Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

4.5
1202 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Enjoy California coastal cuisine with a side of stunning ocean views.

Belmond El Encanto Dining Room features comfortable indoor seating and al fresco indulging on The Terrace. The Wine Room is the perfect venue for your private gatherings.

Light dining, sunset hour cocktails, extensive California wines by the glass and Afternoon Tea happen at The Lounge.

The Bar is your place for handcrafted cocktails complemented by live entertainment.
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ThomasK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and excellent food, the dinning area is smaller so if there is a crowd it can be noisy.

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AdamR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Upon arriving we were told no reservations were being honored?
Even though I had an open table confirmation…bad start
Had to speak to management
Despite large dining area there was literally only one other family dining there…
Food was average to below average
Especially for price
Won’t b coming back

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Foster on valet was outstanding. Very professional, warm and kind.

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Shap
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Not what I was expecting from a Forbes 5 star hotel. We requested a specific table in a quiet area and it was still being cleared. We assumed they would dress the table first then seat us. However, instead of clearing the table and resetting it, they seated us at it undressed, and it took about 15 minutes for them to bring anything to dress the table. They forgot to bring the bread. They forgot to bring my wine. They forgot my side dish. The bottle of sparkling water was not chilled, and they never refilled our glasses or asked if we wanted more when it was empty. The duck was rare instead of medium rare. The server was non-existent. And they weren't very busy as we were seated at 6:30 on a Wednesday night. Disappointing.

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Chris
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it

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DianaB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was no ambiance of Christmas AT ALL. No candles on tables, etc. It felt like we were in a Marriott hotel lobby restaurant. The service was horrible and the food was literally inedible. The bartenders (who were the managers of the hotel) had no idea how to mix any drinks. The service at this hotel has been going downhill for years and we will never return.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juan the manager made our experience amazing. Would give a 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Christmas Eve lunch! Highly recommend the sliders.

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Harry
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Several orders were not correct, including the entree of the day.

The restaurant missed its mark, food good, service mediocre. Not sure it the problem was the waitstaff or kitchen, but suspect the former.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ambience was amazing as well as the food!

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vipKenS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience- beautiful setting with plenty of room between tables so noise level was very low. Food and service were both exceptional. Highly recommended.

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ChappySeattle
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful location, good service, but food was just ok and certainly not worth the price. We were married there 28 years ago, so hoped to relive the magic - we were disappointed.

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vipDavidJ
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Actually our entree and veggies were rather bland and uninspired. I guess the mark up on cauliflower makes it a "go to" these days, but in this case not an interesting addition to the scallops. The scallops were cooked well, but nothing memorable. The memorable part of my meal was dessert, that lemon yuzu option is creative, fun, and delicious.

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vipDoreenL
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely hotel and beautiful restaurant. The view was spectacular and the food was delicious. Overall excellent choice for dinner - we ate here 2 nights in a row.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My friend and I got together at El Encanto for dinner and drinks and did not have the best experience. I won’t go into all the details but the long and short of it is: the music was way too loud, the staff was judgmental and unfriendly, the dining area was, as always, beautiful as ever, and the food & drinks were enjoyable. From the moment we walked in, we were treated

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our wedding and the service was wonderful!! We had the best mussels we have ever eaten - everything was truly amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joey is very kind, thoughtful, and is always attentive to your eating and drinking desires. Joey is the best of the best!

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vipSjclocalDiner
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, super classy, amazing patio views. Food was amazing all around. Asked for a change in prep for main course and it was no problem at all. Was expecting sticker shock but was reasonable cost. This is a MUST GO restaurant for santa barbara area.

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vipSmash
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining on the patio at the Belmond! Lovely day brunch with the ladies celebrating a monumental birthday.

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MichaelM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This was our first time at El Encanto. We received a gift card from our Real Estate agent. Your service was excellent, as was your wait staff Alex was great. We enjoyed the view from our great table. Loved the dessert!! The low point of the visit was when we tried to use the $150.00 gift card. We were told your “ machine “ was down and they just charged our card.

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MollyGrace
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, incredible service. New favorite spot!

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vipYvetteA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the menu is limited, there are some great choices and everything was perfectly executed. The setting is gorgeous (we ate on the patio). The service was excellent across the board with the standout being our main server Kelly. Seafood was very fresh and the locally sourced ice cream and sorbet were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and the food was amazing. Definitely will be back, so happy to have discovered this gem.

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Neighbor
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a neighbor of El Encanto I have been enjoying lunch with friends on the terrace for very many years. This time everything was better: the new menu, the prompt and very professional service, the presentation of the food, even the ambiance - despite some noise from a group of ten people. Very forgivable, good to see people having fun!

