One of my favorites
Small local Italian spot in Santa Ynez. I eat here regularly. Always busy but always yummy. A simple but well executed menu. Fish fresh and the wood oven makes everything tasty! Plus can't beat the wine list!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Meal at Grappolo
Grappolo is a great looking place with a pizza bar. We started with Calamari alla Positano and their seafood salad special. Both dish came larger than expected portion. These starter dishes were delicious, especially the Calamari. Then, for main dish, we ordered the Linguine ai Crostacei and their Halibut special. Both dishes are also delicious. The seafood and halibut are cooked perfectly. Why only 4 stars? Because all dishes lacked the "wow" factor in our opinion. Don't get me wrong. Grappolo is one of the best dining option in Solvang , Santa Ynez and Los Olivos area with fantastic and very helpful service. We will definitely be back when we visit the area. Probably we'll try their pizza bar/counter.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Early evening delight
Our reservations were for 5pm, the doors opened promptly and we were greeted as the first guests of the evening. A table for two became an hour long excellent experience with prompt, attentive service. Our waiter performed an excellent job of looking after every detail. The fresh bread, baked locally with olive oil and balsamic vinigar, a great glass of Sangiovise wine and a delicious eggplant pizza , which attracted our attention from their online menu, proved to be just the ticket for a great dinning experience.
But we've eaten at Trattoria Grappalo many times before and each time was a very tasty treat. We'll visit again soon.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Pleasure
My wife and I discovered this restaurant last year on our way to PCPA TheaterFest and love coming back. Meals are creative and always delicious. If the weather is nice, ask to sit on the front porch. Service is fabulous, and we love the wait staff.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Realy Tasty Italian Food
We're from New York and Live in LA now. We eat very good Italian all the time and cook it at home. Our expectations are high and Grappolo met them. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and the environment was comforting. We sat inside once and once on the outside porch which we loved. We will always make Grappolo part of our Santa Ynez visits in the future. It does get busy so make sure you make a reservation. This place is a gem and the word is out!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite restaurant
Grappolo never disappoints -- we are regulars and never get tired of going there because there is always a new special, or -- if you wish -- the chefs are happy to prepare something you want that is not on the menu. The service is terrific & the food is outstanding. Since the restaurant opened many years ago, we've never had a meal we didn't love -- and we've had every item on the menu. But -- Grappolo is always busy & sometimes hard to get a table, so -- it's okay with us if you eat somewhere else!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very inattentive waiters who
Very inattentive waiters who couldn't manage bread and water. Appetizers came all at once, carpaccio was drowned in capers & lemon oil, not great. Entree, veal piccata only ok. Feels like a family's restaurant co-opted by the Olive Garden. Sad, they have been so much Bett
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian Restaurant
Had a wonderful time and good food at this restaurant. Visited with three other people who all enjoyed their meals.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted promptly,
We were greeted promptly, & seated immediatly. The staff was friendly & knowlegeable. My veal was a bit overwhelmed by the herrbs in it, but was very good. Overall, a good experience.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
great dinning in Santa Ynez
Exceptional, great food! best Italian around! I'm from Ventura and gladly drive the 70 miles cause it's that good!!!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable dinner in a lively spot!
