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The Bistro at Bacara

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8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474 (Hollister)
08:00 - 21:30
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San Jose, CA
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The lobster omelet had lots of meat and cheese and was expertly prepared. The presentation of the salmon lox plate with capers and cream cheese was terrific and we enjoyed both. The service could have been better: I was seated for several minutes and no one offered me water or coffee. I finally got up and served myself water. That... More 

Thank 06Mexico_Lover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely the best view. Went for breakfast with my wife, son and nephew. Service was impeccable. Coffee was delicious and our service refilled several times without asking. Nephew had 3 giant sized pancakes, son had Eggs Benedict, wife had heuvos rancheros and everyone said it was delicious. I had the lobster omelette and it had tons of large pieces of... More 

Thank Rondi M
Cypress, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We ate at the Bistro while staying at the Bacara and enjoyed our meal and service. A bit pricey but this is expected at a high end hotel.

Thank Traveler29TT29
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Great place for a craft beer. Great selection of IPAs+ on draft, plus plenty of bottles. Nice outdoor seating. Music every night (loud). Minimal food. Cheese plated and sandwich for lunch. Dog friendly.

Thank dh2go
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

The location is beautiful but the food and service is slow and spotty. Some things were really well done and the ambiance made it easy to overlook the shortfalls.

Thank Howard F
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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272 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Food and service in this restaurant is nicely consistent, when they're open. We enjoyed breakfast here each day of our stay. The service was good and the food was good. We had the Chef's Table twice and some food was cold at times, but it was refreshed consistently. The omelette station was great and the fruit and pastry display was... More 

Thank Denise A
Napa, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Next time I would go for the appetizers & cocktails rather then the full meal. Absolutely LOVED the Thai Brussel Sprouts!

Thank Michele Q
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Had breakfast, lunch and dinner. This Restuarant needs to update it menu. Menu is very limited. Great service and beautiful atmosphere. Chicken orzo soup was not what I expected.

Thank Teri T
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely spot for breakfast or any other meal for that matter. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The views across the sea are stunning. The breakfast choices are multiple and I had the homemade granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit - it was excellent.

Thank PEMtheDane
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The Bisto was our favorite place for breakfast, lunch and/or a late afternoon snack. The view could not be beat and the food and service were impeccable. Loved!!

Thank pamitch10

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
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: 805.571.3018
  • This restaurant is at Bacara Resort & Spa
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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