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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Dining Room

4.5
4.5
1316 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Enjoy California coastal cuisine with a side of stunning ocean views.

Belmond El Encanto Dining Room features comfortable indoor seating and al fresco indulging on The Terrace. The Wine Room is the perfect venue for your private gatherings.

Light dining, sunset hour cocktails, extensive California wines by the glass and Afternoon Tea happen at The Lounge.

The Bar is your place for handcrafted cocktails complemented by live entertainment.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 770-3530

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Johan Denizot

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Belmond El Encanto can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Irene Robles: (805) 770-3716

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Lasuen

  • Parking details

    Complimentary

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and live entertainment while you delight in Executive Chef Johan Denizot’s tempting treats.Monday - Thursday: Solo pianist from 6:00-9:00pmFriday and Saturday: Vocalist from 6:00-9:00pmSunday Brunch: Jazz trio from 11:00am-2:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,316 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for brunch

  • California Central Coast

    Great for outdoor dining

  • California Central Coast

    Romantic

  • California Central Coast

    Contemporary American

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

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  1. Y

    Yummy

    Central Coast

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience exceeded expectations! Amazing food, desserts and professional staff that took care of our every need. The view dining from the outside patio was breathtaking. Kudos to their manager, Piero, for providing a 5 star experience.
  2. WP

    WilliamP

    Denver

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Goleta Lemon dessert is unique and worth the entire trip
  3. p

    pinthecity

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The view from the dining deck was memorable. So enjoyed witnessing the extraordinary sunset.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were celebrating my 65th birthday. Everything was perfect
  5. K

    Karen805

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful evening. A very romantic spot even for someone married for 43 years. Have the pear dessert!
  6. VP

    VincentP

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff, food, view & setting!
  7. RM

    RobertM

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Clearly the restaurant has gotten back on track. We are frequent customers and stopped dining here as they lost there way for a while. I am happy to report that the service on our last four visits have been much better than the last year. I would like to see a little more effort in making the wine list and by the glass offerings more interesting and robust. Changing the menu more often or adding a few daily specials would be a welcome effort. We really enjoy having this restaurant in our regular dining rotation. Keep up the good work
  8. l

    ladiesnightout

    Seattle

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, lovely service, great food
  9. JJ

    JonJon

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a great meal with an incredible view! Must sit outside to take in the beauty of the ocean and the views.
  10. PM

    PattyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Delicious food, beautiful setting and poor service.
  11. MC

    MoCal

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hard to beat such a lovely view, excellent food and service. I wish the lunch menu had a few more choices but everything was delicious. We truly love the Goleta Lemon dessert. It’s a work of art that tastes amazing.
  12. l

    lynettelamere

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Luke warm half raw food. Just such a bummer they can’t seem to up their game.
  13. A

    Allie82

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak for two was great! Good service, good cocktails. Seemed a bit pricey but we had a good experience.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  15. MB

    MelissaB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They went above and beyond for our anniversary. Julie made it very special.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter Brian was exceptional. Excellent service. Good connection with diners. Really a terrific server
  17. CM

    CharlieM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Davis was one of the best we've ever encountered. Friendly, conversive, and helpful to the staff. Amazing find for your restaurant.
  18. F

    Flossie17

    Los Angeles

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints!
  19. B

    Bersmom

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed lunch with my visiting brother…remembering past occasions here.
  20. RA

    RonaldA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, romantic setting on the patio overlooking Santa Barbara and Pacific Ocean. Service was very attentive and friendly. We shared scallops, salmon, and a beet salad. All delicious. You are paying for the total experience, not just the food.
  21. KW

    KenWatanabe

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed an early anniversary lunch on the outdoor patio, surrounded by eucalyptus trees and nearby pool. Such a wonderful setting on a warm summer day to enjoy grains and greens salad. Our go-to place for relaxing and special occasions.
  22. WM

    WebbMasterWebb

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The views are magnificent and the cuisine is prepared creatively. Our favorite is the seating where the couple can sit together - side by side facing out you the pacific coast
  23. RR

    RobertR

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Absolutely shocked by the service at the higher end restaurant. Had to ask 3 waiters for creamer for my coffee. Had to ask for my toast. Her poached egg was undercooked when she specifically asked for medium. There are a lot of choices to go to. I will not be back again. Take the drive to Goleta to The Bistro at the Ritz Carlton. Impeccable views, food and service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food, ambiance, and service are well worth the price.
  25. D

    Deborah

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Go for early lunch on terrace on weekday. Almost no one there. So lovely!
  26. P

    Pharc

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely in all ways…
  27. s

    stevie1g

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing views, food and staff!
  28. F

    Flossie17

    Los Angeles

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want good food, excellent service, and unbelievable ambiance, this is the place!!
  29. F

    Froggy

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall, a lovely experience. Couple recommendations to make it better: -when ordering a dish that says MP, the server should tell us the price -keep the menu online up to date, there are items I wanted to order from it -the Radish Carpaccio, with slivered lettuce on top, was grossly overpriced at $24. The servers were attentive, the bread was great, & the setting unbeatable.
  30. RM

    RobertM

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Belmont is a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Unfortunately in recent times the service has gotten to be pretty bad. I am happy to report that they have recently revamped the management and are now taking care of business as this fine establishment should. We have eaten there 3-4 times in the last month and are happy to see the positive improvements. Good job team! We look forward to enjoying more meals in the future
  31. N

    Nishana

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, great food, awesome drinks and good service. On the expensive side but worth it!
  32. o

    ozikboy

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, perfectly served, gorgeous view.
  33. a

    austinenvy

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    You can't beat the views and the food is exceptional.
  34. LK

    LindaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mothers 85th Birthday was extra special being celebrated at such a special, beautiful restaurant and setting
  35. M

    Montecitomimi

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am a local...Since El Encanto's re-opening, now many years ago, service HAD been a concern. Upon my last several visits-service has been wonderful. One cannot beat the beautiful atmosphere and a menu that is plentiful and mindful. AND portions are not stingy. El Encanto is my go to for celebrations of any kind; i.e. friendships too!
  36. D

    Diner

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall the food was excellent and the service helpful. We love the restaurant and will definitely be back. Here are some helpful hints: There was a very, very long delay between service of the caviar starter and the service of the first course. Some of the new servers also need coaching. Putting Styrofoam boxes with portions of the meal to take home on the table was inelegant. I asked for a bag to put the boxes in and put the bag on the floor. Those are relatively minor things, and I understand the challenges of training new people.
  37. TP

    ToddP

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Sadly the service continues to struggle. Took 45 minutes to get a drink when we arrived. Over an hour for breakfast To be served. Tables near us repeatedly asking for things as well. Lots of staff around, but service was extremely poor.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Due to Covid they were short staffed and service was not good.
  39. s

    secretdiner2

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was excellent and food was good but not great for a five star property
  40. s

    secretdiner2

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service excellent

FAQs

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Dining Room is rated 4.5 stars by 1316 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 2 times today
Google Map for El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Dining Room

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lasuen

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Johan Denizot

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and live entertainment while you delight in Executive Chef Johan Denizot’s tempting treats.Monday - Thursday: Solo pianist from 6:00-9:00pmFriday and Saturday: Vocalist from 6:00-9:00pmSunday Brunch: Jazz trio from 11:00am-2:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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