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Trattoria Grappolo
Trattoria Grappolo

Trattoria Grappolo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriagrappolo.com
  • Phone: (805) 688-6899
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Leonardo Curti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can cater 12 to 200 hundred guests for any special occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please refer to our website at www.trattoriagrappolo.com and look under "private dining" and then "saletta" to view our 4 menus that we are happy to serve to you and your 48 guests for any occasion. http://www.trattoriagrappolo.com/private_dining
  • Private Party Contact: Leonardo Curti (805) 688-6899
  • Entertainment: We offer cooking classes and special dinner events as well as catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meadowale
  • Public Transit: Santa Ynez valley shuttle stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Trattoria Grappolo
Trattoria Grappolo is a casual Italian bistro located in the wine-producing region of Santa Ynez, California (2 hours North of Los Angeles). Grappolo is the perfect place to enjoy with family and friends. Walk though the door and a savory aroma of freshly baked pizza and simmering tomato sauce teases the senses. The combination of the pastoral ambiance of Italy with the lush vine fields and oak-studded hills of Santa Ynez helps create the ideal setting to serve up some of Central California's most creative and authentic Italian dishes. Specialties include: Carpaccio, Rollino Veneto - rolled-up pizza pouches stuffed with smoked mozzarella and radicchio - handcrafted pastas and pizzas, aged New York steaks, rack of lamb, and fresh seafood dishes. Desserts such as lavender creme brulee and warm chocolate torte with espresso anglaise are a hit with guests. Trattoria Grappolo features an expansive wine list, and a large VIP wine cellar that accommodates 40 for private parties. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very good food. A little different than 'common' Italian fare. All those thing are there, but they are more unique in the style of preparation from what you would expect at OG or American Italian restaurants. Tables are close together, but it was easy to converse with the next table if you were so inclined, but the closeness was not obtrusive to a private dinner, which ours was."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was my third time dining at Grappolo and it was good as ever. We sat on the front porch - which I highly recommend on a warm night - and shared linguine bolognese and a margherita pizza. Both were very good although my hubby thought the pizza was too heavy on the cheese. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone visiting the area. It's a local favorite."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "An overall wonderful dining experience. The place is located in a small strip mall next to what appears to be a country western bar. Easy to think you are in the wrong place at first. We sat outdoors on the porch area of this small restaurant with tablecloths and plastic chairs. The service was great and the food was even better. Everyone was very friendly and even the owner came by to see how we were doing. All of the food was great, yet what really stuck out was their bread and olive oil. They serve a foccacia type bread with a crispy outside and soft inside- amazingly fresh. What made it even better was their special house olive oil. It is olive oil with garlic, sage and rosemary and must be experienced. A new favorite!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We drove to Trattoria Grappolo from Santa Barbara (about 40 mins) and it was worth every minute (it's a lovely drive). We found it recommended on Open Table and we were not disappointed. We shared a Margherita pizza (as good as any in Italy), my husband had the half roasted chicken, I had the filet of branzino with shaved crispy potatoes on top. Heaven on a plate on BOTH counts! Everything was PERFECT; the seasoning, the presentation, the quantity (generous), and the service was lovely. There were a lot of regulars, plus some newbies like us, but you know if you return you'll be remembered and treated like a regular on your second visit. We did not have a better meal in Italy - cannot recommend highly enough!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have eaten at Grappolo a few times before. It was just not up our past visits."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have eaten at this place 3+ times. After driving for 5 hours was looking forward to a roasted chicken & pasta dinner. Table that I made reservations for was not steady & slanted. After ordering, chicken was very dry and hard as if it was left too long under hearing lamps. When requested for a new one, was told all the chickens where cooked the same way & no reason to get the same thing. Just get something else. My past was light in the sause as well. Maybe a very bad night or a new chef.? No help was given. Disappointing. Left hungry but may try again next year."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • ".... Italian food I have had anywhere; ever... The ravioli is to die for!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Amazing as Always! We have been dinning at Grapoplo's since we moved to the Valley in 2001. The serve is always professional but warm. The food is outstanding. The ambiance is elegant but comfortable. I noticed servers that have worked at Grapolos since I started dinning there. That is a sign they take good care of their staff and in return their staff take great care of their customers."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Dinner with parents...they raised their eyebrows from the appearance out front. Once seated and the wine arrived, everything was GREAT! Great service, GREAT FOOD (Eggplant special), and a nice breeze coming thru the patio area. This IS a great find...I will say no more (I want to be able to get a table the next time I am in Santa Ynez!)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "After a wonderful day of wine tasting, our party of 5 stopped for lunch and were treated professionally and to a delicious meal that exceeded our expectations. Thank you for a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great food and great service. We were in town celebrating my mom's birthday and the our waiter was very attentive and sweet to our mom. We noticed that the wait staff and chef knew a lot of guest coming in to dine. It was like the tv show "Cheers". The atmosphere was warm, inviting and friendly. The hostess was gracious and lovely. It was our first time here and everyone made us feel like we were regulars. Next time we are in Santa Ynez we will definitley return to Trattoria Grappolo."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Wine cost was too high. Hostess was not very friendly and seemed unorganized. Waiter and bus service was very good. Inside seating seemed romantic but we sat outdoors and it seemed dirty."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal of stuffed calamari & veal piccata. There was a good selection of wine too!