputation as a superior hotel with dining to match, both before and after its recent renovation. However, on this occasion, the overall experience did not match the image. Our food was good from a small, but imaginative, menu and the wine selection was extensive and interesting with selections from around the world. The big let down was the service, and I don't just mean the wait staff. I heard waiters apologizing to three tables around us - delays in bringing out food, unsure whether an item was actually available being two problems. Our own waiter, while attentive, provided inaccurate information on the drinks menu (causing a cocktail to be returned). The dining room needs to try harder."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Beautiful ocean view, comfortable chairs, delicious food and good friends made for a lunch we didn't want to end. So we stayed almost two hours. I had the best salmon with roasted veggies I've ever had, very fresh. My husband had a huge pasta bowl and ate it all. Followed by an excellent cappuccino which is very hard to find in Santa Barbara. We sat in the dining room, not outside as it was a little chilly that day."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "From the moment we were greeted by the valet parking staff and Christopher, the Maitre D, to the last bite of a supreme dessert the entire experience was first class. Our waiter was attentive and the food was delicious. I had a perfectly cooked fillet mignon with fresh roasted asparagus and a delicious Pinot Noir from Mellville Winery. The starter, crab cake was one of the best I have ever tasted and the freshly made sorbet collection a perfect end to a great dining experience while we viewed the beautiful blue Pacific through an immaculately clean picture window. Do not let that chef get away! El Encanto has become my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "An absolute perfect way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Your site, your staff, the whole experience of having breakfast there was memorable. There was beauty, tranquility, elegance. Excellent service. I would like to return to enjoy the terrace at night, as well as the bar."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We ate at this restaurant two evenings and the second evening the food was not as excellent as the first. However the view and ambiance is beyond compare and it is still a wonderful location for a celebration. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Once again, the El Encanto reins as the premier elegant, quintessential Santa Barbara hotel."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A beautiful place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. The ambiance and view is beyond compare. Just a special moment in time!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The service was painfully slow; some one did not show up for work, and they were surprised by the number of guests dining. Too bad, because it was a beautiful evening with a full moon. Our server, Eric, did a nice job trying to assuage the guests."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Everything about this place was perfect. The view is the best I've ever seen. Service and food was outstanding. The wine list is great and the whole experience was great. I live in DC, but hope to go back to Santa Barbara just to eat here again."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Fabulous view on a beautiful terrace. Special brunch was wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was was excellent and the ambiance of the outdoor dining deck is hard to beat. El Encanto also benefits from it's somewhat remote location away from the hustle and bustle of the waterfront and/or State Street. Unfortunately, the service is not up to the standards of the venue. The Dining Room Host, with his over the top Italian accent, seems out of place. The wait staff is trying hard but does not seem to be up to the standards of attentiveness and sophistication that one might expect from a place such as this. There is nothing wrong exactly, just a feeling that this is potentially a first class place with a minor league staff. Notewothy was the sea bass, and the Himachi appetizer"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The renovated El Encanto's dining experience couldn't be better and it offers, without parallel, the best view of the American Riviera in town. The food is delicious (try the melt in the mouth sous vide short ribs) and there are plenty of heaters on the patio if the evening turns chill. We've been a couple of times at lunch and a couple at dinner since it reopened and we'll definitely be back~"
    Dined on 5/9/2014