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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: 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
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.
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.
This was our second visit to the restaurant and we were celebrating my mother-in-laws birthday. The food is good, nothing spectacular, but you pay for the view and location. Although we had reservations for weeks, we could not sit outside and were originally sat at a table inside the dark room where the Sunday buffet was held. We asked to be moved and received a more appropriate table that was still inside but at least we could somewhat enjoy the view. Upon check-in, the first thing the hostess did was tell us we could not sit outside which I thought was a poor way to handle a returning customer celebrating a birthday. We were able to salvage the event but such a poor way to start the day. For future, I would request an outside table or call the restaurant to be sure you are accommodated appropriately.
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?
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