Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

4.5
1174 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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JohnK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

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vipSBPonces
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration at sunset wile dining outside. Excellent service

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vipHappyDiner
Central Coast
109 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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KatG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our wedding anniversary and everything was wonderful! Come hungry for brunch as it is a fixed 5 course meal.

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vipfoodie4real
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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KarenS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery, wonderful service, and wonderful view of Santa Barbers!!!
Highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter was the best!

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DarenH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JLTinBB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipShannon
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ClausF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent selection of appetizers. Broad selection of main courses with option to modify the meals according to ones preference. Spectacular desert selections.

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PaulH
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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ConstanzaB
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A beautiful location, food was very good but not amazing considering the price.

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GUWER
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and the food prep was very very good . I will recommend and come back soon .

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vipMelru
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one is one of my favorite places in Santa Barbara. The service is perfect and the food is fresh and clean.

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vipJulia
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect thanks

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Sashay
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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).

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Marginal
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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DaveW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipPebblesV
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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BetsyM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner.. food was amazing and our server Alex Cruz was exceptional! Loved the entire experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous view, great servers. Loved the evening.

JH
JoeH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing view. One of our guests, from Texas no less, claimed she had "one of the best burgers EVER!"

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They were busy but it was a good experience

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JGeeeeee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

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

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
181 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Reginal
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMichelleT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was magnificent the food was amazing and the view rustic breathtaking

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vip77dinechicago
New Orleans
72 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice brunch. Loved the view, food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch, it was delicious and the outdoor area was very nice in the morning

BJ
vipBJRSB
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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viptracyb
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful. Speechless food was amazing and I want to thank all the staff for making my wedding beautiful for my wife!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

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vipChristinaL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

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

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vipSarahL
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bellini Brunch was such a great experience! Our server Luke was the absolute best and gave us 10/10 service.

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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room is rated 4.5 stars by 1174 OpenTable diners.

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