El Encanto restaurant, Santa Barbara

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    El Encanto restaurant: Good food, great view at lunchtime

    by HarmoniousBotch Written Jul 20, 2005

    The restaurant is on the El Encanto hotel grounds in the hills above Santa Barbara. There is both indoor and patio seating, and hardly a seat without an ocean view.
    The decor is elegant and understated, the waiters were flawless, and the food wasn't too bad.
    The one disapointment was the shrimp bisque - a bowl of it had two small, overcooked shrimps in it. But the meal improved steadily throughout; two seafood entrees were tasty and well presented. Dessert was a pleasant surprise. Now, mind you, I don't consider any dessert to be properly prepared if it doesn't have chocolate in it, but their meringue concoction was superb.
    NB: lunch is a better bet than dinner for the ocean view - it often gets overcast in late afternoon in SB.

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