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The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA

The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

4.4
4.4
508 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Named “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” by OpenTable, The Bistro offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads and the signature Santa Barbara burger.

Recent upgrades to The Bistro’s patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.

Locals can enjoy a 10% discount.

Please note that holiday reservations are only available for in-house guests - room confirmation number is required to officially confirm your dining reservation during these times.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 571-4217
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Justin Purpura
  • Private party facilities
    The Bistro offers a private dining space that accommodates up to 20 guests. Please inquire with The Bistro for requests of larger, non-private, reservations or buyouts.
  • Private party contact
    Maria Mondragon: (805) 403-8309
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    Hollister
  • Parking details
    Self Parking and Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 508 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for brunch

  • California Central Coast

    Kid-friendly

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Kid-friendly

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

508 Reviews
  1. NickA

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was amazing and the staff was very friendly. However, this restaurant is always a buffet. If you're looking for a nice meal, go to any of the other restaurants on the property. This is just the pool buffet where families can get some overpriced quick bites. The food was not very good either. I couldn't finish anything from the buffet.

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  2. Nick

    Orange County

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. The only negative part was the service by Rosemary. Perhaps since it was Christmas and their buffet at 7pm. She basically just came to take plates, checked on us twice but NEVER asked if we wanted more drinks or filled our Perrier. We also wanted more wine but she always came when only one of us was at the table and left quickly. It was disappointment since we love their wine selection. The service was by far the worst at a RC I’ve ever had. Definitely disappointing dinner experience. Food, Valet and the driver were excellent. My boyfriend felt bad for the server and said she’s older and probably tired. I disagreed since RC has high standards and they should be followed no matter age, They need to retrain her or move her so she is not to deal with people since she cannot provide the service quality all guest should expect.

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  3. PhebieZ

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Magnificent Views. Perfect menu. Incredible property.

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  4. SarahR

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing lunch on Christmas Day! We had the crab chowder, crab cakes, fish and chips and salad with poached egg and pancetta. Everything was delicious and the service provided by Kilen was fantastic!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy going to the Bacara during the holidays. This year for Christmas, the Bacara didn’t have the activities for the kids (face painting, corn hole, etc) and we missed the festivities they’ve had in the past. That said, the buffet was delicious. It has something for everyone from delicious seafood to Prime Rib to mac and cheese for kids. Nice pasta bar too. The staff was attentive as always and they took great care of our group!

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  6. steved

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outside seating at the Bistro is well heated and wonderful way to spend the evening with family and/or firedfns. Server was excellent (Belagica) and stopped by table numerous times to make sure everything was perfect. The buffet was reasonably priced and prime rib was tasty.

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  7. RobertK

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was prompt, friendly and frequent. Food was very good. We would make a point of returning to the Bistro when we are in the area.

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  8. Tydogg

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife gave the chicken piccata a 10 on the scale which is unbelievable!!

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  9. Keefrider

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous seeing delicious brunch!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch spot and the buffet was delicious. Service from Dulce was outstanding but everyone from the valet to the rest of the resort staff were impeccable. Can’t wait to visit again.

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  11. Robin

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the brunch buffet here on the outside patio. It was a very pleasant place to sit and relax and enjoy some time with our daughter. The $50 buffet was pretty standard, nothing extraordinary about it. Beautiful view.

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  12. LaurieB

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful scenery and lovely presentation and waitstaff is super nice:).

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  13. LaurieB

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful cafe - perfect for breakfast by the ocean!

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  14. Foodie25

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The setting is beautiful but the food was mediocre. We were celebrating a birthday. While they tried the service missed the mark. We were leaving when they remembered the birthday and gave our granddaughter a mocktail which was nice but too late.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can tell this place is well run. Every aspect of it met and surpassed expectations. From getting us seated right away, to getting acknowledged right away, very kind and knowledgeable service, and incredible food. It is a great place to have a peaceful breakfast. Our server was Justin and he was just a joy to have. He made our visit great.

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  16. Mary

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Standard American hotel food. Wine list unimaginative. Service very good and location very nice. Had to pay $ 20.00 for valet parking and tip the valet on top. So will probably eat in Santa Barbara next time.

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  17. Mrhungry

    Sacramento

    105 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ate Breakfast at 8:30AM. Not crowded, but someone other than the usual wait staff came to the table and said that in order for us not to have to wait for a server, they would go ahead and take our order. Not sure who they were. I'm guessing some sort of manager. Fine. But the Soy Latte arrived as an Almond Milk Latte. The gal delivering it was nice enough to take it back and have it remade. The side of fruit my wife ordered never arrived (and thankfully was not charged). I'm wondering whether they are just short staffed. We ate outside where they have radiant heaters. It was very nice. You can see the ocean from their outdoor seating area. That part was nice and the 3 egg breakfast with toast and potato was a good choice. The over easy eggs were prepared just right. It's convenient if you are staying at the hotel. I'd go here again.

