Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

4.5
834 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am,
Sunday Breakfast: 7:00am - 9:00am;
Breakfast Buffet: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am,
Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 1:30pm;

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm,
Sunday Lunch: 1:45pm - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(805) 565-8237
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marco Fossati
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The Four Seasons Biltmore offers complimentary parking for anyone dining in Bella Vista. Street parking is also available along Channel Drive.
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Entertainment
Music played through centralized system.
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Special events & promotions
FREE CORKAGE NIGHT
Available Monday evenings
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome view and atmosphere outside seating is the best

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! Really enjoyed our meal here. Good was pretty healthy and yummy. Service was quite attentive. Definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect except for the hostesses who were friendly but young and seemed less than experienced.

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AH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. It’s so well run and classy. They always take care of us.

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l
Yosemite
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We have been at the Bella Vista many times in the last few years. It used to be our favorite for all our special occasions. But since the reopening we are very disappointed with the food, quality, quantity and prices. The food is lacking so much flavor as well as creativity. In addition boring bred service and no amuse bouche.
Why changing everything, knowing that they were much better before?
Big disappointment.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a first choice for a drive up from Los Angeles

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AB
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, wonderful service, delicious food

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KP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This was our fourth visit to the restaurant and was not “wowed” by the meal this time as in the past.

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g
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was as expected as I've dined here frequently, and even got married here!
You can't go wrong ( and they serve a generous drink).
Be prepared to have a hassle-free lunch.
PJD

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C
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

View was exquisite. Food was good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Was fun for a mutual birthday celebration. Worth the drive from LA for a friend visiting from TX.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and the sunset was gorgeous. Service was excellent. We had the seafood tower, lamb duo and pasta experience. Definitely worth it for birthday dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting esp for sunset drinks and dinner. Service, food, drinks, everything was impeccable!! Will be coming back!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most lovely dinning spots with an ocean view in the world! Menu is varied and Chef Marco creates delicious and creative dishes which are perfection! Don't miss this gem.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Such a beautiful place

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W
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They should and need a no cell phone policy. It’s sad you have to tell people to be courteous but it’s the reality. People on speaker and FaceTime while dining is even worse and should be addressed without compliant.

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L
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful setting for a special occasion. The hotel has reopened and is even more magical than ever. The service and food were not quite up to par with previous visits, however. The service was slow and inattentive despite the restaurant being only half full. Our meals were very good even if they did not reach the outstanding level I have come to expect at the Biltmore. I'm sure with time the service and food will return to the hotel's normal high standards. The Biltmore is always a lovely place to visit in Santa Barbara.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was elegant the staff was a pleasure the food was delicious

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g
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great anniversary dinner. The service was really great - excellent recommendations for dinner and wine selection. The staff was friendly and professional. The food was very good - esp. the burrata, scallops and forbidden rice. Very good selection for vegan/gluten free. And, you can't beat the ocean view at sunset!

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m
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary at the hotel, we had visited some years ago and were so pleased to find that the restauraunt was excellent and the staff very friendly we hope to return next year!

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MJ
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday brunch buffet on the oceanfront, extensive variety from dim sum to carving stations to crab-stuffed cucumber, from egg dishes to sushi to charcuterie, all very fresh and enticing, lovely way to spend an hour on Sunday morning!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful Hotel. This restaurant has an open and airy feel with a beautiful view of the ocean. What made this a memorable and outstanding experience was the Service (highly attentive) the Management (made rounds to be sure we were enjoying our experience) and the food (so good with an outstanding wine list and cocktails).

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c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views and the pasta was amazing! The only negative was that there wasn’t enough -small servings BUT would recommend over and over again!

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Steak temperature wasn’t great, and the sides were a top chef disaster... basically a McDonald’s hash brown with better potatoes... also the sauce on the steak was predominantly soy.... odd to say the least.

Felt like someone tried to hard to create the menu and underperformed on the execution.

Drinks were great, mozzarella salad was outstanding, but if you charge 54$ for a steak you should at least cook it correctly.

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JA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was excellent. Very attentive. View is wonderful

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to stay the staff was trained incredibly well. The hostess was engaging, our server was excellent and made sure to accommodate my food allergies and when we asked about getting another drink another server did not have the “its not my table attitude”.

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j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

wonderful outside patio eating with amazing sunset and ocean views. California eats of seafood, pasta, fresh salads all yummy and served with style and flair. Great service.

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t
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Weve been going to the biltmore for over 40 years. It really has fallen off. Service is poor yet officious. We had a reservation and they wanted to put us in another room because they were busy. My request for the manager produced a table. Brunch buffets are always dubious but at over $100 per head out the door, I was left with a belly ache feeling like a chump. Over-rich and inappropriate cuisine sweating on the table for the tourists; do yourself a favor and don’t. SB has great places for breakfast (tre lune, jeanines, cajun kitchen), the Biltmore is pretty but that’s all.

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Denver
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as Zachary did an excellent job making my mom’s birthday celebration a blast. Try the Pasta Experience if you get a chance & our local SB official drink winner.

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DB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service Was excellent from the beginning until the end. The bar area was fun and the drinks were great. The music is always good. All I can say about the dinner is that the portions are very very small .

