Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

4.6
948 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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AnonymousCoward
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

There probably isn't a better dining view in Santa Barbara than sitting on the deck at El Encanto. This was our first time eating there for dinner, and they seemed a bit overwhelmed; there looked to be enough staff, but they couldn't stay on top of things like empty drinks. Our past experiences had all been leisurely lunches which have been uniformly excellent.

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riccardoz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it, the atmosphere and the food were perfect. We got a reservation at 9PM, the waiter was sooo kind and awesome. We'll definitely come back for a brunch or for a lunch! Thanks, was such an amazing experience.

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PabloC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is legendary. Went for wife’s birthday. Enjoyed every bit of our experience. We were so well taken care of at every step. Will be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Beautiful restaurant & beautiful delicious food

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vipdine247
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vibe and views. Great food, spot on service, and overall just a great time

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Alex
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible dining experience. My husband and I thought the service was incredible and the food had no comparison. The view was amazing and we enjoyed every second. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, gorgeous ambiance & delicious food.

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vipTravelingTooth
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on the outside terrace. Prior to being seated we had drinks at the bar. The bartender Armondo was a shining star. We have stayed at Belmond resorts all over the world and he exceeds all the Belmond’s standards for excellent, professional and friendly service.

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Gregory
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb. From the moment we arrived and turned the car over to the valet , until he brought the car back we were treated extremely well. Staff was attentive to our needs, and always close at hand.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belmond is easily one of the top 5 restaurants in Santa Barbara. It is the only location with a City view, and the menu is sophisticated and very well executed. The wait staff are all very well trained and knowledgable. We enjoyed the Tuna tartare appetizer, I had the lamb loin, and my companion had the duck breast. All were superbly prepared. The cocktails, though expensive, were unique and also well executed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most serene and relaxing restaurants I have ever been to. It feels like you’re in a private oasis in the hills of Santa Barbara. Food was phenomenal and service was top-notch. Highly recommend the roasted chicken!

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JohnC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

All of the food was incredibly mediocre. Everything was bland and overcooked.

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vipDallK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food and drinks were very overpriced. Service was great but the food should have been much higher quality for the settting and the amount of money. Our cacio e pepe was very very greasy and so was the halibut, swimming in a pool of oil. Drinks were good, servers were friendly if a little lost at times.

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Disappointed
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely location
Attentive service
Brunch was expensive and the food lack luster at best
Appetizers contained some old smelling crab salad.. didn’t eat and sent back
Entree had a delicious light waffle with lovely apple salad but the fried chicken was dry and unappealing
Desserts were luscious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipNoname
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly. It’s very lovely sitting out on the patio. Food is excellent. Cauliflower is delicious. Jalapeño margarita is my favorite. Service excellent.

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vipCinCin
Little Rock
55 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view outside dining! Excellent service by Alex, Taylor the dining manager was attentive also. Our meal was just what I expected, amazing! Nice wine list options. Thx for my special birthday dessert! We dine here every year when we visit our home & it always completes my visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I went for a special occasion, but I guess it wasn’t translated to the venue when I selected that my wife and I were there for our anniversary.

Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
Responded on September 11, 2020

Please accept our sincere apologies for your recent experience at Belmond El Encanto's Dining Room. I assure you that we take this feedback seriously and are following up with the appropriate parties involved to determine why we missed the opportunity to acknowledge/celebrate your anniversary. We do hope you will give us another chance to regain your trust and satisfaction in our restaurant. Thank you and we hope we will be seeing you again soon.

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Dimitri
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience thanks to fantastic staff and great food. Highly recommended.

JP
vipJohnP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My first time at Encanto in about 4 years. My previous experience was not good. This time it was outstanding. My only criticism is that it took over 20 minutes the order and receive my drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot for lunch with view. Chinese Chicken salad was fantastic as was the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was pretty! Great view & great waiter! We will return again!

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vipTravelingDi
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and food. Dog friendly, too!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful evening with a full moon. Enchanting setting. The food was good but the restaurant seemed very understaffed.

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Patty
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Bottomless Bellini Brunch! Worth every penny. A slice of heaven!

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vipMarcC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience! The view, music, food and service are all wonderful. Canalized onions, mushrooms, herbs and cherry tomatoes made our taste buds very happy! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beautiful hotel and restaurant. Unfortunately, I could not say the same thing on the views due to the tall standing trees blocking it. But who does not love nature? It sets a very relaxing ambiance.

The staff is friendly and amazing. The food is delicious!

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viphappydiner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a beautiful Sunday brunch. Great service from Mario, and a wonderful table on the deck. Thanks so much!

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viplaVidaLolo
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Lunch: Chinese Chicken Salad good, but fish and chips mediocre, and soup just ok.

Service poor. Did not provide cucumbers (not olives— they brought olives anyway) in martini. to ask two or more times for another spoon, tarter sauce, wontons. Waiter never around, had to always ask busboy and he did not care or know anything.

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DrKBD
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waited 36 minutes after we were seated before anyone even came to our table to take our drink order!
We had reservations and it was our anniversary. Having eaten here quite often, since we live close, we were very disappointed.

Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
Responded on August 14, 2020

Dear DrKBD, Please accept our sincere apologies for your recent experience at Belmond El Encanto's Dining Room. I assure you that we take this feedback seriously and are following up with the appropriate parties involved to determine why there were longer waiting periods than usual. We do hope you will give us another opportunity to regain your trust and satisfaction in our restaurant. Thank you and we hope we will be seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Daniel Ruiz, Food & Beverage Director

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Took a while to get food and wine. Bartender was awesome. I wanted to spend a lot of money for fathers birthday next month but will find another place, even tho very pretty and great ambiance.

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vipJanaron
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and view. Our Server, Lisa, was very attentive to our dietary requirements and satisfaction. She and the staff made our vacation/anniversary evening special. Thanks

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JoeY
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Limited menu due to Covid, but always a delight to eat at El Encanto

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vipFienneone
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and this time was no different. Only issue I have is that I never want to leave!

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vipNatali
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding: from the resort, location, the views, delicious food, stellar service, and beautiful live music. One of the best places I have ever visited and dined!

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vipTheHim
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dining experience again during our stay at Belmond El Encanto - dinner was with a party of four. We had heat lamps to keep us warm. Awesome ambiance and views of Santa Barbara. Perfectly spaced out tables to give privacy and for a more intimate setting.

Food was excellent but lacking the outstanding rating; however, I would recommend this restaurant for an overall outstanding dining experience in a scenic outdoor venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service!

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vipTheHim
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belmond El Encanto Dining room was our first engagement with the hotel during breakfast. My wife and I had just drove up from Menlo Park, four hour journey and were tired and hungry!

We were seated promptly overlooking downtown Santa Barbara, wonderful views. We both ordered omelets with many diverse items to tailor the meal to your liking. Food options were excellent including the special blended Coffee that is a signature blend for El Encanto. My wife thought it was wonderful!

Overall - excellent spot for a wonderful meal to start the day! Would highly recommend - options in the sun or in shaded areas. They have great heat lamps if needed.

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vipLarryH
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Absolutely stunning from arrival to departure. Food spot on delicious and the views are incredible. Loved everything about it. Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was the BEST server! Surprised my bf by handing David all our orders that I chose for us on a written paper. My bf was blown away by all the amazing dishes. Ambiance was great. Respect for social distancing was great. Everything was EXCELLENT! Get the mole wings, and tri tip!

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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room is rated 4.6 stars by 948 OpenTable diners.

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