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The Bistro

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8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117 (Hollister)
805-968-0100
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This restaurant is at Bacara Resort & Spa
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8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding beach side location with beautiful views, generous servings and attentive service.

We drove to Bacara Resort & Spa to view the property and to have breakfast. The resort has several restaurants, but we chose the alfresco dining at The Bistro. We had a reservation, but Saturday morning was very busy, so we had a short wait. Our table had a lovely view of the ocean and was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Lorraine M
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Glendale, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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Glendale, California
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216 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We drove to Bacara Resort & Spa to view the property and to have breakfast. The resort has several restaurants, but we chose the alfresco dining at The Bistro. We had a reservation, but Saturday morning was very busy, so we had a short wait. Our table had a lovely view of the ocean and was protected from the sun... More 

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Orange County, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Outstanding chef, ambience - both indoor and outdoor dining - and wait staff. We enjoyed dinner and cocktails and breakfast the following morning. We hope to return with our pooches!

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Fair Oaks, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I had the pleasure of eating here at least three times during my stay at Bacara. Salvadore was so nice to my family and the Chef James Plant went out of his way to create a wonderful experience for my family. he made sure we had the best of everything. His food was so delicious and the desserts were even... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Bistro has a great patio and beautiful views, but our lunch group of well-traveled women found the service less than stellar and the food variable, especially for the price. Some enjoyed their sandwiches, but the Greek salad was definitely skimpy. Their bread, however, was wonderful.

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is near the beach, on the property of Bacara. The food is good but pricey, however the patio is lovely and even sitting inside is quite nice and relaxing.

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Large choice of food and very good service. Portions also are rather large. Great for family or couples. Godo service and very pleasant staff.

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Agoura Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Ate dinner here twice while staying at Bacara and really enjoyed it. The service and location are great. They have both inside and outside seating so on a nice day you have great views of ocean and offshore islands from restaurant. The menu has nice selection of food and wine. It is a bit pricey but I expected that at... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Good food and service, but pricey and a limited menu. The Pool menu was more diverse and offered the bistro many as well. Service at poll was marginal at best.

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orlando
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

An absolutely lovely location. A casual crowd with very nice staff. Extremely pricey, assume half for the view. Now on to the food. Nearly all poorly prepared and mediocre quality. Maybe just stick to pizza. Even desserts were a disappointment. But given the beautiful environment, hard to get to upset

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

we ate at the bistro 2 nights. food was very average for a restaurant in a 5 star resorts . i had a vegetarian meal that tasted like it came out of a can. it took 45 min before it was served !! we had to give the head host an idea how to deal with the poor situation .

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117
    (Hollister)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805-968-0100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?