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.
7/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you are looking for a phenominal place to soak in the beauty of Santa Barbara and have an exceptional dining experience, look no more. The minute we entered Bacara's grounds, the atmosphere was like we just entered the begining of a vacation in the Mediteranean. With so many options, my date and had a hard time choosing, but with some expert suggestions by our server we started our dinner with the grilled spot prawns, followed by entrees of grilled local sea bass, with prosciutto & risotto; and salmon with grilled artichoke, roasted heiloom tomato. Both our entrees were perfectly grilled, seasoned and delicious--definitely five star quality. Our Bistro experience was both exceptional and memorable, we will be back again and again.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I really enjoy the Bistro at the Bacara. A pleasant walk up from the tennis courts at Haskells beach takes you to a level of culinary experience beyond your typical Goleta restaurant fare. We really enjoy the Halibut and White Sea Bass entries. So many times in downtown Santa Barbara restaurants your food is brought to the table lukewarm. After three dining experiences at the recently reopened Bistro we are more than pleased at both the service and quality of the food. The ocean view from the patio with a glass of wine from their excellent wine selection is a must experience during the recent nice weather we've been having.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the bistro. She said the halibut was the best she ever had. My filet was incredible. The fresh mozzarella was awesome as well. James our waiter explained to us how the chef won his job at the Bacara on a TV cooking show. One taste and you'll know why he won Dessert was a specially made cappuccino and a flourless chocolate cake just incredible. Did I mention the the fresh cocktails, wow. What a great night, great dinner, great service and incredible food.
I highly recommend dinning here for anyone that appreciates, great food, fresh and creative cocktails, delicious desserts and top notch service.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Coastal California Farm to Table
The new Bistro at Bacara is a foodies delight. With it's new contemporary decor, new Food Network chef, Chris Turano, and locally sourced, Italian inspired menu our experience couldn't have been better. We ordered the local sea bass and halibut and both were prepared perfectly with fresh and lively ingredients. We so appreciate eating at restaurants who support our local farmers and community. The caesar salad was the perfect, light beginning and we finished with blueberry cheesecake and tiramisu. Our waiter, Sam, was knowledgable and friendly & gave us the attention and service of a fine restaurant. The evening on the patio looking at the ocean was very soothing and romantic. It was the ideal way to celebrate a special occasion together.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful Bistro at Bacara
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!
9/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Italian riviera dining in Goleta!
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.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Repeat Gem!
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!!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little overpriced but very good
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.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch by the sea
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.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM