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The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

4.4
4.4
351 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.

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  • 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

Antipasto

  • Roasted Kabocha Soup*$16.00

    tuscan kale, cannellini beans, fall spices, parmigiano reggiano

    • Green Garbanzo Hummus*$19.00

      heirloom carrots, cucumbers, ninja radish, crispy garbanzo beans, toasted pita

      • Octopus Carpaccio$25.00

        celery, fennel, almonds, romesco, meyer lemon, agrumato lemon olive oil

        • Steamed Local Mussels*$23.00

          fennel, harissa, white wine, garlic, tomato

          • Meatballs Al Forno*$24.00

            tomato sugo, mascarpone polenta, parmigiano reggiano

            Insalata

            • Chicory Salad$17.00

              aged gorgonzola, red bartlett pears, toasted hazelnuts, 10 year balsamic, laudemio olive oil

              • Baby Gem Salad*$17.00

                herb ciabatta croutons, parmigiano reggiano, white anchovies, roasted garlic parmigiano vinaigrette

                • Arugula Salad$17.00

                  pine nuts, agrumato lemon olive oil, parmigiano reggiano

                  • Beet & Burrata

                    roasted local baby beets, red beet puree, di andria burrata cheese, pistachio gremolata

                    Primi

                    house made pasta with durum wheat and water

                    • Seafood Fra Diavolo*$34.00

                      cresta di gallo, clams, mussels, shrimp, fennel, abbriata sugo

                      • Lasagna*$32.00

                        beef bolognese, béchamel, fresh mozzarella

                        • Autumn Zucca$28.00

                          whole wheat fusilli, roasted autumn squash, sliced almonds, tuscan kale, chili, garlic, laudemio olive oil

                          • Cacio e Pepe*$28.00

                            bucatini, pecorino romano, cracked black pepper

                            • Salsiccia & Peppers*$30.00

                              rigatoni, fennel sausage, peperonata, broccolini, pecorino fonduta, garlic crumb, chili flakes

                              • Bolognese*$29.00

                                pappardelle, whipped lemon ricotta, calabria dried oregano

                                • Zoodle Primavera*$28.00

                                  organic zucchini noodles, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, garlic, chefs garden basil

                                  Pizza

                                  Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Available Upon Request

                                  • Margherita*$22.00

                                    san marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil

                                    • Salsiccia*$25.00

                                      san marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, fennel sausage, red onion, pickled fresno chili

                                      • Prosciutto*$26.00

                                        san marzano tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella, basil, olive oil

                                        • Quattro Formaggi*$24.00

                                          mozzarella, marscapone, aged gorgonzola, parmigiano reggiano

                                          Secondi

                                          • Local Pacific Bass*$38.00

                                            capers, tomatoes, castelvetrano olives, fennel, basil

                                            • Brick Oven Chicken*$36.00

                                              roasted autumn vegetables, smashed baby potatoes, chimichurri

                                              • 12 Oz Rib Eye*$54.00

                                                arugula, parmigiano reggiano, salsa verde

                                                • Whole Branzino for Two*$75.00

                                                  frisse, fennel, local citrus, lemon vinaigrette

                                                  • Bone in Veal Parmigiana*$55.00

                                                    chefs garden basil, buffalo mozzarella, san marzano tomato sugo

                                                    Last updated: November 2, 2021

                                                    What 351 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                    4.4
                                                    4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.3Food
                                                    • 4.4Service
                                                    • 4.4Ambience
                                                    • 3.8Value

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                                                    1. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                      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).

                                                    2. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Very good food! Service was great!

                                                    3. 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.

                                                    4. 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!

                                                    5. DT

                                                      DennisT

                                                      Minneapolis

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great service, nice ambiance

                                                    6. MS

                                                      MissyS

                                                      San Joaquin

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 11, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      Delicious Huevos Rancheros

                                                    7. 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.

                                                    8. t

                                                      trubilee

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                      Great service

                                                    9. 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.

                                                    10. L

                                                      Lisaple

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      135 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      135 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.

                                                    11. j

                                                      jkl1

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      136 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      136 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 3, 2021

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                                    12. LF

                                                      LindaF

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 1, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      It was lovely. Great staff.

                                                    13. 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!

                                                    14. 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).

                                                    15. 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

                                                    16. 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.

                                                    17. 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.

                                                    18. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on June 20, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      Favorite brunch

                                                    19. m

                                                      manu

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 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.

                                                    20. m

                                                      makesreservations

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 19, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      They have a plant based menu

                                                    21. 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.

                                                    22. 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!

                                                    23. RG

                                                      RichardG

                                                      Las Vegas

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      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.

                                                    24. 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.

                                                    25. MM

                                                      MichelleM

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      16 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      16 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 28, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Ricotta Lemkn waffle was perfection.

                                                    26. 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.

                                                    27. 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.

                                                    28. 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.

                                                    29. 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.

                                                    30. 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.

                                                    31. PS

                                                      PS01

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      536 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      1.0

                                                      536 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 30, 2020

                                                      overall1food1service5ambience5

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

                                                    32. 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

                                                    33. JF

                                                      JillF

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 28, 2020

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Good food, good service

                                                    34. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Central Coast

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 21, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Service was beyond excellent.

                                                    35. LA

                                                      LosAnnegeles

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      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.

                                                    36. JL

                                                      JenL

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      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.

                                                    37. K

                                                      nanaK

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 16, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    38. DH

                                                      DHoffman

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      31 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.

                                                    39. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Hawaii

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      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!

                                                    40. HC

                                                      HCMK

                                                      Las Vegas

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      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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                                                    The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is rated 4.4 stars by 351 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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                                                    8301 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117

                                                    • Cross street

                                                      Hollister

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Santa Barbara

                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                      Brunch
                                                      Daily 7:00 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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