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About Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

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.

800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast

Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am

Brunch

Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Daily: 5pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Lasuen

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 770-3530

Website:
http://www.belmond.com/el-encanto-santa-barbara/santa_barbara_restaurants

Entertainment:
Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and live entertainment while you delight in Executive Chef Johan Denizot’s tempting treats.

Monday - Thursday: Solo pianist from 6:00-9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: Vocalist from 6:00-9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: Jazz trio from 11:00am-2:00pm

Parking Details:
Complimentary

Executive Chef:
Johan Denizot

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Lush gardens and sweeping ocean views set a lovely scene for your wedding or gathering. From the wisteria-lined Arbor and Lily Pond to the elegant ballroom with exclusive patio, you can select from a variety of Belmond El Encanto’s signature locales to host your event. From rehearsal dinners to ceremonies to post wedding brunches, Belmond El Encanto offers the ideal venue.

Private Dining

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.

Belmond El Encanto Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.6

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3.8

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86% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Music (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined a day ago

Girls night!

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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara .. food is great , service is impeccable 5 stars , great for visitors and is unforgettable ... Gary Rollé

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful setting but once again the inefficient and inexperienced waitstaff is a major drawback to dining at the El Encanto Restaurant.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined 6 days ago

Glad we went. Best views in Santa Barbara. Nice to have indoor and outdoor options

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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Could not have been better

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Servers were pleasant but very uninformed and were not well trained.

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Beautiful place and great food!

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 (Key West)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Spectacular. Great views great food great service

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was perfect except the service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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).

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good service. Food was ok. Too many events there. Not romantic.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very good food and creative. Excellent service and great ambiance with the best view in Santa Barbara.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Exquisite view and top notch food, this lovely dining area is a shrine to all that is unique about California coastal cuisine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food good for the most part but over priced for what you get.
Waiter told us he was going to get menus. After (15) he returned with his pad and asked us if we were ready to order. Surprising because there were only three tables occupied at the time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I loved the view and outdoor seating. The singer was off key but nice to have anyway.
The food was very good. One exception to perfect, that a bit more light should be provided to read the menu without loosing the atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was a lovely breakfast. Only problem was we sat next to a woman doing business with various people the duration of our time who spoke very loudly. Next time we would ask to be moved. The restaurant is lovely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Our waitress, Lauren, was excellent. She helped make the evening a lot of fun!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The staff took such great care of my party. I wanted to bring my mom here for lunch on her 70th birthday. They gave us a great table on the patio, brought her a dessert with "happy birthday" spelled out in chocolate and generally made her feel like a celebrity. She was so happy, and so was I!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Having traveled and dined almost all over the world, their cuisine brings me back to different places I had been. Nous avions une souris de canard pour l'apéritif et m'a ramené en France. Il risotto estivo con molte verdure resche mi ha riportato in Italia. We went here to celebrate my partners birthday and he loved it! Thank you for the sumptuous and decadent chocolate cake!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I'm born and raised in Santa Barbara but had never eaten at the El Encanto's restaurant. For my one year anniversary with my boyfriend, we decided to give it a try and we're so glad we did. There was a rare Santa Barbara thunderstorm that evening which gave us incredible views of lightning on a warm evening on the patio. Our service from the valet staff to the servers at the restaurant were fantastic and the food was incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic food, and an incredible wine list.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was excellent unfortunately the service was poor. This was our second time back we thought we would give it another try because of the excellent food. Unfortunately we had the same experience with poor service. The hostess made no eye contact and was not welcoming to the 3 groups before us waiting to be seated. The waitresses argued over who's section we were in and rarely came back to check on us. It took 15 minutes to receive our drinks and at the end of the evening our coffee never came.
However, the food runners / bussing staff were very professional , friendly and attentive. The valet were also excellent and was again the food was wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I have to say that I was very pleased - from Ben the valet parking attendant to Peter our waiter - exceptional service - it was my wife's birthday and it could have not been any better - I like what Peter did at the end ever so discreet (no singing) he brought my wife this beautiful piece of pastry with a chocolate sauce inscription on it - such a perfect closing to a perfect meal - Peter ever so gracious (I called him by the wrong name) made it easier for me to absorb my embarrassment. My wife and I are definitely going back in the near future - we were pampered and every detail of our experience at your establishment far exceeded our expectations - you have now (gained) our loyal patronage - thank you very much.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 8, 2017

El Encanto is lovely - not inexpensive but a really good experience. It is such a beautiful
location and the combo of food and service doesn't disappoint.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had heard good things about the Sunday brunch at El Encanto and were not disappointed. The appetizer plate was a great way to start the meal- a nice variety of dishes and not too heavy. Each of us enjoyed our entree and they were portioned well so we actually had a little room to sample the desserts. The setting is beautiful and the view cannot be beat. The only complaint would be the bees that were persistent in their attempts to try our food. Maybe some bee traps strategically placed throughout the patio would help. All in all, one of our new favorites for Sunday brunch. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Beautiful dining room and great views! Unfortunately, the horrible service overshadowed all of it. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. We waited at least 15 minutes before we gave up and walked to the bar to order our drinks. The waitress finally came over after 3 tables seated after us were greeted and served. The food was delicious, but the poor service continued throughout our meal so that is all I remember. Our bill was very overpriced for our experience. It was such a shame to waste a day in Santa Barbara here. Overall, I think it's worth a visit, just cross your fingers that the management sees this review and sets higher standards for their servers.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Perfect, good food, beautiful view

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wow, what a Sunday brunch! The highlight is the appetizer assortment and dessert station. Absolutely first class. Amazing dishes with a fresh seafood flair. You will not be disappointed with this brunch but $$$$ - expect it but it's an all day meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Scenic View, People Watching
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