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About Montecito Wine Bistro

With its casual setting the Montecito Wine Bistro offers a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere. A neighborhood favorite the restaurant features 2 cozy fireplaces as well as outdoor patio seating. Friendly attentive service. Serving California Bistro cuisine the seasonal menu offers dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. The menu is split between appetizers, salads and entrees, including vegetarian dishes and fresh fish.Wood-burning oven. Share one of the flatbreads Sausage Piperade or Rosted Potato & Marinated Anchovy. Entree high-lights include Grilled Duck Breast & Confit Duck, Seared Scallops w Lobster Sauce and Dry Aged New York Steak Frites. Desserts are a must - Salted Caramel Bittersweet Tart. The wine list offers selections from SB Winery & Lafond Winery and around the world. Wines by the glass/create your own wine flight. An intimate bar serves classic & speciality cocktails. Menu available in the bar.

516 San Ysidro Road
Montecito, CA 93108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
East Valley Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 969-7520

Website:
http://www.pierrelafond.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Nathan Heil

Private Party Facilities:
Montecito Wine Bistro offers serveral areas to host your event from private dinners, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday celebrations, as well as corporate luncheons and dinners. Our staff will assist you every step of the way through the planning process providing advice and options to create a memorable event. Personalized menus, vegetarian requests are welcome. Our extensive wine list features the wines of Santa Barbara Winery, Lafond Winery, as well as wines from around the world. Full Bar. We offer indoor and outdoor seating, including two cozy fireplaces. We offer warm attentive service. A credit card hold is required for groups of ten or more.

Private Party Contact:
Don Hull: (805) 969-7520

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private rooms available.

Montecito Wine Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
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Good for a Date (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Reliably outstanding. Thanks for holding our special table past reservation time ( Ash Wednesday services went later than expected) staff, food and ambience always an anticipated treat.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Pasta is a good choice, salads fresh and service friendly. Table in front of the kitchen is lively but makes conversation for party of 4 very difficult.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

first time at this restaurant and we were very pleased. good food, good atmosphere, fun evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It felt great to be out supporting a Montecito business and I really hoped we had chosen well as our friends were visiting from Florida and had never eaten in Montecito. The service was very good, and overall it was comfortable. My husband and I (not sure about our friends), unfortunately, weren't all that impressed with our meals. I had the Saturday special and kept hoping for something good to happen as it included Kobe beef and bacon. For me, the gravy didn't seem to match up and the potatoes tasted like they might have been made from a box. The Rose of Pinot Noir, on the other hand, was very good!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This was the night of the Thomas Fire mudslides.
Our reservation had been accepted but the whole place was shut up tighter than a drum.
Why I am being awarded points on a night that the Restaurant did serve is puzzling to say the least.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Dreadful food. Adequate service. Very nice ambiance. Ok for a glass of wine.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Another great meal, thank you. Ernesto, you will be missed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual, Organic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our favorites as a family. Always a great experience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have come here every year for the last four years and am always happy with service, menu selections, food quality and selection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with all of the typical menu items available, as well as a vegetarian one! Kids menu was a nice option, too! Great portions, delicious food, and and a fabulous wine list. Perfect place for a special meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The turkey special was excellent. The salmon special was a little dry.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went there for Thanksgiving my sides were lukewarm and my salmon dish was a reheated dry piece of what they called Wellington but was not , more like a en croute thing for $60. As a former Chef I consider that unacceptable but I was with my aunt and I didn't want to complain. As for the service she was nice but not that good, we had to ask for bread and when we did get it we didn't get the olive oil everyone else got. The menu is also worded awkwardly so the dishes are a little hard to understand.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great service, beautiful place tucked away in the hills on Montecito.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A special birthday celebration with four women of a certain age- a special table on “the island” - quiet, intimate and able to have an adult conversation. We all had the tostadas, 1 chicken, 2 shrimp and 1 vegetable and they were delicious, sophisticated and very fresh. A bottle of prosecco added to the festivities. Having primed the restaurant that we were celebrating a birthday, they brought a beautiful single serving coconut cake with a candle. It could not have been more perfect. This is a lovely neighborhood restaurant that seems to care. We will go back again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always a pleasant evening!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, skilled service that is not intrusive, delicious food!

