The Bistro

A Santa Barbara Restaurant with Italian Inspirations & Breathtaking Views

Situated oceanside, The Bistro restaurant in Santa Barbara offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Inspired by the elegant, old-fashioned charm of the Italian Riviera, The Bistro blends the finest locally-sourced ingredients with flavors of Italy, rich in seafood, fragrant olive oil, fresh herbs and farmers’ market vegetables. Menu highlights of this Santa Barbara restaurant include traditional Italian dishes, such as pastas and brick-oven flatbreads, complemented by lighter, coastal cuisine. Here, Bacara guests will discover a recently-renovated dining room that reflects Santa Barbara’s beautiful panorama, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. Its interior design, such as chiseled ironwork, upholstered panels and Moorish archways, create a traditional but modern restaurant experience in Santa Barbara, CA. Like California, the new dining room represents a measure of balance and contrasts, being Old World while modern, spacious while intimate, and understated while luxurious.

Chef de Cuisine Chris Turano

The Bistro is led by Chef de Cuisine Chris Turano, who earned the prestigious role after competing on Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell. Taking the helm of an Italian restaurant is a natural progression for Turano, who grew up cooking Italian cuisine with his Sicilian-born father. “My approach is to keep food simple and let the ingredients speak for themselves, especially when you have California’s bounty at your fingertips,” said Turano. Prior to joining Bacara, Turano served as executive chef of Chicago Firehouse Restaurant and the Quadrangle Club at the University of Chicago. In addition to formal training at College of DuPage in Illinois, Turano’s impressive background includes a stint under famed Chef Ted Cizma, Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef of 2001. Visit The Bistro to enjoy Chef Chris Turano’s special menu items inspired by his experience on the Food Network. View current menus:

The Bistro is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations can be made at 805.571.3018, or make an Open Table Reservation.

Bistro Restaurant Hours:

  • Breakfast: 7:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Buffet, Sunday: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Mid-Day Fare: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm



The Bistro at Bacara Resort and Spa