Montecito Wine Bistro

4.5
326 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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AG
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation celebration

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PL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usually it's quiet on the creek-side patio but this time there was a larger table of lively but loud women very close to us. Made it difficult for us elders who are somewhat hard of hearing. But on other visits it's been just great out there as well. Everything else very good indeed!

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L
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is an easy place to meet for a casual dinner with friends. The food is good even though not outstanding. The outdoor patio in back is nice enough. It's a favorite of locals for its bar, patio and varied menu that accommodates both kids and adults.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Montecito. The food is always delicious, staff attentive, service excellent. The garden and patio are beautifully peaceful rooms to dine in and on a chilly evening the roaring fires warming.

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m
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Kitchen needs help---grilled squash came out raw---no excuse for that !

Spinach glad with grilled chicken needs to be improved--big hunks of rubbery chicken .

Wait staff was efficient and pleasant, room attractive but noise level at lunch deafening !!

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C
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us enjoyed an amazing dinner at Montecito Wine Bistro last weekend. Very casual w nice menu and good wine list. The specials that night (meatloaf and seafood pasta) were yummy. Our server, Martin, was excellent. We will be back to Montecito Wine Bistro!

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SE
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a very nice dinner but were given the wrong bill.....
we paid it anyway. I felt they were rushing us out of there as they wanted
to close by 9.00.

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EF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice locals place. Menu has plenty of choices and can eat outside both on a back patio and in the sun outside the front.

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SM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I so wanted to like the Wine Bistro. I appreciate that I asked for a table near the fire place and they accommodated that. The wine was decent, but the food was so Bland. The beef carpaccio was sliced so thickly you can barely cut it with a knife. The chicken on our salad was so dried out it was like chewing a hockey puck. The squash in burrata salad had absolutely no flavor. If I do ever return, I will definitely order different items off the menu

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M
Central Coast
111 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We liked our table by the fireplace, the service was good and so was our meal. Definitely worthy of four of five stars and we will return.

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Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Make sure that you order the onion soup. It is the best item on the menu in my opinion. My dining partner and I both thought that the original menu(s) that they offered when they first opened were more varied, better executed and more interesting.

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R
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The salmon was perfect for me with tasty sides

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l
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We ate on the patio next to the fireplace

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ME
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our server failed to advise our guest that it would cost an extra $2.00 for ice on his scotch on the rocks cocktail and the salmon was dried out

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little place to eat. Awesome food. Excellent service. A bit pricey, but it's cool for the area.

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G
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We felt food was overpriced but the biggest disappointment was the server. He was surly at best if not to say rude. We had out of town guests who commented on this after dinner.

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G
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal and some awesome wine. We had a table of 6 and were able to converse with no problem. Very appreciative of an appropriate noise level. The service was excellent. I would highly recommend.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant for modern American and European cuisine, paired with a sensible local wine menu. Their healthy options are sure to please even the most conscious eaters.

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P
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service great menu quiet always enjoy going there

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s
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place and reasonably priced. Service was excellent. Has nice outside seating.

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M
Central Coast
111 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We usually enjoy this restaurant. We have experienced poor service and food cooked too well done, but ordinarily we are happy here. Happy enough to return, even after a bad experience. Our last time here was excellent

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LD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience. everyone in our party of five was VERY happy with their meal. The bread is amazing and we hope to be back very soon! I had the ahi bowl, as I am trying to eat more healthy foods, and it was great!

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and truly a lovely experience. Everyone was attentive and courteous and we were seated at a delightfully romantic table by the fireplace on the patio.

The vegetarian french onion soup was divine! I would order it every time! Sweet potato fries were terrific as well.

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CB
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Needs some menu changes. Same menu for way too long.

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Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Chicken dish was so spicy I was unable to eat it! I checked with waiter when ordering, he said not spicy!!! When I told him it was too spicy he brought over a bowl of tomato sauce to pour
over it to cover the spiciness...never offered to replace with something-else! I have ordered this dish several tines before & always enjoyed it...clearly the chef had added chili flakes or oil to preparation this time! Also we ordered two glasses of wine
early bird price, when my husband ordered a second glass, at 6:05pm, he was charged REGULAR price! This was INSULTING!

We have dined here many many times in the past, always enjoying it...this waiter was sourly & definitely not enjoying working that evening! I am afraid it will be a long time before we return, if ever...which is a shame as we always enjoyed MWB
before....many times bringing guests!

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P
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy the food and service. quiet on Mondays. good time to visit

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MB
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite - wonderful staff, reliable quality and nice ambiance. Thanks for honoring our special seating request.

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ND
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and a smiling woman opened the door for us and welcomed us in. We checked in, and the woman said to my daughter "Happy Birthday!" with a smile. We had our choice of patio seating and chose wisely. Menus, water, and homemade warm bread were delivered. We asked questions, ordered, and settled into our conversation. Each plate was delivered with a smile in a way that did not stop our own conversation. The food was delicious, my salmon perfect, my husband's burger rare and juicy, my daughter's shrimp kale salad gorgeous. The wine was excellent, and we did not feel rushed, nor did we feel forgotten. A memorable night out as a family.

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C
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was average. We expected more in Montecito.

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. The pizza was greasy, the chicken did not taste right.

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J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very much enjoyed our Sunday lunch -- the salmon and tuna bowls were both exceptional, and ample. The bread was so good we took home a loaf. And the service was exceptional, genuinely friendly without being obtrusive. We picked this spot (our first visit) because of location, but next time will drive extra miles to eat here.

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P
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoy the excellent service and happy hour caesar salad was not very good. Fun to meet friends there. Soup was excellent great bread .Joni Egbert

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LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food was average. They serve a Cioppino that has pasta. That is not Cioppino. Just call it seafood pasta. The Bologonese was pretty blah. The salmon bowl was great!

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l
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped by for an early dinner on our way to a stay in Solvang and were impressed by the ambiance, the service and the food. The hamburger and trimmings, and the butternut squash and goat cheese pizzas were delicious. They offer a great wine selection, many from the Santa Barbara area. We recommend this lovely spot.

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s
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very good meal and attentive service there. The portions were adequate. I had the duck which was very nicely prepared. There is also nice outdoor dining areas although we ate inside. The prices (including the prices for the wines) are quite reasonable. I recommend this place for casual dining.

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a
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location for a lunch to discuss confidential business. Excellent food and service. Lovely ambiance and quiet!!!

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p
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An early dinner we thought was great, both for food, wine and service.

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M
Central Coast
111 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We always enjoy this place. Either a corner table on the patio or next to the fireplace in the garden room makes for the quietest dining. The onion soup, lamb burger and meatloaf sliders are favorites.

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DA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat outside next to the creek, and the ambiance was fabulous. Everyone in my party loved where we were sitting. We all enjoyed our meals very much. The service was very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and especially suggest sitting outside in the area near the creek.

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TH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Local bistro to Montecito Village. Good meal and service. Very handy if residing in the local area.

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