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. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor–outdoor dining experience.
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DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful dining room. Food is top notch and tasty. We love the overall facility location and the Bella Vista is one of our regular stops when we pass through Santa Barbara. Excellent service and presentation. Highly recommended.

R
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Assortment of food was less than my first visit.

E
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The hotel is absolutely stunning and views are great. The food was bland, cold, and took about an hour from arrival to get during the lunch hour, which wasn’t crowded. It was so bad we ended up giving up on the food and declining a remake (they did remake my crab Benedict anyway and it was at least warm... but somehow lacking).
Spare yourself the trouble and just go for some drinks and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Several issues: 1) had requested an outside table in my original reservation, but upon arrival was told there would be a 20-30 minute wait, as folks who hadn’t reserved an outside table were given priority on first-come, first-serve basis. 2) ordered wine pairing ($75 add on), but server neglected to bring wine with our second course - brought it after we finished the course. 3) my wife was served a different entree than she ordered, although that error was immediately corrected, and an apology given; however, the manager came out and said, “I understand you’re very upset about something” (which made us uncomfortable). 4) the dessert was supposed to feature a hot chocolate sauce to melt the ball-like cherry/chocolate cake, but the sauce wasn’t even warm, so the effect was lost. When we advised the server, she suggested we use more force to penetrate the cake, rather than providing a replacement. Overall, it wasn’t a great experience, especially at $200 per person. We normally love the Bella Vista for dinner, but they seemed overwhelmed by this special Valentines dinner event.

JA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner. We wanted something special and the Biltmore performed magnificently

JI
Portland
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Go for breakfast or lunch. You still have the great view and servicer, at a fraction of the dinner price.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for pre Valentines .. cold night but was given 2 heaters to accommodate and dinner was superb!

BB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I'm comparing to how the brunch used to be in the 1980s where the food stations took up 3 rooms. All stations in one room now. The service was exceptional and the setting is amazing, but for $85 per person, the food selection was mediocre. Yes, there was oysters, crab, caviar and bottom glass of champagne, but beyond that, a taco bar? Meat carving station advertised beef wellington, but only offered prime rib, lamb, salmon and bacon slab. Dessert station was below par offering some flavorless custards and mini pecan bars.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good scent in the restaurant.
Friendly and kind staffs
Nice view and beautiful interior
Delicious and fancy foods

D
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to brunch here to celebrate our anniversary. The brunch is a little
Pricey but you do get alcohol and it’s a buffet. The food is excellent and so is the service! They even brought us a special dessert. Very classy. Love this hotel.

LF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Beautiful setting, great service and terrible food.
My husband had the steak and I had the veal. Both were horrible and tasteless. Such a disappointment. I would recommend going for a cocktails only.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great Anniversary Brunch Spot . We loved it .

N
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

My family has loved the Biltmore for 35 years. The restaurant was never the best in town but sitting on the patio made up for any shortcomings. However Saturday night it was terrible. How terrible? My lasagna was frozen in the middle. Not cold. Frozen. A restaurant that charges five star prices serves previously frozen food? That's outrageous. The ravioli that came with my wife's sea bass was uncooked. They recently got a new chef and I think they better get rid of him or her fast because just down the beach, the Rosewood Miramar has an excellent restaurant called Caruso's. We've been there several times and it has always been fantastic. I feel bad. I don't want to see the Biltmore go under but if the Four Seasons continues to mismanage the hotel, it may soon be put out of business by the Miramar.

DA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch, stunning setting and professional service

R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was fabtastic but hoping more
Selections based on the price.

V
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was spotty at best. The menu was eclectic and quite limited in offerings. Neither the menu nor restaurant presented any 'theme' so while the environment was quite nice, it was hard to understand what the management was trying to promote.

Overall, for price, quality and service this was a restaurant which had no resemblance to the prestige of the hotel name and was more disappointing and surprising since there is apparently shared ownership and management with San Ysidro Ranch, which has an exceptionally fine restaurant.

The only aspect of the Four Seasons Biltmore experience which was memorable was the parking attendant whose service and courtesy were exceptional.

g
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The buffet was decent. One thing I would like them to change is that most of the food was at chest/face level and had no sneeze guards. The deserts were limited to small bites and an ice cream sandwich stand.
So I would say 3 stars for the buffet quality and value.
But here’s why it was worth every penny...
My wife is pregnant and once we were seated in the main room she suffered a panic attack. It was severe and she needed to leave the space. I explained to the host stand what was happening and they immediately jumped into action. They set us up on a balcony, alone, with two big heaters, brought my wife blankets, and constantly checked on our needs. The staff absolutely put in 110% . We no longer had to leave, my wife was able to eat, relax, and enjoy her meal. Our stress melted away and our evening was saved.

Thank you again to the hosts, our waiters, and all the staff.
Happy holidays!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect except we felt pushed out after an hour and 30 minutes when there were open tables available

RG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always! Services was amazing, food was outstanding and plentiful! LOVED it.

EG
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This property is so beautiful. We really enjoyed our lunch. Food was good. Service was warm & attentive. Omar took great care of us. The view is stunning.

SL
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great brunch. A must if you're really hungry and want to try everything you can imagine for a wonderful brunch. Service is excellent (friendly and professional), from being greeted, to seating, to immediate attention on the choice of drinks, and an explanation on what's on the "menu".