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r
Orange County
86 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We made a dinner reservation to celebrate my wife's birthday while staying at the hotel and notified the restaurant this was a birthday celebration. We had very high expectations for dining on the outdoor terrace at this fine dining restaurant. It turned out to be a big dissappointment.
Our reservation was at 7:15pm and around 6:45pm I called to move our reservation to 7:45pm, as there was a brush fire on the 101 Freeway that shut down the road for over a half hour and delayed our arrival. They said no problem and to take our time.
When we arrived at 7:45pm for dinner, we discovered that the fine dining restaurant was closed and now they served dinner where they also serve breakfast but the terrance over looking the restaurant looked nice. We were told they only had a booth available near the window overlooking the terrance, in a booth that faced an interior wall. I suggested we wait for an outdoor table and they said they were sold out and had nothing for us outside! When I pressed further, they said they could take my phone number and call us if something opened up in about 45 minutes. Ok, this is not what I expected from a restaurant at the Biltmore! We went into the bar area of the hotel and one of the hostesses offered to seat us on their terrance, which is shared with the Bella Vista Restaurant! Then, they provided us with menu from both the Bar and the Bella Vista Restaurant that had no outdoor seating! The food was quite good, we ordered italian from the Bella Vista's menu, but the entire experience was a major disappointment and ruined the surprise birthday I had planned. The hostess, Stephanie, and the busboy were wonderful. The server however was very unprofessional, rarely stopped by to check on us and we had to ask him several times before we received bread plates, water, etc. We will NOT return to the Biltmore after this experience.

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h
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We were a group of 6, all staying at the hotel. We had a 6:45 reservation and called down to ask if it would be a problem if we arrived 10-15 minutes late. The hostess said not to worry, no problem. But when we arrived downstairs 12 minutes past reservation time, we were informed that our requested patio seating was no longer available. :-( wish they would have said that ahead of time, when we called. We would have chosen to hurry down so that they didn’t give our table away. I think the host/hostess staff may not be all that well trained.
Our server was knowledgeable and friendly, but forgetful- 53 minutes went by and only some of us had gotten our appetizers. Food was good once it all arrived.
My boys ate here for lunch the next day and food again took a
l-o—n-g time. For the setting and the prices, I think the Four Seasons should do a better job with this restaurant.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

First recommendation for anyone considering this restaurant, be aware you are paying for the name “Four Seasons”, a view of the water and a partial view of a sunset if you’re lucky. You are not paying for the quality of service nor quantity of food. If you know that going in, you’ll probably like it better than we did.

We booked a 7:45 dinner on a Tuesday night for our anniversary about 2-3 weeks in advance. We were driving the 1 down the coast and this was our big dinner plans for the week. We made a request for a table on the railing for unobstructed views of the water at sunset. We added 3 people to our reservation and called just to double check this was permissible ahead of time. When we arrived, we were told it was a 30-45 minute wait. Ok, no problem. We’ll go to the lounge and grab a drink. We were seated about 45 minutes later. I’ll add that the dining room was almost empty so we learned that patio seating is FCFS, despite the reservation.

Service.....almost non existent. We had to get up to find our waiter more than once just for water and again to order apps. Maybe they were short staffed, but if so, let us know.

Food.... while tasty, was grossly overpriced for the portion. $35 bucks for a scallop dinner, getting 3 small-to-medium scallops on a serving platter big enough for a thanksgiving turkey was a joke. No accompanying side either. We ordered two pasta dishes that were about the size of a side dish for 25-30. I’m not a massive appetite and don’t overindulge, but it seems reasonable to expect a pasta dish to bare more than 5-6 twirls of a fork. If you eat here, you’ll be looking for an in-&-out on your way home....

Lastly, they did remember our anniversary request at the end of our two+ hour dinner and comped us what can only be described as the densest, eggless, most sugary slice of cake or something intended to resemble cake that we barely touched because you needed a knife or Popeye’s forearms to power through.

Tried once, won’t be back

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DL
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Albeit a very lovely setting, gracious atmospheres.
The food is lacking so much flavor & creativity for today’s fare.
I eat here almost once a month for convenience but honestly, the tastes & flavors run me unsatisfied & wonder why????

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S
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner in wonderful setting. Food was very good. We had the seabass, the steak, the vegtarian pasta and the vegetarian broccoli dish. All plates were very nicely presented, good size(ie not too big, good european style size) and the food was overall very well cooked. Service was great. This was our second time at Bella Vista(first visit was in 2016) and honestly we weren’t impressed last time. So glad that we gave it a second chance because this time it was really good and we will definitely come back soon again!

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DL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating is a must to enjoy this restaurant. Though the food is excellent indoors or out, it is the proximity to the ocean and the lovely evening lighting and fire pit that make dining here special. The space indoors is too vast and bright to produce an intimate or cozy ambience or to tap into the lively feel of the exterior dining area.

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J
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Four Seasons Biltmore used to be my favorite. I'm glad they still have the caviar because it's my favorite on the brunch. The crab was not as good this time. I don't think there were as many brunch items to choose from. I prefer when the brunch was in the other room. It was impressive when they had a whole room dedicated to the brunch set up. The waiter this time was excellent.
This time I prefer the Westlake location overall for the selection. Although, I wish they had caviar.
The view at the Biltmore and taking a walk around the gardens and the beach is nice after.
If I'm being critical at all, it's just that I know they were much better, before. But it's still a great brunch.

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B
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful night. We took some business associates. The food was amazing and the ambience was great too.

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TD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zach, our server, was incredible! You could tell he took pride in anticipating our needs and making our night special. He even brought out a birthday dessert without me asking, as he had overhead some conversation and realized that we were there to celebrate a birthday. The same can be said about the other staff as well, as everyone was super friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is perfect for a sunset dinner and the food matched the view every step of the way. Highly recommend checking this place out if you're looking for a casual-yet-quality dinner date or small group gathering. I will be coming back for sure when I'm in town!

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