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The Bistro

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8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474 (Hollister)
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Portola Valley, California
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199 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Since the resort is quite a ways out of town, it is great to have several restaurant choices on-site. We ate both breakfast and dinner at The Bistro. The outside tables are terrific - great views, lots of room between tables, not too loud and good lighting. The food is just OK - nothing wrong with it but nothing special... More 

Thank JLG3000
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72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner for our anniversary Salmon was perfect and ribs done to perfection! The bread was crusty tasty and the fries are incredible! View well worth the trip

Thank Yvonne W
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

All the food here is fabulous. Pretty much anywhere on the resort, the food is great. You can venture off to town if you wish lower prices or to just look around, but if you stay on the grounds, you will always be satified.

Thank tjsage
Santa Rosa, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a really good cobb salad at lunch while I read my newspaper at a nice table overlooking the ocean. Not too expensive and the service was good. Ask for Amber.

Thank Keith W
Cerritos, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The breakfast buffet is great. Our kids love the pasta. Lots of outdoors seating but we prefer the inside. Staff is very friendly and accommodating.

1 Thank Geoffrey J
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The food was good and the service was better. The menu seemed to be a bit limited but the quality was nice. Worth going to once but I would probably go to the other hotel restaurant instead.

1 Thank D L
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We had a wonderful outdoor dinner here, and enjoyed a wide variety of dishes. There's something for everyone in a beautiful setting. The service could've been better, but that's easier to overlook when everything else was just right.

1 Thank gottafly2stsomewhere
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109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

There's very little wrong with this place — service is attentive — food is fresh and inventive — and the drinks are well chosen. It is part of the Bacara Resort and so is next door to the pool and the beach bar. Most impressive is the gorgeous view across the ocean — admiring that while watching hummingbirds sip nectar from the flowers is... More 

1 Thank Manchipp
Oxnard, CA
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is a beautiful spot at tha Bacara resort and spa. The bistro is a pleasant walk through the grounds of a 5- star hotel. It is a lovely place to sit. The server was pleasant and charming but we were a bit disappointed with what we were served. Bloody Mary's were spicy and gorgeous. The waiter asked us did... More 

1 Thank KristiKN
Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

We visited the hotel and decided to have a light meal at The Bistro. After our server took our drinks order, 2 other servers came by to ask if we wanted to order drinks (communication problem?). Our table had been set with used dirty napkins. We alerted our server about the 1st dirty one but nothing was done. He only... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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 93117-2474
  • 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?