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The Bistro

8301 Hollister Ave. (Hwy. 101 & Winchester Canyon Rd.) Send to Phone
Enjoy Italian cuisine and an ocean view at Bacara's more casual dining venue.


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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The Bistro, Goleta, CA

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The Bistro Restaurant Review

: The Bistro at Bacara Resort & Spa draws its inspiration from the Italian Riviera, which is fitting as Santa Barbara is known as the “American Riviera.” Here you’ll find a relaxed setting. The location is phenomenal, with a stone terrace overlooking the ocean. The interior, which includes a private dining room, also impresses with its beautiful ironwork and Moorish design influences. The Italian fare, now overseen by chef de cuisine James Plant, is accented with local ingredients, as in the wax beans that are part of the calamari fritto misto among the starters. Mains at lunch have included rigatoni with fennel sausage or pan-roasted halibut with lentils, sautéed spinach, chilies and almond butter. Salads, sandwiches and pizzas round out the menu. Dinnertime brings dishes such as cioppino and grilled lamb chops. End the meal with tiramisu or lemon blueberry cheesecake. California wineries are prominent on the wine list, which also notes a few selections of barreled wine on tap. There are several bottled beers plus classic cocktails. In addition, The Bistro produces the food for the pools, cabanas and room service, and the restaurant has become a weekend destination for its brunch buffet.

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