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About Bistro at Bacara Resort

Named “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” by OpenTable, The Bistro offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Chef Vincent Lesage’s American cuisine can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco on a spacious oceanfront terrace. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads and the signature Bistro burger.

Recent upgrades to The Bistro’s patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.

8301 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 8:00 am - 11:30 am;
Lunch: Daily: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm;
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM- 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Hollister

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(805) 571-4217

Website:
http://www.bacararesort.com/

Parking Details:
Valet complimentary

Executive Chef:
Vincent Lesage

Private Party Facilities:
The Bistro offers a private dining space that accommodates up to 20 guests.
Please inquire with The Bistro for requests of larger, non-private, reservations or buyouts.

Private Party Contact:
Bistro Manager: (805) 571-4217

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Bistro at Bacara Resort Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.3

Noise

Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (12)
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Good for a Date (9)
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Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Romantic (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Authentic (2)
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Fun (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Outstanding night at sunset with great friends & wonderful food, the only let down was service was not what one expects at Ritz Carlton.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We all ordered burgers ( which I have eaten there on other visits). They were outstanding.
Service was great, there is no rush, and of course the view is just lovely.
It is a great place for lunch on a beautiful Goleta day.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Normally, we have been very pleased with this place. However, this time, all of our food was terribly greasy & the service was mediocre at best. The view can't be beat though.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Beautiful setting
Many heaters so sitting outdoors was really comfortable

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fun, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food, horrible service. Would still go back and hope the restaurant can work out it’s service issues.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had reservations to celebrate my wife's birthday. Was greeted and sent into the waiting area for 5-10 minutes. No outdoor seating available despite a bunch of empty tables. Friendly waitstaff, but unfortunately our main dishes took about 25 minutes to arrive from the time the appetizer dishes were cleared. Profuse apologies from our server. The food was mediocre. Pre-cut pork chop with a blah wild rice side infused with pretty nasty cheese served on a hokey little cast iron skillet. Was $130+ dinner for two. Another weird thing is when I made the reservation online I checked a little box to indicate we were celebrating a birthday. However, no acknowledgement was made during dinner. Not a big deal, but it does show the service and attention to details were lost. Perhaps all this is just due to a transition phase as the hotel moves to new ownership under the Ritz? Compared to similar "casual" options in the price range (such as the bar/bistros at El Encanto, the new Californian Hotel, and San Ysidro) I'd say this ranks right at the bottom. However, there were tons of families enjoying dinner if you're looking for a casual spot that is kid-friendly and you aren't concerned about the cost.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Phenomenal view at the Bistro , and love the new menu that debuted 2 weeks ago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We love the entire Bacara resort and the Bistro is a great "special occasion without being too formal" place. Had a "double date" dinner for our son's college graduation and all the staff was exceptional! We had forgotten the gifts in our car; the hostess arranged for valet to retrieve the car, bellstand to deliver the gifts to our table. Fantastic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was great. But service was off. Drink took about 20 mins for cocktails. Main course was almost done before she asked if I wanted another drink. Took another 20mins. But over was still enjoyable.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent service, beautiful view from the patio, delicious food. Enjoyed the Kalifornia salad, clam pizza, shrimp ceviche and fried calamari. Great selection of wines and beers. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Bad service food was could and over cooked and took over two hours .

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great Setting by the beach with a great view. The resturant was really bad and menu was horrible. Service was very poor.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Nonexistent service, very average food, $$$$

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Very good food but remember to ask for outside table with view as that is really what you are paying for. Had a great time.

Lunch begins at 11:30 not 11:00 as it says on website. Love the breakfast but was really wanting a lobster roll. We asked but no doing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Service was extremely poor. The wait staff seemed disorganized. One of the hostesses said she could not guarantee a table outside as I had requested on open table reservations. She went looking for a table told us to wait but proceeded to do other activities until we had to ask another hostess for assistance. The original hostess came back and when we asked her what happened she said she had some other things to tend to and she could not accommodate us outside. However, at that same moment the second hostess took us to our table outside where there were at least 15 tables open. We then proceeded to wait 15 minutes before anyone approached us and only after we stopped someone walking by. Overall extremely poor service, lack of communication between the staff and no care for our overall experience from beginning to end.

