Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

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$31 to $50
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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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very slow service, kitchen to blame. Overcooked steak (was removed from the bill!) but other glitches too. Sat at 7pm, finished at 9:30pm without a dessert or coffee course.

m
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is as enchanting as hotel. Service was impeccable, food was very good, unusual flavors and beautiful presentation. It was truly a special meal.

CS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waitress sneezed in/on the wine bottle, lucky after she poured our glass... other folks were real loud during the first half of dinner... not seated, but watching sunset in doorway... music was great, and waiter staff very attentive!!

JB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was very good and, of course the setting pretty much unsurpassed. We were surprised that the entire dining room was booked by a corporate meeting event and, despite the unseasonal 92+ temps were able to be accommodated on your patio under the shady overhang. This was lucky since we had booked an early lunch time when otherwise, without any precaution, would have had to be on a hot patio which would not have been pleasant for a special birthday lunch that we had planned for some time.
Our server was exceptional however and our experience toward the elegant side so the afternoon was very pleasant and an experience my wife did enjoy.
I am writing a slightly less that optimum review since your prices are high, offset by the quality of the service. We would rarely afford a $130 lunch so this was pretty rare. Best regards.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was an amazing server and really took care of us - Incredible dining experience all round!

c
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mediocre and expensive.

Special birthday for myself and a friend. Lovely sunset time. Beautiful ambiance.

Ordered a several course meal.
The medium rare filet mignon we ordered came medium/medium well. The pasta side that came with the meat was drippy and watery and flavorless. When asked of this was how the pasta was meant to come the waiter said yes. Literally dripping. It was like soupy pasta that hadn’t been drained with watery sauce. Almost like flavorless pasta soup. It was meant to be a garlic onion tomato sauce, but was so watery I was honestly aghast when told that was how it was intended by the chef to be served. I thought it must be a mistake.

Stated that it was for a birthday on the Open Table app. When I asked for two candles in the dessert we ordered, the serving assistant was surprised that we had a birthday and then we got TWO desserts — the one we ordered and the gratis one from the restaurant which had ONE candle (again — celebrating two birthdays; asked for two candles). Had we known we were getting gratis cake from the restaurant we would not have ordered extra cake. It seemed like a combo of poor communication between the front of the house and wait staff and sadly, a way to charge us for extra dessert.

I don’t believe I would have been so disappointed with this dinner had it not been soooo expensive. I’m very happy to pay for an elegant, multi course meal. For the price, this was sub par from service to food execution.

This restaurant has such a beautiful patio. But the service and food has been so hit or miss for years that I rarely venture. This last, expensive, venture proved to be the more disappointing.

I think this restaurant is best reserved for a sunset drink rather than the whole dinner.

SB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views and quality of food speak loudly. They do not over-try and there isn't a hint of snotty behavior from the staff. Food quality is really excellent. Outstanding wine menu but both bottles we ordered came out not quite cold enough (bubbles and chard).

D
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its always perfection, even on an un-eventful Monday night like this!
The food, the service, the ambience all amazing.

OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot and wonderful menu!

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

We have stayed at the Belmond many times, both at this locations and in Italy. The Dining Room service on previous stays have always been superb. However our dinner on Thursday, Oct. 10, was not what we had expected from our stay at he Belmond. The waiter was not kind and did not acknowledge my husbands birthday even though I wrote it when making our reservation. Breakfast the next morning was equally disappointing and not what we had experienced on prior stays. We seemed forced into ordering our breakfast, when we wanted to have our coffee and chat for awhile before ordering. When the breakfast did come the oatmeal was cold. Service in the Dining Room needs to be seriously rethought.

LW
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went back to the Dining Room at El Encanto where we had our wedding last year. The team couldn’t have looked after us better. A truly wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Nice place very elegant. The food was good but expensive for the amount of food they serve. Could be a lot better. Other than that it was nice

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely, yummy anniversary dinner! I recommend El Encanto for any celebration. The food , the service and view were stunning. We couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you El Encanto for a beautiful memory of our 60th wedding anniversary.

WL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the octopus and Alaskan Halibut! We had excellent service and enjoyed the view from the patio.

N
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Best dinner we've had in Santa Barbara ever. We've been several times but Saturday's meal was the best yet. Sitting out on the patio with its great view of Santa Barbara is a treat in itself. The food was outstanding as was the service. If you haven't gone recently, go.

