Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara’s most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor–outdoor dining experience.

Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats, and the shared charcuterie plate is the most popular appetizer on the menu. Bella Vista also boasts an expansive wine list and has been recognized for earning Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, service was top notch. Our table had an amazing ocean view. Price for dinner for 2 on Valentine's day was a bit much.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The 4 Seasons Biltmore is our favorite hotel and we always enjoy our visit. This was our first Sunday buffet and it was good but not incredible. The Bloody Mary was too spicy and the shrimp were soggy.

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YG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Creamery mozzarella salaš ok
Sea bass was just ok
Pasta with lobister was awfull lobster was definitly old
Only sine was great

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DB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service ~ waiter was amazing. Ambiance a bit on the cold side ~ too much stonework? Could do with warming up a bit/get an interior decorator in there....??

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DL
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Bella Vista needs a menu wake-up call.
It seems they try to be crafty but totally miss the mark. If it wasn’t for business I would not eat there. I never feel satisfied with anything I have had. I’ve had far better healthy inventive food at Marriott restaurants!
I am a huge foodie & personal chef, so this is such a disappointment eating here.

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c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch we've ever had! The deviled eggs were to die for! What a selection. Sea food, omelets, fruit, asian cuisine, italian, you name it! And absolutely every single thing was outstanding. Prime rib, ham, was cooked to perfection! And the service was beyond! I wish we lived closer - we'd come here every Sunday! And to top it all off, we sat outside with a gorgeous view of the ocean. It was brisk outside, but they had the heat lamps on. The waiters were exceptional, attending to our every need. Everyone should come here at least once!

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OT
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort. Amazingly beautiful place, very friendly and helpful staff wanting to please the guest. Well chosen wines. The food was really good but not mind blowing or super amazing but still super solid. It is expensive but you are getting top quality ingredients served by well trained staff in a beautiful setting.

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J
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The buffet was extremely expensive. Food was bountiful and quality was excellent, but get a bank loan to pay the bill.

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SS
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We ha ve dined countless times for both dinners and lunch and this was a shocking disappointment. The lamb entree was extremely small, leaving my husband still hungry. I enjoyed my scallops but so missed the lavash and other bread items from the past. Please suggest the Exec. Chef review the items for quality and quantity.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Ordered special of the day, it took forever to get it. When it finally arrived it was missing the foie gras that was the center piece of the meal...

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GS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The hotel was beautifully decked out for the holiday; no doubt about it. We had good service from attentive staff once they were beckoned to the table. In fairness, it was Christmas and they were busy. That said, there is no excuse for such poor food. Mushy vegetables, soggy salads, dried out entrees...... less is more would have been a better plan I think. Please most of the people most of the time. Fewer, well-curated offerings. Repeat the tables and improve the quality of the finished product. Do you really need 15 different not very distinctive desserts? The rolls were cold and hard and we had to request butter to the table. We've lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and always thought of the Biltmore as the "go-to" special occasion destination. This was our first visit since the mud-flow last January. We won't be back.

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SL
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service excellent .... food, excellent!

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F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, good California food and very good and friendly service. FL

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k
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor dining with heat lamps allowed us to enjoy the night lights and the sound of the surf while we enjoyed the finest meal in a relaxed atmosphere with superb service.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food service was very slow. It took over two hours to have two courses served. We had to ask twice for bread. My husband’s appetizer and entree were tepid. My Jerusalem artichoke soup was excellent. My pasta dish was average.

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P
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, ambiance is glorious, and service perfection!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Disappointing for a 4 Seasons.

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AR
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my boyfriends birthday breakfast here and it was wonderful!

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W
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Bella Vista. A friend and I dined at their Sunday Brunch. It was the a great experience! The service, food, and ambience were all amazing. I definitely plan to go back next time I'm in the area.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a little too cool and we were sitting by the fire place

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic waiter

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RS
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch at the Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is well worth the drive up from Los Angeles. The setting, particularly the outdoor patio is a magnificent place to spend several hours eating good food, drinking mimosas, and enjoying the view of the beach. The buffet is among the best we have experienced and includes caviar and home made blinis in addition to all of the regular brunch standards.

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j
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Beautiful location but terrible limited Italian menu.

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TP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Buffet. Was like eating in a cafeteria. About as in-special occasion as it gets

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l
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

There were six of us and all of our dinners when served were cold. The portion size for the pasta was so small, it was insulting. Two of us who ate the lamb dinner ended up not feeling well after eating it. It was one of the most disappointing dining experiences we have had in a long time and was very expensive. We will not eat there again and we are local.

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g
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and service were great - especially enjoyed the beautiful ocean view. They brought a black napkin (for my black pants) upon request. We'll definitely go again when we're in Santa Barbara.

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Charlotte
78 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benjamin was a fabulous waiter, and the view was spectacular!

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CE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Expensive but an extensive and varied brunch buffet and a lovely setting. Staff are attentive without being over bearing.

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N
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

It’s too expensive and inferior quality. Used to be an excellent restaurant

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JM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a Birthday celebration. There is nothing negative that I can say about this restaurant. The food was great, the service excellent, the ambiance amazing, the grounds and location just beautiful. You won't be disappointed !!

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DS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and an excellent view on the ocean and the sunset. Highly recommend!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gorgeous place with a gorgeous view. The service was wonderful. We had a table right in front with a perfect view of Butterfly Beach and the ocean. I had the TKO cocktail which was delicious and not too sweet. For appetizers we shared the Hummus with Fava Bean dip and the warm Lobster Dip - both were very good and I would order again. For lunch entrees we shared the Grilled Octopus (tender with great accompaniments) and the Spaghetti Pomodoro. The spaghetti is made in house and was excellent - the marinara as well. It is expensive for lunch but so worth it with the view , atmosphere, food, and service. It's a special place.

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MJ
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular ocean setting, couldn't be more romantic, pampering service, limited number of menu choices but each one interesting, produced with high-quality, fresh ingredients, well-presented, and just delicious! Who could ask for anything more?

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NR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent views with outstanding service and very high quality food.

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PT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch Food was outstanding so was the service. The view was so beautiful. A very special place!

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R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the waiter , Harold, was the best! It was a perfect evening with an amazing sunset!

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KJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my friend's 60th birthday. The sunset was beautiful. Enjoyed the food and the specialty cocktails were delicious. Very beautiful setting.

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JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moving the buffet to the center atrium space vastly improved the experience....

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a amazing experience. Our server, Christian was friendly and knowledgeable. The "pasta experience" is a must for pasta lovers. The presentation was impressive and the dish amazing. I would recommend the restaurant!

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