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Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano

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££ - £££
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37 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2605 (Anacapa)
+1 805-884-9419
11:30 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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177 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived, the atmosphere was very promising. It felt as though it was going to be a genuine local, favourite Italian. It was crammed full with locals, and not a tourist in sight. However, the food was ultimately disappointing, with large portions of less than stellar ingredients. Service from the lovely Claudia was excellent. Maybe we just chose very... More 

Thank Bigal57
London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A traditional style (some might say 'old fashioned') Italian just a block or so off 'the main drag' (State Street). The food is also traditional, but what we had was perfect. Nothing fancy or 'moderne' stuff', it's what's been eaten for generations, made the same way, which is something other restaurants aspire to or pretend to, but so many cut... More 

1 Thank Peter R
Santa Barbara, California
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251 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Ca'dario is a great trusty restaurant. Really good Italian food where there is very little "red sauce." Creative and extensive menu. This is my favorite standby top restaurant. Maybe it is not as cutting edge or as farm to table as some, but really good food in a great old space. Year after year it is popular and a great... More 

1 Thank expectquality1942
Portola Valley, California
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216 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

6 of us had a great meal here. The food was excellent and quickly prepared. The waiter was excellent and very personable. We brought our own wine and I'm not sure if they even charged a corkage fee. The overall price for dinner was very reasonable. The only downside might be the overall ambient noise, it is a busy place... More 

1 Thank JLG3000
Hope, Alaska
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

As an aficionado ... I can say with absolute confidance that their Carpaccio was outstanding ! Bravo !

1 Thank sennenhundgroup
San Jose, California
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We return to Ca' Dario every time we're visit SB. One of us always gets the ravioli with sage brown butter. Always. They have traditional Italian food as well that has never let us down.

Thank Jennifer W
Newark, New Jersey
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

I had dinner her the other night with my employer and it was wonderful! The service was great and the food was out of this world! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for good Italian food while in Santa Barbara.

1 Thank Kevin M
Aspen, Colorado
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Friends took me to another of their "Favorite Restaurants". It lived up to their description. An excellent , meal.

1 Thank ColoradoMtTraveler
Bakersfield, California
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

One of Santa Barbara’s best Italian restaurants with classic well prepared dishes. Seating can sometimes be a challenge so it’s best to book ahead.

1 Thank MP T
Austin, Texas
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127 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Mind you, probably some of the better pasta you can get in Santa Barbara, but then again, that is a Relative statement, and - most resolutely - not an Absolute one. The pasta (some of it) is handmade, but depending on the time of the day and the phase of the moon can be - undercooked (once. the first time... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-884-9419

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?