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Montecito Wine Bistro

4.3
275 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 969-7520
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Nathan Heil
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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.
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Private party contact
Don Hull: (805) 969-7520
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Valley Road
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Special events & promotions
Private rooms available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 275 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Another very good meal. Highly recommend for lunch. Less so for dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service, delicious hand made lime margaritas, and really fabulous food! We had a fun time!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everything was excellent! Our server, Hunter, was very attentive & personable!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Loved it! Food and service excellent

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We've been going there off and on for years, it's a great neighborhood locale.
Met some friends for dinner and we were all underwhelmed by the food though. I had the roast salmon on a bed of celery root puree, however it was like the chef had just pulled a pre-loaded plate from the fridge and plopped the salmon on it. The salmon was warm, but the rest of it all was cold (like, COLD). I mentioned it to the waitress when she returned towards the end of the meal and just asked her to tell the chef. I did not asked to be comped the meal, but would have expected that for an entree costing over $30.
Very disappointing. Too expensive for mediocre food.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very nice as always, but bring back the cast iron chocolate chip dessert. The substitution is awful!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I was very disappointed with the location of my table. We were seated opposite the kitchen and the noise level in the room was so bad that even with shouting across the table we couldn't hear each other. Had I known there was another fireplace in another room, I would've requested that instead. Polly G.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A nice varied menu. The prices are reasonable and the service was excellent. A nice place for a casual night out.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Always a pleasant evening!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was mediocre and pricey. Service was good .

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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