Ca' Dario Ristorante
Ca' Dario Ristorante

Ca' Dario Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cadario.net/
  • Phone: (805) 884-9419
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dario Furlati
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Danny Chisholm 8058849419

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anacapa
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ca' Dario Ristorante
"Anything grilled is divine, and the rest of the menu is delectable at this charming Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara known for its excellent execution of simple pasta, meats and other classics. A fantastic wine list with many available by the glass; its a local favorite, so reservations are a must."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Ca' Dario Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)neighborhood gem (55)special occasion (36)notable wine list (28)romantic (24)hot spot (18)great for lunch (12)good for groups (7)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Bella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Very excellent food, service and pleasant ambiance. The Branzino was the best that I ever tasted. It was a very pleasant experience and not too noisy for a small restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food good, service not so good. Noise level too loud. Will not return did not respect reservation. Had a 7 res, 2 tables for 4 available. Would not seat us. Eight others came in , no res and were seated. Waited 40 minutes outside, rude staff.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best meal in Santa Barbara
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great local spot with terrific service and food. We had to wait 40 minutes past our reservation for table but found stools at the wine bar after 20 mins. Away from tourists and clearly a local favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance and good food
    AngusHopper
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Enjoyed the osso buco and nice wine selection. My teen loved the bolanaise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian haven
    davegVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Who would have thought such a tasteful and tasty haven of classic Italian food was just one block from the hubbub of State Street? Our group spanned ages 19 to 80, from foodies to people who like it simple and humble, and this place left us all completely satisfied. Well done!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ventura wine lover
    WineWalkDiner
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We loved our lunch. Rose wine generous pour. I had Caesar salad, very crisp and good. Then Ravioli, it was so good my husband kept taking bites. He had Panini and salad and enjoyed it very much. We left planning what we would order next visit. The service was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservation debacle
    aquaholic
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Ca' Dario is our favorite restaurant in town. That said, the reservation time was not honored. Why bother to make one when they can't keep it? We waited 50 mins past our 7:15 time, only because it was a special occasion dinner with friends and we had no other options. No real apologies were given, nothing from management and no goodwill gesture....like a glass of wine or dessert on the house? Pretty lame.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Chrissy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall it was excellent, just really noisy where we were sitting. The tables are really close together as we sat against the window in between two other tables. Not fit for a romantic dinner sitting there. Or waitress was very good and or food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Goog
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ca'Dario is always good food and service, always consistent. Big city energy in a small town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ca' Dario never disappoints. Our reservation was promptly honored. The waiter was pleasant but not very attentive--it took too long to order, and we had to flag someone down to ask for water, bread, etc. But the food was very good; very tasty without being pretentious or too fancy; we got the impression a lot of diners were return customers. The variety of selections was good, and portions were adequate. The bar was good, with some inventive concoctions. A solid dependable place; we return as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fav spot
    stablab
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    For our anniversary, we briefly thought about trying something new, but no. Why ruin a good night. We went back to our favorite food in town, at Ca' Dario. Love it. I always have to get the same thing, because I miss it in between visits! So good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobrave
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A gem in Santa Barbara. Terrific food and consistently good. Get the ravioli, grilled asparagus with pancetta and balsamic, and the lamb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good, atmosphere chaotic
    crademac
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice food, very flavorful. Quite expensive for the atmosphere. Can't sit without other patrons rubbing against you as they go buy. Plenty of attentive staff. If you like a hustling atmosphere for a night out this place is fine. I fell there were too many tables in this tiny place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    tygerr
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It's no wonder this place is a local favorite. Great wine list and even better food. Tables are a bit small, but make for a nice romantic and fun evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Dinner
    atadine
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This was our 5th or 6th visit to the restaurant spanning a few years - whenever we visit Santa Barbara and want a really good meal. The food is consistently excellent. This evening we were taking another couple out for the gentleman's birthday. Whitefish Puttanesca special, Veal Chop and Rack of Lamb were the 4 entrees, preceded by stuffed artichoke and grilled asparagus appetizers and Caesar salads. All in the 8-10 range of taste, quality and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    MelissaF
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Once again Ca'Dario was delicious. We were in a time crunch to get to a concert. The waiter was attentive and moved our dinner along nicely without us having to remind him. Our food was yummy and atmosphere was great as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great time
    pspmikeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. A can't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must if you are in Santa Barbara
    RBDiner2014VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Ravioli is fantastic. Seriously. The staff are very helpful and attentive. Five stars!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    lovebird
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our first meal in Santa Barbara as fiancés. I have eaten here before for dinner and it was packed. Lunch was very toned down and open. The food here is amazing!! I urge everyone to try it. If you're going for the first time, go for lunch, but don't be surprised if you're going back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming
    MaxTartuffo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is the kind of restaurant you want to be around forever. It's where you get a bite with a friend or casual date. The food isn't "foodie remarkable" but it's reliable with sweet and sincere service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    Paulfromnaples
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We enjoyed our anniversary dinner with another couple. Other than the high noise level in the full room, the evening was enjoyed by all. The complimentary tiramisu was a great way to end our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit tight
    CjonesVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Hard to hear your table guests with long tables. I would not bring a group there again. You miss most of the conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Italian Food
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Their ravioli and pastas were amazing! Nice wine list, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trustworthy great food
    Wert
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant that always delivers quality food. I hadn't been in a while because it can be noisy but for this occasion I asked for a quieter table and they put us in the second room in a corner and it was perfect (this second room is not someplace you are shunted off to, just a little quieter). Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dinner!
    AG66
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food, service, wine all perfect! Will come back here every time we visit Santa Barbara. One of the best Italian meals we've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Foodsy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It's been a few years since we visited Santa Barbara. I remembered how great the food was & I looked forward to a return visit to Ca'Dario. We were not disappointed, the food was fabulous. My only complaint was the noise level which made it difficult for the four of us to hear each other speak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    rama
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I had a salad and spinach ravioli here. Both were excellent and lived up to the reputation. Pasta was freshly made. Service was very efficient.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julio
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food is spectacular. Great value for the dollar. Just too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continues to impress
    RB36VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Came back to this place because we were craving the Bolognese and it still surpassed our expectations. We do Italian all the time and CaDarios has the best Bolognese we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently One of the Best
    Ananda
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ca' Dario is always a lively scene, very high noise level and terrific food. The best spinach ricotta ravioli in town! Try their signature app, grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto! Very tasty.Wonderful wait staff. Note this restaurant doesn't close between lunch and dinner, making it a great choice for those who like to eat in the late afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again, Owner (Dario) is awful
    NoMoreDARIO
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had my birthday dinner here with my family over Labor Day Weekend 2014. The restaurant completely messed up an order (it came after all other people were done eating) and when we asked them to remove the dish from the bill, they refused. They said they would comp our two appetizer salads but when the bill came, both salads were on there and they removed $8.48 BUT they also ADDED a desert charge and we didn't order any desert (VERY SNEAKY)! We spoke to the manager and Owner (DARIO) they were rude and dismissive. Further, DARIO's solution was for us to just not tip on the meal - what an awful business owner that he would rather his employee's lose out than to resolve a dispute with his customer! I would encourage you to never go here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in town
    FoodHound
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Lots of places to dine in Santa Barbara, but very few can compare with the food, service, and vibes of Ca' Dario. Just the right touch of Italy to make a perfect lunch or dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First let me say that I am Italian. My goodness what a great meal we had. We started with drinks. I have had plenty of Martinis but these were amazing! We had side Cesar salads (not bad but I would skip next time), John Dory putanesca (seriously amazing), eggplant parmigiana (best I have had in a restaurant), and some capellini pomodoro. I was in Santa Barbara for 3 days and this was the best meal we had. I will be there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    zacker
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed lunch with a friend at Ca Dario. Not nearly so noisy as it is for dinner. Food delicious and service excellent. Roast chicken grilled sandwich very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    pizzaexpertVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were out of the country for several months, but on returning came back to our favorite Italian restaurant. The food was 100% consistent with what it had been, everyone recognized us and we were given the same great service as always. Ca'Dario is consistent! The always filled restaurant shows others feel the same way about it as we do.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant
    DetroitDonny58
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Italian food!! I love Italian and this place is a local hangout with the best I have found in California. The ravioli, house salad, eggplant pram, lamb chops, striped bass, are all excellent! I go every year for my birthday. I love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greet dinner
    TruegritVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent food. I had the privilege of trying 5 different dishes. My favorite was the risotto. Great staff and nice scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    caroletVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Large menu and really good pasta. The evening specials were also delicious. When crowded it's pretty noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    JustokVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Busy and somewhat rushed until we said to slow down. Food pretty good lots of specials. Bread cold and chewy which we just expected better from an Italian restaurant with a pizzeria attaches
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    enjoyfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were only visiting Santa Barbara for one night and were very pleased to have been told about Ca'Dario. The food was all completely delicious and there was plenty of it. We went for sea food options throughout and really enjoyed everything we tried. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.