The food was amazing! The
The food was amazing! The view incredible! The atmosphere...RICH! All the staff was so friendly. The inital service was a bit slow, but you were very busy....
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is very good and ambiance
Food is very good and ambiance very nice, especially seating at the terrace.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saturday lunch with the Millions
We love this place for lunch because all of us live north, south and east of it's location,it's our perfect meet up spot. When we are there, even for just lunch and not guests of the hotel, we are treated like royalty. The food is really perfect. I had a citrus lobster salad that was REALLY good. My only comment about the service, that while it was extremely attentive and friendly the food took a long time to get to us, and it wasn't really that crowded. But it was not a problem enough that I wouldn't go back there. I really recommend it. It sits on the most beautiful part of the Santa Barbara coastline.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining with seniors
I did sooo appreciate the care and respect given by your staff to my elderly parents who are both in wheelchairs ..the servers were patient and attentive .. Oftentimes I feel that they are given little respect and often overlooked on the service ..
Thank you for a most enjoyable luncheon !
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most beautiful patio.
I highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner. Sit out on the patio with a beautiful view of the ocean complete with heaters and fire pit. My food wasn't the best I've ever had but was presented beautifully and the atmosphere made up for it.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Paradise in Santa Barbara...
We love going to the 4 Seasons Biltmore after a walk on Butterfly beach. Great food,ambience, and service. It is one of our local favorites...especially at sunset!
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
soup also great.
More variety would be nice.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff was very attentive and there was a wide variety of food offered at the brunch. The food was pretty good but the desserts were both beautiful and delicious! However, be aware of the cost before you go - $155 for two people. This is a nice hotel and restaurant but charging $75 for the brunch is a little over the top.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outdoor dining is more popular
Outdoor dining is more popular than indoor, when we arrived, the dining room was almost empty, but the patio was near full. We sat outside and enjoyed a meal at sunset. The ambiance was very nice, romantic and relaxing, with a lovely view of the ocean.
We greatly enjoyed the dishes we tried, which were:
Roasted Sweetbreads: wonderfully savory
Kobe meatballs: delicious, though a tad salty
Chorizo and mussel rigatoni: Delicious with a spicy kick
Grilled local halibut: Very good with a nice bit of sweetness from the citrus
Dessert: Coffee and donuts, just melt in your mouth good
The service with attentive and friendly without being overwhelming, and we had a wonderful time.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The view (outdoor seating) at Sunset is the most romantic, beautiful experience. Combine that with great food and wine options and you get a superb experience! Very attentive staff. The indoor dining is a very pleasant experience as well. A must experience while in the area.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a lovely dinner on the patio on our first eve in Santa Barbara. The service was outstanding... adding heat lamps for us and also notifying my hubby that he had a mark on his sports coat from a recent bird dropping that we didn't see. She even came out with a cloth to remove it for us. We would return based on the service and relaxing ambience alone, but the food was good as well. Probably the best carpaccio we ever ate! The inside dining room looked equally appealing as well as the bar area.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really nice lunch for all. Food was terrific and ambience felt very special. Didn't want to leave!
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful and Delicious
Request to sit on the outside patio and you will enjoy a great view of the pacific. Fire pit in the center to keep you warm and amazing service. We ordered a bottle of champagne and our glasses were always being topped off. We started with grilled octopus (not the best I've had, but still good), then ordered the organic chicken and a salmon special. The food was good, especially the warm focaccia with fresh ricotta. We ended with the chocolate soufflé and it was divine. Romantic yet subtle, will definitely return!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fantastic time celebrating my daughter's graduation. Ambiance is fantastic, ocean view dining is remarkable. Perfect for special occasions. Service is excellent. Food was ok; nothing extraordinary but acceptable.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner was delicious and you simply can't beat the amazing ocean view from the patio. The wait staff was very friendly, efficient and attentive. I would definitely recommend this for a special occasion!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite place to celebrate
a special occasion, outside seating on the patio, certainly one of the most beautiful
locations in Santa Barbara! The service is extraordinary, the food is not, but there are several things on the menu
that are quite enjoyable! Our waiter checked with the chef and we were able to order our favorite dish off the lunch
menu, the seafood Cobb salad, which is so nice on a warm summer evening!
