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The Dining Room and Terrace

800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
+1 805-845-5800
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“salmon” (13 reviews)
“granola” (4 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely lunch on the terrace at El Encanto. The staff moved tables for us so that we could both sit in the shade and look at the view down to the ocean. I had a very good summer risotto which was served...More

Thank Ruth G
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We had lunch and dinner here last Thursday and the food and service were 10 out of 10! The setting on the terrance overlooking the ocean is stunning. The menu offers something for everyone and the salads, entrees and desserts were among the best we...More

Thank rhLaguna
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We love this place. We live by the Mission so it’s quite easy for us to walk up for a nice Saturday morning breakfast when we have guests in town, or just because. The views from the patio are spectacular. This is Santa Barbara (our...More

Thank MandLCarey
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Nice dinner - not much choice for me though as a vegetarian . My husband enjoyed his steak and the wine he was recommended was good

Thank sarahbR9817EN
Reviewed 1 July 2018

We had a private room for a luncheon for 20 and it was very elegant. We had appetizers and drinks on the patio and a lovely lunch in the room. This setting overlooking Santa Barbara is the best!

Thank ewmacv
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Go here if you want superb service, excellent food and a lovely, gracious location with a view where you can hear your companions talk without yelling or straining. We celebrated a birthday and belated Fathers Day today and were all charmed by the service, the...More

Thank beachtravel
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Bellini Brunch, April 29, was delicious with so many choices and the presentations attractive. Thanks to Samantha, Sophia and Michaela for making the four of us locals feel like VIPs. Hubby rated the lamb with hummus excellent. Restaurant and valet staff were extra accommodating because...More

Thank goodboyboise
Reviewed 29 April 2018

I’m surprised to read three star reviews for this restaurant. Our experience was always very good indeed with attentive and knowledgeable staff, good food choices and extremely well constructed dishes. We ate breakfast here every day and dinner twice during our four night stay and...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 4 April 2018

First of all, Jose was an amazing server. He was attentive and knowledgable. He also explained the dishes very well, which was helpful, because it is hard to decipher from the menu how the dishes are actually served. Second, the terrace has a great view....More

Thank UptownGirl805
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Food is good with prices as expected, Service is extremely slow. First dined here just after it opened and it was slow, attributed it to new people but it has not gotten better. The problem is that management seems to realize the problem but cannot...More

Thank bjtrmj
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Annick Nicole L
15 June 2018|
Response from goodboyboise | Reviewed this property |
We ended up calling the HOTEL, not the restaurant and asked for the manager (Samantha). She was great. There is something wrong with their phone system, I agree.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-5800
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