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The Bistro at Bacara

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$$ - $$$
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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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Rocklin, California
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good breakfast buffet and the patio offered amazing ocean views. Staff and service were good. Buffet offered lots of options including an omelette bar, fresh fruit and pastries.

Thank Hillary M
San Francisco, California
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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful setting within the Bacara resort, less than 10 mn drive from Ucsb... Having lunch there was a treat. The cuisine is trendy and the presentation is always surprising original. We had the poke, the ceviche,The burger, the Thai salmon salad and they were all excellent. I saw their pizzas and they looked amazing also. Don't mis their chocolate cake!!!... More 

Thank dianamna
Naperville, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Bavaria Resort with my wife, son and nephew (who is a pilot on a short layover) for Sunday brunch. Wonderful view of the ocean. Fantastic service. Delicious brunch at the Chefs Table of all sorts of savory and sweets. My wife had the huevos rancheros which she said was very flavorful. My nephew had three giant sized... More 

Thank jbordo
Carmel Valley, California
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic view and great food! Service was quick and we were well taken care of! The view was my favorite, the ocean is so close and when we went a storm just cleared up, the most beautiful I have ever seen! Thank you Bacara!!

Thank travellikeagemini
Miami Beach, Florida
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect brunch for friends on a winter Sunday, pre holidays then off to spa for a mani Pedi Great place near Sabta Barbara CA for a " girls day"

Thank Cynna K
San Jose, CA
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lobster omelet had lots of meat and cheese and was expertly prepared. The presentation of the salmon lox plate with capers and cream cheese was terrific and we enjoyed both. The service could have been better: I was seated for several minutes and no one offered me water or coffee. I finally got up and served myself water. That... More 

Thank 06Mexico_Lover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely the best view. Went for breakfast with my wife, son and nephew. Service was impeccable. Coffee was delicious and our service refilled several times without asking. Nephew had 3 giant sized pancakes, son had Eggs Benedict, wife had heuvos rancheros and everyone said it was delicious. I had the lobster omelette and it had tons of large pieces of... More 

Thank Rondi M
Cypress, California
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

We ate at the Bistro while staying at the Bacara and enjoyed our meal and service. A bit pricey but this is expected at a high end hotel.

Thank Traveler29TT29
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Great place for a craft beer. Great selection of IPAs+ on draft, plus plenty of bottles. Nice outdoor seating. Music every night (loud). Minimal food. Cheese plated and sandwich for lunch. Dog friendly.

Thank dh2go
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

The location is beautiful but the food and service is slow and spotty. Some things were really well done and the ambiance made it easy to overlook the shortfalls.

Thank Howard F

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, 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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805.571.3018
  • This restaurant is at Bacara Resort & Spa
Named "Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America" by OpenTable, The Bistro at Bacara offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Chef Vincent Lesage's American cuisine can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco on a spacious oceanfront terrace. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads, and the signature Bistro burger. Recent upgrades to The Bistro's patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.

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