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The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

4.5
4.5
359 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.

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Booked 27 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
    Lunch
    Daily 11:00 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

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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 359 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  • California Central Coast

    Hot Spot

  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Santa Barbara

    Healthy

  • Santa Barbara

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

  • Santa Barbara

    Special Occasion

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  1. MS

    MichelleS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful!

  2. JN

    JanelN

    Chile

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was just as amazing as the food! Highly recommend!!

  3. LA

    LeighAnn

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Casey, our server, was outstanding and service oriented. We really enjoyed our dinner.

  4. EG

    ErlindaG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is delicious and our server is very attentive. I really enjoy dining here.

  5. n

    nola

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    It was the prix fixe NYE dinner, and the poor servers had clearly been pulled from other sections of the resort. They were very sweet and trying their best, but it was clear the whole bistro was short staffed. For a ritz I expected better experience. The food was mediocre but also too big. We couldn’t finish it. The lamb would’ve been great if it wasn’t well done. The bass was delicious but overpowered by the tomato accompaniment. The sommelier did recommend an excellent wine, though.

  6. G

    Guest

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We enjoyed our meal. Had requested an outdoor table but when we arrived, there were none.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful atmosphere

  8. a

    angelbec07

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food5service4ambience2

    It was very loud in the restaurant. I could barely hear the other people at my table.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    The team who was serving us was lovely; however, it took over 1.5 hours for us to get our food (salads and soup).

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good food! Service was great!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The overall experience was amazing. The food was top notch and prepared to perfection. Service was exceptional and Casey was on point. He was able to tell us all about the menu and made some great suggestions which did not fail to hit big! There are a lot of restaurants that serve excellent food, but to do so with style, grace and a friendly atmosphere is a rare treat. Thanks ti all the staff at the Bistro who made our night out so special.

  12. MG

    MichelleG

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    The service was terrible. We love eating there and usually eat breakfast there all the days we stay at Bacara. But after our experience Saturday we ate somewhere else. My son had to set up our umbrella and move our table to a shadier spot even though the staff had said they would do it. We waited 15 minutes for them to do it and they were nowhere in sight. It was really warm that day so we needed the umbrella. The food was served cold but we were so over it we didn’t bother the waiter because he was nowhere to be found!

  13. DT

    DennisT

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, nice ambiance

  14. MS

    MissyS

    San Joaquin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious Huevos Rancheros

  15. MC

    MCMC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Food was spotty. Seafood al diavolo was very good, but lasagna was overcooked. Nice wine list, but limited spirits. It was a foggy night, and the restaurant was freezing. Had to wait 10-15 minutes longer than told for a shuttle back to the lobby. Service was awkward.

  16. t

    trubilee

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great service

  17. SW

    SWLA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    I think the servers were new, so I don’t blame them. The food was… meh. There were plenty of tables outside and the hostess tried to sit my husband and me next to the servers refill station. I asked for another table and we were seated elsewhere with a nice view. Another couple came in with same hostess and she didn’t even look at the table she tried to seat us (the table near server refill station). The difference? That couple was white. It was chilly outside so we asked for a heater to be brought over. Mind you there were heaters all over the place. After 15 min, we inquired again about heaters. The waiter moved it himself to our table. We will not be coming back. For such a high rated establishment - RITZ CARLTON-BACARA- THE BISTRO fell short.

  18. L

    Lisaple

    Los Angeles

    141 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Love this place! The staff is friendly and willing to assist. The food is delicious with a fabulous view of the coast.

  19. j

    jkl1

    Los Angeles

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service. Good food. Nice wine list and craft cocktails.

  20. LF

    LindaF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was lovely. Great staff.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Only thing was the brunch menu featured on Open Table/website had been changed and there was no brunch today. Lunch only. But wow hotel/ Bistro/ Beach =perfect day!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We had a reservation and sat down at 7pm. About 10 minutes later bread came to the table. At 7:30pm we finally asked for water. Suggest getting some water and drinks to the table more quickly. Server apologetic, got a free glass of wine. Very nice Ritz touch, but the water thing was prettt bad. Under staffed due to covid but providing feedback to help (not to complain).

