Fine Dining by Bacara Resort

Savor Some of the Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara, CA

Bacara guests can indulge in a range of ambiances at our resort’s dining experiences in Santa Barbara. Our acclaimed culinary team blends locally grown ingredients with innovative techniques to capture the unique flavors of Santa Barbara County.

Wake up with a delightful breakfast at the Spa Café, relax with a grass-fed beef burger at the pool, or wind down with a cocktail by one of the resort’s cozy fireplaces. Bacara’s cuisine has long been applauded by guests and food critics alike. To experience some of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara, many culinary tours make a long stop at Bacara Resort & Spa.

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Meet Executive Chef Vincent Lesage

Bacara Chef Vincent Lesage 2At the age of 30, Chef Vincent Lesage’s impressive career already includes 3-Star Michelin restaurants in Paris as well as experience at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

Born and raised in Paris at the center of the food universe, Lesage was surrounded by the rich flavors and techniques that define French gastronomy. But it was actually art that inspired him to become a chef. An avid art lover, he spent his spare time at the Louvre, studying the beautiful paintings and color palates that would later influence his artistic presentations.

After graduating from the Institut Paul Bocuse in Ecully, France, Lesage trained at some of the world’s most celebrated establishments, including The Ritz Paris, the Michelin three-star restaurant, L’Astrance, and Michelin three-star restaurant, Bras.

Most recently, Lesage served as Executive Chef of Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach where he opened two of the city’s only waterfront restaurants, Waterline and A&O Kitchen + Bar. Prior to that, he served as Executive Sous Chef at St. Regis Monarch Beach, managing a culinary team of more than 60.

Today, as Executive Chef of Bacara’s renowned culinary program, Lesage oversees the resort’s six dining experiences, including a new signature restaurant opening spring 2016. When asked about his vision for Bacara, Lesage says “I approach every outlet as its own distinct concept. From a healthy breakfast at Spa Café to a casual family meal at The Bistro, each experience is unique, and each experience is exceptional.”

When Lesage is not in the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring Santa Barbara’s museums.


Give the Gift of Bacara

Give the gift of a weekend getaway, a relaxing spa escape or unforgettable dining experience at Bacara. Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be ordered and shipped directly online.