Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

4.5
752 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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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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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
78 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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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
22 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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Los Angeles
63 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
40 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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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
1 review
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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OT
Central Coast
2 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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J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Absolutely horrible service, especially at this price point and for a 5-star hotel. This isn’t our first visit but it will be our last. Many great alternatives for great food, great views and a few options with great service. I recommend Little Door and Tre Lune for starters (for amazing and great service). Looking forward to trying Miramar-for food and views. Also looking forward to San Ysidro Ranch rebuilding.

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MR
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went twice last week for the restaurant week menu. We enjoyed every dish. Nothing extravagant but cooked perfect, presented well, and with the exact portion size. We are happy they have more vegetarian options now. The only bummer is the corkage fee $40. I wish it was that price for weekends but half that week days. As locals we are happy to be back and want to support the new chef.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of my favorites in Santa Barbara. It is located in the hills near the SB Mission and has the best view of the city and sea. There is an elegant inside dining room, but I prefer sitting alfresco on the lovely tiered terrace. Take someone special. Propose a toast and settle in for an unforgettable meal!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The service and food was not what I was hoping for. It took 45 minutes to get our order taken and it wasn’t even busy. We wanted to try out a new place since it was restaurant week and as soon as we asked for the restaurant week menu, the vibe changed. I got the chicken and it was over cooked and I found a long hair in my dessert. The only good thing I can say was that the view was spectacular.

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JC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

food veg were cold. Hugh wait for each course. overall not happy

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HC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great service, great food! Is a little expensive, but great overall!

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JC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful time with a spectacular view, delicious food and warm staff. We look forward to returning soon!

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AV
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The Kitchen missed a good execution of the meal and the service left to be desired.

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MT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 40 year anniversary

The service was outstanding

Recommend the sashimi and the sea bass and dessert

Maybe would not repeat the rib eye

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JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Jan 16, had a wonderful experience at the El Encanto for my birthday and goodby time for friends leaving town.
HOWEVER...I was very upset with the OPEN TABLE and/or EL Encanto Dining Room for the stupid,
stupid booking situation. My friends had an appointment and I asked for 6:15 or 6:30 dining reservations...
was told the only available seating was 5:45 or 8:30. EXCUSE ME!!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
We rearranged our appointments, showed up on time, had a lovely evening, BUT THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 3 OTHER TABLES OCCUPIED DURING OUR 2 1/2 hrs. there on the patio, and probably 5 tables in the main dining room.

THIS WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE, AND I WOULD BE ADAMANT IN TELLING OTHER PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF A BAD SEATING SITUATION! Sad, to pay for an elite experience and find this kind of stupidity!

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JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to El Encanto 15 minutes early, so we walked through the pathways around the “Turtle Pond” and the Cottages back to the restaurant. Charming! Robin our server was a delight and the food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. First time there for my wife and now she’s thinking of reasons we should go back soon.

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T
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Average dinner. Service was very much lacking. Nice setting

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