The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

4.4
336 Reviews
$50 and over
American
At this time reservations are currently available for hotel guests and club members, only.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 336 people are saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachelS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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makesreservations
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a plant based menu

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vipPaul
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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vipSteve
New York Area
64 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!

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RichardG
Las Vegas
2 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.

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vipMichelleM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the ambiance! Great service too.

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vipMichelleM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricotta Lemkn waffle was perfection.

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JulieL
Central Coast
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.

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SBTrip2021
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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.

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HasmikA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Cherylv
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
518 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

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

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vipSTEVENandJOHN
Los Angeles
35 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

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JillF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was beyond excellent.

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LosAnnegeles
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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JenL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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nanaK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great fun chic place. very nice service. highly rec.

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vipDHoffman
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great experience - we love Bacara resort but the food was very disappointing and overpriced - especially for a Ritz.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All seating is nice right now and breakfast was top notch. Compliments to the chef and we will be back!

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HCMK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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Ambl21
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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DougB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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Bzwife69
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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SherwinB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate there for brunch and the skillet was excellent. I will have that again.

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PaulK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice service but bland, uninspiring food at high prices

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LauraR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious (breakfast pizza and banana pancakes), the service was prompt and friendly, and their Covid protocols were impressive.

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LeoZ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced regular food. Good looking place and service is nice.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience - salmon was fantastic - def order that

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Luv2dine
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch!

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vipdoctorG
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall fairly good, but the limited menu is challenging.

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vipScottR
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is doing an exceptional job given the restrictions imposed by the state in response to the China virus.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but pretty good. Ordered the burger and chicken tortilla soup and both were good!

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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vipAdrianeL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location and great service. Pricey for quality of food but still worth it!

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DavidJ
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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.

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vipIvonneF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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PaulA
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were surprised that there best Restaurent was closed on a Wednesday. The Bistro was good but a limited menu. Very friendly service.

FAQs

The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is rated 4.4 stars by 336 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.