A new favorite for us
My wife and I have been to the Montecito Wine Bistro several times now, and each time we find that our opinion of it rises. The food and wine list have always been great. However, the service and the "swank" of the place seems to be on the rise (especially the front patio and the dining room). Santa Barbara area has an unspoken-of shortcoming of quality dining service; probably due to it being such a casual community. As the Wine Bistro upgraded their service quality, the overall experience really stands head-and-shoulders above other "fine" restaurants. We enjoyed a great evening, not just a great meal. Well done, Mr. Lafond and Ms. Foster - your Montecito Wine Bistro is a great restaurant and our new fav in 93108!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had an early dinner here.
Had an early dinner here. Enjoyed the pasta and shrimp and my friend loved the lamb burger. Very enjoyable dinner.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a true surprise. Picked it because of the Pierre LaFond Bakery and the store. What a marvelous find! The food was outstanding!! Unique items on the menu and my friend and I picked 4 items to share. We did not want the Blue Cheese on the salad and our waiter suggested he change to "cherry vinegrette' and Parmesan Regianno.....which was wonderful...so fresh and light and tasty....then Kobe Meanloaf Sliders...absolutely wonderful, so delicious.....Pork Bolognese with homemade Rigotoni...superb and a light and so smooth Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli in a Creamy Lemon Sauce.....all was FABULOUS!... My compliments to the chef....could not have been better. I have already told several people how lovely it was!
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very friendly place. A great
A very friendly place. A great local atmostfare. It was tucked away in a residentual area away from a touristy area so it made it very nice and quit. They had a very nice wine list and a nice touch by doing a wine flight (a sampling of 3 wines for the approxmate price of 1 glass). The food was very good and plenty of it. The wild salmon was very most and cook to perfection. I would reccommend this resturant to all the locals as well as tourist as I was.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Haven't dined here in quite awhile. I brought my elderly parents with me after my sons UCSB graduation, for an early dinner. They were so accommodating for my picky parents who like everything plain. My Sea Bass en papilliote was delicious! I'll be back for sure!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hard to find, but worth it.
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.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a wonderful spot
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.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this Neighborhood Restaurant
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.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Hidden Gem
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.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
best restaurant in Montecito
Greatest restaurant in this lovely town. What really makes it is the terrific people who work there.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anniversary Dinner Review
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.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant in Santa Barbara
Nice place, nice service, nice ambiance. The fish dish had good flavor but it was overdone.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service!
A place to visit often! They are very constant with their quality of food.
Great wine list,
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service
Tasty meal and attentive service with nice ambiance.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is always good! Excellent service, and great recommendations with the wine list!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a great experience in this restaurant I've been back
Three times this week.
Keep up the good work!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was informative and friendly, fantastic food...lovely evening.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a great satisfying experience every time! a favorite!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and reasonable
Great food and reasonable prices in a lovely setting
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine Bistro / Review
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.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely little spot in Mendocino.
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!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our girlfriends Birthday lunch
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific onion soup!
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.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM