Sumptuous Holiday Celebrations at Alisal River Terrace

by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography
by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

The Santa Ynez Valley has many beautiful locations for holiday celebrations for small or large company parties as well as annual family gatherings.  Alisal River Terrace is one of Santa Barbara wine country’s crown jewels.  Here are our top reasons to choose this stunning location for your holiday celebration. And if these are not enough, check out the Alisal River Terrace Holiday Menu Chef Pascal has designed for your private  group below our top reasons:

  1. Alisal Christmas bulbOutdoor and indoor options with sweeping panoramic wine country hillside views.
  2. A cozy roaring fireplace.
  3. Many event layout “style” options: from cocktails and hors d’oeuves on the patio before the holiday meal to indoor cozy dining options or all -indoor event options, there is a layout plan to suit almost any event preference and spending plan.
  4. Tremendous value, all with the world-class service and quality cuisine  for which Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is known.
  5. There is no requirement for overnight accommodations when booking an event at  Alisal River Terrace, although one may inquire on special packages that may include overnight accommodations (subject to availability and additional rates).
  6. Ample complimentary self-parking;  however, if you wish to kick your event up a notch, our alliance with Blue Star Parking and Valet will allow you to upgrade your event for a reasonable rate.
  7. Referrals to the area’s best event supply partners who can provide complete party planning, DJ services, live band /entertainment, flowers/decor and specialty services such as photobooths and other activities to amuse your guests.
  8. The option to host an alternative holiday luncheon or Sunday Brunch during restaurant hours for up to 40 guests without additional private event room rental fees or specialty menus.

Below are our 2015 Alisal River Terrace Holiday Menus for your private event:

Please select one salad, three entrees and one dessert for your group

Baby frisee and shaved radish salad with crisp pancetta
Feta cheese and mustard-balsamic vinaigrette
Caesar salad with shaved manchego cheese
Roasted poblano chilies and Caesar dressing
Baby spinach salad with pistachio crusted goat cheese
Dried cranberries and smoked bacon vinaigrette
Mixed baby greens with roasted butternut squash and apples
Pomegranate seeds and herb vinaigrette
Butter leaves with stilton cheese, caramelized almonds
Bosc pears and white balsamic vinaigrette

Roasted Baquetta seabass with saffron bouillabaisse sauce and garlic aioli
Basmati rice and shaved fennel
$ 42.00++
Grilled Scottish natural salmon steak, crispy leeks
Cauliflower puree and broccolini
Pumpkin-cilantro pesto
$ 45.00++
Seared Scottish natural salmon steak
Basil mashed Yukon gold potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts
Lemon beurre blanc
$ 45.00++
Lemon garlic jumbo shrimp with herbs and tomatoes
Southern parmesan grits and grilled asparagus
$ 48.00++
Grilled marinated swordfish
White bean relish and potato skordalia
Tarragon sauce
$ 48.00++
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Truffled gnocchi with wild mushrooms & vegetable broth
English & parmesan cheese
$ 38.00++
Marinated tofu with ginger-soy sauce
Grilled bok choy, asparagus, coconut rice & hoisin glaze
$ 38.00++

Roasted Peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin
Yukon gold mashed potatoes, oven baked Brussels sprouts
Crispy French onions
Zinfandel-shallots sauce
$ 50.00++
Roasted marinated rack of lamb
Goat cheese mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and pomegranate seeds
Syrah wine reduction with shallots and rosemary
$ 50.00++
Prime rib roast with natural pan juices and Yorkshire pudding
Mashed potatoes and creamed spinach
Creamed horseradish
$ 50.00++
Roasted duck breast and braised duck leg
Wild mushroom risotto and grilled asparagus
Thyme pan juices
$ 46.00++
Pan seared chicken breast with tarragon jus
Soft mascarpone polenta, grilled wild mushrooms
Micro greens
$ 42.00++

Roasted peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin & grilled natural salmon
Yukon gold mashed potatoes & broccolini
Zinfandel-shallots & lemon beurre blanc
$ 55.00++
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Pumpkin crème brulee with almond tuile
Granny smith apple bread pudding with bourbon hard sauce
Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean crème anglaise
Vermont Maple syrup cheesecake with maple-cranberry compote
Marjolaine cake with hazelnuts and nutella
Frangelico crème anglaise
Classic Tiramisu with Frangelico crème anglaise
Famous Alisal Oatmeal Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
All meals Include:
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Numi Teas
Sweet goodies from our pastry shop
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Hors D’oeuvres
To be ordered by the dozen, two dozen minimum, passed or stationed
Cold Hors D’oeuvres
Bruchetta Toast with Tomatoes, Garlic, & Basil
$3.95++ per piece
Buffalo Mozzarella with Basil Pesto on Crostini
$3.95++ per piece
Smoked Salmon Canapé with Pumpernickel Bread
$3.95++ per piece
Shiitake Mushroom & Boursin Cheese Crostini
$4.00++ per piece
Eggplant Caviar on Spicy Pita Bread
$3.95++ per piece
Mild Goat Cheese with Herbs on Walnut Bread
$4.25++ per piece
Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Cream on Wonton
$4.95++ per piece
Fresh Salmon Tartare with Fresh Dill
$4.95++ per piece
Chilled Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce & Ailoi
$5.25++ per piece
Lobster Salad with Mango Salsa on Crouton
$5.25++ per piece
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Hors D’oeuvres
To be ordered by the dozen, two dozen minimum, passed or stationed
Hot Hors D’oeuvres
Wild Mushroom & Leek Turnovers
$4.25++ per piece
Stuffed Mushrooms with Dungeness Crabmeat
$4.95++ per piece
Sea Scallops Wrapped in Applewood Bacon
$6.25++ per piece
Beef Turnover with Mango Chutney, & Curry
$4.25++ per piece
Eggplant Caviar on Spicy Pita Bread
$3.95++ per piece
Miniature Dungeness Crab Cakes with Creole Sauce
$5.95++ per piece
“Lolli-Pop” Lamb Chops with Rosemary Glaze
$5.95++ per piece
Vegetarian Egg Rolls with Ginger Soy Sauce
$4.25++ per piece
Chicken Empanadas with Alisal Salsa Cruda
$4.25++ per piece
Chinese Pot Stickers with Ponzu Sauce
$4.50++ per piece
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Hors D’oeuvre Platters
Assorted Raw Vegetables with Two Different Dips
$6.25++ per person
Tortilla Chips with Salsa & Guacamole
$9.50++ per person
Assorted Imported Cheeses with
Fresh Fruit, Lavosh Crackers & Bread
$9.75++ per person

To book your Alisal River Terrace private event, contact our catering department at: .  If you are interested in having lunch (for up to 40 guests) in our restaurant during normal restaurant hours and using the restaurant menu, contact restaurant manager Bobbie Rosenstrauch at:

We welcome the opportunity to make your celebration memorable.


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