About Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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 - 3:00pm,
Sunday Lunch: 1:30pm - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Thursday-Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Afternoon Tea: 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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
FREE CORKAGE NIGHT
Available Monday evenings
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
Locals know that unless you are invited to someone's home on the beach, there is not a more lovely spot to dine in Montecito/Santa Barbara...as a local, I can say the food has improved so much over the past few years. Maybe the menu can mix things up a bit? But all in all, the food is delicious and as fresh as can be. The ambiance cannot be beat...The service may be a little bit too much of a reflection of a hotel operation, but certainly pleasant enough...
Outstanding cuisine by their new chef. Italian inspired menu of new and classic dishes at very reasonable price points by four seasons standards.
The problem (at least in my opinion) was a noisy, upscale coffee shop atmosphere in the interior dining room. New chairs look out of place. High ceilings and tile floor make it noisy, the buffet area needs to be blocked off when not in use.
Please work on it before the New chef gets board and moves on. I'am convinced that it was a more intimate setting, customers would be backed up at the door for his cuisine.
Exquisite dining. Perfect location and stunning ambience. Gold lit lanterns with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. Harold is the most superb, cheerful and joyous server here. It's a MUST to sit in his section. Short Rib Ravioli was amazing! Will be back and highly recommend. Where else can you dine under the stars with the most romantic ocean views?
We have dined for many years at the Bella Vista and we were disappointed in our meal. The lasagne came with cold spots in it and luke warm. Looked like it was microwaved. The portions on the ravioli were small. The linguine with clams was good along with the caesar salad. The calamari dish was OK.
We are local folks and have eaten at Bella Vista before and thought it was great. This time we'd give it a 6 out of 10. The menu felt smaller than it had been previously and a bit hard to pick from, especially on the entree's. That's why we all got Pasta.
Hope the place get's it's mojo back!
The outdoor setting of Bella Vista is absolutely lovely, especially if one arrives while it is still light out. There was plentiful street parking when we arrived so we did not have to valet the car. We ate outdoors despite a cool evening, but the heat lamps were more than adequate to provide a pleasant temperature. The setting I should very relaxed and intimate despite being a fairly large area. Our waiter, Ben, kindly offered to pour us a sample of three wines so we could choose which wine each of us liked the most. This was a very nice touch. We were only a party of two, and did not order a lot of food, but the warm hummus appetizer was delicious, as were the Parmesan bread and country breads (Provided with dinner) I had the salmon for an entree, and it was very good but not outstanding. The service was first rate and all in all we had a very nice experience and recommend the Bella Vista 100%!
I ordered the American breakfast. Not impressed by the food at all, a step up from Denny's at best!
There we small birds in the indoor dinning area, which I didn't mind. However, they were leaving little 'gifts' on the floor and furniture. As I received my $100+ check for breakfast, a bird popped up on an empty chair at my table, did its business and flew off. So that seemed like a cosmic F-U, like your food was crappy and overpriced, here's your check and a 'gift' from our friends.
Won't be going back!
Excellent service, atmospheric location but food was mediocre. Appetizer was beet salad and cheese - fine. Main course was veal parmigiana - texture was good but flavors may as well have been cardboard. Dessert was molten chocolate cake. Barely molten and again fairly tasteless. Wine suggestion by waiter was excellent. Overall poor value. Would have been happy at a $75 all-in.
Christmas Dinner at the Four Seasons may as well have been in a train station. No mention of a buffet on Open Table. Thought we were in for a fine dining experience at the Four Seasons. But it was the exact opposite. Waited 45 minutes for a 7:00 PM reservation. The hostess suggested that we might want to wait in the bar and suggested I leave my cell phone number. Never got a call but checked back 45 minutes later and was seated at the worst possible table in the extended dining area next to the cheese cart in the room adjacent to the main dining room. NEVER saw a server through the entire meal. Thank God for our Busboy who took care of getting us cocktails, wine and later, coffee. The meal was just Okay, but for over $100 per person before cocktails and wine - it was an experience that I never plan to repeat and suggest that Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore take a long hard look at the experience they are providing to their guests. A thoroughly mediocre experience at best. Expected a hell of a lot more from Four Seasons, certainly for the price one pays.
Beautifully decorated location, and the service exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed our Christmas dining experience with free flowing champagne, outstanding food, very varied menu choices, well made specialty cocktails, and numerous dessert selections carefully and skillfully made.
We enjoyed our dining experience tremendously and the staff was particularly special and outstanding.
Good Italian dinner menu,authentic.
Great breakfast and lunch as well!
If weather allows sitting outside with daylight or at sunset is exceptional with the ocean view.
The quality of the hotel and its world class ambience has not made its way to the inside resturant decor.
The Four Season's Biltmore is a beautiful hotel and dining in their garden room is a lovely experience. I take some lady friends there every Christmas season for lunch and it is something we look forward to.
The service was a bit slow but that was fine as we were there for a leisurely lunch and in no hurry. The food was delicious and the views spectacular. Our only complaint were the acoustics, as chairs being pulled out, voices, utensils against the plates, etc., echoed throughout the room and made it difficult for us to hear one another, and none of us are hard of hearing!
