Spyglass Bistro & Bar has opened on the 4th floor rooftop of the new Hilton Garden Inn at 6878 Hollister Avenue in Goleta near Kmart. I live about two blocks away from there so when I heard the news I quickly walked over to check it out and I can personally confirm that the sweeping mountains-to-islands views are stunning, especially at sunset. A great view is not something people usually associate with a bar in Goleta unless you happen to be going for drinks at the Beachside Bar Café. The rooftop opens at 4 p.m. and includes a bar, tables, couches, and two fireplaces.
A good selection of beer, wine, and cocktails is available. The evening menu currently includes marinated olive mix ($8), breaded Portobello fries ($10), cheese board ($16), charcuterie board ($18), roasted beet and grilled heirloom tomato ($11), shrimp-avocado salsa ($14), and margherita flatbread ($12). A rooftop lunch menu is planned, starting in late November or early December.
While wandering the premises of the new Hilton I discovered that not all of the good stuff is restricted to the roof. Near the entrance downstairs is a full restaurant, not affiliated with Spyglass Bistro & Bar, that includes a $16 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Breakfast includes a cold station with coffee, juices, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and other offerings. The hot line will serve you omelets, scrambles, potatoes, bacon, sausage links, sausage patties, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and more. All the eggs are cooked to order and daily breakfast specials are available, such as eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, and more. This appears to be one of the best breakfast deals in town and I plan to try it out soon. Breakfast hours are 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday and 7-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.
The downstairs restaurant at the Hilton also includes offerings available all day including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread ranging from $6 -$14. Entrees include BBQ ribs ($22), grilled vegetable pasta primavera ($27), pasta marinara ($16), smothered chicken ($21), grilled salmon ($23), and grilled sirloin ($25).