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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food but service is lacking in off peak hours

I ate here twice and enjoyed the food both times. First time was dinner on my birthday. The salmon was delicious and service was attentive. Second time was late lunch (2:00). I was promptly seated and then forgotten. Once my order was finally taken, it seemed like the kitchen forgot me as well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Diane E
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The service was incredible, especially from our server Landon. My wife and I were at the Bistro to celebrate our anniversary. Landon was EXTRAORDINARY! He made us feel like VIPs. As far as the food goes, we started with the fritto misto (excellent). I had the chef's famous halibut and I was not disappointed. One of the best local halibuts... More 

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Thank Gerard R
California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Back from Europe and went back to the Bacara, a favorite for nearly 10 years. Great food and outstanding service. Nice to be back, have a family lunch and a favorite walk on the beach. No tar balls!

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Thank Chris S
West Covina, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Healthy menu. Good Sunday buffet breakfast. Check out with good impression and healthy food. Nice pet friendly place

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Thank Mayank S
Shell Beach
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

I was excited to dine on opening night of the renovated Bistro Restaurant at Bacara yesterday. The menu isn't a giant selection of entries by any means but what Chef Lesage has assembled was nothing short of amazing. We started of with martinis and calamari for starters. The calamari steaks was a generous portion, perfectly cooked and yummy.. We had... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We always have breakfast or brunch here when we stay at Bacara. The outdoor seating provides a beautiful view and the service has always been excellent!

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Thank Bilwil_LasVegas
Los Angeles
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The food here was fantastic, the views beautiful, great energy, truly romantic. Pet friendly outside seating.

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Thank SkiergirlLosAngeles
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

I ate here twice and enjoyed the food both times. First time was dinner on my birthday. The salmon was delicious and service was attentive. Second time was late lunch (2:00). I was promptly seated and then forgotten. Once my order was finally taken, it seemed like the kitchen forgot me as well. When my burger came, it was delicious.... More 

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Thank Diane E
Columbia, MD
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152 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The food and service here were both good. I had a delicious pasta dish and my husband had a beautifully prepared steak. You can sit on the heated patio in the evening and enjoy the lush atmosphere.

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Thank Ruth G
San Francisco, CA, USA
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Bacara has the potential to be great, but doesn't achieve the goal. My gut suggests that they haven't achieved the cash flow that they think they must to spend what might be necessary to earn higher rankings. We selected the Bacara and the Biltmore Four Seasons Resorts to be the sites of two consecutive al fresco late lunch locations to... More 

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Thank ProximitySF
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful breakfast experience here at The Bistro. Perfect views of the ocean and if you are a early morning person like me and my hubby you practically have the place to yourself. Tip: I asked host what time it starts to get busy for BF and she said 9am. I would recommend to get there before 8am. For... More 

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Thank Renee K

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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
  • 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?
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