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The Dining Room and Terrace

800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
+1 805-845-5800
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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“salmon” (13 reviews)
“caviar” (3 reviews)
“granola” (3 reviews)
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800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We chose the Dining Room at El Encanto for our wedding reception dinner. Because of our party size (13 people), we requested the Wine Room - one of their private room options - which was absolutely wonderful. It allowed our group to chat in a...More

Thank CAK314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, elegant and prestigeous hotel's restaurant, highly-acclaimed and popular, offering beautiful views in a lush hilltop setting. What could possibly go wrong? Well, here are a few: 1) Cold, foggy and windy outdoor dining terrace. Nice outdoor radiant heaters, however only one in three were...More

1  Thank Snosearch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wide terrace allows great views looking over Santa Barbara out to the sea. The sunset time and the direction of your seats is important. We enjoyed the baby lettuce salad as a starter and shared the black cod for an entire. Both were fabulous....More

Thank dziran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely loved dinner here. The food was fresh, the choice was good and the service was attentive. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. We tried the lime pie donuts for dessert - which sounded a little unusual - but they did not disappoint! The...More

Thank Dani F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful location. We had dinner with friends on the terrace. Our table was ready, but we had to ask to be seated after waiting about 10 minutes. The dinner service was terrible--some ordered items never arrived; we had a party of 8 and the entrees...More

Thank johnthoeft
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I read other reviews encouraging sitting outside, and I'm so glad I did. While I arrived a bit after the sun had set, the view from the patio was breathtaking. I had the salmon and it was delicious. This is a must visit during your...More

Thank Kathleen G
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely dinner at El Encanto. Both the ceaser and kale salads were delicious. We both enjoyed a special main which featured grilled ribeye, scallops and fresh veggies. Wine and service were very good. The only downside was that we were seated on a couch and...More

Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The food was all very creative, tons of options and delicious!! The Nutella French Toast was my favorite, however I did find out where they purchased their tea (Art of Tea) because I couldn't get enough of it. The servers were all so friendly and...More

Thank JenCasselli
Reviewed 21 December 2016

We had a wonderful time at Sunday brunch. The ambiance was awesome, the service was impeccable and the food was divine. The family style first course was not only beautiful but tasty. I had the chicken and waffles and thought they were delish! I also...More

Thank M'Leta W
Reviewed 9 December 2016

The view from the El Encanto terrace is one of the most beautiful views in Santa Barbara. My friend and I wanted a dish that was no longer being offered, but the extraordinary staff had the chef make it for us. It was as delicious...More

Thank jcsmsb
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-5800