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4.9 (431) $$$$ $$$$ French, Californian


Summary: A feast of local flavors and fine dining.

At Bell's, Daisy and Greg Ryan have created a haven for food enthusiasts in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, bringing together the finest local ingredients and classic cooking techniques. This relaxed French-inspired bistro is nestled in a charming former farm building, where guests indulge in exquisite dishes such as wild snails in garlic-parsley butter, Santa Barbara uni crêpe cake with crème fraîche and caviar, and tender lamb en croûte with Calabrian chili aïoli. Each course is a testament to the Ryans' dedication to sourcing 90% of their products within 20 miles, ensuring a fresh and flavorful experience with every bite. Desserts like the buttery gâteau Breton and black pepper cookies with dark chocolate are the perfect end to a meal that not only tastes divine but is also a visual feast. Bell's commitment to unpretentious yet refined cuisine keeps patrons returning for more, while the selection of eclectic wines complements the exceptional fare served within this cozy bistro's walls.


1 Star
James Beard
Best Chef California - Semifinalist 2023


406 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440

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