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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

759 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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. Bella Vista also boasts an expansive wine list and has been recognized for earning Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
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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
Friday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 565-8237
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marco Fossati
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Parking details
The Four Seasons Biltmore offers complimentary parking for anyone dining in Bella Vista. Street parking is also available along Channel Drive.
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Music played through centralized system.
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Special events & promotions
Available Monday evenings
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 759 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. Service was attentive, professional & pleasant. 11/21/17

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a braid Tim di

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food, great service and gorgeous view, will be going again!

vipOren (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

The cuisine and atmosphere were excellent as always. There is no more beautiful backdrop for a lovely brunch than the Pacific Ocean. The Chateau St. Michelle champagne: all that one wishes to enjoy, is lovely. The highlight for me is rack of lamb. I found no potato until almost the conclusion of my meal, at which point delicious mashed potatoes were brought to the buffet. I would have liked more than the few pieces of pineapple and strawberries that were available. The service was mediocre this time, not what one would expect for an expenditure of $80 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Wamo (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice view of ocean
Great location away from maddening crowd

winetraveler (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Combine excellent food, a tranquil setting outside and an ocean sparkling like jewels and you have the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

The ambiance is so beautiful, service good. Too bad the food is a constant disappointmentment.
The Flalafel mushroom burger was so mushy & tastless, I could not eat it. The kale side salad with dressing only that was also tasteless.

vipBobcat (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Our waiter could not tell us about the food. He said it was a new menu but had no idea if a food item was a sandwich or salad? Food was average for. Four Seasons restaurant.

vip4starlover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

I enjoy a spa appt every month, my husband & I meet after & have dinner at Bella Vista....
it is always a special occasion... We have been coming here for 55 years... Very special for us!!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Lunch. Strange menu. One side was health food stuff like kale salad and raw seafood. The other side was fatty items like cubano sandwich and fries. Hard to find a middle ground. No menu for beverages, had to coax the waiter for info. Tries to be trendy, but it is really hotel fare. Overpriced, but paying for ocean view.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was good but the service was a little off. It wasn’t even busy. We asked for more complimentary bread and we never got it. So we asked a second time but never received it. We decided to just finish up with our first round of drinks and appetizers we had and decided to have dinner at the Belmond el encanto which we were satisfied with there 5 star service.

vipAmyM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

The biggest downside is that I live 350 miles away from this place and only get to go about once every 5 years. That being said, I have been going for over 25 years and I have never been disappointed. With this place, anyhow. I have never found anything even close by comparison, anywhere I have loved or visited.

Food is delicious. Ambiance is pure Santa Barbara. Service is extraordinary.

Until next time....

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Our experience at Bella Vista was fantastic, in spite of our absent breakfast guests. I would highly recommend Bella Vista to anyone in Southern California.

Ditte (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent dinner. The duck was prepared beautifully. Sitting on the patio with a hear lamp and the large round fire pit was very comfortable. All the reflections of the lights from the lanterns created a magical scene. A little difficult to read the menu. A flash light on the table would have helped. The birthday dessert was marvelous.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

I love this restaurant and i recommend everyone come to try their amazing food and watching amazing ocean view.


vipNatalie (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Our lunch was great, the variety of different things to choose from. The view is by far the best thing about the whole restaurant! Our waiter was very pleasant but it took a while for them to bring us our drinks. Also, they forgot something on my husband's plate that he asked for and then just never brought it . We'd certainly return, definitely not somewhere to go if you're in a rush

ElizabethM (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

I love the Bella Vista and would spend everyday having lunch there if I could. The staff was lovely and catered to our needs, and the ambiance is incomparable. Great restaurant.

AHotchkiss (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent service! The food was wonderful and the oceanside views are spectacular! We had a girl’s brunch here and will definitely be back!

Abnabn (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Our first night was great- we had steak and risotto- great service and heat lamp when it got chilly. Excellent wine and dessert. We went back the next night because we were so happy but it was completely diffferent. Menu items were forgotten, heat lamp forgotten and my halibut was not edible. I’m not sure if I would recommend, depends on the server .

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

We went to the Biltmore for Sunday Brunch for our anniversary. At $80 per person, it is definitely a special occasion place. But the food was terrific, plentiful (go to the buffet as much as you like), and they kept pouring good quality Champagne as soon as our glasses were at 1/2. So, in all, good value. Some of the offerings included 3 types of caviar; fresh oysters; king crab legs; shrimp; smoked salmon; sushi; dumplings; charcuterie; carving board with roast beef and lamb; usual breakfast offerings including omelets made to order; crepes; desserts. The only criticism is that there wasn't any good bread to eat with the charcuterie and cheeses -- just cold toasted baguette and dried out bagels. We had indicated that it was our anniversary when we reserved, and they brought a nice plate at the end with cookies and chocolates, with "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate in chocolate. Nice touch.