Bacara Resort and Miro’ Restaurant: Luxurious Spa and Accommodations and Excellent Cuisine on the Ocean in Santa Barbara, CA

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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean just minutes north of Santa Barbara, Bacara, the beautiful, luxurious oasis and spa, and their signature restaurant Miro’ as well as their casual Bistro are Fred Bollaci Enterprises Preferred Destinations for dining and lodging, and Fred Bollaci Favorites, featured in his upcoming memoir!


Bacara Resort features two wonderful choices for delicious, waterfront dining: their casually-elegant Bistro, and signature restaurant Miró. Named after the Spanish artist Joan Miró, Miró features a stunning waterfront location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as extraordinary New American cuisine. Diners can enjoy the best in Santa Barbara dining – either indoors or on the spacious outdoor terrace – and savor Chef de Cuisine Johan Denizot’s contemporary twist on dishes from around the globe, enhanced with the freshest, local, seasonal ingredients, and paired with an extensive wine list. Miró Wine Cellar houses upwards of 12,000 bottles featuring 1,200 labels that span 13 countries and 75 international appellations. Under the direction of Bacara’s expert sommeliers, the wine list has expanded over the years and now proudly represents the greatest wines produced in the world, as well as local Santa Barbara area wineries.


Chef de Cuisine Johan Denizot. With an Italian mother, a French father and a resume that includes time in Switzerland and France, Miró Chef de Cuisine Johan Denizot brings world-class experience and flair to kitchen at Miró. Born in Pontarlier, France, Johan’s culinary career began at a young age working at his uncle’s restaurants. At 15 years old, he attended Lycee Toussaint l’ouverture Culinary School in Pontarlier, France, and worked in great kitchens in  Lausanne, Switzerland and the French Alps. After coming to America, his expansive resume includes Annabelle’s Bar & Bistro San Francisco, Alisal Guest Ranch in Santa Ynez and Root 246 in Santa Ynez where he worked alongside award-winning chef Bradley Ogden.

Features on a recent menu included: Spring Carrot Ginger Soup with Delta Asparagus, Pistou, and Fried Wild Rice, Seasonal Young Lettuces with Fennel, Radishes, Black Garlic, and Minus 8 Vinegar, Kumamoto Oysters withMeyer Lemon Mignonette, and Scallions, Jersey Ricotta Gnudi Spring Onions, Fava Beans, Iberico Ham, and Marcona Almond Broth, Chili King Crab Legs with Spicy Lobster Broth, and Scallions, Big Eye Tuna Sashimi, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Organic Baby Kale, Di Stefano Buratta, with Absinthe Infused Harry’s Strawberries, Olive Relish, and Kelp Ashes, and Castro Valley Purple Artichokes, Lemon Confit, and Baby Roquette for starters.

Entree selections included: Columbia River Wild King Salmon withHeirloom Beets, Fried Oyster Asparagus, and English Peas, Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Littleneck Clams, Black Bean Garlic Sauce, Spring Onions, and Sake Broth, Jidori Chicken Breast and Thigh with Pecorino Cheese, and Parsley Anchovy Salsa Verde, Bone-In Prime Short Rib with Farro Risotto, Blackberry Cipollini Onions, and Dried Olive Gremolata, New York Strip Steak with Baby Bloomsdale Spinach, and Charred Heirloom Carrots, Snake River Farm Kobe Rib Eye, Colorado Lamb Loin with Lemon Gnocchi, Peas, Grilled Scallions, Black Olive Essence, and Lamb Jus, English Pea Carnaroli Risotto Fava Beans, Wild Ramps, Puffed Rice, Lemon Ricotta, and Artisan Tagliatelle with Burgundy Black Truffle, Pancetta, and Farm egg.






Bacara is a full-service, luxurious resort and spa in a magnificent coastal setting. The spa is one of the nicest anywhere, and the accommodations are spacious, comfortable, contemporary, and deluxe. Enjoy a host of activities, including golf, hiking, horseback riding, and touring the Santa Barbara wine country nearby. Bacara is an ideal place for a relaxing, romantic getaway, and is an ideal location for a wedding.

See you in Santa Barbara, and please tell the folks at Bacara that Fred Bollaci sent you!

Bacara Resort
8301 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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