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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Dining Room

4.5
4.5
1264 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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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 1,264 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Outdoor Dining

  • California Central Coast

    Contemporary American

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

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  1. SC

    StephanieC

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    No knowledge by staff. 30 min to get drinks from bar. Another 30 min plus to even get water yo table after speaking to 3 people. Food so chewy it was inedible consistently over multiple attempts on both land and sea entrees. No liquor or wine available including bottom shelf that is their high end now on menu. Not the same experience it was by 1/10 as in spring of 2021.

  2. VA

    VickiA

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the perfect place for a special Father's Day brunch. The bellini brunch, it was, with bottomless belinnis or mimosas. The food was delicious--three courses--with a variety of creative choices brought by attentive servers. There was soft guitar music. And all that doesn't even include the beautiful ocean view from the deck. Be sure to walk off a few of those brunch calories with a stroll through the gardens of this stunning Riviera property.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    Service was slow, we waited an hour to get our food.

  4. MC

    MichaelC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience5

    This is one of the prettiest places in Santa Barbara but it has become such a rip off! The servers were nice but clearly beginners. The fish was dry and the prices were outrageous. We will not be back

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An incredible setting overlooking the Riviera & harbor, delicious, beautifully prepared & plated food & lovely service. The El Encanto us a special gem in Santa Barbara.

  6. c

    courtneyc

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful place to have luck here. We will definitely be back

  7. R

    Rowen

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We chose El Encanto for a Sunday brunch graduation celebration. On the website, it is referred to as the Bellini Brunch. This was our first visit to El Encanto. The entire experience went well from the hostess stand through dessert. We arrived directly from the graduation 10 minutes late with one extra person not on the reservation. The hostess was welcoming and seated us immediately without question. The view of the Pacific from the terrace was beautiful. The only hiccup was that we were told they had run out of bellinis which half of our group had ordered. We pivoted to mimosas. Our server explained that she was covering for Eduardo until he could take care of us. I do not recall her name but she was that perfect combination of professional yet warm and friendly. We were passed off to Eduardo seamlessly. His service was also excellent. The starters were a delicious collection of several items for the table - heirloom tomatoes, smoked salmon, berries, special yoghurt, a mini pancake with quail egg and caviar etc. Each person selected a main menu item. We had crab cake Benedict and Brux waffles. Both were delicious. It is very nice to have a served brunch instead of going back and forth to the buffet. We each selected a dessert. The graduate’s chocolate cake with gold flakes was served with a wonderful sparkler candle, which was a big hit. Not only did the food and service create a lovely brunch, it also gave us a wonderful memory of celebrating our graduate.

  8. LH

    LeoH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. Great wait staff, servers, bar staff and musicians. I have been coming to the El Encanto for more than 35 years (actually proposed to my wife there in 1988). Though it has changed hands several times, I can honestly say that it continues to improve each time. Nothing in Santa Barbara compares to a delicious meal on the back patio!

  9. S

    Stella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall a very nice lunch! Our server did an excellent job. The manager did a very good job of making us comfortable. The prices are some of the highest in Santa Barbara.

  10. J

    Jpatota

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The meat in my daughter‘s tacos was tough and hard to chew. The veggie burger was just OK. The desserts were excellent. A super classy move to give a real dessert to my daughter for her graduation.

  11. M

    Marsha

    Central Coast

    189 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We find the lunch menu limited, but there are a few things that bring us back besides the wonderful venue. These are the goat cheese and fig pizza, the Chinese chicken salad, and the burger. There really isn't anything else on the menu that we have found to be worthwhile. We love the setting on the terrace, and the service us usually good.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Mom’s Birthday!

  13. IC

    ItalianConnnection

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceeded expectations…..uni/risotto appetizer, duck dinner, halibut dinner and lemon dessert where all outstanding….compliments to the chef…..looks like giving san ysidro restaurant a run for the money…..party on!!!

  14. MD

    MadisonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a beautiful view, wonderful staff, and all-around a wonderful experience with delicious food!

  15. d

    dsancarlos

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant at El Encanto hotel was lovely for lunch. Very quiet and on a beautiful day it is very pleasant to sit there high above Santa Barbara. Food was interesting and excellent.

  16. CC

    ChrisyClara

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A special place - a special meal. Beautiful views from the veranda. Nice live music in the background. Great service (Lisa). Excellent food!!!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had Mother’s Day brunch with my husband and twin 4 year olds here. I cannot say enough good things! The views and vibe are so high end without feeling stuffy. I felt comfortable being there with my littles while also feeling like I was having a 5 star experience:) The wait staff did special things to keep my little ones occupied and entertained! Food was great and the service was top notch. The coffee was AMAZING 10/10 recommend

  18. h

    helende

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fantastic ambiance and view! Our waiter was excellent! There were two wonderful live musicians, unfortunately they were competing. The food was good, but not exceptional, therefore making the prices extreme for the value!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service, food was good and ambiance gorgeous.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a lovely memorable night - thank you Brian and the entire staff for such a wonderful time!

