Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

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735 reviews
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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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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view of trees, hills and ocean sitting from SB hillside terrace dining. Delicious food and wine! Fantastic service! A must for special occasions!!!!

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Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a return visit since December. They continue to "up' their game. Service was probably best of last 3 times and the food was quite good (especially the duck confit - was nice and crispy brown). Both main dishes served very hot like they should be and we look forward to our next visit.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience celebrating our daughters 18 year old birthday. From the start to the end, nothing but impeccable service. The view from the dining area is one of the most stunning views I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Food fantastic and if you are looking for a getaway, stay at the Belmond.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for an inside table overlooking the valley. Very romantic and beautiful ambiance inside the dining room. Our server Alicia was attentive, friendly and professional.
We got quite the spread consisting of the kanpachi, bone marrow, kobocha squash soup, prawn tagliatelle, pork chop, Brussel sprouts and mushrooms. Every single dish was substantial yet delicate and we enjoyed every bite.
The music from the piano player tricked into our room and set the mood just right. He played everything from classic mozart to the Star Wars theme song. Every note was on point , the same could be said for our evening. We will definitely be coming back.

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1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I had dined at the El Encanto for breakfast and lunch previously, but had never dined for dinner. Overall it was a beautiful experience, however if you are looking for amazing vegan/vegetarian options, this wouldn't be my first choice. We ordered a vegan-friendly soup which was fantastic, but our entrees were simply okay. For the price, I didn't think it was a great value. The El Encanto is a beautiful place and staff is always friendly. I'm sure we will be back, but maybe not for dinner next time. For non-vegans I'm sure their menu offerings are exceptional.

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PM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner early on a Wednesday with my kids and their grandparents. Very nice The food was amazing. Saving up for my next dinner.

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Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was my first time at this restaurant. It is an expensive spot to eat so my expectation was that the service and food would be impeccable. The food was quite good, and worth coming back for, but the service was lack luster. One dish we ordered didn't even make it to the table. When we mentioned it, they said sorry and would bring it out no charge but we were finished with our meals. I am sure it is hard to get good servers in a town with so many restaurants, but I would expect the best coming to this establishment. I will go back and try again since the food and the views are fantastic.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner. The dining room is quiet, nicely lit and well decorated. Good food and fine service

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Absolutely awful! Went for Restaurant Week. No choices on their menu and main dish was spaghetti. This had the same name as their $42 spaghetti on dinner menu but we were told the restaurant week one did not include truffles. There was absolutely nothing on this spaghetti besides cream and Parmesan. Totally bland and unattractive presentation with nothing else on the plate. Tiny portion. Came home hungry. Went to two other local restaurants for restaurant week and they each had three choices for each course and were totally delicious. Service slow and confusion over bill. We arrived at 5:10 pm and after a couple of requests received some bread to nibble on at 6 pm. Some of my party were just getting drink order taken. Shame on the 4 Seasons. They should not participate in Restaurant Week if they plan on short changing customers.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Encanto is an amazing dining experience. Excellent food and service, all with a beautiful view overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We experienced Santa Barbara Restaurant Week menu items...we each ordered different offerings on the fixed menu, & enjoyed beautifully presented & savory dishes.
Thank you!

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J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Absolutely horrible service, especially at this price point and for a 5-star hotel. This isn’t our first visit but it will be our last. Many great alternatives for great food, great views and a few options with great service. I recommend Little Door and Tre Lune for starters (for amazing and great service). Looking forward to trying Miramar-for food and views. Also looking forward to San Ysidro Ranch rebuilding.

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MR
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went twice last week for the restaurant week menu. We enjoyed every dish. Nothing extravagant but cooked perfect, presented well, and with the exact portion size. We are happy they have more vegetarian options now. The only bummer is the corkage fee $40. I wish it was that price for weekends but half that week days. As locals we are happy to be back and want to support the new chef.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of my favorites in Santa Barbara. It is located in the hills near the SB Mission and has the best view of the city and sea. There is an elegant inside dining room, but I prefer sitting alfresco on the lovely tiered terrace. Take someone special. Propose a toast and settle in for an unforgettable meal!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The service and food was not what I was hoping for. It took 45 minutes to get our order taken and it wasn’t even busy. We wanted to try out a new place since it was restaurant week and as soon as we asked for the restaurant week menu, the vibe changed. I got the chicken and it was over cooked and I found a long hair in my dessert. The only good thing I can say was that the view was spectacular.

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JC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

food veg were cold. Hugh wait for each course. overall not happy

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HC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great service, great food! Is a little expensive, but great overall!

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JC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful time with a spectacular view, delicious food and warm staff. We look forward to returning soon!

