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The Bistro at Bacara

8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
+1 805-571-3018
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“flatbread” (4 reviews)
“french toast” (3 reviews)
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8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

We were at the Bacara Resort for a family wedding. The Bistro was the main non-wedding dining spot. It's near the pool and has a great patio with ocean view. Patio is heated and an early breakfast on the patio was cozy! The food is...More

Thank DebraDeitz
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Always a pleasure to grab a cocktail in this bar! There are servers as well as bartenders to make sure all of the guests are taken care of, plenty of seating and a nice circular layout.

Thank MLB90405
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Stopping in for appetizers and a drink, while waiting for a very late dinner reservation, the Bacara bar did not disappoint! It was dark, so I can't really speak to the view... but the bar itself is beautiful. I ordered an excellent (although expensive) glass...More

Thank Cindy C
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We had a wonderful breakfast and lunch on two separate days at the Bistro, one of the few dining options at Bacara. The food is good, and the view is amazing! Our service staff were very attentive and able to accommodate my special request to...More

Thank Cindy C
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Fire pits with sofas on the terrace of the main building. Seize one early and keep it. Gets crowded fast and you may have to share. Four can hold the space. Bar food available. Just lovely.

Thank tigtigtigger
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Bistro is the primary choice for dining at Bacara. Interesting fare, but it's the setting that one remembers.

Thank tigtigtigger
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We give the hostess an A+, their waitstaff a C-, their prices a D, and their food a B+. The burgers are great as is breakfast. It's a good walk from some of the buildings.

Thank LR B
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I'd drive out to Santa Barbara or eat at the main restaurant at the hotel. While the view is nice, the food is ok, and the service awful.More

Thank Naha310
BacaraServiceTeam, General Manager at The Bistro at Bacara, responded to this review

Dear Naha310, Thank you for joining us, and for taking the time to post a review. We are glad you enjoyed our beautiful ocean views. I was disappointed to hear about your service experience. Please know your feedback has been shared with our team. We...More

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a great addition to the hotel. Every meal we had here was outstanding. The chocolate cake was out of this world (and large, you can definitely share it). I loved their breakfast buffet. It wasn't the typical greasy spoon buffet. It had...More

Thank Jessica F
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Good breakfast buffet and the patio offered amazing ocean views. Staff and service were good. Buffet offered lots of options including an omelette bar, fresh fruit and pastries.

Thank Hillary M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, 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
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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.