  21. BR

    BarbaraR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Menu needs help. Food was okay, but not great. My martini wasn’t very cold. Service was okay, but waited a long time to get the check. Never was asked if I wanted another drink or a glass of wine. The tiramisu was actually awful. View and setting is spectacular. Nice live music.

  22. JW

    JohnW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Very disappointing dinner. Excellent service, but the entrees were underwhelming - both overcooked. Halibut was dry and filet was ordered medium rare and came out medium well. Drinks and the lemon desert outstanding. Hope it was an aberration as have had great past experiences there.

  23. MS

    MarilynS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El Encanto hotel dining had fantastic ambience, food & service.

  24. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite places for a memorable evening. Service,(Kelly) was great. Live music was wonderful. Food was excellent as always. They know how to do it right.

  25. SB

    SusanB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food in a delightful environment with a spectacular view. The service is personal and meticulous and the food is first rate. We love coming to El Encanto and will eagerly await our next meal there.

  26. KK

    KirstenK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1

    Food was not very good and no ambiance whatsoever. Not sure if it was just an off night or what, but would not go back.

  27. B

    Bren

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful views, great food and service.

  28. HM

    HungryMom

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was exceptional! All my needs were anticipated and met in a way that made me feel safe and valued. They were attentive while being unobtrusive, a tricky balancing act, and I commend all the staff for pulling it off! The food was also delicious and fresh and well presented. I wish we lived close enough to eat there more often!

  29. AD

    AD22

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    Beautiful outdoor setting ruined by pounding music coming from ballroom below restaurant. Food service was super slow due to kitchen serving party of 130 people in ballroom. We were seated at a table right next to server station despite restaurant and deck being 3/4 empty when we arrived. Food was OK - expected better from a Belmond run property. A disappointing experience overall.

  30. MP

    MarlaP

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We arrived early for a birthday celebration on the piano and we’re seated immediately even though they weren’t quite open yet. Our flowers were gallantly take. To the table where the gentleman who has done many events organized the rose petals beautifully. Our waiter, lovely Alfred recommended favorite drinks and food and we LoVED our duck with the figs and starters. The birthday was topped off with a fire spouting chocolate piece of cake And lovely wishes fri. The wait staff and neighbors. It was a Magical evening made more so by a fabulous staff. We will return soon. Thank you.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    When making the reservation, I called to confirm it was for Easter Brunch. I was told today after breakfast, it was breakfast and our reservation was not for brunch. I am very disappointed in this place.

  32. TK

    TKand

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambiance was wonderful, the food wax delicious, and the service was outstanding!! We had a great experience and I highly recommend this restaurant and I will be back.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    Amazing ambiance. However, I felt the service was lacking. My server never came to check on me and I had to hunt someone down to pay my check. I eventually found someone named Lisa who wasn’t my waitress but she was more than willing to help me and was absolutely lovey. She really helped to salvage my experience and was so accommodating. Overall, good experience just an off day with service.

  34. DD

    DianeD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are interested in an incredible dining experience with impeccable service this is your place. Not only that, the views are amazing!!! I wt definitely be back.

  35. RB

    RichB

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service in a beautiful setting

  36. CC

    CinCin

    Little Rock

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrating our 6th anniversary. Alex has waited on us before and has the nicest manner about himself. Personable, attentive and exemplary service. Our food and wine were outstanding and we appreciate the anniversary dessert!

  37. DN

    DavidNeunuebel

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Simply a beautiful place to spend time if, not least, have a very fine dining experience. It’s a lovely neighborhood place which gives it even more ambience in its beautiful setting. People are great as is the food.

  38. JG

    JohnG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent location, views, food and drink. Highly recommend if you're in Santa Barbara.

  39. J

    June

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First, when my friend and I arrived at El Encanto, we enjoyed seeing our cruise ship in the distance. We walked about the property and took alot of pictures. We throughly enjoyed our glass of champagne and the very kind director of the restaurant! Our salad was so very delicious and we enjoyed eating on the terrace! I recommend this restaurant to all who are seeking a fine and relaxing dinning experience.

  40. s

    steve

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    If they would increase the quality of the food it would be one of the best places in Santa Barbara. Ambiance and views are great, as was the service. Very romantic. Even so, the prices are steep for the mediocre quality of the food.

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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Dining Room is rated 4.5 stars by 1264 OpenTable diners.

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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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