We ordered Cioppino and roasted Halibut. Both were delicious. We started with garden salads that were simple, but full of flavor, primavera and arugula and lemon. The service was very good, attentive, but not intrusive.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal
and would highly recommend
this restaurant for people interested in
an authentic Santa Ynez Valley dining
experience with a casual atmosphere
and terrific food.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like all the restaurants up
Like all the restaurants up here......they are good. Not great. I DO recommend GRAPOLLO. We sat at the Tapas bar and enjoyed watching the food preparation. Very skilled staff.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friday date nite
We do not eat out for dinner often. Usually enjoy lunch on weekends out. Sister in town so went out. Hadn't been to Grappolos for Awhile. We scored our favorite waiter and the rest was perfect! Great service. Food was great, wonderful wine selection. Fun to see out of towners enjoying the experience and meeting Leonardo too. We will definitely go back sooner than later. BTW. Nice our reservation was right at the time promised.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A touch of Italy in Wine Country
We had dinner at Grappolo last weekend and enjoyed our meal. We made reservations using opentable,.com and it worked fine. The service was excellent—attentive without hovering or neglecting. The menu covers a full Italian fare from insalate and antipasti to pizza, pasta and secondi courses. I chose one of the specials of the day—sea bass with mushrooms with spinach, carrots and potatoes while my wife had the veal parmesan with the same sides. They were excellent. We had a bottle of the house chardonnay “Grappolo” and it was great. We split a dessert of crème brule. Price was a little north of $100 but it was a special occasion for us and a real treat.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had 7 at our table and everyone was very happy with the food and choice of wine. Excellent service. We are from southern California and make it a point to visit this restaurant.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleased with the staff, and the food was very well prepared. Such a great place in the California hills.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thought I Was In Italy
This is our second time to Trattoria Grappolo. The first time it was dumb luck, the only place we could find on a Friday that would take our group of six on short notice. This time we came back for my wife's 50th birthday. We split a special appetizer, heirloom tomatoes with onion, basil, blue cheese and olive oil prepared, as it turned out, by the owner/chef since it was the first preparation of the day for that dish. We then split a veal parmigiana. Because there is a large pizza oven in the open kitchen, we watched as the veal was initially cooked then placed in the pizza oven with a handful of mozzarella on top. It melted into the unbreaded veal. In combination with carrots, spinach and potatoes, it was amazing.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed a delicious lunch consisting of the Heirloom Tomato salad and wood fired pizza. Also had the Apple tart with vanilla bean gelato.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and outstanding service. Always fun dining at Grappolo!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We like to be seated when they open for diner at 5PM. Cozy table for two, immediate and friendly service, a glass of excellent wine, and quick serving of our order, then really enjoying the excellent food and ambience. This time we really enjoyed the excellent eggplant pizza with a glass of merlot . We havent experienced everything on the menu but we keep returning to Grappolo's because there are so many desireable selections. The Tiremasou dessert is always a delight. Prices are fair for the excellent food and service. Reservations are highly recommended, it does get very busy starting 6PM. Always a nice dining experience.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated our 46th wed anniv. there. We were seated promptly, the bus boy was great and so was our waiter. Some of the other hired help had a severe personality disorder. We met some of the most friendly people (non-locals) and dinner was good. My wife's choice was great and mine was mediocre (The reason was that I don't see beans and sausage as an italian dish). No issues with the sausage. All- in-all, would I go back again?, YES!
The owner was very cordial and made it a point to visit all of the tables. Also, repeat customers are always a plus.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than expected!
My husband found this restaurant and so we went there on a Friday night. We shared a bottle of wine. I had veal piccata which was excellent. Great portions too. My husband had a grilled mixed fish plate. He enjoyed every last bite! We would definitely go there again. Oh yeah, we had a warm apple pie like dessert and ice cream dessert. It was incredible! Go there for dinner, you'll be more than happy you did.
Also, the Service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant was very energetic and filled with the sounds of the guests laughter and conversation.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italy without the plane ride
Great restaurant, friendly staff, very good food and fun!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow, what a find
Wonderful place just a couple miles from Solvang. If you're in the area and want to go where the locals go--this is the place. Great food, great atmosphere. Highly recommended.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks Grapallo for another amazing dinner. I t was very warm the night we dined, but everything was terrific!!!!....This is a "go again" for sure!!!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We deciced late in the afternoon to have an early supper and arrived at 5:15 after a 40 minute drive from Santa Maria.
They checked our reservation, we were seated promptly at our favorite table for two, greated by our server and ordered Tortelloni, Gnocchi Pollo and two glasses of Merlot. All of which proved to be the right choices to start a very nice evening of relaxed, delicious,dining. We've been here often and will be back often for great food and service.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is always really
The food here is always really good....The service can be hit or miss..We love the feel inside small and lively and has a good vibe.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my daughter to Grappolo for a dad-daughter date night and the night was perfect. The food was fantastic and the service was personal. Can't wait to go again!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time and we will return
It was a busy Sat night and our reservation was promptly honored at a good table. Wine selection was OK and we opted to try the House Pinot Noir wine after wine tasting all day. Hubby had pizza (shrimp/arugala) and I ordered clams (they were out) so I had shrimp linguini. Pasta was cooked well (not overcooked), well seasoned sauce and a lot of perfectly cooked shrimp. We split a house salad and caprese to start. House salad over dressed (just ok) and caprese was really good. We had to ask about specials, waiter was nice and attentive but also took my credit card off the table before offering dessert/coffee. By the time I noticed he had already turned his back. Always let the customer review the bill before just taking a card.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Came for early dinner (didn't really need res except outside dining was full) and enjoyed bruschetta with wine and then two great pasta dishes. Homemade tortellonis with spinach and ricotta floating in butter but somehow tasting light, and penne with sausage and mushrooms for hubby.
