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Ca' Dario Ristorante
Ca' Dario Ristorante

Ca' Dario Ristorante Details

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

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


    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 (805) 884-9419

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."Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "After a busy day, knowing most SB restaurants are air conditioned, we decided on Ca'Dario. Haven't been for a few years and were not disappointed. The food and drinks were awesome; but what always makes the evening even if the food is not great is the service and server.Both were great and I would go back again tonight!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Foos was totally awesome. The Ravioli was the best I have ever had. The wine we selected was jus as fabulous. I would come back here every time I am here in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food, creative and delicious Service, outstanding by every employee, especially our server Ambience, comfortable seating, soothing colors, very well designed space. Music, Great classics played at a low level that was perfect."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I go to Ca Dario several times a year and it is always excellent. Claudia has been a server there for years as well and is fantastic. Ask for her. The food is authentic Tuscan fare!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had the gnocchi special. Best food ever! Service was also outstanding! Will return for sure."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is one of our go to spots for special occasions. It is reliably delicious and comfortable. Everything is delicious, well-presented and the service is friendly and impeccable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Like having dinner in Italy! The bolognese is the best I've had outside of Italy and the ravioli with brown butter and sage sauce is to die for!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Loved it! Knowledgable staff. Food and drink awesome (but didn't stock Crown Royal). Great experience altogether!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Overall had a fantastic dinner: bruschetta to start which was fresh and delicious. I had the risotto which was rich and filling. My girlfriend has the clams and spaghetti which was one of the best versions she has ever tasted. The dessert was disappointing: a creme brulee that wasn't sweet enough and the fruit in it detracted from the taste. My main complaint is how cramped the restaurant was. Granted it was full to capacity, so I understand the desire to fit as many tables as possible but it was so cramped that we had to squeeze through tiny spaces between tables and had to wait multiple times for the spaces to clear as people at other tables got up. Additionally, the wait staff kept bumping into my chair as they passed."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was so-so, the service was okay. My take - over-rated and expensive...went there on a recommendation from the hotel. Would not return. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We used to love this restaurant but the food and service have gone downhill. Their salad wasn't as good and overdressed. I ordered the pasta special with saffron/seafood and was very disappointed. It was a very spicey red sauce that totally masked any saffron flavor. I couldn't eat it and just ate some of the food from the others at the table."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I think this restaurant for lunch, now for dinner. Lunch is by far the better choice. The dinner ambience is far too loud, and the space is too cramped. At lunch, it doesn't seem so loud. Both meals provide a great menu. The food is wonderful."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a bustling spot in the Santa Barbara dining scene. The food is wonderful: they have innovative antipasti dishes, yummy pastas and well executed secondi dishes. Rack of lamb, risotto and fish dishes are our favotrites. Good selection of wines by the bottle and glass. We have been going here for more than a decade and always have a good time. Service is casual and friendly and it is a good spot to people watch! Noise level can be high on a busy night. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Not overly fancy, more like a trattoria in Italy. Had the bolognese, it was great. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Ca Dario offers consistently delicious food full of flavor. The atmosphere is comfortable and you are assured a satisfying and tasty meal no matter what you choose."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very cute Italian restaurant with a nice ambience, excellent food, and good service."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "'Cause the seating is truly "cozy"! Tables are very close together and the noise level was extremely high (during Saturday night dining)...may not be an issue if dining as a couple, but definitely challenging to chat/hear within a group. Food was tasty...pasta specials were good, salmon special was excellent...good wine selection. Service was efficient...however, so noisy and busy that it wasn't a relaxing experience."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We both had the special gnochi with tomatoes, brocoli, garlic. I thought they might be heavy but we both ate every last one. Delicious. You can always count on Ca Dario for good food!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our dinners for four people were delicious, food beautifully prepared. however our table in the middle of the room was crowded and noisy. Our server was and helpful in describing our choices."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We've gone many times and this was the best of all. Spinach Ravioli is to die for, and the Salmon was excellent. Our friend was able to order a Gluten Free pasta. My Sarah our waitress chose for me was also very good. Sorry. No reviews on desert as we were all too full."