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AV
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The Kitchen missed a good execution of the meal and the service left to be desired.

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MT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 40 year anniversary

The service was outstanding

Recommend the sashimi and the sea bass and dessert

Maybe would not repeat the rib eye

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JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Jan 16, had a wonderful experience at the El Encanto for my birthday and goodby time for friends leaving town.
HOWEVER...I was very upset with the OPEN TABLE and/or EL Encanto Dining Room for the stupid,
stupid booking situation. My friends had an appointment and I asked for 6:15 or 6:30 dining reservations...
was told the only available seating was 5:45 or 8:30. EXCUSE ME!!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
We rearranged our appointments, showed up on time, had a lovely evening, BUT THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 3 OTHER TABLES OCCUPIED DURING OUR 2 1/2 hrs. there on the patio, and probably 5 tables in the main dining room.

THIS WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE, AND I WOULD BE ADAMANT IN TELLING OTHER PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF A BAD SEATING SITUATION! Sad, to pay for an elite experience and find this kind of stupidity!

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JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to El Encanto 15 minutes early, so we walked through the pathways around the “Turtle Pond” and the Cottages back to the restaurant. Charming! Robin our server was a delight and the food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. First time there for my wife and now she’s thinking of reasons we should go back soon.

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T
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Average dinner. Service was very much lacking. Nice setting

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t
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have definitely had bad and good food experiences here, but I think they have finally gotten their act together as the last two meals I had were very good. The service was wonderful, as always! And of course you cannot beat the aesthetic‘s

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j
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience all around

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BL
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelly was our server. I had left dietary restrictions thru a phone call and open table comment section. Even though they had a prix fix menu arranged for New Years Eve dinner they accommodated. We had a vegan and pescatarian. Jelly greeted us and within moments addressed the knowledge of our restrictions and from there they outperformed our expectations. Kelly was great and all the staff helping her. We eat here on regular days but this was our first New Years, we would consider it again for next year.
Everyone else was very attentive as well, the valet staff and the Host/Hostess stand. Great place to eat and on a normal day when the clear tenting isn’t up due to cold weather the view is outstanding.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was mediocre. Service was friendly. Live piano music and atmosphere in the cocktail area was very good. The remodel was well done--original atmosphere preserved, it is a beautiful place inside and out. I believe they are under new management so I would give them awhile to get the food figured out.

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BB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the setting, atmosphere, and wonderful dinner, especially for celebrating our 40th Anniversary! The corkage fee of $45 was an expensive surprise. Otherwise, it was a great evening.

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JB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our th 59th wedding anniversary at this spectacular location on the Riviera in Santa Barbara. The waitstaff went went out of their way to make us feel very special on this memorable occasion. The food, cocktails and wines were impeccable. We will defintely return!

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K
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very pricey for Xmas dinner with mediocre food. Great setting

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JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Probably not a fair review since we went on Christmas Eve. This was our first time at Belmond and we were very excited to try it. The place is fabulous -- understated elegance. The deck is gorgeous with a view of the city and the harbor. Unfortunately, service was amateurish and the food was mediocre. Two of us had the King Crab and we both got sick. Saying that, I think we will try it again after the holidays. Worst case, enjoy drinks and appetizer at the bar -- fantastic setting.

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MB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Amazing view & so romantic but poor service.

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M
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here a number of times over the years and found this to be an improved experience. Most of the staff was friendly. The service is a bit too leisurely. The Chinese Chicken Salad was very enjoyable but could have been improved upon by serving bread. The risotto was cooked perfectly and the combination of Parmesan, asparagus and beets was nicely done. The iced tea seemed bitter, perhaps had been sitting a while. The dessert, a Brownie was more of a mundane chocolate cake and the hazelnut ice cream served with it was not dazzling. The ambience is to die for.

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CH
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing service and not on your face!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The service was very slow and the portion size for the risotto was very small for a main dish.

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RG
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable. Overall a beautiful experience, as always!

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Boise
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Encanto is one of the definitive Santa Barbara experiences. Old world charm, unpretentious luxury, fantastic view, and unbelievably delicious food.

Don’t mistake my value rating to mean “inexpensive” unless you’re going for appetizers at happy hour. It’s much cheaper than flying to Italy though.

This visit was for brunch at our

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had the Grouper and the Halibut. They were both extraordinary and inventive! The room was beautiful and the view was incredible. A truly unique, romantic experience. We loved it!

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LD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service of anywhere I’ve ever stayed.

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EA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a rewarding experience. Excellent cuisine. Timely service by knowledgeable waiters. Ambiance perfect for special occasions. During warmer times of year the outdoor dining is perfect. I'll be back.

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