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  18. darlene

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    absolute gem. beautiful setting, great brunch, and view of the ocean was perfect

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was courteous and top notch. We had our Labrador Retriever with us, and the staff were all so sweet to him. The menu was limited, but I did enjoy the mushroom toast that I ordered. My husband ordered a pizza—the crust was a little soggy in the middle, but still tasty. The value in this dining experience is really the setting overlooking the beautiful grounds and enjoying a view of the ocean. The value is poor in terms of the cost of menu items, but this is to be expected when dining at a Ritz-Carlton property. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience.

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  20. VJ33

    Phoenix

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent and the view is quite pleasant. Unfortunately, the Resort charged me $20 parking fee for my lunch experience without any prior indication of a charge simply to eat lunch. I will never consider this property or restaurants due to this exorbitant charge! The finest resort in Montecito doesn't charge you a parking penalty for lunch dining!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious breakfast / brunch food with spectacular views. Connor was an amazing server!

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  22. MonicaG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about this restaurant. Excellent food, service & ambience!!!

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  23. JimS

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server - I don't remember his name unfortunately - was outstanding!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, the service was impressive. Highly recommend.

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  25. Carlos

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the pleasure of dining at The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara and it was truly a great experience. The manager, Sam, deserves special recognition for being an excellent host. His attentiveness and friendly demeanor added a personal touch to our evening. What made the dining experience even more enchanting was the view of the ocean and watching the sunset. The ambiance was simply perfect for a relaxing meal. The combination of delicious food and the beautiful vista made this evening unforgettable. In short, The Bistro offers an unforgettable dining experience Carlos M.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was excellent and Connor was the best! He was so wonderful to us and our daughter!!

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  27. Tony

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It wass good. The waitress was glad to comp and stuff if things didn’t come out right

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  28. LusineA

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Upon checking in for our 11:30 reservation seating, we were advised that brunch buffet set up would be ready at 11:30 and it wasn’t done until 12:10pm. We were sitting and waiting for 40 mins. Not just us but others were asking when the brunch buffet would be set up so we can eat and not wait for 40 mins. The type of food and for $170 it was def not worth it im sorry.

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  29. DavidK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. The manager was very friendly.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5-star, excellent food and incredible service - can’t wait to come back

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  31. Frequentdiner

    Central Coast

    115 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going to Bistro for years. We were shocked when we went to get our car and were told they’ve started charging $20 per car for ‘day use’ even tho you’re eating at their Restarant.There’s no self parking, only valet so if you go to the restaurants, you must pay an additional $20. The food is good and the ambiance of course is lovely but this soured the experience and felt like a money grab. See Trip Advisor reviews citing the new outrageous charges here. This isn’t a big city like NYC or SF. Hope they reevaluate their charges when customers complain or stop doing business with them.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific choice for any occasion. The service is excellent and the surroundings are very relaxing and peaceful.

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  33. CarolineB

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and fresh. Beautiful views of the ocean in distance. The biggest downside was the pricing. Extremely expensive for ordinary selections.

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  34. MtLunchmore

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately the service was VERY SLOW! It seemed as though they were understaffed.

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  35. stevend

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Kids tenders for $20 were solid. $54 steak was honestly the worst steak I’ve had in 25 years. I woulda paid $54 to substitute for the tenders. Was probably cooked correctly too. So simply the worst cut and tasting beef I’ve maybe ever had. The hotel is EPIC. Literally the only complaint. I was also starving. Fries helped me eat something. Wife’s sea bass was ok she said.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and food with a setting that is beautiful.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The breakfast buffet was delicious with many options

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  38. MichaelM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting is great. I was seated outside at the edge of restaurant with an amazing view of the ocean. I placed my order and in the meantime I was brought bread baked in olive-oil still warm in its skillet! My delicious hearty portion of parsnip soup soon came afterwards. But my main course (a vegan pizza) came almost an hour after placing my order! A couple seated across from me came after me and left before me having had their order (a pizza as well) delivered and eaten!? And their server seemingly was very attentive to them — mine was MIA unless I waved for service. My server was at the end (when my order was finally delivered) very apologetic and didn’t charge me for the pizza, which I took back to my room. This was an unfortunate experience as the ambience couldn’t be beat and what I partook was delicious (though overpriced).

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  39. KatyE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the brunch buffet. There was an huge selection of food, it was all fresh and excellent. Great value! Wonderful service, and beautiful setting.

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  40. Rockies

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Chicken Piccata was delicious. Issue was restaurant marked us as a no show for our open table reservation but we got there at designated day and time.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is rated 4.4 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hollister
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Self Parking and Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Justin Purpura
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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