Ca' Dario Ristorante

4.6
881 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
"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."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch

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

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 884-9419
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dario Furlati
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Private party contact
Danny Chisholm: (805) 884-9419
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Anacapa
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 881 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I have dined here for years and truely my favorite restaurant!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Poor quality bread, olive oil. Two dishes very good, two so so.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing as always!!! Love the raviolis and the fact that they make carbonara (off the menu) everytime.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Always a favorite place in SB. New restaurants come and go but caDario is ALWAYS good and satisfying.
Best pasta in town!!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a reservation for 5 people, but we put at a table for 4. The food was very good, but pricey.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Really nice, waiters were available, responsive and gave good suggestions. Food tasted great. Only complaint was the table we had was half the width than other tables and we could barely fit two plates and a cup.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Once again a great meal and wonderful experience. Tried the gnocchi, it was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Wonderful food & service. An all time favorite! Great for special occasion lunches & dinners or just for a good meal!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Just visiting Santa Barbara and stumbled upon this fantastic restaurant. The pasta puttanesca was incredible as were the raviolis . Small and intimate atmosphere. The food was seriously awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and service!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Need to improve entres. Too much sauce that masks the true tastes of the food.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

great ambiance and awesome service. would totally recommend

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

There was a mix-up with one of our orders and quite a wait to have it rectified, but the server handled it beautifully, and everything was delicious. This is one of our favorite restaurants. It’s always wonderful food and great service.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The restaurant was authentic and delicious and the service was outstanding the drinks were also quite nice

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We were visiting Santa Barbara for a long weekend and wanted a nice meal out. The food was very good - we had the Quail, the Branzino, and the OssoBuco - all dishes were excellent. The restaurant, however, was very noisy. Every table was full and they are very close together. We couldn't hear eachother until the very noisy table right next to us left about a third of the way through the meal.

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Noisey, very limited menu. Not bad for tourists I guess. Will not be returning.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Though this restaurant seems popular, it must be me. I've been there several times. I don't think the food is that good, the service is often matter-of-fact and the space between tables is tiny so private conversation is difficult. Not sure I'll return.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This is an excellent Italian restaurant. The wait staff is friendly and exceedingly competent. Despite it being a very crowded and busy Saturday night, our waitress was attentive, friendly, and efficient. We had the tagliatelle verde ala bolagnese and it was outstanding; maybe the best I’ve had and I usually try the bolagnese sauce at each new ItalIan restaurant that I patronize. They have a very nice wine selection as well as an inviting ambience. Next time we visit Santa Barbara, we will return for more outstanding Italian food.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Ca’Dario was great! The staff made wonderful wine and food suggestions for us. The Burrata and Ravioli were favorites.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food, great service, one of my favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food and service was excellent and the wine selection was very good. A+

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We were attending a concert and let our server know that our time was limited. She was efficient, friendly and the food was fabulous!!

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Extensive menu, well crafted dishes, excellent service

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We went on a Monday evening at 5:00 because it gets busy and loud Friday and Saturday.
I chose the last table on the far left as you walk in, on the window. The hostess asked if I had been there before. I said I hadn't and she asked if I had read a review that said this table was a favorite. Bread and oil arrived quickly. We ordered a salad which they split for the two of us without even asking. Nice touch!
The rest of the meal was quite good.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

There were 4 of us and each ordered something different ; everything was outstanding as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Authentic Italian cuisine with excellent service and elegant atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This place has the weirdest, rudest staff ever
Our waiter was so crazy that I wasn’t even feeling safe at that place , he broke his pen in his hands behind my head , so I’m telling you that crazy

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Third visit to this fabulous restaurant. We actually erred and booked on the wrong day, but they were able to work us in....Food and service were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I have never been disappointed with this restaurant. The food is delicious and I have tried several different dishes. The Wait staff is polite and attentive. Parking is directly across the street. I would definitely recommend Ca Dario to my friends

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

First time I had lunch at Ca’Dario and my eggplant panini was so delicious. Service was very good and at the same time left my friend and I to have have a long lingering lunch. Will try again for a dinner soon.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This is the place to eat if you're looking for a simple, classic and delicious Italian meal with an old-world, local-gem kind of feel. The service was snappy, friendly, and never faltered throughout our meal. Our server made wonderful recommendations and was happy to make accommodations, allowing us to order a dinner entree from the lunch options. The food and desserts were delicious, the ambiance cozy, quiet and comfortable. We can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The pasta was so amazing! I had the olive one. My boyfriend loved the salmon. We thought the artichoke appetizer was ok. I will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

As always, Ca’Dario was outstanding. There is no question - you must go. Authentic and delicious - quite possibly the best food in all of Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was a nice friendly atmosphere for me and my two daughters. The food was wonderful! I truly enjoyed to portion size of the seafood pasta. I would certainly go again on my next trip out.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This is my "go-to" restaurant whenever I'm in Santa Barbara. Its a very popular place so be certain to make reservations. The food is consistently amazing and the staff is always very friendly and accommodating. Sitting in the back room is a little more quiet but the front seating by the windows is also great. A must try for those that enjoy great food and wine!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Restaurant was full by 6 p.m. on a Saturday night.. so busy and popular as it has been in business a long time. The menu is extensive and our food was excellent. It is pretty noisy and the tables are close together which is the only downside. So close to State Street, easy access to several theaters and shops. Service was excellent!!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My Favorite, Always 100%! Great food, drinks, bread and the best service always! Enjoyed the unusual and very delicious Canoli for dessert!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Cute small place. Very good service. Food was delicious - very rich flavors.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

great food and great service everyone very knowledgable

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food is good. The service was fair. The noise level was loud. It was difficult to carry on a conversation. We may try the Goleta location next time.

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