About Belmond El Encanto Dining Room
Enjoy California coastal cuisine with a side of stunning ocean views.
Belmond El Encanto Dining Room features comfortable indoor seating and al fresco indulging on The Terrace. The Wine Room is the perfect venue for your private gatherings.
Light dining, sunset hour cocktails, extensive California wines by the glass and Afternoon Tea happen at The Lounge.
The Bar is your place for handcrafted cocktails complemented by live entertainment.
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Daily: 5pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Day use of facilities is $10.00, $5.00 with restaurant/lounge validation.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lush gardens and sweeping ocean views set a lovely scene for your wedding or gathering. From the wisteria-lined Arbor and Lily Pond to the elegant ballroom with exclusive patio, you can select from a variety of Belmond El Encanto’s signature locales to host your event. From rehearsal dinners to ceremonies to post wedding brunches, Belmond El Encanto offers the ideal venue.
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Belmond El Encanto can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Belmond El Encanto Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
Food was fantastic. Service was not "fin ...
Food was fantastic. Service was not "fine dining" worthy. Had to repeatedly ask for more water, also had to pour our own wine. Restroom was out of toilet paper. When I told a staff member, there was no apology, simply a "thanks for letting me know". A staff member brought me a complimentary dessert with candle (lovely), however, it was delivered at the exact moment my husband left the table for the restroom, so I was sitting alone with a candle/flame. I expect a high end restaurant to have paid closer attention and waited for all of the table party to be present for this.
We trusted Open Table to recommend a goo ...
We trusted Open Table to recommend a good restaurant in a town we had never before visited, and they did. The setting is beautiful, especially as the coastline lights up after sunset. The waiter was helpful, recommending a wine we especially enjoyed. The food was wonderful. Highly recommended.
Several small issues linked to the servi ...
Several small issues linked to the service:
-One chair was missing at the table, staff did not seem to care
-Order lost in the kitchen, when the dishes finally arrived, my younger had to wait 10 more minutes to get hers
-Waitress forgot that I paid the bill and ran after me like if I was a thief running out the door (she took and processed my card 5 minutes before)
-The vallet tried to give my car to another couple
Staff was really nice, but they kept making small mistakes. Other than that, view was amazing and food was good.
Rarely do you ever encounter such except ...
Rarely do you ever encounter such exceptional, sincere and outstanding service. The service is only matched by the food and wine pairings. This restaurant is truly special, a real gem and a wonderful find. We've been several times and each time are reminded at what a special, truly extraordinary experience this is.
The staff and servers couldn't have been ...
The staff and servers couldn't have been more attentive and professional! They didn't hover, but we never lacked for refills for our beverages, as well as, checking in to see if we needed anything in addition to our order. From the Valet /wait staff service, the priceless view, the incredible serene grounds to the scrumptious meal it was magnificent---we only wished we could have stayed longer than just lunch. We're going back for a longer stay!
Best meal I've ever had.. Perfect in ev ...
Best meal I've ever had.. Perfect in every way. Looking forward to going back soon.
The live music was a perfect touch brought an additional layer of class to a amazing evening. Quintessential Santa Barbara, casual yet elegant, relaxed yet precise. perfect experience
I live nearby and have visited El Encant ...
I live nearby and have visited El Encanto several times. Great view from outside but food portions are small and expensive and too complicated. The hamachi was good but my lamb was two bites and $40. My friend's fish was four bites. It took over an hour to get our food delivered and we had to get up and search for people to get us more wine, etc. There are many employees running around all the time but ineffective for sure. I will go back for drinks, maybe, but it's not at the top of my list at all. People from out of town like it here though, and I go when they want to.
My steak was ordered medium rare. It ca ...
My steak was ordered medium rare. It came to the table well done, but I was with clients and could not send it back without ruining our meal's ambience. At $48 for the steak (a la carte), I would expect perfection. The other people in our party seemed to enjoy their meals. The dessert was great.
I regularly come to this restaurant in t ...
I regularly come to this restaurant in this lovely hotel because I know that it will always be a great experience. I brought someone who I wanted to thank for coming through for me. We had a scrumptious meal. The service was impeccable. The view of Santa Barbara was fantastic. From the moment one drives to the front of the hotel one feels very special.
This is our 2nd tine here - the view is ...
This is our 2nd tine here - the view is spectacular and the patio seating is so relaxing (usually). If you are planning to dine here on the weekend, you may want to ask if any weddings are taking place - it's usually a very relaxing serene place, but with a DJ and rowdy wedding guests, it became something different. Our servers were fantastic and very attentive. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail and the live music in the bar.