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 16, 2017

A comfortable neighborhood restaurant serving a diverse menu. Always good service and some excellent pizzas. The happy hour in the bar is popular.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was mediocre and pricey. Service was good .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We loved it! Food was great--filet mignon was delish! Nice portions-not gigantic, just right. My husband loved the mushroom risotto from my dish and he enjoyed the salmon BLT. I have dietary requests and they were very accommodating, The one thing which needs improvement was the service--our salads and starters came out sporadically as did the entrees. Everything, each course, should come out with 2 servers if need be so everyone is served at the same time. also just a little note if the Bistro is reading this...don't take away plates before everyone is finished. It hurries the other guests. Not good even if the restaurants want to turn tables! It wasn't super busy. Not polite or good manners. Overall we really enjoyed it and will return! New menu for us, really GREAT!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We had just arrived at the beach house we were renting, and didn't feel like going too far to eat, so the location in Montecito was great. We had a lovely meal, with great food, helpful and knowledgable service. It also has a nice selection of wine, including local wines. Overall a nice experience, and we wouldn't hesitate to go back any time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Service was not good. Forgot to bring things and response times were slow. Had to send my chicken piccata back because the chicken was not cooked through. Food in general was bland & not flavorful. Prices not cheap but it is Montecito which explains that. Was our 1st time dining there & will not rush to go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We had a table of 8 and we're so happy to have a round table for easy conversation. All we're happy with the food and service. Some had salmon, some veal piccata, etc. All was delicious. Deserts too! Service was attentive but not hovering. We have been several times and look forward to going again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Perennial favorite that never fails to please. A bit clubby for out of towners who might not like the vibe unless they have lived in Montecito before

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Romantic, Hot Spot, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Our food was fair. We shared a pizza which was dry and overdone. The salad was sparse. It was very loud and difficult to carry on conversations. We were disappointed after it had been highly recommended. It is not worth it to us with all the other good dining places in Santa Barbara. No atmosphere, just noise.

Tags: Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had a fantastic meal. They were so kind to upgrade our wine selection since what we wanted was not available. The salmon on the salmon bowl was very small, abit noisey by the kitchen... all in all lovely, we'll be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

This meal capped our Santa Barbara vacation, and it was wonderful. The setting was idyllic and very cozy. The service was prompt, professional, and friendly. Prices were moderately expensive but food quality and quantity warranted them. Our soup starters of crunchy gazpacho and Manhattan clam chowder were so good! My wife's chicken cacciatore was delicious, and my Kobe meat loaf was unique and delicious. Local wines were many. They recognized my wife's birthday, which I noted in my Open Table reservation, with a nice dessert. That made it perfect!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

A hidden gem away from the beaten path of santa barbara tourist traps

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 21, 2017

great for a casual local meal. Pet friendly outside. service is very attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We had a nice saturday light lunch. The salads are very tasty. Very good local wine list. The service were very nice, attentive, fast. At the end the apple strudel was delicious.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The Bistro's food is always solids and tasty. Service is good and the ambiance is conducive to conversation. Not Exactly a gem, but utterly reliable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The menu featured as dinner "entrees" these lovely sounding bowls with a base of veggies topped with meat, fish, tofu or humus. In reality these were glorified salads for $22. When I informed the waiter that I was expecting a cooked vegetable based entree he shrugged it off and as he walked away from the table asked if I would like something else. This was the service theme - drop food and run. Very sad, poorly trained staff. Really a pity because last year this place was really good. Now I doubt that I will return in the near future!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 3, 2017

A real gem. Menu has a wonderful assortment of dishes. Food was delicious and service very pleasant. Look forward to going back.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Fun, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Prices great, service wonderful, great vibe. We had a really fine meal and will come back next time we're in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We eat at Wine Bistro often as we live close by. My salmon was too dry; (and over priced) but everyone else very much enjoyed their meals. They also have new bowls on the menu...so that is really great. BUT, beware, they call the rice Veggie Rice, and it is NOT veggie rice...maybe it is rice made with veggie broth or something. The menu is very good for conscientious/healthy eaters.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Would be nice to assure patio seating with res through open table. Had to negotiate for it with nice hostess.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We tried the restaurant after reading about it in the New York Times book about weekend trips in the U.S. We had a very good meal in a pleasant setting.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had a 'post-graduation' meal. Everyone at our table of 9 people enjoyed the food, the service and the ambience. Just a nice place with good food and a very nice wine list. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We found this lovely and a little out of the way bistro to celebrate our daughter's graduation. It was perfect! Fantastic food and great atmosphere. Outside dining available too. Wait staff were very attentive and friendly. We would definitely return when in the area!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Attentive wait staff,wonderful fresh food and dog friendly patio. Perfect.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 4, 2017

I was a bit disappointed this time, Maybe its a new chef ?
We ordered the Seabass. I ONLY seafood, this time the fish was not at its prime and was covered with the overly salty sauce, literally soaking in it ? Ive had it before and it was excellent. One other person commented along the lines that it was a bouillabaisse...
The beef Bourgignon was again overly salty and just felt like it was simmering in the pot for day... The seafood Risotto, was ok again the muscles were to be desired...
The New York steak was excellent as well as the wine selection...
Please open those shutters and let that outside in !

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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