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Grappolo is our favorite restaurant anywhere -- consistently great food, interesting & delicious special menu items, warm & efficient staff, charming ambience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Nothing fresh or flavorful. Pork chop Milanese was deep fried. All dishes lacked flavor. Nice service. Bad food. Cheap atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great food, great service, extensive wine list, the outdoor seating a must."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday here and the staff ere great. The stuffed calamari appetizer is unique and amazing. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "So satisfying to get really good, authentic Italian. Molto bene!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Not only was the food superb but they play classic jazz."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I have dined at Grappolo's several times, and always found the food and service lovely, even though a bit noisy. This last time, I met business friends from far away to experience the food, and it was way below par! The Gonococci dish tasted and looked like they opened a can of tomato sauce and poured it over the dumplings and the Shrimp with Roasted Leeks special was SO over oily, I could hardly eat it. It was dripping. Maybe a bad day? I have always been for dinner, this was my first lunch. Maybe the good chef only works at night?"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "i really liked this , it is a little noisy tho, but i liked the energy, the food was divine."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food and service. It's never a disappointment and we have been dining there for over 10 years!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian cuisine. Energetic high noise level. It is quieter out on the porch if you want an intimate conversation. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "best pasta i have had in years. the food was amazing and the service could not have been any better with their friendly staff"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We love Trattoria Grappolo and never miss the chance to go there when we are visiting the Santa Ynez valley. We recommend it highly to everyone headed that way!! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was my friends first time and she was very impressed. The food is consistently wonderful and the portions are just the right size. Everyone who comes to the Santa Ynez Valley, should make sure that they try this place for lunch or dinner. They will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was good; however, the service could have been better. The waitress could have been a bit more attentive."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was fine (not overly attentive - we had to ask several times for parmesan cheese). The restaurant is very noisy, so not a good place for conversation. Tables are vary close together which make it feel cramped. Wait staff has trouble moving in and out. If you go don't let them stick you in the corner by the bar. The air-conditioning is so cold you need a jacket and you are up against the bar stools. All in all it is a nice neighborhood restaurant, with really good food, and worth a few inconveniences. The outside patio is the best place to sit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We go to this restaurant regularly and the food is always very good, clean traditional Italian cooking, not fancy but good ingredients and well prepared. Usually, the service is very good, but this last occasion was Mothers' Day and while the restaurant wasn't really any more crowded than usual, but we had a server who apparently was new to the job so on this occasion, the service wasn't very attentive."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place not only has incredible food, it is a wonderful place to go. All of the staff are very friendly and want to make sure you are having a good time. We go for special occasions & it is special every time we go. I reccomend Trattoria Grappolo often."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent however the service was subpar. The server made us feel like we we're a inconvience. Also the restaurant allowed walking vendors to come through the restaurant selling flowers and strawberries. Which lowered the ambiance of the reauaurant"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great stop on our way from LAX to Santa Barbara. Food and service was excellent and a great beginning to our vacation. Pizza and pasta were real Italian style. Would have loved to stop by again. Will definitely visit upon a return trip. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Two of us dined at Trattoria Grappolo on May 3. We had reservations for 6:45 but they were not ready to seat our party until 7:10. A 25 minute wait is disappointing when you have reservations. The food is decent but overpriced. One diner ate a NY Strip that was cooked perfectly but all of the sides were cold. The other diner had a seafood pasta and all of the seafood was overcooked (very chewy). The food obviously sat under heat lamps for a while. Wine selection is good. Service was mediocre. Aside from the slow sitting, our server did not tell us any specials until we asked. The server rarely came back to check in--food runners were efficient and compensatory. We will neither return to nor recommend Trattoria Grappolo."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "In the summer it is so nice to be outside. We were inside next to a big party so it wasn't as great. But the food is consistently amazing"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We now make it a point to eat at Grappolo when we are in town. The eggplant was to die for yummy....and hubby had sausage plate with cannellini beans. The liked the sausage but beans needed more seasoning...he loved my eggplant. We each had a salad and it was very good...my only recommendation would be that owner really paid special attn to locals and not so much to us. He wasn't overly friendly...put our dishes down and walked away without asking if we needed cheese or peppers (which we had to flag someone down to get). We will still return...we loved the food but a little TLC on the service would be very helpful."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "While the atmosphere of this restaurant is very charming and the service very attentive, we were very disappointed in the quality of the food. I was served unopened clams and mussels in the seafood linguine, and could not understand how the chef could plate a dish with inedible seafood."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Always excellent. One of the few restaurants I will travel far to dine in."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Arrived 5 PM on Monday night. Promptly seated in quiet area. Noise level not offensive. Initial service slow but pleasant. Good food suggestions. Chicken was outstanding. Good dessert. Anxious to return "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "As Always...great food and fun, and the wine list is superb"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We keep going back to this gem. This time we had a group of 8. The food is great. The Cioppino was great both in goodness and size. The service was really friendly and attentive. The staff were all very pleasant. Will keep on going back here."
    Dined on 4/25/2014