Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

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361 reviews
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Steakhouse
Angel Oak is the signature restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Santa Barbara Bacara. 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.
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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was both of my parents’ birthday. At most high end restaurants, birthdays are acknowledged with at least a free dessert. Not so at Angel Oak. Disappointing.

$350 meal...Expected at least that acknowledgment for my lovely parents.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Came here to celebrate a special occasion, and service was very uncomfortable. We arrived on time for our reservation, but were told that the table was not yet ready as other guests were still finishing their dinners. We were directed to sit at the bar and order drinks in the interim. We sat at the bar, and were not acknowledged by the bartender for 15-20 minutes. When our table was ready (30 minutes after our arrival time), the hostess came to the bar to get us and lead us to our table. We asked her if she would mind transferring our drinks from the bar to the table for us, which she agreed to. After being seated at our table, the drinks we had ordered at the bar took another 10 minutes to arrive.

Throughout the meal, our server would only come to check on us when my dining partner was away taking calls or using the restroom. We felt that this was unusual. At the end of the meal, we were brought a check instead of being offered a dessert menu like the other dining groups around us. Our server had rave reviews on Yelp, so it was really confusing as to why we were treated the way we were.

The food was excellent, but the service left a lot to be desired, and certainly wasn’t up to the Ritz standard of service that we’re used to. We were pretty disappointed that we ended our trip to Santa Barbara on a low note.

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LW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time dining here and it was just as great as the first time. Great service from everyone, from the hostess to Eli, our server and food delivery staff. The meals were absolutely delicious and you can't beat the view of the Pacific Ocean - just stunning. We look forward to going back soon!

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KC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing dinner. The food was incredible, amazing cocktails and the service impeccable. I would highly recommend dining here. Cannot wait to go back!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ocean view. Very attentive service. I enjoyed abalone for my entree. It had been years since I ordered this delicious meal. They brought me a delicious beautifully presented baked Alaskan to celebrate my birthday.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Husband, son and I had dinner while staying at Resort for a weekend friends wedding. Since we were only a table of 3 we got set inside away from all our other friends who had bigger tables of 5-6 and sat outside, even though requested if poi’s lento all be sat near one another. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with our being stuffy. Food was go and several different choices we available on menu and daily specials. So over all, would rate very good - just not excellent.

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WC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, the view beautiful an the service was spot on. Thank you

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Angel View has beautiful views, accommodating service, but unremarkable food. The oysters were great, but the French onion soup was too salty and the broth tasted like bouillon cubes. We also ordered the grass fed steak, and the plate was sizzling hot. The server failed to tell us the plate was hot and when he placed it on your table; it was off kilter and resting on the bread plate. My husband went to fix it and burned his finger pretty severely. We asked the server for ice. Other than this no one from the restaurant or hotel made any attempt to make sure he was okay or apologize for not telling us how hot the plate was. Anyway, worth going if you don’t want to leave the hotel and want a beautiful view, but for the price and our own experience with the “missed” service, we wouldn’t necessarily go back.

PS I did report this to the front desk upon checkout but was only offered to make a file a formal report to the hotel or the restaurant. Didn’t feel worth our time.

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angel Oak is one of my favorite restaurants. It was my daughter’s birthday, and they really made her feel special. The food was delicious, and I love eating outside, because the view is superb. The waiters were attentive, and I am planning on going back to Angel Oak when I return to Santa Barbara in a few months.

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Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is beyond amazing from start to finish. Our server (Jen) was OUTSTANDING. The service from everyone, the quality , fresh food, the amazing presentation of the food, the martinis and the Baked Alaska were ridiculously decadent. Whenever we are in Santa Barbara again we will be back. Pricey - but for a reason. The ocean views are beautiful from almost every table.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The upscale restaurant seemed like the perfect place for a date night while staying on site at the Ritz, but unfortunately a table near ours had two people that continuously played loud videos on their cell phones during the meal. It was so disturbing and awkward that management did not address it. We asked to be moved to another table and we were, but several other patrons had to suffer through the loud and obnoxious diners. I felt like management could have handled the situation much better by asking the loud couple to turn their phone volumes down. The food was good and otherwise I had no complaints about the service or atmosphere at the restaurant.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best overall experience!

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n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our food and service.
Ambiance was very nice

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BW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Let us take our time ordering and not rush us through dinner. We had the house salad which was surprisingly good. My daughter orders brussel sprouts at every restaurant we go to and raved about these. I had the Abalone and it was tasty and tender. My wife had the scallops also well cooked and presented. The steak filets were tasty and cooked exactly medium as my daughters preferred. The ambiance, especially the view, added to the experience. We got some great photos as the sun was setting on an overcast day.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant decorations are beautiful. Great service, and our steaks and mash potatoes were excellent.. Highly recommend.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Angel Oak is a beautiful restaurant connected to the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. It seems to be staffed by a well-meaning, but young staff who are somewhat awkward to interact with. The menu is fantastic; the tuna and salmon tare tare and the steak entrees were delicious. The wine selection is comprehensive, but expect to pay 200% or even 300% markup from standard prices. Overall the experience was positive, and there are some gems on the menu.

