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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipelosb
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Its pretty expensive, but overall good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Not what it used to be… The food is the same, but the service and ambiance isn’t what it was pre Covid. Music out of context of the setting and the service was lacking despite a low turnout.

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SharonD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ahi tuna bites were fantastic.

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SusanG
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great place to spend an evening with lots of talking while our stomachs get happier and happier! A good community restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipBennett1111
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible!!!
Three inexperienced children were in charge. It seemed as if no one had been trained. The “C” team was working on Memorial Day.
We were ignored through the whole experience.
The restaurant was empty and our food server was never there. After 20 minutes of her passing us by I finally asked our host if we could get some water. Then she greeted us. She took our beverage order and 15 minutes later came back with our sparkling water. She took our food order and never came back. Our food was delivered and 30 minutes later we had to ask the other employee walking around for our check. Our table was filled with dirty plates and we were alone on the patio surrounded by dirty plate filled empty tables...
The food was so boring and bland and either overcooked or undercooked that our party just wanted to get out of there.
Never again. There are so many amazing places to eat in Montecito and Santa Barbara and this is by far the most disappointing!

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vipMellany
East Texas
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was just average. Considering wine Bistro was in the name they did not have a huge selection of wine. The food was OK nothing spectacular. The ambience was nice but a little too warm as all of the heaters were on in the room and a fireplace. We wished we had sat outside.

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vipKarenW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The special risotto was not very good

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None
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Mediocre food. Bad service. ambiance bad and dark. Overall bad.

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Pharc
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great!! Still not back to it’s pre-Covid ambiance but
I am sure it is just a matter of time...

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sarahb
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little gem in Montecito

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JohnC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Attentive service. Beautiful location!

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vipdeborah
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, calm, outdoor seating. Very enjoyable.
Food has, and continues to be, delicious and the service is impeccable.

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vipLizMck
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience1

ugh this place was a huge disappointment. the facility is just filthy. the patio walls and awnings haven't been cleaned in years. the food was OK but i was so upset with how dirty the place was that i could not enjoy the meal.

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TraceeZ
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Friendsgiving away from home with friends ❤️🤎✔️🦃

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donny
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to have a Thanksgiving Dinner! We spent a beautiful day in Santa Barbara, and capped it off at Montecito Wine Bistro. Our thanks to the staff and Teresa S. who made it all happen.

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Pretzie
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Staff was very accommodating, food was very good but we could not sit where we usually do because of a table full of yelling children whose adults did not think it was necessary to be considerate of others.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and reasonable prices.

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DDDDJJJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Ambiance on the outside patio was very inviting.

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KurtLA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in LA and this was my second time being to MWB in the past 30 days. the best compliment that I can level at the place is that it feels normal - like there is no global meltdown happening just outside. good variety of food, everything I have had from salmon to pasta to pizza has been solid. everything is fairly priced esp considering the area. the outside areas esp in the back are beautiful. attention to detail is everywhere. excellent bar and again fair prices. they have a bottle of SBW (same family owns it) pinot for the low $30s that is more than drinkable. this place along with Via Maestra 42 and the little kitchen and of course super rica are my go to's. This is a professional operation, the staff is attentive and normal acting. I can easily recommend this place to anyone, its that good. the winery on santa rosa road is also a very nice place to forget how horrible a year this has been. be safe and enjoy!

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vipDonH
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always a pleasure.

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Ronaldo
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to go to a good restaurant with excellent food during this strange period of time

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
182 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We gave up on ordering our entrees due to having to wait so long after our drinks. The bread was pizza dough and they only offer wedge cut potatoes for French fries. There was a time when they had great bread and great French fries that were thin cut and crisp. We probably won't return even though it is in our neighborhood and convenient unless we hear the chef has changed.

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vipSmooth01
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Montecito Wine Bistro was lovely. We had a nice table under the trees. The salmon was wonderful. Highly recommend.

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Shauna
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Good Covid-19 protocols in place!

