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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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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good20%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“salmon” (13 reviews)
“granola” (3 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
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1 - 10 of 255 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Was here 13 days ago wrote an amazing review. Came back expecting same great service. Wrong. It's a Thursday and there is one waitress for the entire place. She has 9 tables to herself she is the same waitress that gave me amazing service 13...More

1  Thank Tommy L
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We stayed at the hotel for a week long getaway, hence we ate at The Dining Room for many breakfasts, a diner, and a late night dessert/nosh. Service was hit and miss. Staff seems to be mostly local and younger (college students, perhaps). We had...More

Thank Leland S
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The view would almost let me forgive the the haphazard service (can you check on our cocktails; may I have pepper for my salad; we ordered another bottle of water), but given the premium charged for dining here, the food and service did not live...More

Thank AnAmericanAbroad
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Every morning had breakfast on the terrace, every afternoon had late small plates lunch on terrace with champagne, and in evening cocktails. Class act across the board. Great piano player too!

Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We took my sister to the El Encanto dining room terrace for a special birthday dinner and were not disappointed. Beautiful prepared dishes, attentive staff, and delicious food.

1  Thank coastliveoak
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We had the Chicken Flatbread and Chinese Chicken Salad. both we delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Make sure to leave room for dessert!

Thank Ali K
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We chose the Dining Room at El Encanto for our wedding reception dinner. Because of our party size (13 people), we requested the Wine Room - one of their private room options - which was absolutely wonderful. It allowed our group to chat in a...More

Thank CAK314
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Beautiful, elegant and prestigeous hotel's restaurant, highly-acclaimed and popular, offering beautiful views in a lush hilltop setting. What could possibly go wrong? Well, here are a few: 1) Cold, foggy and windy outdoor dining terrace. Nice outdoor radiant heaters, however only one in three were...More

1  Thank Snosearch
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
    (Lasuen)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-5800
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