Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Belmond El Encanto can accommodate all of your special event needs.View Private Dining Details
The experience was great. The restaurant itself is very upscale with an excellent fine dining menu. So this location would be perfect for celebrating special occasions with friends and family. Dress code is not enforced, but it is a good idea to get dressed up to match the occasion, ambience and the food itself.
Plating, presentation and service are excellent. Bay scallops are highly recommended for choice of entree.
Outstanding, as always. Our favorite place in Santa Barbara for special occasions.
This was a Valentines date, a few day late, for my wife and I, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience for us to just relax and enjoy each other's company while savoring a delicious meal and enjoying the gorgeous sunset. We will definitely return again soon.
Service not good for a fine establishment; coffee spilled and instead of bringing new, waitstaff stayed at the table wiping up coffee with a napkin and leaving the same cup. Food very mediocre for pricey location, and not much for lunch to choose from. Request for outdoor patio was honored, and appreciated. Go for the views and location.
This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara .. food is great , service is impeccable 5 stars , great for visitors and is unforgettable ... Gary Rollé
Beautiful setting but once again the inefficient and inexperienced waitstaff is a major drawback to dining at the El Encanto Restaurant.
We have dined at the El Encanto many times over the past 20 years. It used to be a special restaurant with very good food and a beautiful view from several tables in the dining room. Our experience this week for a pre-Valentine's Day dinner was disappointing from start to finish.
Having made a reservation for a window table three weeks ahead of time we were disappointed to be told upon our arrival that the remaining window table was reserved for a hotel guest who had made a request. We were seated instead at a banquette table for four. The seating options at our table were a much too low sofa or a high dining chair- both uncomfortable. Within 15 minutes of our being seated, an additional table was carried into the dining room and placed by the window. I thought at that moment that perhaps the table was for us, but no, a couple carrying drinks from the bar was seated next to that window. Meanwhile the other empty table by the window remained unoccupied.
On this particular evening the outside was a cool 50 degrees yet the doors between the outside patio and the dining room remained open all evening. After we jokingly requested our waiter ask if one of the patio heaters could be brought into the chilly dining room, he closed the two open doors to the patio. In less than 5 minutes one of those doors was reopened and remained open the rest of the evening.
The food was ok but not special in any way. And the bottle of wine we chose was a favorite of ours though the price at this restaurant was $50 more than at another Santa Barbara restaurant that we frequent.
We still like this location for warm weather patio seating, but we won't return for dinner. We are now quite embarrassed that we gave a generous gift certificate to a well know local chef and his wife at their retirement dinner. Hopefully they will use our gift certificate for the hotel spa and not the dining room.
Glad we went. Best views in Santa Barbara. Nice to have indoor and outdoor options
Could not have been better
Servers were pleasant but very uninformed and were not well trained.
Beautiful place and great food!
We arrived ahead of our 7:30 reservation at 6:50 pm to have drinks in the bar area with our friends who live in Santa Barbara—we were visiting from LA. The bartender was so busy frantically filling drink orders for the dining room that we were never able to put in a drink order. We sat and chatted in a sofa near the bar and were never paid the least attention. When we were seated on the patio we were served bread and discovered that only one of us had a bread and butter plate. Our entrees were mediocre at best. Drinks were absurdly expensive.
Beautiful setting with great views. Minor hiccup with the filet being overdone but they took care of it and comped the meal. The duck was amazing. Would definitely go back and try other dishes.
Unfortunately I don’t remember our waiters name but he was awesome. Great experience, sad they are raising their prices. Overall it was an awesome 1st anniversary spot.
Spectacular. Great views great food great service
Everything was perfect except the service.
Wait-staff usually get overlooked in restaurant reviews, but this is what made our experience shine. During the trying times our community is going through, there were employees unable to come to work at the El Encanto. Simultaneously, they took in many evacuees and the hotel was at 100% occupancy. I'm sure the pressure on the remaining staff was great, but our waitress was professional, knowledgeable and very gracious. (I'm embarrassed that I can't remember her name -- Lauren??) Oh, and the food was amazing!
This was honestly the worst dinner ever....I don’t write negative reviews EVER but this was New Years Eve and we expected more. It was overpriced and extremely disappointing. Honestly the worst/slowest service I have experienced. Our meal was $150 per person and tasted like something I could have gotten at a $20 dollar buffet. The lack of service & quality is unacceptable in my opinion for a hotel of this caliber. One of our guests had a food allergy that we notified our server about (twice) and they still served her a dish that had it. Just disappointing overall & a damper on what should have been an enjoyable night!
We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner at the El Encanto Dining Room. We had dined one other time a few years ago, and this time the food seemed even better. We might like a few more choices on the menu, but what we did choose was prepared very nicely--worth the price. This is a special occasion place--and the terrace is divine, especially in warm weather.
I have been a few times to this very picturesque restaurant. Even though we live nearby, actually just over the hill, it is a little pricy for a weekly stop by. Good for special occasions.
My dinner at El Encanto was perfect in nearly every way. From the moment we arrived to when we left. All of our requests, questions and needs were met. I would recommend El Encanto to anyone living in or visiting the Santa Barbara area.
We had a lovely time here, food was delicious and there was plenty, service was great and the scenery was beautiful. The dessert 'buffet' was fabulous (but definitely picked over by mid afternoon).
Food was wonderful, creative and perfectly prepared.
Service...very slow even though the restaurant was quite slow. They did have a party going elsewhere, we could hear it but not see it. Still, I can't think of any reason it would take so long to get wine, food or desert.
We left a 20% tip only to notice later that they added in The tip twice after the fact!
Dinner for two was $245, we added $55 tip to total $300, but they changed my card twice, once for the $300 then again for $55!!! What the heck...hopefully when I call it will be taken care of but... I would hate to think it was on purpose because that would be...well not good!
For me, $300 is a lot for two people, we did have a good wine, but none are inexpensive there, but the slow service and then the extra charge on my CC for an additional tip...sure leaves a sour feeling.
Good service. Food was ok. Too many events there. Not romantic.
What a lovely place for dinner or drinks. The patio looks out to the ocean unfortunately it got foggy as we enjoyed our drinks but the location is fabulous! Definitely, a special place.
Very good food and creative. Excellent service and great ambiance with the best view in Santa Barbara.
Exquisite view and top notch food, this lovely dining area is a shrine to all that is unique about California coastal cuisine.
Great location, stunning views, excellent service and good food. It's not cheap but you do get what you pay for. Wine list does have affordable options.