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vipsonisf
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great experience. Food was great and LOVED our server...I wish I remembered her name but she was so attentive and so sweet!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We ordered the Augie bowl Unfortunately the Tuna was slightly ripe. The chef and server was completely accommodating and changed out our dishes for something else. They offered us dessert but we were so full we passed. They did the right thing. Five stars for that.

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AllisonJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

We sat out on the patio. The food was great and the ambiance was nice. However, our server, (a 30 something guy of possibly hispanic origin with almost shaved head if management cares), has been there for a LONG time because he's waited on us many times, had a really bad demeanor and could have CARED LESS about our table. He took our order and that was about it until he brought the check. The rest of the wait staff had to cover for him. It was REALLY rude and he was rude, it was almost as if he was mad we were there. Could not even bring himself to smile, just a scowl the entire night.

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RGCDCC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting venue where we sat in front of the exposed kitchen. Basically able to watch the kitchen do it’s thing. Service was good. We ordered some drinks and enjoyed their bread which was quite good. Wife had a very delicious lemon cream ravioli and I had an interesting roasted Pasilla & mushroom pizza. It had honey which was fine but I think the mushrooms or the carmelized onions made it really soggy. Still good but not a great textural experience. All in all we enjoyed the lovely experience. Love the location.

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Edie
Central Coast
84 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant has a wonderful ambience both inside and out. I had the chicken sandwich. It was tasty. A bit messy to hold. So, I won’t order it again. Our server was pretty basic. Took our order. Answered our questions. No one I could personally recommend. Felt rushed to order, eat and leave although 90% of the restaurant was empty at noon.

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Isabella101
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We loved sitting near the fireplace for dinner. The food was very good - especially the vegetable Ramen soup was very delicious. Service was fine. Wines were affordable and good.

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vipFamous
Phoenix
185 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service and reasonable considering the location

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vipstevennchb
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Definitely between good and very good.

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LoisP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately we had a very negative dining experience. We have been dining here for many years and we were definitely caught by surprise. I had to ask for a champagne flute for my champagne (it was served in a large wine glass), the soup was watered down, cold and served in sloppy messy bowl, both halibut entrees were not properly cooked, three of the four empty dining plates were cleared while one guest was still eating, the latte didn’t taste like coffee, we were charged for two extra coffees (they were subsequently taken off of the bill) and we just didn’t have the warm, relaxing and great service experiences that we have had in the past.

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
182 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Since they got a new chef, this place has greatly improved. We enjoy sitting by the fireplace in the patio room, the service is quite good, and the food now is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Disappointing. It was a cold January night and the only two cozy tables next to the fire place were already taken. The other tables near the front door had a draft so we asked for a seat in the back next to the open kitchen. This gave us a clear view of how things were being operated: friendly staff but seemed inexperienced. Kitchen had a hard time keeping up with the orders even though the restaurant was half full. I had a lovely salmon starter, the halibut entree was overcooked and dry. They did apologize and make up for it after I pointed this out. All in all not the experience I anticipated.

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vipFrequentdiner
Central Coast
75 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The dinner was really good- I had the artichoke soup which was delicious and The bolognese which was also tasty. It’s a wonderful cozy ambiance and our server was great- will def comeback!!

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ErinA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We sat on the patio, which was very pleasant, and our server was very kind and attentive. The menu, however, is pretty uninspiring and the food was so-what: a boring Caesar salad, uninspired appetizer of squash and burrata that *should* have been great, but wasn't (and included little slimy leaves amongst the rest of bag arugula). Ravioli drowned in mediocre sauce. Fairly expensive, even for Santa Barbara, even if the food had been really good. Way overpriced for what we got.

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SherryB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impromptu Friday PM dinner when traveling - we happened to find this place online and are so glad we did!! Lovely quiet room with a fire going, delicious food and many options. Tasty glass of Pinot Gris which I don’t often find by the glass - made me very happy! Highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great. Staff is very friendly. Food is so-so.

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Montecito Wine Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 969-7520.

Montecito Wine Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

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