About Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara's most beautiful al fresco oceanfront dining experience. Showcasing organic, Italian inspired California cuisine, helmed by Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini, the restaurant is known for the freshest seafood and pasta entrees, a Thursday night crudo bar with shucked oysters, shrimp and scallops at sunset and one of the most celebrated Sunday brunches in the United States.
The restaurant’s décor features fireplaces, rare marble stone floors, rich mahogany and a hand-carved wine wall. Bella Vista’s international wine list is recognized by Wine Spectator and showcases a wide range of local Santa Barbara County producers. OpenTable has bestowed Bella Vista with 2015 Diner's Choice Awards in ten different categories.
Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am,
Sunday Breakfast: 7:00am - 10:00am;
Breakfast Buffet: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am,
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm;
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm,
Sunday Lunch: 1:30pm - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Afternoon Tea: Friday & Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Music played through centralized system.
The Four Seasons Biltmore offers complimentary parking for anyone dining in Bella Vista. Street parking is also available along Channel Drive.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
SEAFOOD AT SUNSET
Every Thursday l 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Enjoy oysters shucked to order, crudo bar, shrimp and scallop skewers at Ty Lounge as you take in the dramatic Santa Barbara sunset.
PIZZA & PROSECCO
Every Monday l 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Start your week off right with Pizza and Prosecco at Santa Barbara's most beautiful ocean front setting. Creative and robust pizzas paired with endless Italian bubbles will make Monday nights the best night of your week!
FREE CORKAGE NIGHT
Available Monday evenings
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Our favourite place in Santa Barbara. S ...
Our favourite place in Santa Barbara. Staff, food , ambience beyond reproach. Looking forward to our next delightful evening
When you pay $125 per person for Brunch ...
When you pay $125 per person for Brunch you expect it to be fabulous. Major fail....the food matched the service......mediocre at best! Would have had better food & service at In & Out.
Mother's Day Brunch
This is probably the fourth or fifth time we have brunch here for Mother's Day. It has always been excellent and the best view in California from beach side. Variety of food choices and lots of mimosas!
Had reserved a table out on the patio, to have our guests experience the wonderful views. The table was there, but the restaurant had run out of heat lamps, and with the sun going down, it was getting colder quickly. So we had to sit inside. The wine we ordered, after a ten minute wait, turned out no to be available. I ended up being upsold to a bottle at a $50 higher price, after the waiter suggested it would be substituted at no additional cost as the restaurant did not have my wine. Then the waiter poured every drop of the bottle (including sediment) into the decanter (a 1998 Cab with lots of sediment). The waiter suggested the special of the day, which my daughter selected as her main course. Then it turned out ten minutes later they were out of specials. Three vegetable sides were ordered, and despite multiple reminders, showed up after we had all finished our meals. I ordered tuna, was was not seared, and looked more slow-cooked - not appetizing. So all in all, for $600+ for a party of four, money poorly spent. We will not be back.
Great Mother's Day lunch
Sat outside on the patio and watched whales play while I ate with my two middle-school aged boys. I had the Mahi Mahi wrap - delicious. My son enjoyed the lobster brioche and the other had a pizza. Such a nice lunch!!
Favorite place in Santa Barbara
We love sitting outside "by the glass" listening to the waves, watching the sunset, and eating delicious food at Bella Vista. The service is wonderful too!
Very thoughtful staff
The staff kept serving breakfast past their usual end time because one member of our group showed up a little late. Ours was a bachelorette group (but not a rowdy one, I promise) and they gave our bachelorette a lovely little dish with sweets that made for a nice photo op.
The menu was not interesting, the food n ...
The menu was not interesting, the food not up to the quality of the hotel and over priced. The service was slow but very friendly.
The Best Celebration Ever!
My husband's birthday was Sunday and he had never been to the Biltmore for a Sunday brunch. We had the absolute best time! The weather was perfect...the outdoor seating with a spectacular view of the ocean was lovely and the food and mimosas were out of this world. He relaxed for a couple of hours and enjoyed the experience. Outstanding service and we will definitely return. We drove from Long Beach to Santa Barbara for his celebration and it was great!!
Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
Booked a 7:00 reservation 1.5 months prior to dinner date. Arrived early to have a cocktail at the lounge, then on to Bella Vista. Upon checking in we were lead to the patio for our table and were seated by the drink station near a table with obnoxious “loud talkers”. We were disappointed with our seating as it was a special occasion and we specifically requested seating by the ocean. We requested, from our hostess, to be seated by the wind screen closest to the wonderful ocean view and we were accommodated. This was the best decision! We had a wonderful server and the entire meal was a memorable experience. The wine selection was great. We Had Caprese, Lobster Radiatore (exceptional!), the Tuna, and the special of the night. For dessert, we shared the Molten Chocolate Cake. Wonderful experience, we will return!
Terrrific ocean view!
Always love eating here, there is a wide variety of tasty dishes and the view can't be beat. The service is always very good, even when it's really crowded.
There's simply no better place to eat in SB!
This location is pure happiness. There's no prettier place or a better view in all of Santa Barbara, or even Southern California. Absolutely remarkable. On top of that, it's the Four Seasons. The service is impeccable, and the food options for brunch is over the top amazing. The brunch buffet - wow. Eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, salad, meats, fish, sushi, omelette station, pancakes, shrimp, oysters, etc, etc, etc.... i could go on and on. There's no way to do this full justice. Simply put, it's worth the price tag and definitely my top pick. This was our wedding annversary and it was perfect. A special thanks to Maria S. (Swedish Maria!) for remaking our wedding mini cake too! Yum! Worth it.
We had just sold our house after an eight month listing and went to Bella Vista to celebrate. The staff ~ and especially the Assistant Manager Emily ~ did everything they could to make it a memorable night, and we felt really spoiled! Highly highly recommend the venue, the food, wine, service... could not have been better!
View & LOW price
View & LOW price
Beautiful birthday dinner on the garden terrace
The service was wonderful very patient and accommodating. We wanted to and to order a series of small plates rather than large entrées. The staff was most cooperative and the food Was delectable.
Completely overpriced for Sunday Brunch food.
I was frustrated before I got there because the restaurant called me on three separate occasions to confirm. On the first call they required a credit card to hold the reservation. I would assume that with a credit card, they would not continue to call. I was wrong. They still called twice more. That's overkill.
The Bella Vista is a great place for a romantic dinner especially outside. A cool place to have a glass of wind with a friend as well.
Lovely setting, elegant décor and good service. Food average, although the Black Cod, special of the day was very good.
Service was great but was too loud, seem ...
Service was great but was too loud, seems like the spacing of tables could be better for the size of the room. We were seated in a walk way space. The seats were very large and overstuffed, good for curling up with a book or to watch tv but not to eat or have a conversation. I felt the food was tasty ( I had the Lobster pasta dish and the Caprese salad) and well served but I would have appreciated more options on the menu. The wine list was good. I guess I expected more for a restaurant in the SB Biltmore, it was just another nice hotel restaurant, nothing exceptional. There are better options in town.
Amazing taste and great setting
Food tasted fantastic and the ambiance was beautiful
A seaside gem
Bella Vista is one of the most charming and beautiful spots in the world. You will never be disappointed and the view is spectacular . Food is always great, service the best, and their special brunches are out of sight, the very best. You will pay a bit more here, but is is worth every penny, save up a little extra from your favorite fast food place and try it.
Amazing food and amazing location.
Amazing food and amazing location.
Awesome site; okay food
Beautiful building, restaurant, and setting. Food is expensive for the quality (we had breakfast). However, the setting makes this a great option for a special occasion.
We have been to the Biltmore on many occasions starting in 1968. The dining is always just right and the hotel is just terrific, too. None finer!
Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. M ...
Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. My husband and I are already talking about when we can go back! Great veal, ravioli, meatballs, dessert!
Love the Four Seasons
Loved everything about The Four Seasons. Fabulous food and the very best brunch. However openTable had brunch listed at $36 when I got the bill it turned out that brunch was$75 per person. I was shocked. OpenTable needs to update the menu that you put online.
Sunday Brunch at Bella Vista
Fantastic ! Better than expected and my expectations were very high. Everyone at the hotel, first of all, from the gentlemen at valet to staff throughout the restaurant were professional, friendly and ultra-helpful. Didnt get even an ounce of attitude out of anyone. Food was very good, selection of choices probably a bit better than overall quality - didnt find much I hadnt seen elsewhere. Desserts were all fresh and very good, lamb and salmon outstanding. The view was just as good as it gets of a Santa Barbara seascape at noon. Brandon, our waiter, was very attentive and was especially endearing when he presented my wife and I with a very adorable dessert prepared especially for the occasion of our 10th wedding anniversary. Upon driving out of the parking lot, we felt special. Thank you Four Seasons, Bella Vista and Brandon.
