Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

4.7
865 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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 7:00 am-11:30 am

Breakfast Buffet: Friday-Saturday: 7:00 am-11:00 am

Brunch: Sunday: 9:00 am-1:30 pm

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

Lite Fare: Monday-Sunday: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Guests can make merry with a four-course family style dinner showcasing the season's finest local ingredients created by Executive Chef Marco Fossati and his culinary team.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Gather together and enjoy an abundant buffet-style meal featuring tradition holiday favourites along with an extensive selection of traditional dishes, gourmet creations, seafood, salads, and carving stations.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

The roaring 20s come to Santa Barbara to ring in 2019! Join us in your best 1920s attire for a dinner buffet including a champagne filled ice sculpture and creative made-to-order menu items.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 865 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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Los Angeles
55 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
4 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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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
77 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
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
9 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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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
8 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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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
1 review
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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Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

service is excellent, food is bland and over priced.

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NC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch is the best! Delicious and amply food selections, lovely presentation, and the wait staff is beyond compare.

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s
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were staying here and can’t say enough about the food, service, view etc. Also amazing for Sunday brunch!

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JC
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The setting is lovely and we there on a Friday night and the place was half empty, meaning we had a choice of several great tables. The food is spectacularly ordinary, and of course, overpriced. But you are eating in a 5-star hotel restaurant so maybe we should have expected as much. Service was excellent.

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San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were disappointed in the food here. The pasta, rigatoni, was good but the sauce was heavy. The steak ordered was nice but should have been more tender. The scallop dish was enormous and very rich. Too much grit in it. The split salad was huge but too much dressing. Overpriced but in a beautiful place with lovely decor and ambiance. Service was impeccable.

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CC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, very nice place and enjoyed the environment. Great views and able to have conversations. Will be sure to be back.

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BF
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite " staycation"restaurant getaway...you cannot beat the ambiance or outstanding service! I highly recommend!!!

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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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