We were hoping for a similar experience ...
We were hoping for a similar experience we had 33 years ago on our honeymoon. We had a late reservation, it took 45 minutes to get seated, they brought the wrong cocktail, our first bite of food arrived almost 90 minutes after our reservation time, and the pleasant music they provided had to compete with the wedding band downstairs. But the full moon was beautiful.
This was our 3rd time there in the past ...
This was our 3rd time there in the past week. Staying in SB. The view is awesome and it stops there. Service was non-existent, food was sent back 3x and still not corrected. Manager never stepped foot back at the table to check we poured our own $400 worth of wine purchased there. We called over the manager to discuss and all he could do was apologize for the service. Sadly, not worth it..watched several others complain and walk out
The chocolate souffle was well worth the ...
The chocolate souffle was well worth the wait. Hakan is delightful. The salad we chose was ok, the soup good, the chicken and fish and mac and cheese, my family gave a 6/10. My vegetarian pasta dish a 7.5/10.
Ambience 10/10. Can get chilly.
Breakfast was superb.
What can one say about this place? Of co ...
What can one say about this place? Of course the views and setting are spectacular! One of the best spots in SB! Really lovely and upscale but also at same time relaxed and warm and inviting. Sitting out on terrace was wonderful. The service is superb and they are clearly well trained. The food seemed well done in terms of beaitifu lol presentation but it wasn't perfectly executed and at this price you expect better. My fish was not crispy skin and it was served cold had to send it back.
Normally a great place. Unfortunately we ...
Normally a great place.
Unfortunately we showed up for a price fixed sunday brunch and it was way overpriced for the value, service was very poor, including no alternative offered for unlimited bellinis, drinks not refilled etc, etc.
Will be back but not for the sunday brunch. Its still the best view restaurant in the area.
Enjoyed a lovely meal on the patio on a ...
Enjoyed a lovely meal on the patio on a recent Thursday afternoon for lunch. We were seated along the edge of the patio, providing a sublime view of Santa Barbara. Just a beautiful spot to sit outside and enjoy a meal. My husband enjoyed his BLT...although the fries were a bit spicy for his liking. I ordered a pasta dish - very good, but nothing out of the ordinary. You come here to sit outside and enjoy the view. Food, although good, is secondary to the scenery.
The deck and view are unmatched in Santa ...
The deck and view are unmatched in Santa Barbara. The presentation of food was noteworthy. The execution of the food was did not met our expectation. Our choice was from their fish selections. The other protein selections may have been better. Note: The bar menu and the breakfast menu were all excellent.
THIS WAS MY SECOND VISIT TO BELMOND EL E ...
THIS WAS MY SECOND VISIT TO BELMOND EL ENCANTO IN A MONTH. I LOVE THIS PLACE FOR A SPECIAL AFTERNOON OR EVENING MEAL SO I TOOK HUBBY THERE FOR SUPPER ON FATHERS' DAY - MY SECOND VISIT TO THE RESTAURANT. THE SETTING, THE BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED LOBBY, BAR AND PATIO ARE ALL SUPREME - TRULY SPECIAL. IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE TO RELAX AND LINGER AS LONG AS YOU LIKE, ENJOYING THE MAGNIFICENT PANORAMA OF THE SANTA BARBARA COASTLINE. I LOVE THAT IT'S CASUAL OR DRESSY - WHATEVER YOU NEED IT TO BE. THE BAR MUSICIAN AND PIANO PLAYER ON FRI - SAT NIGHTS ARE FANTASTIC AND ADD A WONDERFUL EXTRA ELEMENT OF ELEGANCE AND SOPHISTICATION TO THE SETTING WITH THEIR WONDERFUL MUSIC SELECTIONS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE GOOD-BUT-NOT-GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD CATCHING UP TO THE REST OF THE EXPERIENCE. I PLAN TO CONTINUE TO VISIT TO ENJOY WHAT'S ALREADY GREAT AND CHECK IN ON HOW THE SERVICE AND FOOD ARE ADVANCING.
The service was lacking, we rarely saw o ...
The service was lacking, we rarely saw our server and the food took quite a long time to get out. We found out that they had a sommelier, not from our server, but by seeing him serving some of the tables around us. The sommelier was outstanding. The wine he recommended was very good and paired perfectly with the meal we had ordered. He was very attentive and even gave us advise on other pairings.
I ordered stake which was poor, by any standards. The kids order the Rack of lamb which was very, very good. My wife ordered the duck which was also very good.
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