Overlooking Montecito's Butterfly Beach, the outdoor terrace at Bella Vista, the Four Seasons Italian restaurant, is simply stunning with 180 degree views of the ocean and coastline, a massive fire pit and retractible glass roof. Dining al fresco is just part of the Bella Vista experience though. The restaurant has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats, meaning the formaggi e salumi pat is not to be missed. The asparagi & anatra, asparagus wrapped in house-cured duck prosciutto with egg is the best possible version of that dish, and the tortellacci di ricotta features butter poached lobster and house made ricotta. The wine list is predominantly local and the caviar spread for Sunday brunch is downright decadent, one of the many reasons locals often refer to Bella Vista as their living room.
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1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, USA
Sun - Sat 7am - 9pm