Tucked onto 78 acres overlooking the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara combines the appeal of this coastal city with the beauty of its natural surroundings. Each of the hotel’s six restaurants offers its own twist on a successful pairing: ocean views and local flavors.

Redefining the steakhouse concept, Angel Oak restaurant at the Bacara blends fresh, seasonal flavors with certified Kobe beef and beautiful ocean views. Arrive for dinner to enjoy artfully crafted dishes, locally sourced produce, cocktails and something from the restaurant’s 12,000-bottle wine collection. Complementing the menu is a variety of seating options, including a chic dining room, an outdoor patio and six private and semi-private rooms.

Angel Oak has received one of the top national honors for restaurant development + design magazine’s inaugural "rd+d" awards. Only five restaurants across six categories were selected, each representing the best of the best in both restaurant development and design. Taking home the Form + Function Innovation Award, Angel Oak was chosen for its use of space and creation of more intimate zones within a larger footprint. The judges praised the restaurant for "its striking modern approach" to a seafood and steakhouse concept.

Other design highlights of Angel Oak include an exterior mosaic wall mural that reflects the "angelic" face of a young woman, a host podium made from a hand-carved slab of black marble, a linear bar featuring a top made from "Amazonite" stone, a decorative chandelier made from hand-blown glass globes and a dimensional black brick feature wall.