Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

4.6
764 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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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

service was slow - was not busy either. Food was "OK", not great.

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SS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

While I reserve "outstanding" for something else; it was "excellent". The setting and service were certainly outstanding. All-in-all it was a lovely evening.

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BD
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is WOW it was great! If you haven't ever been there you need to try it!

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LL
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view, with mostly-attentive service (although our server did disappear for awhile after serving our appetizers, which stretched out our dinner to nearly three hours!). Three of us ordered the Alaskan Halibut, which was cooked to perfection with a balance of savory and sweet (coconut broth). My husband raved about the Pork Chop. Excellent, extensive local wine selection as well! In summary, don't dine here if you're in a hurry, but the spectacular coastal views, serenity, and fabulous food is a must-try!

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GG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I took my husband for Father's Day brunch. The brunch was order off the menu, a set appetizer plater, with unlimited champagne, for $95/person. The atmosphere is lovely, great views, the food was good. The service was marginal to say the least, especially considering they were 50% full at the most. My husband had to get up 3 times to ask for champagne, have dirty dishes cleared off the table, etc. There seemed to be a manager there who stayed up at the busboy/water station and never came around to greet guests to see if everything was OK.
We felt that a 5 star property should have all their staff trained to give excellent service to the dining guests. We will try one of the other 5 star properties in Montecito for our next special occasion.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation, sat outside, wonderful music

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LS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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f
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed here...view, food, service all great

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T
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet to the front desk to the wait staff, I have rarely experienced service of this caliber: genuinely eager to please. The waiter bent over backwards, attending to our every need. By the way, the food is amazing.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s such a lovely place. It was too cold and cloudy to be outside, which it much more fun. Though, the dining room is very pretty... Service was excellent. Food was fresh, creative, and beautiful.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with wife and graduates. So special to have it here. From the moment you step in the service is wonderful. Topped off by a great meal with view of the city and ocean. Perfect night.

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JW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Not very crowded which was good. Service was a tiny bit rushed but in general outstanding.

Food, well the food was amazing. We had Grouper and Chicken with carrots. The chicken was to die for, and the Grouper quite good, although the broth it was in was a bit heavy. We started with a Ceasar Salad, I always order them to test and it was one of the best I've ever had.

We were too full for desert but because we had a birthday they brought a sliver of chocolate cake, hummm!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Visited here for the mother’s day brunch, views and ambience are amazing, great service and food was good but oh my, the prices are eye wateringly expensive. Bill for 4 for the brunch, no drinks and a service charge $730!

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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lisa was personable and professional. All our needs were anticipated. Great meal and service.

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p
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to come to the El Encanto because there is a casually elegant ambiance and were treated to knowledgeable, attentive service of a most delicious meal with fabulous cocktails and wine. It's out go to place for a special occasion.

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KL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view was amazing even though it was cloudy. The food was great with good portion sizes and the service was top-notch.

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New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat inside because it was cold, but there is a large terrace with spectacular views of downtown Santa Barbara. Our server was friendly, helpful and on point. The food was delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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L
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful!

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Peter, was outstanding - very attentive, friendly and thoughtful. The setting, outside on the patio overlooking the gardens and ocean, was spectacular. The cost of $105 per person, while expensive, was less than other fine hotel brunches in the area. The El Encanto is now our go-to place for Sunday special occasion brunches.

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary and felt very spoiled! The service is outstanding, from the moment you arrive, the valet parking, the maitre d, the waiters, etc., everyone there makes you feel special. The food was really good and have the best selection of wines you can imagine. Will definitely recommend and go again!

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RC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

As a restaurant, the most important thing is the food, second, the service, and having a nice environment to dine in, comes third, this place fails on the first two for the class of restaurant it is trying to compete in - it merely competes on its location/ambience.

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F
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was just fair. It took a very long time to just get coffee in the beginning. Then the server misunderstood my guest and served him a platter of smoked salmon instead of a smoked salmon omelet. He made it right eventually and then knocked one meal off the bill. For a place like El Encanto the servers should be better trained.

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J
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is OK hotel dining room quality. The service has gone down from previous visits. The setting is outstanding as always.

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DD
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Needs some work. Over priced for quality of food. Probably won’t return

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Q
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were good, but it was a windy and cold evening and despite having reservations, there was only outdoor seating available since the restaurant had booked a private party for the entire indoor dining room. I made the reservation well in advance. I have no idea why I wasn't informed that there was NO indoor dining that night, I'll never know. I do think this a HUGE FLAW since I had two guests who were in their 80's (one being the birthday girl) and were cold despite the overhead mounted heaters. Very inconsiderate.

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OT
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Hard to beat the fantastic views - - im a fan of the chinese chicken salad for lunch!

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my Mother here for lunch on her Birthday. The staff were so kind and accommodating offering her a complementary birthday mimosa to start off. I cannot say enough about the service. It was stellar. The view was 5 star as was the food. We sat out on the coverd terrace which was absolutely perfect. No blinding sun but plenty warm.

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Des Moines
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Drop dead gorgeous view, excellent food and wine, service is nice— best described as very relaxed and unhurried

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l
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a nice evening with friends. The food was good, but not extraordinary. The setting and decor were exceptional. It would have been the perfect place to visit with friends, but the service was very forced. They were nice enough, but were trying too hard. They kept interrupting our conversation. It was not crowded so they did not need the table. If they had backed off a little it would have been great.

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LG
Central Coast
5 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
41 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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A
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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c
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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p
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
2 reviews
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
4 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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