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Montecito Wine Bistro
Montecito Wine Bistro

Montecito Wine Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pierrelafond.com
  • Phone: (805) 969-7520
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nathan Heil
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Montecito Wine Bistro offers serveral areas to host your event from private dinners, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday celebrations, as well as corporate luncheons and dinners. Our staff will assist you every step of the way through the planning process providing advice and options to create a memorable event. Personalized menus, vegetarian requests are welcome. Our extensive wine list features the wines of Santa Barbara Winery, Lafond Winery, as well as wines from around the world. Full Bar. We offer indoor and outdoor seating, including two cozy fireplaces. We offer warm attentive service. A credit card hold is required for groups of ten or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Don Hull (805) 969-7520
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private rooms available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Valley Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Montecito Wine Bistro
With its casual setting the Montecito Wine Bistro offers a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere. A neighborhood favorite the restaurant features 2 cozy fireplaces as well as outdoor patio seating. Friendly attentive service. Serving California Bistro cuisine the seasonal menu offers dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. The menu is split between appetizers, salads and entrees, including vegetarian dishes and fresh fish.Wood-burning oven. Share one of the flatbreads Sausage Piperade or Rosted Potato & Marinated Anchovy. Entree high-lights include Grilled Duck Breast & Confit Duck, Seared Scallops w Lobster Sauce and Dry Aged New York Steak Frites. Desserts are a must - Salted Caramel Bittersweet Tart. The wine list offers selections from SB Winery & Lafond Winery and around the world. Wines by the glass/create your own wine flight. An intimate bar serves classic & speciality cocktails. Menu available in the bar. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We were staying nearby and were able to get a last minute reservation. The food was excellent, we had salmon sandwiches, and the service was great. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Another good experience. Friendly wait staff, good food. Tried the garden burger and mac & cheese - not ideal but the fish, pizza and salads are good. My vegan friends like it here."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My family and I ate here for Mother's Day and were very pleased with the experience. We are vegetarian and they had many options to choose from which was wonderful!! We definitely plan to be back with friends and family. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As a vegan for 17 years, eating out is always a challenge. It was delightful to see vegan options available on the menu. The variety of kale salads was amazing. The atmosphere is very relaxed and quiet...a perfect way to enjoy lunch. On my next visit, I'll be bringing my husband! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Thanks for another good meal and for being accommodating to dietary requests! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Get the lemon pasta! Delicious...I had eaten at Lafond's other restaurant in Santa Barbara on State Street and had a great meal in the past so I was not disappointed in the Montecito place. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This is such a nice spot in the "Upper Village" of Montecito. You can eat on the front patio (umbrellas and fountains) inside rustic and cool, or out back by the dry creek bed with lovely plantings. Food is good. I had great grilled salmon on a beet and pear salad, my friend had a lovely thin crust pizza. Comfy and well served, a nice 2-hr lunch topped off by espressos."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. We frequent it a few times a month. Sometimes we go to the bar for a drink and appetizers and other times ordering from the menu in the dining room. Never are we disappointed. They have plenty of vegetarian options which is a plus. Their menu has a variety so that all can find something. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We had a very nice Sunday lunch at the Montecito Wine Bistro. Interesting menu with many foodie options, great salads and the Korean BB! ribs had an interesting sauce. Good wine list at reasonable prices. Would recommend it to friends. The service was prompt and everything was right."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Service is attentive and excellent. The Seabass fixed both ways was delicious. Nice wine selection."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Glad to discover this wonderful restaurant. The food was amazing, service excellent and the fire place added to the romantic feel."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Excellent dinner at moderate prices. Good wine list. Sit by the fireplace it's warm and cozy."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at the Wine Bistro and already went back for another dinner, because we had such a good time! The table on the patio was a little drafty, but the ambience was great and the food delicious."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This place is top-notch, and never disappoints. It maintains a fine balance of good food with healthy choices and variety, complementing wines and elegant ambience. Not cheap, but always perfect."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The salads are very good. I tend to order the sea bass...sometimes it's great and sometimes it doesn't seem so fresh. Be sure to ask. I like that the fish is wild and that the staff are health conscious folks. Would go again."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Since I am Vegan, I was able to find delicious items on the menu to pick from."