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service and delivery of food was slow.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Staff was friendly and helpful but they can’t make up for the disaster that is the kitchen. Also the restaurant had terrible acoustics. It was only half full and my SO and I could barely hear each other talk. I can’t even imagine how loud it would be if the place was full. I recommend you go somewhere else, you can get far better food for a better price elsewhere!

JE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanksgiving Buffet

P
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the best Thanksgiving Day buffet I have ever seen. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and professional and the buffet never looked picked over. It was pricey but with the array of foods, not really out of line.

h
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bulmaro and Omar were THE BEST! Ava was also awesome! thank you for having us!!!

SK
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We normally love the Bella Vista but this experience was disappointing. We were there for Thanksgiving and as usual the food and variety of the buffet was outstanding. However, when we arrived it seemed as if they had overbooked and tried to seat us in a back banquet room that was not part of the restaurant and actually across and down the hall from the buffet. We had made the reservation several weeks in advance and declined this seating so we waited for a table. The staff was uncharacteristically disinterested. Really the thing that was most disappointing was the value. The restaurant is part of the Four Seasons so we expected to pay top dollar, but found out that our $145 per head price tag did not include any alcoholic beverages, even champagne which is pretty standard. Given the extremely high price of drinks our Thanksgiving for four came in at almost a thousand dollars with tip - very few meals could possibly be worth that kind of money, particularly a self-serve buffet with kids running around. As much as we enjoy the food and variety, the price just isn't worth it.

d
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Well, MAYBE would recommend. The hotel grounds are beautiful, and a non-holiday meal would be more relaxing, less crowded, and allow for enjoying the views more. But it's overpriced any way one looks at it.
Thanksgiving buffet offered a lot of good, unique food, and it is something different to do for the holiday, but it's not worth $145 /person. (you don't even get a glass of champagne!)

And odd ending: they had waitstaff close out your bill at your table (using handheld credit machines) . Makes sense for such a busy dining day but the waiter specifically asks what amount of tip you want to leave them, and they enter it while standing over you. That is an uncomfortable /awkward way to end the dining experience.

There are other really nice restaurants in SB that we'd try for Thanksgiving before going back to Biltmore.

b
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional service, delicious options & beautiful atmosphere. Not too formal and very welcoming staff! We love it here!

GT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our brunch at Bella Vista could not have been any lovelier. Perfect food, weather and service. A gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean which included the Channel Islands. There were many varied food options presented on the menu, and the Bellini’s were perfect, as were the various coffee drinks we ordered. As we were leaving, some ladies were coming in for afternoon tea - we will be coming back to try that soon.

DA
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday morning brunch. Amazing assortment of delicious food. Bottomless mimosas. Gorgeous view of the ocean. Worth the splurge.

4
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special evening, we were given very special attention;
we were celebrating our grandson’s moving home to SB
with a new job, they presented him with a complimentary
dessert with “Congratulations on your new job” written in
chocolate on the plate...this was very special for this young attorney who has celebrated so many special occasions at
the Biltmore most of his life! Well Done!!

e
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion. Food and service plus ambience all in a class by themselves

c
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere, perfect patio weather- one of the best Sunday brunches in the country!

L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Ate outdoors on the spectacular ocean view terrace for a Sunday brunch. Nearly everyone was enjoying a magnificent brunch buffet. But we did not want to eat that heavy of a meal so we ordered off the menu. The avocado toast was average to subpar, covered in pickles?? When the menu talked about lime marinated cucumber. My husbands American breakfast was good. Again loved the view, the ambience and the service..... but the food was disappointing.

SL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We 6 girls reserved for a party. We asked two coffee but no drinks. When I told him we were ready to order, the waiter was cold and werid. I didn't know if he heard as no reaction so I had to repeat and still he was quite kind of "okay". When we shared the bill, he totally showed "OMG" face when taking the cards. And the bill came with a survey card, but all service items already checked to highest score. Very disappointing service at this kind of classic dinning place.

JF
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night of dinner on our honeymoon. My wife loved it more than anything, and that’s all I ever want!

F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room and wonderful experience. The food was delicious. Definitely a special place.

RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a superior experience!

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4
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We are regulars at the Biltmore...usually Saturday night date...also mid week for lunch on occasion...we bring visitors here when they are in town frequently...always a
wonderful experience....NOT THIS TIME!!!
We used a TravelZoo voucher & it was a complete turnaround....we were unable to be seated where we ALWAYS are seated on the patio...we waited 5-10 mins for
a table close to a window, it was in the corner & quite nice,
however we were seated there & basically FORGOTTEN,
no coffee refills, no checking on food, NOTHING until he brought the check with a big smile...the check included a 20% tip of $22.70 which was NOT DESERVED!!! My husband
?ed the tip, server said it was clearly on TravelZoo voucher!
My husband then brought this injustice to the attention of the front desk, received an apology & another TravelZoo
explanation!!! We have been regular Biltmore patrons for over 45 years...never receiving anything less than spectacular service in the restaurant & wonderful visits staying at the hotel!!! We are convinced the server (which was unfamiliar to us) assumed he was going to receive this tip whether he deserved it or not!!! My husband always leaves a 25-30% tip at the Biltmore...we are recognized as
regulars there & have always considered it one of our favorite SB places...we live locally & it is almost a 2nd home.

If offering TravelZoo vouchers to get tourists to come is the object...you might want to consider what losing your regulars will be costing you!!!

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