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Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating two birthdays. The staff greeted us and were aware of the birthdays. The food was delicious and well prepared and presented. The ambiance was delightful overlooking the ocean. The service was impeccable. A great dining experience.

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SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Angel Oak was a bit disappointing for a special event dinner. The dining room was very noisy for the first hour or so due to a large party in an adjoining room (quieted down later). My steak was good but not outstanding. The servers were pleasant but seemed inexperienced. All in all, fine--but I think we'll look for a new venue for next year.

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MV
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely view. Tables were set like a cafeteria. Would have been nice to have a table cloth considering price point, service and setting. Really took away from the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was great

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TD
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday Brunch. Food was very good. There is no children’s menu but they were accommodating with splitting entree’s.

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had relax time by the ocsion while enjoy our food and🍸👍❤

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C
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The server upsold us on everything which is brutal because we maybe ate half. The beet salad was easily for two people and not a starter size. A good server tells you how big the portions and sides are.

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BL
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here numerous times and always enjoy ourselves. It was an overcast day so we ate inside. The space was square in size with about 9 tables either four tops or deuces. We were a four top. I wish there was a way to deal with inconsiderate cell phone users. One women received a call and had it on speakerphone the whole time (approx. 10 minutes), finally it ended than she received another call also on speakerphone. We all could hear her response and her phone callers voice and laughter, so annoying. It was ruining my time at dinner and I assume the closer table mates than us. No one said anything, surrounding tables or servers, staff, etc.. I finally past by her on the way to the ladies room and made my annoyance clear to her. I admit I could have been more tactful however when I returned to my table she was off the phone.
Please everyone consider your other restaurant people, out for a nice dinner and take your call outside, especially if you need speakerphone to your ear to hear the caller. Remember we can hear the whole exchange and to me that is a rude thing to do.
I think restaurants should have a sign when entering about please be considerate while on the cellphone. It happens everywhere but when in an upscale wonderful restaurant I think many are out for a quite romantic evening particularly at this restaurant with the sunset views.
We will definitely return, we love Angel Oak. Great service, staff and food.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jmicheal and his team were outstanding and did not miss any touch points in service standards. The guidance and recommendations on the menu were very suited to our tastes. The himachi crudo was exceptional, the Rib Eye marbly but not too fatty and the salad perfection.

The Angel Oak experience was exceptional, just like everything else at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely statehouse on Ritz property

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and personality to the whole experience. Amazing food and ambience. Went back a second time and it was even better. One of our faves in Santa Barbara.

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LK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I remember going to this restaurant in its first iteration at Miro around 15 years ago. This iteration as Angel Oak is even better. We sat at the bar for a bit waiting for our friends, and a couple staff came by to talk with us, which was really nice. Made it feel very personal. For dinner, our steak was cooked exactly as we asked (rare), and they even split a Porterhouse onto two plates. The wine list is great, including the options for wine by the glass. Our server Elsa was delightful and extremely competent. The house-baked dinner rolls are to die for. The Baked Alaska was unique and delicious. We're not in the Santa Barbara area often, but we try to make it to Bacara Resort (now a Ritz-Carlton) when we're there for the spa and a meal. It's absolutely worth the 20-minute drive north of downtown.

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DB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent staff. Great food.

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RP
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location and food. Would visit again!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the sea bass. I’ve had this dish on two different visits. I also love the crab cake but I don’t like the saffron vanilla sauce on the bottom. The liquid doesn’t compliment a crispy crab cake. This time I ordered it I asked for it without the sauce and it was amazing.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The waiter was very uptight making the evening uncomfortable. Everything else was great.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent but the food was only so-so. When servers wiped down the table, they just brushed crumbs onto the floor. The abalone special was hyped up to be amazing and it was just ok.

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SB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The patio is much quieter than the restaurant inside. Service was excellent. Food was good but not the best you’ll ever have.

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A
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant overall!
We ate here 2 nights in a row.

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BD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Staff is very accommodating to dietary restrictions. Great service, great view. Dinner was spectacular and brunch was equally fantastic

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EL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We had a wonderful time

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LW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at the Angel Oak was outstanding from start to finish. From the valet to the lovely young woman who greeted us in the lobby of the Bacara and escorted us to the Angel Oak, we knew this was going to be a lovely experience. We were early to our reservation time so we sat at the bar and had a nice chat with the bartender who mixed me a great Kir Royale! Everyone from our server, Elsa to Spencer who brought out our food and the busser who always made sure our table was clean, we couldn't have had a better experience. Our meal was mouth-watering, flavorful and worth every penny and the beautiful view from our table only added to the experience. We were there to celebrate our 38th Anniversary and we left with a lovely card and a white rose from the staff. Thanks to all for making our special day so memorable! Bill and Linda

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EL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious.

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K
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the service to the view to the food everything was spectacular. Waitstaff, hostess, Maitre D, all took the time to know our names and everyone (including waitstaff that was not ours) wished us a happy anniversary. The brussel sprouts were the best I have ever had. Can’t recommend this enough.

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