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About Angel Oak at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Angel Oak is a modern steak and seafood restaurant showcasing the culinary knowledge and classical training of Parisian Executive Chef Vincent Lesage. The diverse menu includes traditional steakhouse dishes under a certified Kobe and dry-aged beef program, as well as locally-sourced fare such as Santa Barbara’s famous uni.
Accompanying the cuisine is an ambiance of pure scenic beauty, with floor-to-ceiling ocean views and a striking 25-seat bar topped with vibrant blue Amazonite quartz. Seating on the outdoor patio is also offered, showcasing some of the most captivating sunsets over the Pacific.
Complementing the Angel Oak dining experience is a premier cocktail program and exclusive wine cellar that houses the restaurant's 12,000-bottle collection.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Hours of Operation:
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Resort Valet Parking
Private Party Facilities:
Angel Oak offers six private and semi-private dining spaces to create the perfect balance of privacy and openness. Accompanied by elevated finishes and unique design elements, spaces can accommodate up to 250 people for parties or special functions.
Private Party Contact:
Maureen Bell: (888) 705-7403
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Angel Oak at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
We celebrated an Anniversary and had a lovely weekend staying at the Ritz Carlton in Santa Barbara. We wanted to dine at Angel Oak so we didn't have to drive anywhere and were accommodated with great food and great service. We really liked that our server seemed to have a server/partner who gave us as much attention as our server, carrying on light conversation, making sure our waters and bread were always filled, and our plates removed promptly before the next course. We were given 2 complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate and were addressed by our last name, which is always the types of touches we appreciate when we are visiting a high end resort. A few things I will note is that I did ask for a table with a view and instead was seated in a side room at the front of the restaurant, so we didn't get to see the entire restaurant, which would have been nice. However, I could have asked for a different table, but I didn't. Also, when our entree's were delivered everything came out separately, which we thought was odd. Meaning our steaks were delivered, then they went back and came back with the sides, then they went back and came back with the sauces. It would have been preferred to have everything served at once, so we didn't have to wait while our steaks were getting cold. Just constructive criticism. These things did not take away from a wonderful evening. We highly recommend Angel Oak.
We enjoyed a quiet dinner on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday. The staff were attentive and friendly, service was prompt. The parmesan bread with pepper/honey butter was different but tasty. My husband had the bone in ribeye and I ordered salmon, complemented by sides of asparagus and twice baked potatoes. All the food was delicious, though my husband didn’t think his steak justified a $70 a la carte price. We were too full to try anything from the dessert menu. Overall a nice evening.
My partner and I had an outstanding experience at the Angel Oak Restaurant at the Bacara. It was my first experience and my partner’s first time back in many years. We live in Santa Barbara and to be honest we don’t think of the Bacara when we are considering eating.
Well, the Angel Oak was recently recommended and we were able to get a reservation on very short notice so we booked a table. To say it exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. The dining experience was one of the best we’ve had in a long time...and we’ve eaten at some very fine restaurants. We shared the Bison Rib Eye and it was absolutely delicious, juicy, tasty and cooked to perfection (med rare). We ordered the peppercorn sauce which enhanced the taste of the bison without overpowering it. The carrots were cooked in a special way and were also very tasty. We had the lemon tart for dessert which was creatively deconstructed and likewise delicious. Our serve team, headed by Elsa, was clearly professionally trained and competent and displayed a very warm and ‘anxious to please’ attitude. The serving team that supported Elsa, was well informed and very attentive without hovering. The Angel Oak restaurant had a warm and attractive atmosphere which was very quiet and we didn’t have to share our space or attention with slobbering personal dogs sitting 'too close' begging for food. Bottom line: the Angel Oak Restaurant far exceeded our expectations and after tonight’s experience, it will go to the top of our our ‘special occasion’ restaurant list. Thank you!
We had an absolutely fabulous dinner. We came for our anniversary, and we wish we could come every time we had a date night. It is a lovely atmosphere, the service is excellent and the food is delicious. And yes it’s a little costly but worth every penny. Every person in the staff treated us is that we were the only people in the dining room.