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "the reservation wasn't helpful since it still took them 40 minutes to seat us after we got there early for our reservation. everything else was amazing though - food, service, prices"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We are new to Santa Barbara and have been in search of a fav Italian restaurant. We've tried several and some friends suggested we try Ca'Dario, so we went one late afternoon. The restaurant is very cute inside and our waitress couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. We ordered the ravioli dish and the ceasar salad and shared both dishes. The salad was very tasty but pricey for the portion size; the ravioli dish was very good. But we remain in search of a fav place."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My wife and I absolutely love Ca Dario. We have dined there on many occasions and always leave completely satisfied with our food and service. Our favorite servers are Marisa and Corina. They are both extremely knowledgeable with the menu and always welcomed and appreciated"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Really enjoy their food - have never been disappointed! Their ribeye is amazing."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Ca' Dario has been one of my wife and my favorite restaurants in town since they opened many years ago. The food is consistently great and the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Often when we try a new place out and find it to be "meh" we look at each other and say "we should have just gone to Ca' Dario". A popular spot for the pre-show crowd, so make sure to plan ahead if you want an early dinner on a weekend when there are shows at the Grandada, Lobero, or Arlington."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great food! As usual, fairly loud, a little slow getting your meal (they are really busy) so, leave yourselves some time. Overall a really good restaurant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We have visit this Ca' Dario often. Its always a great place to have a great Italian meal!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had reservations for 4 at 8:15 on Saturday night. When we arrived we were told there would be a 10 minute wait which was no problem, however we were rather annoyed with the hostess who gave away our table because 2 people of a group of six had arrived and it was easier for her to sit them there. 20 minutes later the remaining four of that group still had not arrived and we still had not been seated despite it being 8:45. Once we were seated Chuy took good care of us and the food was good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food is outstanding. The place is a bit too noisy and space is tight but food makes it worthwhile to go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were seated right away, had 5:30 reservation, soon the place began to fill. louder than i like, We had the tuna, done to our preference. The service was good, and knowledgeable. Will go again"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 7:15 PM, but we were not seated until 7:30. We waited at the bar in the pizza restaurant and had a mediocre white wine, the cost of which was $26+ before tip. The restaurant seemed busy and one of the wait staff indicated that many patrons (mostly locals) had come early. When seated, we had a nice table in the backroom that was a bit quieter than the front room. Our waitress was excellent and the special selection wine (Tolosa Cabernet -$36) was much better than the $30 we paid for just two glasses of wine in the bar. We both ordered a simple green salad and a pasta dish. The food was excellent and the portions generous. At no time did we feel we were being rushed in order to turn our table."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food is always consistently great and the noise level is also consistently over the top in making it difficult to even have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Have dined here several times, always enjoy the food and service, can be very busy and loud, so just expect that."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food and service. Very loud , they need to make an investment , add some ceiling tiles or something to quiet the place down. When its full and busy , your shouting to say something."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wife and had heard great things about Ca'Dario, so we were very excited about our first visit. Maybe we caught them on an off night, but all I can say is OVERRATED!! The dressing on my Caesar salad was very heavy. My wife's artichoke was fine, but then we waited 40 minutes for our food after the appetizer dishes were cleared. 40 minutes! When I finally got my penne pomodoro, I was hoping that it would prove worth the wait. I'd love to explain how all the subtle ingredients worked together, but all I could taste was garlic on top of more garlic. My wife had fish which was mediocre. I will not return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Best bruschetta in town! I almost always order the ravioli with ricotta & spinach in a browned butter & sage sauce, very light & tasty; my husband's usual is pasta with bolognese sauce, he is not fond of spinach pasta & they always substitute a different type of pasta for him, with no extra charge or problem. We have enjoyed many of the other items on the menu, steak, veal chop, etc, all delicious, but seem to be drawn to these items which are special at Ca Dario. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful restaurants in our hometown!!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It was loud and crowded with tiny tables but the food was excellent with a menu of real Italian dishes rather than Italian American hybrids."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Nice romantic spot for dinner. Space is small and intimate... we did feel a little crowded. Service was very friendly, well-timed and relaxing. Our main dishes (rib eye and pappardelle) were exceptional. Appetizers seemed a little over-priced. Would definitely return for dinner."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Always fun and usually busy. A favorite of locals."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My Husband and I have been coming here for years. The food is always good service is alway friendly. Since it is a small space and the tables are very close, it's better to go early if you want a more quiet romantic environment. Make your RSVP as early as possible because they fill up quick."
    Dined on 2/16/2014