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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 805-565-8237
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07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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San Luis Obispo, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the food generally are good &expensive......great selection with romantic view of the ocean>fish&meat&vegetable the best time actually is the brunch where all friends &family for special occasion

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houston
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great night! We were at Bella Vista on a very chilly California night and really wanted to eat outside. They couldn't have been nicer. The seven of us each had a blanket and 4 heaters around our table. The food was awesome and the service was unbelievable. Will definitely be back!!

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Thank man01
Sunnyvale, California, United States
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious brunch, attentive staff and a breathtaking view. What more could you ask for? Yes the buffet is pricey but it's worth it. Be sure to try the house cured meats - delicious! They had a whole section with gluten-free pastries, oatmeal and condiments. The GF banana bread and muffin were dry, but a little Nutella can solve that. Treat... More 

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Austin Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you an eat outside , do so. Inside not so charming. remodeled restaurant and furniture is not like it used to be Italian menu. Good service,, food choices could be better

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Thank Robert Faulkner G
AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Robert Faulkner G, Thank you for sharing your recent experience with fellow TripAdvisor users. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the terrace overlooking Butterfly Beach. I am disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy the restaurant aesthetic as well as some of the menu options. We greatly appreciate your feedback and will be sure to... More 

Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Reserved dinner at Bella Vista to surprise my wife with the place as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and she totally loved it .. Not the first time at Four Seasons in general but it was the first time at this place and they were above and beyond my expectations as usual. Great Place from the moment you walk... More 

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AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Elagouz, I am so pleased to hear that we were able to make your recent dining celebration at Bella Vista memorable. Thank you for sharing your experience and we so look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Warm regards, Aaron Ide Resort Manager More 

Richmond Hill
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Really can't say enough to truly describe the experience. I mean, we were just there for brunch but what a brunch! They start you off with Mimosa's and then you make your way to the different stations to have basically whatever you want...oysters, caviar...you name it and its probably there (and top quality in preparation and presentation) If you are... More 

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AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear The_Doc_Family, Thank you for sharing your recent Sunday Brunch experience with fellow TripAdvisor users. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back for many more dining experiences. Warm regards, Aaron Ide Resort Manager More 

Toronto
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669 reviews
391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Very impressive lunch. The fungi pizza had just the right touch of onion and spice. The Cobb salad was superb. Extensive by the glass wine list. Outstanding wait staff

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Redondo Beach, California
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175 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Had lunch and drinks. Both times I sat outside on the patio. Great food, wonderful drinks and friendly service. Beautiful setting with ocean views. Plenty of heat lamps in the winter. I always enjoy sitting outside.

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Thank yannis63
AaronI1927, General Manager at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear yannis63, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at Bella Vista Restaurant. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, especially the views from the terrace and look forward to welcoming you back. Warm regards, Aaron Ide Resort Manager More 

Los Angeles
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109 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Everything, from the beautiful salad with local greens, to the exquisite branzino, the truffled mushroom gnocchi the gorgeous Umbrian Cervaro Della Sala, and the finishing touch of the chocolate soufflé, was magical. Chef Mario Fossati is a genius, pure and simple.

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Vancouver, Washington
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We had an amazing weekend in Santa Barbara, punctuated by a dinner at Bella Vista. The second night of 3 nights of amazing dining with good friends. The weather was great, a warm sunny day with clear skies and we were seated just before sunset. The view was incredible, the food was delicious and the service by Harold was top... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$48
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 15:00
Thursday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
Description
Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara's most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito's Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor-outdoor dining experience. Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats and the shared charcuterie plate is the most popular appetizer on the menu. Thursday nights a crudo bar offers shucked oysters, shrimp and scallops at sunset and the restaurant is home to one of the most celebrated Sunday brunches in the United States.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?