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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%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (17 reviews)
“flatbread” (4 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (5 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8301 Hollister Ave, Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
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Reviewed yesterday

The breakfast buffet was terrific. BUT our experience on the menu was not. Pork belly dry and crusted sent back and salad substituted. Slow service and other things we had were mediocre. Maybe the Ritz Carlton which took over in 2017 will work on this...More

Thank Donald S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The server never even came to the table! 10-15 min of zero acknowledgement. And the restaurant was rather empty. Just inexcusable! The asst to the server tried valiantly to over compensate but isn’t properly trained. He brought a water with a tray and tray stand...More

1  Thank Tomk626
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

On two occasions when the restaurant was 2/3s empty we were told that they could not accommodate us until much later that evening.

1  Thank fgthiel
Reviewed 7 July 2018

I came to the Bacara for a spa day. It was wonderful! Midway through I went to the Bistro for lunch. Lovely setting overlooking the ocean. The server was pleasant and I ordered a steak sandwich with fries. When it came and I started eating...More

1  Thank Susanloves2travel
Reviewed 6 July 2018

We sat outdoors. Heaters are available. The service was attentive. The food was very good. Selections met our needs. Would anticipate our needs. We we t back for brunch.

Thank etnbanker
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Good food. Ate here our first night. Attentive service. Price as to be expected for Ritz-Carlton. Nothing spectacular, but served our needs after traveling to get here.

Thank O3850KGjameso
Reviewed 27 June 2018

The only place to have breakfast is very expensive. The buffet works fine but otherwise really pricey. The avocado toast is delicious.

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Easy and simple. Relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Relaxing music and pleasurable to sit and have a nice snack

Thank Jack T
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Good place for a quick bite by the pool. I especially liked the salads. Fresh ingredients in the flatbread and enchiladas.

Thank susanwilliama
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Great dinner restaurant. The bacara,s ocean front bistro. Outside seating with heaters if necessary inside lovely room with comfortable chairs and tables set apart from each other for privacy. Their soups are all homemade we had the chicken vegetable soup with orzo and spinach and...More

Thank Judie M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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