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
Beautiful property. Outside seating. Ver ...
Beautiful property. Outside seating. Very romantic setting with the sound of the Pacific Ocean in the background and the food was second to none. Top that off with ultimate service and there is no better choice in the area.
Enjoyed our 36th anniversary dinner on t ...
Enjoyed our 36th anniversary dinner on the patio at Bella Viata. The view of the Pacific was outstanding with the waves lapping on the shore. The service, food and ambiance were as exceptional as the setting. Would definitely recommend for special occasions.
Enchanting Views/Lackluster Food My wife ...
Enchanting Views/Lackluster Food
My wife and I had the chance to dine at Belle Vista during a recent visit to SB. When I think of my experiences at 4Seasons properties around the globe I think of exceptional quality, presentation and tastes. In this regard - Belle Vista was a real let down. Don't get me wrong - the views are beautiful - sitting out on the veranda under the trees as the sun goes down. The food was at best a C+. I had the Branzino which was good but not great and certainly not memorable. Branzino when prepared right melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. The sides were horrible - both in price and taste. The Brussel sprout dish (and Brussel sprout dishes are popping up everywhere these days) consisted of 6 sliced sprouts with a small teaspoon of goat cheese ($8) My wife made the mistake of ordering the ravioli. It arrived as ONE large ravioli - 6 x 6. Overcooked and showing no finesse in its preparation.
Go here for dessert and a drink - but eat elsewhere as SB as some fantastic dining options .
This has to be one of the most beautiful ...
This has to be one of the most beautiful settings for dining in Santa Barbara. We had lunch on the outdoor patio overlooking the ocean and the magnificent grounds of the Four Season Biltmore.
My wife had an outstanding seafood salad, and I enjoyed the mahi mahi wrap accompanied by the most delicious sweet potato fries. We also enjoyed perfectly paired glasses of wine. Our server was friendly and very capable.
A perfect setting for a wonderful lunch in Santa Barbara!
I was very disappointed- This was a spec ...
I was very disappointed- This was a special BD dinner for my dearest friend. Our salad was wonderful- could not have been better as was the atmosphere, which is why I picked your restuarant. However, Meryl ordered Salmon med/rare and I ordered Bison steak rare -
Hers arrived as requested and mine, WELL DONE! As you can imagine, Meryl ate her dinner alone while I waited for a belated dinner arrived 15 minutes later when I was no longer hungry- just disappointed already without an appetite. I took my dinner home.
T his is not what should happen at a restuarant/hotel of your stature.
Traveling up the California coast, seems ...
Traveling up the California coast, seems every restaurant had brussels sprouts on the menu. We tasted five different preparations, and yours was the best. A very pleasant experience overall, even for the high price point. You do need a better selection of wine in the lower price point though, say $40 bottles too.
Food horribly bland dinner, service poor ...
Food horribly bland dinner, service poor - wrong orders, dropping everything around us, very dirty under tables from previous guests with small children - a comedy of errors - couldn't wait to leave. Unbeatable views - but much better dinners at other Four Seasons. We will stick to breakfast here.
Celebrated our anniversary with a champa ...
Celebrated our anniversary with a champagne brunch/ service was excellent-our glasses were never empty. Food was very good, nice range, but I feel for the cost there could have been a little more to choose from. Sitting outside makes all the difference.
Beautiful setting outdoors with views of ...
Beautiful setting outdoors with views of the ocean. Really a lovely spot but the service is not up to par. The spacing between meals is really bad. They served our main meal while we were still eating our appetizers. The gazpacho soup was overwhelmed by a ton of garlic. The pasta dishes are good as well as the main meal options. The staff often forgets to follow up with items and have to ask again and again. Once that part is better managed this could be a top spot to dine.
We were on a girls' trip. Loved being ri ...
We were on a girls' trip. Loved being right on the ocean. They had heaters to keep us warm. Food was good. The only thing we didn't like is how long it took. We were there for 2-1/2 hrs. I like to be able to eat dinner & be on to something else within an hour or 1-1/2 hrs.
sunday brunch is a favorite event for us ...
sunday brunch is a favorite event for us and we were celebrating a birthday in Santa Barbara so why now. this had our favorite brunch items including bottomless decent champagne (Michelle), caviar with all the fixins and lots of it, sushi, good crab legs and shrimp, BACON, roast lamb and prime rib, some good salads and who cares about the rest. but really they had many dishes that we didn't even try and a special table for the kids which tempted me to try the mac and cheese. Lots of desserts to choose from. Price is steep ($75) but not unusual for brunch and certainly worth is for THIS brunch. i'll be back next time in town.
Great Group Hangout
My friends and I were in Santa Barbara over Memorial Day weekend and wanted a nice spot to chillout after a long day of Kayaking. We had reserved a table for 7 with a special request to be seated on the patio. They were happy to seat us outside and we had a wonderful ocean view. The restaurant wasn't too busy and we were enjoying our meals and drinks for 2-3 hours while the gas warmers kept us cozy. Overall a great end to our Santa Barbara! Highly recommend Bella Vista!
From time to time we drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara just for the Sunday brunch. Excellent variety of foods available from made to order omelets to a carving station with prime rib, lamp and salmon. Salad makings galore. All kinds of fruit in season. A dessert spread that will delight every sweettooth and every chocoholic.
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.
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 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!
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