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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on July 31, 2017

My wife and I visit the Santa Barbara area twice a year and usually like to have lunch at the top resorts. This was our first time at the Bistro at Bacara, and it was outstanding! I enjoyed perhaps the most delicious gourmet chicken tacos I have ever had, and my wife had an excellent grilled salmon. The service was wonderful as well. Our waiter recommended our dishes and glasses of wine to accompany the meal....and he brought us wonderful fresh pastries to have with our coffee.
The Bistro overlooks the pool and the ocean and lush foliage....a beautiful setting. We will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Service was terrible- the opposite of what you expect at such a classy place. Was there for brunch and it took twenty minutes before my coffee arrived. Any good diner knows you bring the coffee right out and then let everything follow!
The busboy brought our order and somehow failed to notice the separate fruit plate that is supposed to come with that order. How many times a day do people order that dish that comes with a fruit plate? Our waitress failed to check with us at all to see how we were doing- could not care less and we had to shout across the room to her. We asked her getly about the fruit plate and she acted like we were bothering her- brought it without the slightest apology. In some restaurants they take it off your bill! Here, we were made to feel badly for asking for the food we had ordered an paid for!
We still tipped well as it is the right thing to do, though we were treated so poorly. It was a birthday celebration that went down very badly for one reason only: completely in-excusable poor treatment.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 23, 2017

All the food we ordered was delicious but like on previous visits the service was subpar. We ordered drinks when we first sat down and got them after both the appetizer and the main was served (after several promises by our waiter that he was going to get our drinks). Our waiter had to come back to our table after both our drink and food orders to double check he had it right. Never filled water glasses and disappeared for his break (I assume) without telling us. I would recommend this place for a lazy lunch but don't expect to get in and out as you will see lots of hands joining yours at neighboring tables every time your waiter reappears.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Very nice atmosphere and food was very good. Enjoyed celebrating friends birthday, service was excellent. Would recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Went recently for our daughter's graduation from UCSB. Amazing views and exquisite cuisine. A wonderful way to celebrate!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Second visit to this particular Restaurant at Bacara. As before, the location is breathtakingly beautiful, the service top-notch, ambience perfect. Unfortunately the food quality does not match the above. Would say "decent but not great" on dishes that are not hard to make (Eggs Benedict this time; luncheon salad the last). But loveliness of the venue makes up for it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Disgusting food. Such a shame, as it used to be one of my favorites. They need to get a new chef...

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 1, 2017

The Bistro had excellent food and they were willing to 'do thing from the lunch menu' for dinner. I had a hamburger from the lunch menu in a lettuce wrap form vs. with a bun. The server checked with the chef and granted my request. The food was delicious and the view over the Pacific was wonderful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 29, 2017

just an awesome setting for a casual, but nice meal. great service and good food, too.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 20, 2017

We stopped by in the middle of the afternoon for my wife's birthday. The whole Bacara resort staff from the auto valet to our server, are impeccably trained, helpful and courteous. The food was great, the wine was chilled and the view spectacular.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Buffet brunch is very good but expensive. Outdoor seating is very nice with view of the ocean.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 9, 2017

A beautiful place with incredible service to go along with a great view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2017

This was our first time going for dinner at the Bistro, and the food was yummy, and portions were large. It was chilly inside with the doors open, and service was a little slow, but we would go back again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

For a 5 star resort, The Bistro was very disappointing. While the food was good and the view of the ocean spectacular, the poor, slow service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2017

After spending the afternoon sampling wines at the Pinot Festival, we were really looking forward to dinner. The service and ambiance were great, but the food left a little bit to be desired. At least my plate did.

Because it's Lent, I ordered the blackened halibut. Much to my chagrin, it was a little toward the dry side. Fortunately, my partner's selection was sufficient for the two of us and it was very well prepared.

Even the best chefs have a bad day. A single experience, good or ill, doesn't define a restaurant. So, I'll be back. (Especially since the wait staff were so attentive.)

Tags: Romantic
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on February 21, 2017

We had an excellent meal, followed by a lovely dessert. Alexis was a great server.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Steak was perfect.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The ambiance of this restaurant is outstanding. Beautiful views of the coast! It's a bit difficult to find on foot, so ask for a cart driver to take you there. The food was just so-so. I had the salmon and it was lacking in flavor. My partner had the filet mignon and felt the same way about his meal. The kids enjoyed their flatbread pizzas. If I were to recommend anything, that would be it.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great. Santa Barbara get away
Wonderful ocean view
Outdoor dinning with style and elegance

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 8, 2017

The Bistro provided an exceptional meal (salad and short-ribs that were out of this world good) and world class service. My meal there was a highlight of my week's stay at the Bacara, and if you are at all familiar with the place, you will know just how high a bar the Bistro achieved.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Hit and miss service, over priced and mediocre food

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 31, 2016

A lovely birthday lunch spot! Great food and service!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Love this place. I have a fan of Bacara for over 12 years!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Good food, good service. Great breakfast (pancakes and berries).

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals, Healthy, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2016

The food was very mediocre but the location is beautiful and the service is great.

Tags: Scenic View
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