We dine out frequently, there are so many restaurants in SB, Montecito & Carpinteria, where the food excels,
but they pale in comparison with the overall beautiful experience we receive at the Biltmore, how fortunate we are
to live in Santa Barbara and have so many wonderful choices to satisfy whatever you desire on any particular day!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always first class
Since Mr. Warner took over the Four Seasons it has been consistent and teriffic.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing view, limited menu
Good food, great view, courteous staff. Surprised at the three screaming babies at 8pm dinner seating in main dining room on a Friday night.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beauty and the Beach
Took a special lady on our first date to Bella Vista. It all began when I made the reservation on line. I was able to ask for a romantic booth, away from people, inside, and with a view of the ocean. I was delighted to have been seated in the very place I requested. Our server, Steven was amazing. He was friendly, appropriately conversational, and gave us great recommendations for different foods to try. We spent over 2 hours simply enjoying each others company and Steven and the staff were wonderfully accomodative and respectful of our privacy. The food was fantastic. Not one negative. At the end of our meal we walked out onto the patio where Steven snapped a few pictures to commemorate our visit. Just a wonderful experience.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Brunch Ever!
I brought a friend here for her birthday. The food choices are endless & the quality is like no other. The service at all the stations was fantastic! The eggs benedict, meat selection & quality is beyond outstanding! The waffles are to die for & the crispy bacon amazing! The desserts so yummy! What can one say? Atmosphere is beautiful! It is set up to be beautiful for friends & family or even for a romantic couple. Service in all aspects is fabulous! This is by far the best brunch ever! I hope to be back to show others how fantastic it is! I absolutely love this place! An experience I want to re-live over & over again! Thank you for the fabulous service & fantastice food!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Birthday Celebration!!
I was celebrating my birthday with friends and decided on the Bella Vista.
What a great decision. Our sea food Cobb salads were delicious,perfect amount
of dressing. sea foods was fresh and tastie.
Our waiter was helpful and very nice.
I will keep coming back next time I am in the area.
The view is fabulous!! Lovely ambience. Everything was perfection,including the breakfast
the next morning
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding brunch/lunch experience
Fabulous for an intimate birthday celebration and for making any meal a celebration
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paradise Can't Improve This!
Sit outside on the gracious patio, watch the sunset, relish the warm hospitality and gorgeous setting of the Biltmore Hotel and savor a
fine meal. We have brought here our young grandchildren (8, and 7) (one at a time) ordering from the reasonably priced menu for children and have taken much pleasure in their appreciation of the surroundings. Last time we ordered the pasta with scallops, shrimp and it was delicious (superior to our chicken dish). I loved their ahi tuna appetizer but it is no longer on the menu
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous spot for special occasions
We knew going in the prices would be high, but the customer service and attention to detail, along with the incredibly beautiful view, made it all more than worth it for a special birthday celebration! We will definitely go again next time we're in town!!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated with my in laws their 60th Anniversary. Can't beat the breathtaking view. Food and service excellent
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful lunch in paradise..
We brought a friend, visiting from Ireland, lunch outside on the patio was magnificent!!
We always bring visitors to the Biltmore for lunch, the setting cannot be beat & the lunch
menu appeals to everyone, as usual the weather could not have been more extraordinary!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special occasions
We celebrated our wedding by eating lunch here and would recommend this restaurant for any type of special occasion. The brunch is a must. Pick a table outside with a view to the water, or stay indoors and enjoy the dining room with its ceiling of skylights. It's almost as bright indoors as outdoors, so you really can't go wrong.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I highly recommend! EVERYTHING was wonderful: the sweet staff, the food, THE VIEW sitting on the terrace! The prices were very reasonable as well. A must if you are in the area.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Brunch in Santa Barbara
Order from the menu unless you are REALLY hungry. Or if you want to drink alcohol get the buffet. Either way the food is superb. You won't be disappointed.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food,service and ambiance. Wonderful for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lovely.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Anniversary Winner
Each year we come to the Bella Vista to celebrate our anniversary (as we got engaged along the beach right in front of the hotel many years ago). And each year we continue to have a fantastic day. Good wine, good food, good friends. All in all, a fantastic way to spend an afternoon enjoying one of the most spectacular views along the coast.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, as one could
Great service, as one could expect from the Four Seasons. Menu is fairly traditional, overall, but everything is expertly prepared and offers a good variety of options to suit most diners. Ingredients were all very high quality and dishes were all well-balanced. Pacing of the meal was excellent - we were never rushed, nor did we ever wait for anything. Worth waiting for a table out on the terrace if you have the time - the view and fresh air are great.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We usually go to the Biltmore for our special occasions, I.e., anniversary, birthday, guests and when family comes to S.B.. In other words, we seem to come up with almost any excuse to go to the Biltmore.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
great spot on the beach
Wonderful food, great ambience and personable staff made our experience great
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first visit to the Four Seasons
WE had a wonderful evening at Bella Vista. Service was the very best. We asked for some different kind of things and
she totally took care of us perfectly.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner at the Bella Vista on a Saturday night, early, for the sunset. The view is very nice, over a lawn to the Pacific. There are many tables with a nice view. Everything is quietly elegant, good service, and heaters put out without asking as the sun set. It was an enjoyable evening.
