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Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 805-565-8237
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (58 reviews)
“caviar” (14 reviews)
“crab legs” (5 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very relaxing and peaceful place to have brunch (or any other meal). We were very happy we stopped by. Had a great omelet.

Thank Matt T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sitting on the patio was so relaxing. Good food and excellent choices for beverages.At the end of the pier is a perfect spot for watching the fishing off the pier.

Thank GoodGarlic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tremendous in every sense of the word. The restaurant has everything you could possibly desire. The view----you must sit outside for a sunset dinner over the Pacific----is unbeatable. The architecture is stunning which create a special ambience evoking privilege beyond your financial assets. The creativity...More

Thank Dawn P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another great bar in the Santa Barbara area is the Ty Lounge which is part of the Bella Vista. Went there post concert with a few friends and enjoyed first drinking at the bar then sitting outside. It was not the cheapest bar in the...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I had a lovely dining experience again at the Bella Vista on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The dining room was well staffed on a holiday weekend. We had the delightful, Zac, as our server. I had lobster ravioli and my sister had...More

Thank butters05
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Biltmore in Montecito is one of the loveliest places on earth. Everything is perfect and to dine outside and look at the ocean is amazing. Happy hour isn't well known and it takes the sting off the high prices. Far from a bargain the...More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Requested outside patio dining on reservation, but saw all diners were asked if they wanted inside or outside. Ordered 2 champagne cocktails on the reservation and were delivered as soon as we were seated, as requested. Excellent service, food, and view. Will return.

Thank cactuspal
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Lunch on the terrace overlooking the Pacific-delightful. Beautiful surroundings, splendid view, friendly and attentive staff. Our sandwiches were hearty, tasty and totally consumed! A tranquil and enjoyable lunch.

Thank Leon P
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We had a very enjoyable Italian meal at Bella Vista. The beautiful setting makes this restaurant what it is and the food and service certainly compliment it well. We both had pasta dishes which were delicious and would happily go back again!

Thank Willescapinglondon
Reviewed 24 July 2017

In a superb surrounding, with attentive service, the Holiday Brunch at the Bella Vista stands out as elegant with a great variety of food.

Thank MarshBruce
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maray s
13 March 2017|
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Response from AaronI1927 | Property representative |
Dear Maray, Thank you for thinking of Bella Vista for lunch! We do recommend reservations however they are not required. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday... More
24 January 2017|
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Response from AaronI1927 | Property representative |
Hello Suzyhair, Bella Vista is closed for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Thursday - Monday, reservations are recommended but not required. May we assist in setting up a reservation for you? Warm regards, Aaron... More
Barbara J
3 September 2015|
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Response from GJo3814 | Reviewed this property |
No dress code. We saw everything from shorts and beach shoes to more "date night" type of attire.
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$15 - US$48
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
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07:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 15:00
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17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
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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