Dinner was okay. Hangar steak was excellent, as was the asparagus salad. The tater tots were underwhelming (needed to be just a tad crispy to be worthy). The California Lookout was disappointing after hearing how fabulous the mixologist is supposed to be. The apple cobbler was presented to us in a rather unenthusiastic way. The restaurant was very noisy after a large party was seated next to us. Would recommend Angel Oak, but would note that it's not five stars.
The hostesses were very welcoming and attentive. We were able to get a table although we were early. The ambiance is very serene, and the noise level low. The only issue we had was that they were out of the wine we chose, but did have an extensive list so finding another was not a problem.
We were greeted by very friendly staff. Hostess and the wait staff was kind and provided awesome service. Food was amazing. We had seafood tower, split a arugula salad, split a New York steak and molten cake desert. It was for my birthday and they brought us complementary glass of champagne. Very nice touch. Well worth the price.
Fantastic setting overlooking the ocean, especially at sunset. Service was very attentive and they took note of our anniversary. Not inexpensive however the Hotel is now a Ritz Carlton. We are locals and not hotel guests. The restaurant decor features dark wood and hip contemporary design. Can’t beat the location. Excellent dining experience.
Waited 25 minutes after meals were finished to See waiter again. Went for wife’s birthday, other than the hostess the server never knowledged. Even out 10 and 12 year old daughters commented on the slowness of the service and the disappointment in how the evening ended.
The restaurant is located at the Bacara hotel. It is very large and well decorated. The service was great and the staff was very attentive.
We ordered the Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail and French onion soup as starters. The soup and shrimp cocktail were very good. Not being a steak house (without high temp searing oven), the bone in ribeye was well seasoned and very flavorful. The abalone dish was just okay. For dessert we had the bake Alaska and the banana split. We highly recommend the bake Alaska. The presentation and the taste were both excellent.
I haven't had abalone for years. It was always breaded and fried. The meal I got was very good. The abalone was sweet and tender (and not breaded fried). The portion was just right. The pasta and sauces complimented the main course. The desert was excellent. Unless you aren't full after dinner split the desert. It would have been a lot for one person. I will definitely go back.
This place is amazing, amazing, amazing! The food is wonderful, the service is excellent and the drinks are great. We had such a great time here. Everyone was accommodating and really made the night special. This place could break the bank if you're not prepared so you've been warned ahead of time. But well worth every single penny.
This is NOT as it is advertised. A dinner for 12 turned out to be 2 and a half hours long. The ambiance and scenery is top notch, but that's all.
Food wise, we were unimpressed... especially for this Michelin star chef. The French Onion Soup is the sweetest I've ever tasted. It was terrible. The steaks weren't cooked even close to requested temperature. My filet which was supposed to be medium was rare. My sister's bone in filet was well done (supposed to be medium). My grandfather's carrots were destroyed (black and burned). No top notch restaurant should struggle with temperature... and no top notch hotel should allow this to happen. Further, even the drinks were bad. My husband ordered a mixed drink to be prepared table side. They were "out" of what was required to make it.
All in all, there is NO excuse for the nonsense that is Angel Oak or the resort that allows it to happen.
A lovely, modern steak house with a view of the sunset over the ocean! The food was great, particularlay the crab cakes appetizer, the asparagus with lemon vinaigrette side dish, and the halibut main course. Other dishes were disappointing. The macaroni and cheese side was fine, but not special and the baked Alaska dessert, other than the flaming presentation, was a disappointment. The flames did not properly caramelize the marshmallows, and the ice cream center was hard as ice, as if bought at a drugstore. But all in all the food was great. The service, though was disappointing. Perfectly capable, but not as good or gracious as other restaurants at the Bacara. I would have expected better given the high level of the kitchen.
Great food, great service, but if I'm being honest I'm not a steak expert so, the dry aged New York steak is awesome and cooked to the doneness that was asked but I'm not sure if I can appreciate the difference between it and the New York steak one could get at say, an outback or a longhorns. That being said everything else about the dining experience was excellent.
My wife and I visited the Oak Angel for our wedding anniversary. The wait staff were very good as was their knowledge of the menu. We were offered Cava on arrival and followed that with an excellent in-house cocktail. The food was extremely good, maybe not Michelin star quality, but very fine and not Michelin star prices. Overall a most enjoyable experience and one that we shall repeat.
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