The food, at that price level, was really not up to par, but on the other hand, not annoying. The sweetbreads were oversalted, and the sauce, tasty, but too strong for them. I suspect a sauce prepared elsewhere. My mother's ravioli were dry and not well spiced. I had veal scalopini which were too thick, overcooked and underspiced. The drinks were outstanding.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service, the food and the ambiance is great. Altough it is a very luxury hotel, the resturant atmosphere was casual, which made us feel even more at pleasure. All the waiters and staff were very nice and service was great. It was my wedding anniversary and we were surprised with a special desert, which I think was very nice from the restaurant. Our table was outside, as I requested. I certainly recommend to special ocasions, couples and families.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT LUNCH EXPERIENCE
The food was excellent, very accomodating staff and the atmosphere is the best. Loved it.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for special dinners!
My wife and I took her parents here during their visit and, as usual, we had an amazing time at Bella Vista (one of the most aptly named restaurants around). The veal scallopini is worth the trip itself as it is a generous portion of perfectly cooked meat expertly seasoned. The salmon was buttery and delicious and their entire menu from appetizers to primi (pasta) dishes to the entrees is replete with outstanding food. Dessert is heavenly, the view is breathtaking and the service is impeccable. This is an excellent choice.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb restaurant, food and service
Superb food and service, incredibly nice staff, knowledgeable of their wines. We go out a lot and are familiar with the LA high dining scene, but Bella Vista is outstanding in every aspect, a real gem, complete with the most romantic atmosphere one can dream of. What really stands out though is their impeccable service and their friendly yet professional staff. They reserved a table for us on their lovely terrace (it was sunset, which made for the most surreal view, accompanied by the sound of the ocean waves breaking on the nearby shore) and at the end of our dinner they surprised us with a few chocolate-dipped strawberries on a plate that had the 'happy anniversary' inscription on it, written in chocolate. That really moved us both...
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special - just special
This was my husband and my first stay at the Four Seasons, Biltmore, in Montecito. Sitting out on the warm patio with the fire pit and heaters, looking at the flaming red sunset on our first evening, it was as if we had found heaven on earth. Then our super charming waiter, Ricardo, brought us food that made us realize it was heaven with a great chef. Dinners were superb, and breakfast - buffet or sit down - is excellent. It is, not surprisingly, very pricey, but worth it. On our next stay, we will probably venture into Santa Barbara or Montecito Village for some meals. But we will not miss out on enjoying at least at least one breakfast and two dinners in this special place.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Bella Vista in honor of our first anniversary. The staff welcomed us back and were so kind! We greatly appreciate their efforts in making the evening special. The food was excellent, and the view is amazing!! For dessert, they presented us with a "Happy Anniversary" themed treat! We will certainly be back next time we are staying at The Four Seasons, The Biltmore and look forward to the occasion.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful for lunch on the patio
Bella Vista is right - beautiful view! Our lunch on the outdoor patio was lovely - - service was perfect.
Bring your AMEX card - you pay for the view - but there is a lot to be said for a leisurely lunch at the four seasons blltmore.
Bowl of soup is least exp. item on the menu at $10.00 - to give you an idea.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must do in Santa Barbara!
The views at sunset are breath-taking (outside dining).
Chef's creations are superb! All fresh local ingredients.
Everything on menu is delicious! Wine list is very good.
Love the local options. Service is extremely attentive.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Disappointed that they no
Disappointed that they no longer have seafood buffet
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four Seasons on the water
What more can you ask for... Outside dining with a few of the ocean, fireplace pit a glow, attentive wait staff and lovely array of Brunch delights made for a very enjoyable experience. Thanks will come back
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic Dining, Food & View
Me and my guest could not have asked for a finer experience! Great food, service & a warm & sunny million dollar view! Derrick, the restaurant manager was fantastic & very accommodating. I had the Sea Bass which could not have been finer!
Venue was perfect for a Monday afternoon lunch!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best brunch ever
This was the absolute best brunch I've ever been to! Not only was the food amazing but the view from the outside patio was outstanding! It was so good that we bought our entire family gift certificates to the brunch for Christmas!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were disappointed in the dinner considering the price. Turkey was dry, we had a reservation at 8 pm and told at 10 minutes til 9 the buffet closes in 10 minutes. We were taking our time to enjoy the ocean sounds and views.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining at the Bella
We had six in our party, 4 adults 2 children. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and there was absolutely no problem in being seated. All of the employees were more than gracious they make you feel they were waiting on you and your party exclusively. Once seated we headed for the brunch line and were overwhelmed with the amount and diversity of the offerings.
Everything we tried was delicious, I had mentioned to my wife that even if it took 4 hours I was going to try everything on the menu. Starting with the salad station, to the soup station, I then went to my favourite which is the Seafood station. I made two trips to this station. I of course then went on to the rest. two hours and I was stuffed.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM