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“Delightful Lunch on the Porch”
Review of Trattoria Grappolo

Trattoria Grappolo
Ranked #3 of 22 Restaurants in Santa Ynez
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Meadowale
Transit: Santa Ynez valley shuttle stops in front of the restaurant.
Description: Authentic Italian food, wood fired pizzas, pasta, salad, steaks, seafood, extensive wine list.
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Stopped at Trattoria Grappolo on the suggestion of my guest (my cousin) and had a wonderful, airy visit on the restaurant's covered, but open front porch. After a light Pinot Grigio had a superb (superb!) calamari appetizer - a stuffed calamari - I don't recall the mix of things it was stuffed with, but the flavor was beyond brilliant. We split the app and agreed fully that if we had known ahead of time it was going to be so sensational in flavor we would have each ordered a solo set-up as our entrees. The pasta-seafood entrees that did follow were wonderful as well. Also purchased fresh strawberries from a local farmer who came in with fresh, beautiful berries to sell. A vintage Bentley was parked in spot #1 the whole time as well - a delightful specimen to admire during lunch.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The restaurant is very small and very loud during peak times. We were seated at a tiny table surrounded by people, literally back-to-back with the tables around us. It was so loud we couldn't converse. We moved to the bar overlooking the pizza & prep area, and that was much better - we could hear each other and watch the kitchen action. Their pizza is so good, it's ridiculous. We will come back just for that. We had a shrimp pasta that was good also, but the pizza was knockout.

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Thank 1MAD
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

We drove up to Grappolo for a fancy dinner to celebrate a birthday. We were not disappointed! The carpaccio and the tortellini in a butter-and-sage sauce were superb! The house wine, a local Sangiovese blend was excellent with it, too. Yes, this was one of the best meals we've ever had in a restaurant, and we've spent many weeks in tally. Bravi, maestri!

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Thank xprof
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Feel like you have stepped into Grandma's home (especially if you're Italian) and enjoy the wonderful (large portion) food this restaurant serves. They cater to locals and those passing through as if they were family. This family owned restaurant is one of the best gems in the entire valley! Definitely worth a try! It will become a regular spot for you!

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Trattoria Grappolo came recommended to us by others that we met on our trip to the Santa Ynez Valley. We were told that the Sole was a must-order, but were disappointed when we did not see it on the menu. The chef was accommodating and made it for us, and it was delish. Good service and atmosphere, probably would have been better if we were seated outside on the porch. I would possibly try this restaurant again for an al fresco lunch, although you would not be disappointed with dinner either.

Thank Alissa B
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