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 - 3:00pm,
Sunday Lunch: 1:30pm - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 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:
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.
FREE CORKAGE NIGHT
Available Monday evenings
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
This is a beautiful restaurant in a beau ...
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 op ...
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.
This was suppose to be a special thanksg ...
This was suppose to be a special thanksgiving at the Biltmore four seasons. Expensive 100 a person not including drinks. It was nothing short of cafeteria service and slightly above craters food. Extremely disappointing.
We've spent eleven Thanksgivings at Bell ...
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 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 glas ...
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.
Beautiful outside/patio setting, great o ...
Beautiful outside/patio setting, great ocean views, food was perfect, large portion, so if you think it's pricy, order less ! but it will be still enough to feed your guests. Great spot for weekend getaways, I will try to stay at the hotel next time.
My husband and I wanted to take our elde ...
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 ...
$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 ...
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 res ...
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 ...
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 ...
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!!
Expensive and worth it... Sunday Brunch ...
Expensive and worth it... Sunday Brunch here is simply the best! Every visit has always been a great time. The food is plentiful with great variety and quality. The service is great, and I must give extra props to our server, Alejandro, who made sure we were well taken care of without being over-bearing. My family is always all smiles here! Thank you for having the best brunch buffet in town! Save me some cheesecake... ;)
If you don't mind spending a little extr ...
If you don't mind spending a little extra for a spectacular view from a palacial, historic mansion amidst gorgeous gardens, this is a truly magnificent place to dine. The view of the ocean was exceptional! My lunch salad was also delicious. And the wait staff was attentive and friendly. I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a special occasion that is definitely a cut above.
We dined at this restaurant to celebrate ...
We dined at this restaurant to celebrate our son's 21'st birthday. While this restaurant has a beautiful outdoor dining patio, that sparkles in the evening with fireplace pits and the general ocean side ambience you would expect from a Four Seasons hotel, we unfortunately did not have a memorable evening. The menu was a "spin" off traditional cuisine, but did not succeed in executing this concept. Food was "so-so" and not recommended. The service, for an expensive evening out... was extremely lacking. Nice wait staff, with virtually no training on the basics of dining and service. I'd have to go with a "no go" on this one!
Food, service and outdoor patio by the ...
Food, service and outdoor patio by the ocean are second to none. All the seafood dishes we had, which included lobster tails with local sea bass and pan seared wild salmon, were prepared to perfection, nothing overcooked or over seasoned. The chef is Italian so we tried the house made gnocchi risotto and it reminded us of being back in Italy. Just outstanding. Brussel sprouts were roasted to perfection as well. Just a fabulous experience all the way around.
At least twice a year we make the two ho ...
At least twice a year we make the two hour drive from Los Angeles for Sunday brunch at the Bella Vista. The location and view is stunning, the service is excellent and the food is outstanding. While there a few places in Los Angeles that are similar, none has bottomless Mimosas and caviar with homemade blinis among many other temptations. The drive is long but the reward is more than worth it.
I've been enjoying the restaurant at the ...
I've been enjoying the restaurant at the Biltmore for 23 years. It has gone up and down with food expectations and is usually much better than it used to be. No one will ever be able to beat the view! Our server was very nice but not at all as on top of it as the service normally is here.
It was our wedding anniversary brunch. N ...
It was our wedding anniversary brunch. Noisy and would not serve us at the booth we requested because you have a buffet style for that booth. if some one would of been kind of enough to tell us we could sit at another table to be served we would not have walked out after being served 3 drinks for $40. No i will never recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Dreadful service. One ordered dish neve ...
Dreadful service. One ordered dish never arrived asked for water refill but that didn't happen either. Entrees were uninspired, small in portion and thus overpriced.
No wonder the lovely dining room was empty--it doesn't deserve diners.
Ty , bring on the next chef and try again. Maybe we'll come back
Would highly recommend Bella Vista for ...
Would highly recommend Bella Vista for an evening of a fine dining experience. The outdoor seating area is amazing with beautiful views of the ocean and sunset. The menu has a good selection of items to choose from and the food was so delicious. Extensive wine and cocktail selections also. Is a perfect evening for a special occasion
We always love the Biltmore--I have been ...
We always love the Biltmore--I have been going there since I was a child. The food was very good and the view of course is lovely. The only change I would make would be to re-schedule the gardeners who were hedge clipping with power clippers-love the manicured landscape but not the noise during lunch. The service was very nice!
Server Maurice was an absolute delight: ...
Server Maurice was an absolute delight: efficient, warm, gracious, friendly, and welcoming. The setting of this beautiful hotel dining room on the Pacific Ocean is incomparable, no better place in the country for a festive and lovely Sunday brunch. $75 is a high tariff, but not when one considers that this is Santa Barbara, that there are a large number of gourmet items offered, and that included is unlimited champagne. I would have preferred a more extensive salad buffet. The fresh fruit, including the sweetest and best pineapple imaginable, was a treat.
Another memorable dinner at the ever de ...
Another memorable dinner at the ever delightful Bella Vista, marred only by the intrusive , too loud for the setting, band in the bar, about 100 ft away. Our waiter concurred that he and his colleagues have been dismayed by the noise, but thus far nothing has been done to tone it down. We mentioned this problem to a manager we encountered in the lobby and advised him we would call in advance to learn who was playing before returning.
The location of this restaurant, and the ...
The location of this restaurant, and the staff that work there are great! The food, however, was not. The calamari was slimy and gross, it was like licking the bottom of a boat. Our Ceaser salad had brocolini and Brussel Sprouts in it which did not compliment the dish at all. The lamb was just ok, we ended up not eating much of it. After dinner we were still hungry and ordered a pizza and ate it at the top of the hills and looked over the city, which was actually really neat.
I can't compliment the staff enough, but the food quality and execution were terrible and not up to par with all the other Four Season properties around the world. As much as I hate to say it, I don't think I will return.
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