Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
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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Your choice of milk . Regular, Non-fat, almond.
Black peppercorn bordelaise sauce, garlic herb fries
Chopped romaine, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, herb foccacia croutons, shaved parmesan crostini
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.
Wonderful birthday celebration at sunset wile dining outside. Excellent service
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.
Went for our wedding anniversary and everything was wonderful! Come hungry for brunch as it is a fixed 5 course meal.
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.
Beautiful scenery, wonderful service, and wonderful view of Santa Barbers!!!
Highly recommend it!
Peter was the best!
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.
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.
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!
Excellent selection of appetizers. Broad selection of main courses with option to modify the meals according to ones preference. Spectacular desert selections.
Simply not enough staff attention - waited for meals, came out a Ross the table at different times, etc. Love the location and usually love the food.
A beautiful location, food was very good but not amazing considering the price.
Excellent and the food prep was very very good . I will recommend and come back soon .
This is one is one of my favorite places in Santa Barbara. The service is perfect and the food is fresh and clean.
Great ambiance. Food, service, views are all top-notch, as it should be for the price category. The live music provided the perfect backdrop for our birthday celebration (not overpowering just pleasant ... appropriate for fine dining and conversation).
The view from the patio is beautiful on a clear day. The heaters do not emit much heat so bundle up if you are there at night. The service was top notch and the special gimlet drink was great. I had the butternut squash bisque and it was pretty flavorless. I also had the salmon with citrus salsa. It was good but a little bland and the servings were a bit small for $35. For a $250 dinner I expected much more in selection and elevation of dinners.
We sat on the patio mat sunset and had a wonderful evening. It got a bit chilly and the heaters didn’t work as well as they should have. The food was fantastic and the view spectacular.
The Belmond Encanto deserves 5 stars all the way shouted from the rooftops. Kudos to the chef as every piece of food was absolutely delicious! And we are picky eaters. We tried the tuna tartar, scallops, duck, ramen, salads and various desserts and each meal that came we honestly felt like it was the best we ever had. Add to that an extremely attentive and polite service, a gorgeous view, music played during dinner to liven up the atmosphere and a pet friendly environment and you have everything needed for a memorable night out. We will definitely be back!
The Dining Room at the Belmond El Encanto proves that you can be excellent and 5 star and pristine without being pretentious. Did I mention we arrived a little early and they were able to accommodate and seat us? It was already busy and got busier las the night wore on. Oh, beautiful sunset views as well.
We’ve been to many Michelin star restaurants that we felt were overrated. This meal was more delicious than the Michelin stars.
First time to Belmond El Encanto and it WAS AMAZING! Try the scallops if you haven't had them - lifechanging. The one downside was that there was a wedding going on while we were there and I wish they would have been corralled better to the gazebo where the reception was taking place than overtaking the bar and dining room area. OVERALL though, would highly recommend and definitely will be going back!
Fabulous dinner.. food was amazing and our server Alex Cruz was exceptional! Loved the entire experience!
If you have a lot time, if you’re not hungry and can wait for service; this is your place. The only thing that was worthwhile was the ambience . Aside from that, nothing spectacular in fact it’s probably the worst service from host to waiter. Won’t be come back.
Gorgeous view, great servers. Loved the evening.
Amazing view. One of our guests, from Texas no less, claimed she had "one of the best burgers EVER!"
They were busy but it was a good experience
I wish I didn’t go here after san Ysidro the experience is less than sub-par for the price and value. Save your money and to in and out
We love the ambiance on the upper terrace. This time our service was excellent (had been terribly slow prior), and the food is always very good. The perfect place for an enjoyable lunch. The dinner menu is weird, expensive, and we would not enjoy having dinner here.
I highly recommend Belmont. The food was excellent! I had the salmon and my husband had the cod and both were excellent. The appetisers were also excellent. I had the beets and my husband had the tuna. The atmosphere is very romantic and the service is stellar.
From the moment we arrived till we left it all was impeccable. A warm welcome, GREAT drinks at the lounge bar, a lovely spot on the terrace and the BEST food. You will not be disappointed. I can't wait to go back.
The place was magnificent the food was amazing and the view rustic breathtaking
Very nice brunch. Loved the view, food and service
Had brunch, it was delicious and the outdoor area was very nice in the morning
It was excellent. Oysters, black cod, scallops all perfectly prepared. Desserts were also delicious. The lemon was a work of art. A WOW. Good, unobtrusive service throughout.
We reserved a table for lunch for our sons 25th birthday 2 days prior to going and asked for seating on the upper terrace. When we arrived 8 minutes late, the hostess asked us to wait in the lobby and went to bar to discuss our table as I assume they knew there was a mix up and after ten minutes they put us at a lower table in the boiling hot sun. It was very uncomfortable. The service was excellent and the food was fine, but after going there for 20 some odd years, I wouldn’t rush back anytime soon. Also, tried to rent a private room 2 weeks prior and after leaving several messages in addition to emails, no one even bothered to get back to us. Off the list.
It was beautiful. Speechless food was amazing and I want to thank all the staff for making my wedding beautiful for my wife!
The ambiance was fabulous and decor amazing and unique. The pre waiter was great. Our waiter came to the table very few times - forgot to bring things - missed our order and brought out cold food- fish and duck must have been incredible if they had been served at the right temperature. The wine we ordered to come with dinner never arrived. I wish it had been better. Maybe next time they will be properly staffed
We love sitting on the terrace and dining at the El Encanto. The food is creative and delicious, the portions are just right. The service is efficient and friendly, but not overbearing.
It’s one of my favorite places in Santa Barbara!
Sunday brunch is bottomless menu only ($95 per person whether you choose to drink or not). Service was terribly slow, I think they are severely understaffed
Bellini Brunch was such a great experience! Our server Luke was the absolute best and gave us 10/10 service.
Belmond El Encanto Dining Room is rated 4.5 stars by 1174 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.