  23. TB

    TravelBug

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Food was not the quality you would expect from a hotel of this quality

  24. KD

    KDlovesfood

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We had a nice dinner at the Bistro. German, our waiter, was excellent. He explained the various dishes and gave a good wine recommendation. I was a little hesitant to eat here as previous reviews said the service was very slow. The restaurant appears to have corrected this problem as they were very well staffed and attentive. The food was very good, but not the best we had on our vacation. I had one of their mocktails which was very tasty. And, the desserts were yummy. The resort is beautiful and has great ambience. Service throughout the resort was outstanding.

  25. RS

    RachelS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    I took to friends out to lunch as a mini baby shower celebration. We wanted something classy and nice so I thought the Ritz would be a great choice. This was definitely not the case. While all the servers were nice and trying to be helpful, they were clearly very understaffed and my guess is very new and still learning the menu. The food was okay- not bad but absolutely not worth the $20-40/plate cost. We sat outside under a heater that immediately went out- asked 5 people to turn it back on and received blankets after 2 hours of being very cold. The heater was never turned back on. We were sitting for at least 30 minutes before our order was taken and waited another 15 before receiving our mimosas. My recommendation is that this restaurant either charge less for their mediocre food or seat less people so their staff can catch up. However if you are looking for fine dining, this is definitely not it.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Favorite brunch

  27. m

    manu

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at the bistro . I took my friends for a birthday dinner as a surprise. They loved the surprise..!! The views were incredible and the staff were polite. They gave us enough time to order, entree and desserts were great. I will come back again for sure.

  28. m

    makesreservations

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They have a plant based menu

  29. P

    Paul

    Los Angeles

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting with ocean views from our patio table. Excellent service from our waiter German. Delicious food (BLT sandwich and chopped salad). Nice wine list, and good recommendations from German.

  30. S

    Steve

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We ate breakfast and lunch a couple of times at the Bistro. The food quality was very good and the service was excellent. I felt it was a bit pricey for what it was though!

  31. RG

    RichardG

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brook, our waitress was the kindest and efficient server ever. She made sure that I received my cocktail just the way I wanted. The manager came to my table to prepare the drink to perfection. He called it a reconstruction margarita. Both shared quips and stories about their enjoyable experiences working at the Bistro. We ate both breakfast and dinner there. The food was excellent as well as the ambiance. Thank you.

  32. MM

    MichelleM

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food and the ambiance! Great service too.

  33. MM

    MichelleM

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ricotta Lemkn waffle was perfection.

  34. JL

    JulieL

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    My food tasted like salt was poured into it. Waitress didn’t come around often. Bread had to be asked. Would not dine again.

  35. SB

    SBTrip2021

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    We waited for two hours for our food. It was mind boggling.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    We were celebrating my daughter’s 13th birthday there. I had ordered a medium rare filet mignon for dinner. It was the worst. It was mushy and gray in the center. Just awful. The staff never acknowledged my daughter’s Birthday. Typically I am used to a special dessert provided to the birthday person, but this restaurant did nothing even though I had ordered and paid for dessert. I mentioned my displeasure after I had paid and tip the waiter 25%. I told my story to Billy who was our cart driver and he took my information and said he would try to rectify the situation. It’s been 3days and there has been no contact from the hotel nor any action taken from the hotel restaurant. I am actually an Ambassador Elite member with Marriott which is the highest membership level. I really expected that the hotel would some how rectify the situation at their restaurant, but nothing. I would not recommend the Bistro restaurant at the Ritz Carlton in Santa Barbara.

  37. HA

    HasmikA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really good service and food was great. Thank you.

  38. C

    Cherylv

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service - just wish that we could have eaten inside since it started raining.

  39. PS

    PS01

    Los Angeles

    539 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    539 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2020

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    Hmmm... their brunch really was underwhelming. As a regular at Bacara, it was very disappointing.

  40. ST

    STEVENandJOHN

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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

FAQs

The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is rated 4.5 stars by 359 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.

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Booked 27 times today
Google Map for The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117

  • Cross street

    Hollister

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
    Lunch
    Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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