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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 Marco Fossati, 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.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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 - Thursday : 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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
For the exorbitant price of the meal I'd expect to at least sit at a quiet nice table. Instead the three of us were seated next to a birthday party of 12 middle age ladies having a kind of a cocktail party. Too many tables are packed into the space so the wait staff is constantly brushing by your arm rushing to other tables. All in all, its like an expensive Chuck E. Cheese or cafeteria. The food is decent but for at least $30 a plate it should be better. I'd recommend sitting on the outside patio as the inside is just too crowded. Again, why is such a "elite" establishment being managed by the college girl hostesses? I'm sure there is an official manager, but I never saw the person. Also, no matter how many times I add a special request via Open Table, its never honored. I'm starting to feel like Open Table reservations get less consideration and are relegated to less desirable tables near the bathroom or kitchen doors. I'll be making reservations via the restaurants website going forward if available.
We were able to move our reservation up with a quick call to the restaurant. The wait staff was very helpful, friendly, they took care of my mom and they accommodated my request for a vegan meal (I added it as a note when making my reservation through open table). When we arrived, we didn't need to say anything as our waiter had remembered my request and already worked with the chef to come up with something. The chef created a delicious roasted eggplant, farro, and heart of palm, meal. He also brought us a gorgeous beet hummus, carrot and pita appetizer. My Mother ordered the salmon with parsnip puree and farro salad. We split an order of the roast brussles (I would have eaten a comically large portion, they were perfect). The ambiance was calm, the view amazing and my mom was happy.
We had a perfect evening celebrating my husbands birthday. We made our reservations with a little note explaining our evening as being special and that we were not with our kids. We requested a romantic table by the fire and with an ocean view. We were greeted by name and had what we felt was the best seat in the house. Our evening was complimented by our server Zach who was attentive and friendly. He made sure any questions we had were answered and made great suggestions. Thank you to all the team for helping us make a memory we will not forget.
Impressed from the start of the of the dining experience with the hostess acknowledging that I had made requests on my Open Table reservation, without saying anything to alert my wife to the upcoming surprises. We were seated on time. Note there, reservations are strongly suggested and an early seating is recommended because the Bella Vista fills quickly, regularly. One of my requests was to have 2 champagne cocktails delivered as we were seated, and they were delivered. My other note was that this was a birthday celebration, and at dessert time, was delivered a dessert plate with bite sized chocolates and a chocolate script Happy Birthday! The service was very good, the menu quite varied, a nice wine list, and the food was well prepared. An excellent dining experience. We will return.
Celebrated a family get-together. The consensus was that the service was terrific, the appetizers were wonderful, and the entrees were mediocre. My salmon was beautifully cooked, but a little too cooked. A lamb chop order was well cooked but bland. A pasta dish was too oily to be pleasant. Go for drinks and charcuterie!
I was hosting 6 Nuns for a special dinner and booked the patio specifically at 7:00 pm for a 7:20 pm sunset. When we arrived I was told no table was available. I insisted and we were seated 15 minutes later with no view and one heater. I requested an additional heater throughout the evening and never received one. The staff even moved a heater from the adjacent table across the entire restaurant rather than warming my 6 Nuns in full habit. Appetizers were served without utensils, dinner was served without side dishes, vegetables arrived after the entree had been cleared and we had no plates. $600 later and no alcohol I vowed I would not return to this iconic, beautiful venue based on the worst service I have ever experienced
We celebrated my mother's 70th birthday at Bella Vista this past weekend. The beauty of the venue and the breathtaking view was the perfect backdrop for our tribute to our mom. Everything from the menu to the service was exquisite. Would highly recommend this very special restaurant for celebrations.
It's a very expensive buffet but you are paying the the view and ambience. Food is decent and presentation is nice. Server was questionable. It seemed as though we started with one but didn't really see him or get anything til the check drop off. The hosts at the restaurant could have been friendlier. For example the rest of the hotel staff greeted you and smiled. Apparently this is a foreign concept inside the restaurant.
We were there for a nice birthday dinner. The Four Seasons (Biltmore) is a one-of-a-kind spot for this sort of entertaining. The views are among the best in Santa Barbara. Coupled with the Four Seasons 5-star level of service, it's hard to beat.
They accommodated us with a secluded outdoor table, complemented with its own gas heater. Even though the evening was brisk, we felt fine. The wine list is extensive, and yet you can find good bottles in the $60 range. The food I would say is about average for a fine dining place. I always enjoy it, but don't usually get blown away with the quality or presentation. It's good, but not necessarily why you'd come there.The service, however, was exceptional, from the valet to the wait staff.
I would definitely recommend the Four Seasons for a cozy, fire-lit, romantic evening. There's no other place like it in Santa Barbara and what it does well is worth going for.
The setting is perfect and the day was lovely. The food was excellent and well presented. Our service was pleasant and attentive enough. The hostesses, however, left much to be desired. They were haughty and just plain unpleasant to deal with. Really, training is needed here.
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