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The Bistro at Bacara

$$ - $$$American, ,
8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
+1 805-571-3018
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (15 reviews)
“flatbread” (4 reviews)
“french toast” (3 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:30All hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
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1 - 10 of 263 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Food was great, breakfast service slow but worth the wait. Fruit parfait was delicious. All the fruit in the hotel was fresh and sweet.

Thank Naznine A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the Salmon salad and it was great. Very light but filling and the service was terrific. The server actually brought us a brand new desert which was also very nice! 5 Star Service all the way!!

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate breakfast here overlooking the ocean two of our three mornings at Bacara. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. We'll be back.

Thank fourevermom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bistro is right by the main pool and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The breakfast buffet is quite extensive offering everything from cereals, fruits, eggs and omelets, breakfast meats, pancakes, waffles, breads and pastries. One can also order a la carte.

Thank erich802
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here 3x during our two nights here. 1. because the hotel doesn't have many options and 2. because it really was amazing. Lunch- the burger is amazing!! As are the avocado tacos and the poke!! yum!! the crab melt was great too! Breakfast-...More

Thank Narguess N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I love going to the Bacara because it feels as though I'm on vacation and it's only a Friday!! It is so fun playing tennis with friends on the clay courts! You can hear the ocean it is so close! And afterwards we go winetasting...More

Thank j9calgal
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Went there for lunch, dinner and breakfast. Food seems fresh and service is fine. Good diversity of options and a nice breakfast buffet.

Thank travel78306
Reviewed 13 August 2017

The Bistro at Bacara has achieved an unprecedented feet. They've managed to make all their dishes taste the same...which is to say tasteless! The service is not any better, unorganized and poorly staffed with summer hires that don't know what they are suppose to do....More

Thank Maninasuitcase_10
BacaraServiceTeam, General Manager at The Bistro at Bacara, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear maninasuitcase_10: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us at The Bistro at Bacara. I am extremely disappointed to hear about the inconveniences you experienced while dining with us. We are very sorry that we did not deliver the way...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Nice decor, good service. But what stood out was the food. I had a shrimp and vodka pizza, and its taste took me by surprise! Certainly more than just another hotel restaurant...

Thank danpoenaru
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We love the bistro we sit by a huge window and overlooked the ocean the food is super service extraordinary and the service is exceptional the Grounds to get there are beautiful as well.it's far from the lobby so your escorted with the golf cart.Fish...More

Thank barbaraleehill
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-571-3018
  • E-mail
Named "Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America" by OpenTable, The Bistro at Bacara offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Chef Vincent Lesage's American cuisine can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco on a spacious oceanfront terrace. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads, and the signature Bistro burger. Recent upgrades to The Bistro's patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.
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