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Via Maestra 42

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3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
+1 805-569-6522
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 21:00
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Palm Springs, California
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As eggplant parmigiana is my favorite of all Italian dishes I base, fairly or unfairly, my review on how good that dish is at a restaurant. Growing up in the Bronx, I love the southern Italian brand of cooking and baking the eggplant in an oval shaped baking dish. Anyway, Via Maestra 42, exceeded my expectations with their absolutely delicious... More 

3 Thank edtrost
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132 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Step through the door and step back in time. There is a wonderful feeling of something born of tradition. The food was excellent. Do not skip dessert, if necessary take it along for later. The space is small and fills up fast.

2 Thank sssnancysss
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite Thai place was unexpectedly closed on a Tuesday night so we happened across the street to this unimposing little spot we had talked about trying for over a year. SO glad we went in! The food was sensational (try "Le Legge"... simple and marvelous!) and the service was incredible. Stevie was absolutely wonderful: personable, professional, and a really... More 

2 Thank Chris M
Santa Barbara, California
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346 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my favorites in Santa Barbara. It is a small busy place with really good people who have worked here for a long time. Loyal to repeat customers and always friendly and good food at reasonable prices. Eat in or out. Better than you would expect from a small strip mall on upper State

2 Thank expectquality1942
St. Helena, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I lived in Santa Barbara for several years and now go back to visit once a year and my first thought is always, "When am I going to Via Maestra?" Here's my recommendation - go on a weekday for lunch. It's quiet, you can sit on the patio and relax, drink a crisp glass of Italian white wine, even bring... More 

1 Thank Anna B
Napa Valley, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Had dinner here recently with my wife and daughter. We have eaten here a number of times over the years and are always pleased with the quality and taste of the food. The dining experience is excellent in a very small, charming restaurant. Service is always top-notch, and our server, Andrew, on this most recent visit was very, very good.... More 

2 Thank johnjg
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I asked the desk clerk at our hotel to recommend a good Italian restaurant and he suggested Via Maestra 42. I'm so happy we took his advice! Located in a small strip-mall it doesn't look like much from the outside however as soon a we stepped through the door it was obvious this was the real deal. An intimate space... More 

2 Thank jbtraveler2
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53 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Consistently delivers, no matter how busy! Great pasta dishes, have tried both the meat and vegetable lasagne, and both were spectacular. A nice menu, lots of choices, and every time it is always great food. A little small inside and tables close together, but there is also an outdoor patio with a few tables. It seems to be. Always busy... More 

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Pasadena, California
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My wife and I have been going to Santa Barbara for weekends and vacations for years, and in that time, I bet we have driven by this restaurant many times and never noticed. With some reason as it occupies a small, nondescript space in an older strip mall that doesn't exactly scream for attention. However, on a recent visit a... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Family of 4 there on a Friday night. They do not take bookings, the atmosphere inside was great so we were happy we did. All our means we're yum and service excellent...prices reasonable. If we lived in Santa Barbara we would be regulars.

1 Thank Vanessa S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-569-6522

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