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vipFoodcrazy
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I have dined here many times over the years. The location and views make this a truly extraordinary setting for what should be an exceptional dining experience. Unfortunately, as much as our server was kind, extremely polite and well intentioned he had no experience. I ordered a bottle of French Champagne which he brought out completely warm. When we suggested that he get some help from the manager or wine director he came back and told us that all the champagne was the same temperature. Then we were served wine glasses with ice cubes in them to cool the champagne ! The poor young gentleman seemed to have no help or proper training that should be requisite for a place like this.
I am supposing that the paucity of people wanting to work is a source of the problem but, in the end, it will hurt the business.

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vipSusanB
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It was evening so couldn't' really see out, but I'm sure the view is incredible.

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vipLeslie
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way- Bravo!

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FuntoGraze
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was our server. Really good service over and above! Will be back for sure!

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RobertB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting, great food, exceptional service. Highly recommend.

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Linda
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the terrace where we had a spectacular view of the ocean and the sunset. The
appetizers and entrees were superb. I even got freshly baked gluten free bread upon request. The desert, the Lemon Goleta was unique and delicious.
The service was excellent. It was a most memorable and delightful evening in a beautiful spot.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The location and atmosphere are first class. The service was quirky. Arrived 4 minutes ahead of schedule. They would not seat me until the exact time of my reservation in spite of many open tables. Gave us breakfast menus even though they had stopped serving breakfast 30 minutes earlier. After they replaced those with lunch menus everything went well. Service was excellent.

I ordered fish and chips. Reasonable but not outstanding quality. Served in a metal basket about 10 inches tall. Could not use a knife and fork. Awkward. Had to eat with my fingers. No salad or Cole slaw etc. Not better or worse than other restaurants. Extremely expensive for what it was.

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vipSBPonces
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration at sunset wile dining outside. Excellent service

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vipHappyDiner
Central Coast
115 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

For years we've given this restaurant an opportunity. Over those years it has gotten better but still has room to grow. It may be a case of resting on their laurels because they do have one of the nicest view decks in Santa Barbara. The food has improved, particularly at dinner. We recommend the Mary's Chicken with mushrooms and chicken stock plus two sides (the sides are generous portions - we particularly enjoyed the Riviera gratin (essentially ratatouille) and the Brussel sprouts). Service is not up to par for what is aiming to be a luxury restaurant (had to ask several times for items to be brought to the table, oysters served without a spoon for the mignonette which was too heavy on the vinegar anyway, etc...). We've brunched there also and again, stunning views but even brunch service wasn't great. All in all, it is a good but not great experience.

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KatG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our wedding anniversary and everything was wonderful! Come hungry for brunch as it is a fixed 5 course meal.

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vipfoodie4real
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only reason why I am giving a rating of four stars is because the restaurant did not contact us soon enough to let us know that the dining hours had changed. We were driving from San Francisco to Santa Barbara then meeting with a friend for lunch. We timed it perfectly although when we checked into the dining room, the maître d’ said that our reservations were changed to 12 noon. It was an 11:30a reservation prior to the new hours for lunch. We had to literally wait for half an hour in the bar before the hostess seated us even though the restaurant was quite empty. I would think that they could have seated us and offered us to order an appetizer and drinks while waiting. We did not want to do brunch. Unfortunately, this was not the impression I wanted to make with my friend.

I checked my emails and found out that the restaurant did send me a notification, but at 11:58am on the same day of my reservation at 11:30am. Not acceptable or professional. Unfortunately, it was a time intensive meeting so a mere half an hour made a huge difference. Next time I will physically call the restaurant prior to going to assure everything’s on schedule. I may suggest you do the same.

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KarenS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery, wonderful service, and wonderful view of Santa Barbers!!!
Highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter was the best!

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DarenH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Anniversary dinner on the outside patio. The service was incredible with all staff using our names and Nancy our head wait staff was attentive, yet not overbearing. The food was beautifully presented and very good. The one change I would have liked would be to have the skin on my black cod crispy vs. soft, but that is a personal preference. Overall we would definitely recommend and go for another special occasion.

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JLTinBB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You simply can’t go wrong dining at the Belmond El Encanto.

The service, food and views are outstanding and the views from the deck are great.

They have an extensive global wine list with a great variety - though the markup above retail was well above industry standard.

Definitely a situation where you get what you pay for.

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vipShannon
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is impeccable. The dining area is romantic and classically elegant. Everything was delicious and as promised on the menu. Can’t wait to return!

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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room is rated 4.5 stars by 1202 OpenTable diners.

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