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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 805-565-8237
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (52 reviews)
“caviar” (14 reviews)
“crab legs” (5 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Reviewed March 24, 2016

My home is only 10' away to Bella vista. I come here once a while to celebrate a special occasion. If you need a place with a view and a quiet place to talk, and I highly recommend. The view is amazing, especially to view...More

Thank phuongmai22
Reviewed March 23, 2016

Three of us went to celebrate a special birthday, but all three of us wondered, "What happened to this place?" It's 4 days until Easter and the place had NO decorations and looked run down. The biggest disappointment was the chicken salad. It had VERY...More

1  Thank Diane B
Reviewed March 20, 2016

First of all, the view is incredible. The staff couldn't have been nicer. We were just having lunch, not staying at the hotel. Food and drinks were amazing. Will definitely be going back here.

Thank bubblyblond
Reviewed March 20, 2016

Andreza is not only the GREATEST Restaurant manager we've ever met she's the GREATEST hardworking, joyful, kindhearted manager on the planet. She has such a gifted way to make us all feel like we are special guests in her home. I can't compliment her enough...More

Thank 4JMP
Reviewed March 19, 2016

This restaurant was excellent for a casual but very elegant Sunday lunch. The eggs Benedict and crab salad were both wonderful. The fresh squeezed orange juice was great as well. They also had a Sunday brunch that looked amazing but it was bigger than our...More

Thank Texas2015traveler
Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

When we first arrived at the table I saw that not all the chairs were in the shade. The staff were quick to act as they moved the parasols to create shade for all the chairs. The food came quickly and was delicious. The fries...More

Thank John2249
Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

You don't need to be rich to eat here. We were treated amazingly, called by our names, and given a lovely seat outside to watch the sunset. The food was reasonable as were the unique drinks. We actually were there for a late lunch and...More

1  Thank legsbell
Reviewed March 16, 2016

We went for a business dinner, and this place was perfect. The views of the ocean were amazing, they placed heaters throughout the patio so it was extremely comfortable, the food and cocktails were perfect, and the ambiance was great - very serene. My one...More

Thank Lauren C
Reviewed March 13, 2016

The setting is serene, with Pacific Ocean waves rolling in across the road in front of the hotel. I love it for breakfast in the morning, but then I love it for lunch or dinner as well. Definitely sit outside if the weather is nice...More

Thank Dave G
Reviewed March 7, 2016

Lunch at the Biltmore is as good as it gets. The service is proper without being stuffy, the views of the ocean and the Biltmore grounds are simply spectacular. The food is perfectly done and presented. Although it is "hotel dining" it is a top...More

Thank expectquality1942
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Questions & Answers
maray s
March 12, 2017|
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Response from AaronI1927 | Property representative |
Dear Maray, Thank you for thinking of Bella Vista for lunch! We do recommend reservations however they are not required. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday... More
January 23, 2017|
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Response from AaronI1927 | Property representative |
Hello Suzyhair, Bella Vista is closed for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Thursday - Monday, reservations are recommended but not required. May we assist in setting up a reservation for you? Warm regards, Aaron... More
Barbara J
September 3, 2015|
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Response from GJo3814 | Reviewed this property |
No dress code. We saw everything from shorts and beach shoes to more "date night" type of attire.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $48
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara's most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito's Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor-outdoor dining experience. Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats and the shared charcuterie plate is the most popular appetizer on the menu. Thursday nights a crudo bar offers shucked oysters, shrimp and scallops at sunset and the restaurant is home to one of the most celebrated Sunday brunches in the United States.
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