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was exceptionally fresh and well- prepared, creative dishes like a mushroom typed meatloaf (unlike any meatloaf I have ever tasted before, and our pizza topped with winter squash were offered made from very simple seasonal ingredients-- Delicious!Lovely local wine list as well."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our meals but those who ordered the onion soup were the most pleased!!! The table we were originally seated at was right beside the kitchen and was terribly noisy. Once we were moved to another table, the experience was much better."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Our Thanksgiving dinner for eight was close to perfect. There was so much to choose from on the special menu and everything was cooked to perfection. Also, the price was half what two hotels were offering. We were pleased beyond expectation with the entire experience. Thank you for a wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I celebrated my birthday here and it was...fine. The food was between fair and good, and our waiter was nice and knowledgable. The dinner just wasn't "special" there. They didn't offer a birthday dessert or take an appetizer off the bill. Fine lunch place, wouldn't celebrate a special occasion here."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We toasted the celebration with good wine sitting next to the fireplace in a rustic setting and enjoyed fine food, especially the lemon ravioli. They have a fabulous outdoor area and a couple of doors down a unique market. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone as their menu is so diverse and delightful."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Lovely little spot in Mendocino. Different menu from their State Street restaurant, which was a surprise, but equally satisfying. We sat by the fire, due to a slight chill in the air, and the scene was very cozy. Food was great; service was even better. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I've enjoyed both lunch and dinner here...the food is fresh and well-prepared most of the time and the staff is friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great food and reasonable prices in a lovely setting"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Such a great satisfying experience every time! a favorite! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "Our waiter was informative and friendly, fantastic food...lovely evening."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Such a great experience in this restaurant I've been back Three times this week. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Food is always good! Excellent service, and great recommendations with the wine list!"
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "Tasty meal and attentive service with nice ambiance."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "A place to visit often! They are very constant with their quality of food. Great wine list,"
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Nice place, nice service, nice ambiance. The fish dish had good flavor but it was overdone."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "We had a special anniversary dinner here at Montecito Wine Bistro. The service and ambiance was excellent. Wine choices very good, and desserts are to die for. Dinner was good, but not on par with top restaurants."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Delicious and interesting food from the appetizers to dessert. Wine flights were generous and a nice variety to choose from. Service was outstanding! If I'm back in 'cito, I'll go again!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Greatest restaurant in this lovely town. What really makes it is the terrific people who work there."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Montecito Wine Bistro is a hidden gem. We especially like sitting on the back side patio under the old oak trees where the peaceful setting makes for perfect dining. The menu and wine lists are excellent and offer many delicious choices. The service is friendly and very attentive. It is one of our favorite places when staying in Montecito."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Great food, good prices, lots of vegetarian options. Selfishly happy that it hasn't caught on as I can always get a table but if you haven't tried it you are seriously missing out."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Boring Food, don't waste your time if you are visiting Santa Barbara and or Montecito. Maybe a locals hang out, but the food is just ok."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "My wife and I ate here for dinner and the food, service and atmosphere were good. We had just had drinks at El Encanto (which was amazing), so by comparison, this place is only "good" and reasonably priced for this upscale neighborhood. We will come back. You should check out Pane E Vino Trattoria. Great food and nearby."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "This is really a great establishment. A lot of the food dishes are organic with a great vegan selection, but they tip their hand to the savory as well. Only complaint to kitchen would be to watch the seasoning. A couple of our dishes could have used more salt (and pepper). The service was outstanding. Jaime was funny, knowledgeable about the menu, and very helpful identifying the "not too miss" dishes. My only complaint about the ambience was the seating of our 5 party at a large table right in front of the open kitchen. The noise and crowding of servers waiting to pick up orders was not great. The wine list is really nice with a nice offering of California red and whites as well as some "interesting" wines from around the world."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "The Wine Bistro is tucked away in the upper village and I only discovered it a month ago. Since then I have been back three times and will be back many more. The mix of creative dishes and locally sourced foods is a winner. Some excellent options for vegetarians. Wine selection is what you would expect given the name of the restaurant. We've had the same server each visit and she has taken perfect care of us. From an ambiance perspective it is great for a quiet dinner with nooks and fireplaces adding the to sense of comfort and privacy."
    Dined on 6/19/2013