This is a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful hotel right across from the ocean - so right there is a plus. The food was excellent with some unique dishes. The service was wonderful and I can find nothing negative to say. We really enjoyed our new and will return next time we are in town for sure!
Nice atmosphere, good salad and cold options, very nice service. I think has a poor selection of warm dishes, Bennedicts too much cooked and dry, also with the salmon. Compared with other Sunday brunchs we have been, poor. Just Ok
Nice selection of desserts.
We've spent eleven Thanksgivings at Bella Vista. We were so disappointed this year and not sure we'll go back. The food is fine...almost bordering on cruise food. Much more emphasis on quantity over quality. The centerpieces on the tables were a joke - a small flower pot painted purple with a corn husk stuck inside. When you are paying $125 per person for dinner, you'd expect at the very least a small floral arrangement. Lastly, the service was absolutely awful. Our waters were never refilled, our dirty plates were untouched, refills on wine and beer took an annoying long time.
We brought another couple with us this year bc we always rave about how special Thanksgiving at Bella Vista is. I was honestly embarrassed and assured our friends that the service and food were usually much better.
The hotel bar is drop-dead gorgeous and the service in there was very good. The indoor part of the Bella Vista is pretty stark. The outdoor dining area is nice but lacks the marvelous 1920's Spanish Colonial Revival charm of the rest of the property. The service was poor...nice people who are poorly trained and not coordinated.
The food was good but not great.
My husband and I had a date "by the glass" at Bella Vista. It is our favorite place to eat dinner in Santa Barbara. The food was delicious (we always have the pastas) and the wine selections are great. We love the sound of the waves and the beautiful trees in the sunsets.
My husband and I wanted to take our elderly European house guest to a special place for dinner, and the Bella Vista is really special in our opinion. We had been to the Bella Vista before, on several occasions, sometimes on weekday nights, but also on a weekend and at Christmas, and we enjoyed our visit each time. The reservation was for a Friday night at 8:00 pm. At the time I made the online reservation, I requested that we be seated at a table outdoors next to the glass and by the sea. However, despite arriving on time, we were denied a table next to the glass; it was unavailable because the previous diners seated next to the glass had lingered. I was disappointed, although I saw that the restaurant was very busy that night. We were seated instead at another table further in. It wasn't a real problem. The waiter was very polite and accommodated our request for a heater. Our dinners were very good. Our guest thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The service was impeccable . . . extremely courteous staff. Our guest is a wine connoisseur and, as he had offered to treat us to dinner, ordered a lovely Sauvignon Blanc because we were having fish. Unfortunately, the wine was not cold enough, but the waiter offered to put it back into the ice bucket for 15 minutes after which is was much colder and therefore much better. One thing that surprised me was that, although the fish that I ordered for the main dish was delicious, it contained fish bones. Our guest, who ordered the same fish, was not surprised by this, since it is quite common in Europe for the fish to be served with the bones. However, I did not expect it. And because it was dark, I didn't see them and at one point ended up with a mouthful of small fish bones. Fortunately, I caught them before swallowing. I only wish that I had ordered another main dish. Overall, however, the evening was lovely.
$36 for weekday breakfast buffer plus $6 for a glass of juice. Give me a break: Very very stale and dry bagels, tongs to self-serve cream cheese-really? Lox was fresh, their mini version of eggs "benedict" sitting under those lights--hard and no flavor and barely recognizable sauce; fruit was ok; coffee hot and plentiful; I didn't get an omelette. Perhaps I should have -- maybe my review would be better. Or, I should have tried the menu. I took out-of-town guests, and I spent $200 for an unappetizing, overpriced meal. Hugely disappointed. I would not mind the price if the food quality stood up to the cost.
It's one of the most beautiful places to eat outside in Montecito but unfortunately the lunch left much to be desired despite the high prices. We do love looking out at the ocean during lunch but the soups were pretty bland, and the crab in the seafood Cobb was off. Perhaps if they cooked with more love the meal would improve.
My husband and I have celebrated our respective birthdays at Bella Vista for many years. We know we will always have an excellent meal along with superior service in a quiet and relaxed environment. Our daughter is thinking of beginning the same tradition with her husband.
This is a delightful spot for lunch on a sunny day. The restaurant overlooks the water, although across a street which, on the day we dined, was lined with parked cars. Still it is a nice view.
Our waiter (Fernando?) was wonderfully attentive and quite charming. He really added to our enjoyment of the meal.
Bella Vista is, however, pricey ... but we felt that our experience was worth the cost.
Loved the atmosphere at the Four Seasons Hotel/Biltmore!
Suggestion only: please have your waitress or waiter to not "chime in" when we are having lunch at the Belle Vista restaurant in the patio and your waitress tells my guest(s) to go have the brunch instead... That is not right! Your waitress is not paying our bill & the waitress was quite pushy telling my guest to go to the brunch instead of ordering the luncheon menu from the Belle Vista restaurant.
We enjoy the Four Seasons Hotel for many years. My husband & I got married at the Four Seasons Hotel Biltmore 12 years ago and we take all our out of town guests to the Four Seasons Hotel to have lunch or dinner.
Please have a talk with your waitress!!
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