Luckily we went on long bike ride earlier. Waiter was friendly, not pushy.
All in all great dinner experience in the valley.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santa Ynez gem
Fantastic Italian cuisine, lovely ambience and very attentive staff. The food was amazing and the wine list very extensive.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian Food
I love Il Grappolo! I have a subscription to the Tales from the Tavern singer songwriter concert series and always combine the concerts with dinner at the Grappolo. What a treat! The food is fresh and delightful, the ambience is stunning. It is also fun to sit at the bar and watch them make pizza!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem...
My husband spotted this restaurant on Open Table, and I cannot think why we had never heard of it before. Really top notch real Italian food which is hard to find where we live. Trattoria Grappolo will be first on our list to revisit when we next come to the area. Absolutely delicious meal. The veal parmesana was the best I have had since I was in Italy.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you are in the Santa Ynez area for tasting some of that wonderful Santa Barbara county wine, you have to treat yourself to Trattoria Grappolo. The food is wonderful + the wine list is more extensive than I expected at a small country Italian.
Our server, Elisa was absolutely the best. She anticipated our every need. We had a party of six and she handled it with easy, even breaking down the wine on the bill to 2/3 & 1/3 + couples billing.
An absolute must for our next trip.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great arugula and Parmesan
Great arugula and Parmesan salad, ravioli. Outstanding service.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always love going here when we're in the area. Awesome food. You have got to try it. But make a reservation, its always busy. Worth a wait.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
A must location to go if you are in the Santa ynes area. Highly recommend reservations as the place fills up quickly. The staff provides great service and the food was amazing
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
very nice for an anniversary dinner
excellent cuisine as usual. stuffed calamari and pizza very tasty. prompt service.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Italian food on a small town - Santa Ynez. Would eat there again. Pastas were good. Did not have a main
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who would have thought......
A great N. Italian restaurant in Santa Ynez. Avoid the touristy restaurants of Solvang and book a table here.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back despite the service
First visit - LOVED the menu, although the wine menu by the glass was really limited- seemed to be a push to purchase a bottle, which we did. Service was disappointing. It took a long time to have our waiter come to the table - and it felt labored throughout dinner. I will say that the lack of service was offset by the food. The pork chop served Milanese style with the sides of carrots and potatoes was fabulous, the shrimp fettuccini was awesome - just the right spice. Ending with the panicotta was perfect!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Needed a good Italian Restaurant in Solvang as we were Riding the 50 Mile Bicycle Ride the next day. In the past, it was hard to find good food in Solvang. Trattoria Grappolo was very good. We had pasta Mare Monte and Caprese Salad . We will go back as the service and the food was good. Recommend getting reservations.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
I enjoy sharing this restaurant!
Once again, I brought friends over to Grappolo for lunch and they had a wonderful experience. The food is fantastic, and watching the chefs cook is an added bonus.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
favorite stop when in the area
Always like to eat at the bar an watch the staff make pizzas and other things.
This time I had two of the specials,. Started with the spinach salad which was good. It had fennel onions cheese. For my entree had the veal Parmesan which was really good. It came with sauteed spinach and carrots.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great meal, desert to die for
Arrived at the time of our reservation and the table was ready. Service was outstanding, not overbearing yet kept track of our needs. The main course was great, Chilean Sea Bass cooked perfectly, the four stuffed calamari was great, rich yet not overpowering.
Now the best part: ordered the Tiramisu which I have had at many restaurants both here in the US and Europe (Italy). This was the best I have ever had. The Lady Fingers are imported from Italy and were not soggy but nice and soft. The Mascarpone cheese was soft, creamy and delicious.
When in the Valley this is a must.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is amazing. The food was beyond wonderful. The staff was friendly and I really was impressed when the owner came to our table and asked how everything was.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Italian food in Santa Ynez
Trattoria Grappolo should not be missed. We sat on the porch (much quieter than the dining room) and had the stuffed calamari, fabulous ravioli, and cioppino, which were all outstanding! Grappolo never disappoints.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Italian Restaurant
Still our very favorite restaurant in all the world. Incredible food, warm and attentive staff, and wonderful ambience. Who could ask for more?
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an excellent dining experience this week, great food, good wine served generously and great service. The next table was a bit noisy but you can't control that. We would return in a heartbeat.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM