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The Dining Room and Terrace

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800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176 (Lasuen)
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I read other reviews encouraging sitting outside, and I'm so glad I did. While I arrived a bit after the sun had set, the view from the patio was breathtaking. I had the salmon and it was delicious. This is a must visit during your stay in the area!

Thank Kathleen G
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely dinner at El Encanto. Both the ceaser and kale salads were delicious. We both enjoyed a special main which featured grilled ribeye, scallops and fresh veggies. Wine and service were very good. The only downside was that we were seated on a couch and dining table, which for us was very uncomfortable as there was insufficient back support and... More 

Thank Stephanie M
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The food was all very creative, tons of options and delicious!! The Nutella French Toast was my favorite, however I did find out where they purchased their tea (Art of Tea) because I couldn't get enough of it. The servers were all so friendly and knowledgeable. A dining treat!

Thank JenCasselli
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We had a wonderful time at Sunday brunch. The ambiance was awesome, the service was impeccable and the food was divine. The family style first course was not only beautiful but tasty. I had the chicken and waffles and thought they were delish! I also enjoyed the dessert buffet. The bread pudding was recommended by our waitress and it did... More 

Thank M'Leta W
Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 December 2016

The view from the El Encanto terrace is one of the most beautiful views in Santa Barbara. My friend and I wanted a dish that was no longer being offered, but the extraordinary staff had the chef make it for us. It was as delicious as anticipated. We will be returning often.

Thank jcsmsb
Woodbury, New York
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Place is gorgeous, help was beyond helpful and courteous throughout a terrible and I mean terrible meal. I ordered halibut sushi which intrigued me because I never had it before. Plate came out and it looked beautiful! The smell of it put me off immediately but I gave it a try which was a mistake. It was fishy and not... More 

1 Thank Geoffreylee1313
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560 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

You look down on the city from this mountain location. Our group of about 20 enjoyed appetizers and dinner here. Enjoyed the squash soup, sea bass, lemon basil risotto, and the farmer's market berry torte.

Thank OklahomaMomOf3
los angeles
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105 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

High up over Santa Barbara,. Elegant dining room and very good food and service. Not at all noisy ! For the quality the price is right (expensive.)

Thank leidenaar
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Good Food, Better Service, Best View. They have heaters on the terrace so cold isn't an issue. We actually got rained on part way through dinner and they got us under cover within seconds and no interruption of service.

1 Thank Mitchel L
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Excellent mixed drinks, wonderful veggie pasta. Great service. What really caught my attention was the yogurt-fruit-granola combo that I ordered for breakfast the next morning. The granola was very good. The yogurt was also quite fresh and artisanal. The waiter said that it's made in-house. Delicious.

1 Thank Janet_D752

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 18058455800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?