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About Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
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.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Daily: 5pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and live entertainment while you delight in Executive Chef Johan Denizot’s tempting treats.
Monday - Thursday: Solo pianist from 6:00-9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: Vocalist from 6:00-9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: Jazz trio from 11:00am-2:00pm
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lush gardens and sweeping ocean views set a lovely scene for your wedding or gathering. From the wisteria-lined Arbor and Lily Pond to the elegant ballroom with exclusive patio, you can select from a variety of Belmond El Encanto’s signature locales to host your event. From rehearsal dinners to ceremonies to post wedding brunches, Belmond El Encanto offers the ideal venue.
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Belmond El Encanto can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Belmond El Encanto Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
The experience was great. The restaurant itself is very upscale with an excellent fine dining menu. So this location would be perfect for celebrating special occasions with friends and family. Dress code is not enforced, but it is a good idea to get dressed up to match the occasion, ambience and the food itself.
Plating, presentation and service are excellent. Bay scallops are highly recommended for choice of entree.
This was a Valentines date, a few day late, for my wife and I, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience for us to just relax and enjoy each other's company while savoring a delicious meal and enjoying the gorgeous sunset. We will definitely return again soon.
Service not good for a fine establishment; coffee spilled and instead of bringing new, waitstaff stayed at the table wiping up coffee with a napkin and leaving the same cup. Food very mediocre for pricey location, and not much for lunch to choose from. Request for outdoor patio was honored, and appreciated. Go for the views and location.
We have dined at the El Encanto many times over the past 20 years. It used to be a special restaurant with very good food and a beautiful view from several tables in the dining room. Our experience this week for a pre-Valentine's Day dinner was disappointing from start to finish.
Having made a reservation for a window table three weeks ahead of time we were disappointed to be told upon our arrival that the remaining window table was reserved for a hotel guest who had made a request. We were seated instead at a banquette table for four. The seating options at our table were a much too low sofa or a high dining chair- both uncomfortable. Within 15 minutes of our being seated, an additional table was carried into the dining room and placed by the window. I thought at that moment that perhaps the table was for us, but no, a couple carrying drinks from the bar was seated next to that window. Meanwhile the other empty table by the window remained unoccupied.
On this particular evening the outside was a cool 50 degrees yet the doors between the outside patio and the dining room remained open all evening. After we jokingly requested our waiter ask if one of the patio heaters could be brought into the chilly dining room, he closed the two open doors to the patio. In less than 5 minutes one of those doors was reopened and remained open the rest of the evening.
The food was ok but not special in any way. And the bottle of wine we chose was a favorite of ours though the price at this restaurant was $50 more than at another Santa Barbara restaurant that we frequent.
We still like this location for warm weather patio seating, but we won't return for dinner. We are now quite embarrassed that we gave a generous gift certificate to a well know local chef and his wife at their retirement dinner. Hopefully they will use our gift certificate for the hotel spa and not the dining room.
We arrived ahead of our 7:30 reservation at 6:50 pm to have drinks in the bar area with our friends who live in Santa Barbara—we were visiting from LA. The bartender was so busy frantically filling drink orders for the dining room that we were never able to put in a drink order. We sat and chatted in a sofa near the bar and were never paid the least attention. When we were seated on the patio we were served bread and discovered that only one of us had a bread and butter plate. Our entrees were mediocre at best. Drinks were absurdly expensive.
Wait-staff usually get overlooked in restaurant reviews, but this is what made our experience shine. During the trying times our community is going through, there were employees unable to come to work at the El Encanto. Simultaneously, they took in many evacuees and the hotel was at 100% occupancy. I'm sure the pressure on the remaining staff was great, but our waitress was professional, knowledgeable and very gracious. (I'm embarrassed that I can't remember her name -- Lauren??) Oh, and the food was amazing!
This was honestly the worst dinner ever....I don’t write negative reviews EVER but this was New Years Eve and we expected more. It was overpriced and extremely disappointing. Honestly the worst/slowest service I have experienced. Our meal was $150 per person and tasted like something I could have gotten at a $20 dollar buffet. The lack of service & quality is unacceptable in my opinion for a hotel of this caliber. One of our guests had a food allergy that we notified our server about (twice) and they still served her a dish that had it. Just disappointing overall & a damper on what should have been an enjoyable night!
We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner at the El Encanto Dining Room. We had dined one other time a few years ago, and this time the food seemed even better. We might like a few more choices on the menu, but what we did choose was prepared very nicely--worth the price. This is a special occasion place--and the terrace is divine, especially in warm weather.
Food was wonderful, creative and perfectly prepared.
Service...very slow even though the restaurant was quite slow. They did have a party going elsewhere, we could hear it but not see it. Still, I can't think of any reason it would take so long to get wine, food or desert.
We left a 20% tip only to notice later that they added in The tip twice after the fact!
Dinner for two was $245, we added $55 tip to total $300, but they changed my card twice, once for the $300 then again for $55!!! What the heck...hopefully when I call it will be taken care of but... I would hate to think it was on purpose because that would be...well not good!
For me, $300 is a lot for two people, we did have a good wine, but none are inexpensive there, but the slow service and then the extra charge on my CC for an additional tip...sure leaves a sour feeling.
The staff took such great care of my party. I wanted to bring my mom here for lunch on her 70th birthday. They gave us a great table on the patio, brought her a dessert with "happy birthday" spelled out in chocolate and generally made her feel like a celebrity. She was so happy, and so was I!
Having traveled and dined almost all over the world, their cuisine brings me back to different places I had been. Nous avions une souris de canard pour l'apéritif et m'a ramené en France. Il risotto estivo con molte verdure resche mi ha riportato in Italia. We went here to celebrate my partners birthday and he loved it! Thank you for the sumptuous and decadent chocolate cake!
I'm born and raised in Santa Barbara but had never eaten at the El Encanto's restaurant. For my one year anniversary with my boyfriend, we decided to give it a try and we're so glad we did. There was a rare Santa Barbara thunderstorm that evening which gave us incredible views of lightning on a warm evening on the patio. Our service from the valet staff to the servers at the restaurant were fantastic and the food was incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic food, and an incredible wine list.
Food was excellent unfortunately the service was poor. This was our second time back we thought we would give it another try because of the excellent food. Unfortunately we had the same experience with poor service. The hostess made no eye contact and was not welcoming to the 3 groups before us waiting to be seated. The waitresses argued over who's section we were in and rarely came back to check on us. It took 15 minutes to receive our drinks and at the end of the evening our coffee never came.
However, the food runners / bussing staff were very professional , friendly and attentive. The valet were also excellent and was again the food was wonderful.
I have to say that I was very pleased - from Ben the valet parking attendant to Peter our waiter - exceptional service - it was my wife's birthday and it could have not been any better - I like what Peter did at the end ever so discreet (no singing) he brought my wife this beautiful piece of pastry with a chocolate sauce inscription on it - such a perfect closing to a perfect meal - Peter ever so gracious (I called him by the wrong name) made it easier for me to absorb my embarrassment. My wife and I are definitely going back in the near future - we were pampered and every detail of our experience at your establishment far exceeded our expectations - you have now (gained) our loyal patronage - thank you very much.
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