Lunch was great, the dessert was the best!!! We all ordered the Budino and it was wonderful.
Special outdoor dining!
We went to the Four Seasons for dinner to celebrate a birthday and had requested a table that we had enjoyed before. For some reason, that table wasn't available, but the one they gave us turned out to be perfect. It was private, romantic and warmed by a gas burner. Our food was delicious, service friendly, and a special birthday plate to end a wonderful evening. Of course it doesn't hurt to be sitting right by the beach!
Great restaurant. Still disappointed I have not received my $50 check from OpenTable for my points and the points have been deducted.
This is a perfect place to get away and ...
This is a perfect place to get away and enjoy yourself for the day into the early evening. We had a wonderful dinner splurging on appetizers and extra sides with our entrées. Get the Brussel sprouts!! They were by far the most amazing dish we tried! Also no need to worry about portion size, we had plenty to indulge and take home with us. It had a beautiful setting overlooking the ocean and the grounds of the hotel are just as stunning. Our waiter, Tyler, was very helpful, engaging, and knowledgable about the menu. This is a must for everyone.
The Sunday brunch is a must ! The food is great and the service is outstanding...
They care about your experience
Nothing is overlooked as far as your dining pleasure is concerned. Superb service & choices for all food types. One in a million patio view of heading ocean surf & Anba Capa Island
A little pricey, but an all-atood time
Brought my brother and SIL here for my SIL's birthday lunch (as I did last year) and (both years) it did not disappoint. Tasty, quality sandwiches, salads, and beverages (wine, beer); solid service; and an unobstructed outdoor (but pleasantly shaded) view of the Pacific all made for a lovely celebration. It's not cheap, but it does make for good memories.
Worth every penny!
My husband and I recently celebrated our first anniversary and he surprised me with a quick trip to Santa Barbara. Since it was a Sunday and we had to drive home and work the next day, we opted for a nice brunch over dinner, and we really couldn't have made a better choice! The setting was clean and comfortable with ocean views, every member of the staff that we encountered was kind and professional, and the buffet spread was AMAZING! There were so many choices, and I don't think either of us tried something we didn't like. Then, when we finally decided we couldn't eat another bite, our waiter brought out a little plate of treats with "Happy Anniversary" in written in chocolate! It was the perfect touch to cap off our experience, I really can't wait to go back!
My wife and I celebrated my birthday at the Bella Vista. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding and friendly. She had salmon dish and I had a veal milanese dish. The selection of wines by the glass was also nicely varied and reasonable. We both had a New Zealand Chardonnay. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
As Usual Four Seasons Never let me down
Reserved dinner at Bella Vista to surprise my wife with the place as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and she totally loved it .. Not the first time at Four Seasons in general but it was the first time at this place and they were above and beyond my expectations as usual. Great Place from the moment you walk in to the moment they served us a complimentary Champaign for our anniversary occasion and finally to the moment you are leaving. I think our Man of the night his name was "Adrian" .. Great informative person and he truly represented the chain
Dinner/ Party for eight on 1/1/2015
We had a 50th Birthday party set up for my wife. Bar and restaurant were accommodating and had a nice ambiance. Service was on par and flexible with us running behind schedule. The restaurant was out of a few of our wine selections but with many to choose from alternates were more than satisfactory. Food was on par, dinner items were prepared well but portions were on the light side as typically expected. Overall, we enjoyed our time but have to say the heated floors, while seemingly nice at first, became an issue the longer we stayed. The dinning room floor so warm that a few of us had to take turns going outside to cool off. The rest of us had to put our feet up somehow or rest on feet on our heals to get away from the excessive floor heat. I had asked for the heat to be turned down several times. It was finally explained to me that the heated floors would not cool down that much. We'll come back in the spring when the patio doors of the Bella Vista are open to the ocean breeze and the wonderful outdoor terrace seating.
Pricey but opulent New Year's Eve buffet
I made dinner reservations here for New Year's Eve but was not told when I did that it would be a buffet, which turned out to be opulent and fun, but very pricey. I love this restaurant and the location is sublime, but a little more information on the event would probably have caused me to book somewhere else where we would have a quieter, more intimate, table service dinner.
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