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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“pancakes” (6 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch at the Bistro and enjoyed the best fish tacos we have eaten. Beautiful facilities, great location. Reminded us of Sharm el Sheik in Egypt.

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time here. We had an early dinner and really liked it. Light fare and delicious. Service was super.

Thank FredN47
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful staff. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are very appealing. Strong wine list. Lovely ocean views.

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

My husband had steak and eggs and I had wonderful homemade granola with fabulous berries and cream, al with an ocean view.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 25 December 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with a long-time friend last year when it was privately owned. It is now a Ritz-Carlton and we thought we’d see what had changed. As always, the valet service and ‘golf cart drivers' were a young, cheerful and fun....More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

I went there for Saturday breakfast outside the weather was very comfortable and their views are stunning. I had the buffet breakfast which says it comes with cold meats but I did not see any. The eggs were great fresh fruit was available. Staff were...More

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 29 November 2017

The Bistro at Bacara offers up really nice food with spectacular views of the coastline and Channel Islands offshore. Great selection of food choices, pleasant seating indoors our outside. You’ll enjoy!

Thank David B L
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The Bistro at the Bacara has always been a great, calm, well done, top choice for an elegant meal. It is where I take guests to be charmed and have a lovely view of the Pacific. It ranks up there with the Biltmore in Montecito....More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Omelette station, smoked salmon, croissants and much more! Great service and nice view! We love the yogurt and fresh berries.

Thank Beluga4162
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We booked The Bistro at Bacara on Oct 15th by accident. I had read an article about great fine dining restaurants in Santa Barbara. I mistakenly booked the Bistro versus Angel Oak which was the restaurant referred to in the article. Angel Oak is also...More

Thank David R
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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.
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