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The Bistro

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8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117 (Hollister)
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ate at this restaurant three times during our vacation. Sat outside on the patio and enjoyed view of the Pacific. Breakfast buffet options are many. All food was fresh and delicious. Plan to eat at this restaurant the next time I visit.

Thank Linda W
Garden Grove, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner and breakfast here during our short trip. Food was good, but didn't meet lofty expectations considering the price. Service was good, but the wait for food at dinner took way too long. We waited 30 to 40 minutes to receive our entrees. All together, it took about 2 1/2 hours for dinner.

Thank Cory D
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We explored Goleta one day while based in Santa Barbara. Looked for a special place to have lunch. This was inside a hotel...which can be a red flag (ok for those who are a 'captive audience' but can sometimes be overpriced and not always great). Had my young kids with me. We were all starving so stayed (despite my intuition... More 

Thank EpicuriousExplorer
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36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is is the place to go for a very nice dinner, relaxing views and by far, the best ribs I have had. They were meaty, and a huge portion. I asked for light sauce and they were prepared perfectly. The main dishes all looked great, although not our favorite cioppino,would try all the others. Had the ceviche to start,... More 

Thank emmyish
Walnut Creek, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Great service. My travel treat is always Starbucks and so thankful it's one that tastes like it should. Staff steps up when it gets busy.

Thank mamadeb5
Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I think this must be the beginning of their busy time. There seemed to be a lot of staff running around and it was difficult getting the bill. I suppose that is typical when there is training going on. The food was very good. However, as is their other restaurants on site, it was expensive.

Thank Laura H
Danville, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Don't get thrown off guard by the name Bistro . It is a very nice restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere . The menu choices were varied and we were pleasantly surprised to find a lobster roll on the luncheon menu which was very good.

Thank Jerome N
Woodland, California
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50 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

We only had the breakfast and buffet but it was of poor quality. The fruit looked like it had been out for way too long, the french toast was like soggy rubber and I even asked to make some fresh which I don't think they did since it was exactly the same. The oatmeal was bland, all in all, I... More 

Thank 4halex
Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We enjoyed the Bistro's breakfast every morning and never had the same food twice. It is varied, fresh and the service is excellent. The patio is large and offers a magnificent view of the property and the ocean beyond.

Thank MerriWanderer
San Jose, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

view of ocean. wife had salad which she loved. I had the burger which was good. Price a little high but overall good option for food at resort

Thank Doug M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
American, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805-968-0100
  • This restaurant is at Bacara Resort & Spa

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