The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Hmmm... their brunch really was underwhelming. As a regular at Bacara, it was very disappointing.
We had a wonderful meal and the team was outstanding... focused on every detail. Mary was just incredible and we will be back very soon for another stay on the property ... and coming back into The Bistro for breakfast. Thanks to the entire team and especially Mary. Thanks, Steven & John
Good food, good service
Service was beyond excellent.
Brunch was delicious. They're doing a great job following the covid guidelines. Only bummer was there was a tree cutter sawing the whole time.
The Bistro was closed so we were re routed to Angel Oak. The food was very good, and the view was spectacular. The staff did a great job of safety and cleanliness. We even got a temperature check before we were seated.
great fun chic place. very nice service. highly rec.
Great experience - we love Bacara resort but the food was very disappointing and overpriced - especially for a Ritz.
All seating is nice right now and breakfast was top notch. Compliments to the chef and we will be back!
Food was good, service is great, even given it’s a resort some of the items are way overpriced. For instance $9 for two shots of espresso. Otherwise good place.
I really liked The Bistro, I shared a burger and the Shrimp salad with a mimosa (subbed pineapple juice for OJ- trust me, it's your new fave, thank my later). The food was really good and the server was very nice and attentive. They split our food for us and brought us a little treat because we were celebrating our anniversary. It was a great experience and I will definitely be back to try all the brunch items.
We went to The Bistro for my husband’s 50th birthday. The meal was delicious/ I had halibut & my husband had the filet mignon. His was well done & he ordered medium rare. They brought a delicious dessert for him. Their cocktails are fare but Overpriced for a Martini size cocktail for $22. Overall it was a nice evening.
We ate there for brunch and the skillet was excellent. I will have that again.
Nice service but bland, uninspiring food at high prices
The food was delicious (breakfast pizza and banana pancakes), the service was prompt and friendly, and their Covid protocols were impressive.
We had an amazing birthday celebration for my mom. Logan was our waiter and he went above and beyond. He recommended the salmon and it was delicious. My dad is handicapped. The staff made sure to put us at a table with enough room for his wheelchair. Highly recommend The Bistro.
Overpriced regular food. Good looking place and service is nice.
Great experience - salmon was fantastic - def order that
Overall fairly good, but the limited menu is challenging.
The restaurant is doing an exceptional job given the restrictions imposed by the state in response to the China virus.
Expensive but pretty good. Ordered the burger and chicken tortilla soup and both were good!
Food: inoffensive but forgettable. Menu not varied; no appetizer options except guacamole.
Seating: we notified ahead that it was a special occasion (husband’s birthday) and that we were taking a rare kid-free weekend. They seated us next to a large, loud, boorish family group. The kids were out of control, but the profanity coming out of the parents at full volume was even worse.
Overall experience: we couldn’t get a seating until 7:45 and even then had to wait. I was starved, so I asked for some bread. They charged us SEVEN dollars for a side of sourdough toast (???)
Drinks: my husband’s bourbon based cocktail tasted like a child’s juice box and cost $20. Yes, TWENTY dollars - before tip. My $18 glass of wine tasted like the end of a bottle that had been open in the wine fridge too long. What a disappointment— and a $150 disappointment, to boot
Beautiful location and great service. Pricey for quality of food but still worth it!
Meh. Not bad but not good. Food was fresh but bland and over priced. Wait staff not well trained and disorganized. We appreciate being allowed to linger over a meal. Facility was clean.
Service was good. Food was mediocre for the price. We ordered a shrimp ceviche and the shrimp were not cleaned and I was totally turned off. 2nd visit and less than impressed
We were surprised that there best Restaurent was closed on a Wednesday. The Bistro was good but a limited menu. Very friendly service.
This restaurant is fantastic. Great food. Friendly service from the top down. Even the golf cart ride from the lobby to the restaurant is nice. When we got there, an amazingly kind sommelier offered us samples of some wines that paired well with the meal. The food was great and, afterward, the manager came out and we had a great conversation with him. I'm looking forward to returning the next time I'm in Goleta.
Great service and great food. Loved it!
Celebrating my wife’s birthday at the Bacara resort and decided to have dinner at the Bistro on Friday night. We were seated outside in the patio. I ordered a pork chop that turned out to be under cooked and because of the poor lighting outside I wasn’t really sure it was safe to eat until the pig bit me in the nose. At that point I turned on my phone flashlight and saw that it was under cooked around the bone. When I had the waiter come over he said he would take care of it and instead of removing the whole entrée from the bill he removed 50% of the cost of the pork chop. I didn’t feel like making a big scene because it was my wife’s birthday but felt a restaurant at the Ritz Carlton should have better customer service. When we checked out we mentioned this to the front desk and they did the right thing by not only removing the pork chop but took care of the entire dinner cost. We were going to go to their steakhouse the next night but because of the poor way the pork chop was handled, we went to the Boat House in Santa Barbara instead and had a wonderful meal at half the price.
It was a beautiful evening on the patio with plenty of heat lamps to keep us comfortable. The service was excellent and the food and wine were outstanding. The entree menu is somewhat limited but the appetizers and salad options made the choices more extensive. Excellent dinner!
Maybe the reason we experienced poor service and so-so food is because it was NYE. I expected more from a Ritz Carlton hotel. Main entree for one of our guests was forgotten and he was eating it while we were ordering dessert. My sirloin was cooked like jerky. All in all not a good experience.
I rarely write a review, but for the price this place Is a miss. The food was hit and miss (meat cooked, but veggies charred on outside and raw). I don’t recommend this restaurant at all.
Lunch was $159 for three hamburgers and two cocktails
Poor and slow - ridiculously slow service - but a nice waitress serving terrible food that probably costs double what other restaurants would charge for the same thing. Will not Return to the hotel or this restaurant again. Took over an hour to get a drink refill and water. Very bad- flat bread burned and forgot part of our order.
Fabulous brunch and breakfast. Amazing, friendly, helpful staff from the hostess, the waiter, busboy, valet staff and everyone in between. Especially helpful to my son that is on crutches. They took care of us like we were family. A wonderful experience with excellent food and beautiful views. We will return soon!
Sunday brunch, ordered off menu. Eggs Benedict on burnt sourdough toast, eggs were cold. Long wait for food. Servers not too helpful or happy. Iced tea was very good.
Loved the two bartenders, great guys!!
Food was good, not great. Since we don't drink, thought the price was ridiculous for a buffet.
The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is rated 4.5 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.