In December 2017 the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito was closed for a month to cleanup after tremendous ash fall from the Thomas Fire. The day after reopening in January 2018 the devastating Montecito floods hit, shattering the lives and homes of many, and directly damaging much of the Biltmore property. As predicted by reader Steve H.  the Biltmore resort and popular Bella Vista restaurant reopened on June 1st and has never been better. Here is a description provided by Four Seasons:

“Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara’s most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor–outdoor dining experience. Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats, and the shared charcuterie plate is the most popular appetizer on the menu. Bella Vista also boasts an expansive wine list and has been recognized for earning Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence.” Bella Vista is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily (9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday).

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