SL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came for a celebration of our youngest daughter becoming a woman. The people at the surrounding tables received complimentary drinks for their anniversary. Our daughter was excited to see how the restaurant would celebrate her. She did not receive any mention other than when we first arrived. Our waitress asked what was the celebration and we told her why. Nothing more was mentioned. Our daughter tried to cover her disappointment but it was palpable. I think if the restaurant asks if it is a special occasion then treat all guests equally about special occasions.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love it so much that we decided to make this a tradition

GM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have dined at El Encanto a dozen times, each time our servers have been awesome. Jelly did not let us down, she was beyond awesome. Thank you to the entire El Encanto Team for another wonderful dinning experience.

SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful setting outdoors overlooking Santa Barbara. The service was slow. I ordered my steak medium and it was raw in the middle. The waiter didn't check back to see how meal was. I wanted to send it back to be cooked some more and request a steak knife, but we waited so long for the food to arrive that I was starving and ate it anyway. Luckily it was tender and I was able to cut it with the table knife. The potatoes were lukewarm. The salads were OK, nothing special. We didn't order desert because we figured it would be another 30 minutes to be served. I don't feel the meal was worth the money and we will choose a different restaurant next time.

S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue and attentive service.

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JE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and attentive service… and a beautiful view!

v
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining is quite good at this resort. The setting can't be beat on outdoor patio. Service is very friendly and good. Not generally crowded.

B
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful stay in every way. I was on a special eating plan and they accommodated my every wish. I loved my room quiet and lovely. I look forward to next year.

J
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Santa Barbara classic! One of a kind views, excellent food and service.

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional brunch...fresh ingredients, no skimping on quality or portions. Lovely atmosphere with acoustic guitar and vocalist. Service was perfect—not to mention a gorgeous view from the patio. We all had different meals and everything was delicious. Would highly recommend.

e
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience, service, food....everything wonderful! Went for my 34th wedding anniversary and the staff was so sweet. It's a beautiful place.

JR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very attentive service and beautiful setting on the deck patio.

B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated 3 birthdays and the restaurant gave us complimentary champagne all around for our party of 6. The food was phenomenal and service was beyond compare. Our waiter(can’t remember his name) he was a 22 year old young man that strives for excellence. I have also been to the property in Taormina, Sicily. Excellent as well!!! Thank you Hope Belmont, you are now a part of our family traditions.

F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for making Colleen’s bday dinner so special! We truly enjoyed every aspect, and hope that we weren’t to demanding as patrons!! Oh, the food and wind were spectacular too!!! #cheers

KC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food just wasn’t that good and portions were small for the price

M
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular dinner under the stars. Wouldn't have changed a thing - the food, the service, the ambiance. Compliments to the chef and thank you for a memorable evening.

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It's a beautiful place to enjoy a good meal. Lunch is a bettor buy as dinner entrees are a little over priced.

RD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Best ambiance in Santa Barbara with spectacular views of the city. Dinner was fabulous. Shared grilled octopus and oysters, and a Caesar. For main course, the lobster spaghetti special was delicious. The only problem was a family at the adjacent table, most likely staying at the hotel, with young children who were crying very loudly throughout our special meal made it hard to fully enjoy this experience on a Saturday night. Really nothing the hotel could do, but a risk of dining here for an expensive fine dining experience.

M
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The biggest problem with El Encanto seems to be consistency in the the kitchen.
There are times when the total experience has been outstanding and then there are times when it has been really trying.
On the current menu, I would suggest staying away from the Burrata and the Fish and Chips: the Burrata was bland and needed something slightly acidic to make it palatable; it also looked unappetizing on the plate. As for the fish and chips, the chips could have been frozen, not fresh, and the fish had so much batter that it looked like a hostess twinkie and was totally tasteless, even when dipped in vinegar.
As for the wine, there was only a so-so chardonnay as a choice for wine by the glass.
I would really like to be more positive as the setting is unparalleled and the staff is more than conscientious.
Our previous dinner experience was better than the lunch which I am reviewing now.
The inconsistency from the kitchen is what keeps us from returning with greater frequency.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seamless experience. Superior food and service.

CN
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST pork chop I've ever had in my life (and I'm from the south so that's saying something). Although the kitchen was slower, we didn't mind because the scenery was amazing! The management was kind to comp dessert for our wait and the desserts were amazing. I will definitely go back.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration on the terrace. What a special day.

AM
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I want in a restaurant. Fine food and service, quiet, and an unbeatable view. It is pretty expensive, but it is worth the price.

NR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and view are lovely but the service is slow.

LA
London
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue and cuisine. The wagyu ribeye and double cut pork chop are a must! My compliments to the chef!

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