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Permanently Closed - Spa Cafe at Bacara Resort

21 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Dine indoors or outdoors on simple and healthy, yet incredibly flavorful cuisine. Using the freshest ingredients supplied by local avocado and citrus farms, the Spa Cafe's seasonal menu focuses on seafood dishes with Asian-inspired flavors and textures. Those dining al fresco on the patio can enjoy the soothing view of the resort’s Spa Pool. High-open-beamed ceilings complemented by striking stonework create an airy feeling inside.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Sunday 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am- 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am- 5:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 571-3144
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vincent Lesage
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Parking details
Valet complimentary for single day use.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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vipDenise (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

This restaurant is not open for dinner!

vipsouthpark (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

This place is ok. The view is not great for a seaside resort. The service was slow. The food was good, but way overpriced for what it was.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

I looked on line to have a nice dinner with my wife on Valentines weekend. It did not appear there was any night dining at the Spa Cafe but I could make a reservation, so I did assuming we could order off the lunch menu. Instead we were presented a fixed 4 course menu for $80 each. No extras unless you paid for it and that included coffee and extra crab dip as we did not like the other one also presented. Our total bill with 10% tip and one drink each was $232.00. The food was very good and well presented but overpriced. No wonder there was no one else in the restaurant and on Valentines Weekend no less.

Back (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on November 19, 2015

but they saved the day by getting us out in time for our concert and the food was scrumptious and the (very young) server was very good so all in all a good experience.

vipMaryam (Portland)
3.0  Dined on September 12, 2015

Lovely setting. Order the buckwheat waffle, which consisted of two little waffles. They were very good but portion size petite. Hubby got the mushroom spinach omelette which was tasty. Due to the small portion sizes of entrees we ordered a side of chicken sausage which was delicious and needed.

vipLEB1234 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 4, 2015

Great place when you're on the resort and want to have a few healthy options. California Eggs Benedict is amazing.

vipLEB1234 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

Wheat grass shots and smoothies by the pool. Some interesting lunch options too. Hummus trio plate is good

vipPickyvegetarian (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2015

We went there to celebrate our birthdays; they took very good care of us. The smoothie and the edamame dumplings were exceptional.

Skye2013 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 22, 2015

Decent food but way overpriced. Great smoothies!

vipVeggie78 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

The smoothies are a great way to start your day. I don't eat eggs but the Benedict I saw looked quite good and people seemed really pleased with it!

vipyogimaura (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

The new weekend pop up restaurant at the Spa Cafe is excellent. I love the concept of shared plates and eating locally sourced foods. Everything was very tasty and thoughtfully prepared. Having new menu items weekly keeps us locals coming back for more. Bravo to the chef and to Bacara for trying something new!

SOS1 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

I have eaten at the Bacara miro, bistro and bar. The spa cafe is now my overwhelming favorite!! I love the concept of ordering food to share. We tried the beer salad, big apple steak and the flat bread. All which I highly recommend and can hardly wait to go back for more. As far as service goes, it was perfect. Julio was exceptionable and very knowledgable concerning wine.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2014

My wife and I had lunch on the patio to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The biggest disappointment was the food. I had the salmon which was supposed to be wild. Wild salmon is typically very pink. Mine was not so I doubt it was really wild. The veggies that came with it were way over salted. My wife had chicken which was tasteless and her veggies were swimming in soy sauce. All in all the quality of the food did not measure up to the hefty prices charged.

vipICeman (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

The food was surprisingly good for a hotel food, but as part of an upscale resort you would expect no less. We been disappointed at many other resorts, but Bacara lived up to the expectations. The food was tasty and well presented. Service was even better with warm friendly smiles and optimal attention given to make a pleasant dining experience. Definitely plan to go back whenever in the area.

vipPerfect (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2013

We went to the Spa Cafe because we wanted to enjoy some healthier options in a nice setting. It did not disappoint.

Camille (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2013

Each item we selected was beautifully presented. Our table on the patio gave us a feeling that we were not just at lunch but also on a mini vacation. The service was exceptionally friendly and attentive to our guests. We will return many times when our travels brinng us to the Santa Barbara area.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2013

Lunch on the patio was very pleasant. Great spot for conversation in a quite, beautifully landscaped outdoor atmosphere. The food was exceptional, but very light portions - fine for me, but not for the hearty appetite. The wine list was above average, but pricey. I recommend the Pinot Grigio with the ahi or chicken. All in all, a very enjoyable experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2013

It has a very healthy menu and a great smoothie selection. This is a relaxing place to enjoy tasty dishes without guilt.

vipMcD81 (London)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2012

Disorganized and slow. We were guess at the hotel and 1/2 the restaurant was empty, but they made us wait to be seated for 10min. Food was OK, highlight was the homemade jams/jellies.

vipRena (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2012

For breakfast or lunch, you can't go wrongs with this place. The food is healthy and delicious!