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About 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."

37 E Victoria St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

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

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Anacapa

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 884-9419

Website:
http://www.cadario.net/

Executive Chef:
Dario Furlati

Private Party Contact:
Danny Chisholm: (805) 884-9419

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

Ca' Dario Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for a Date (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Cozy (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fun (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious meal, nice atmosphere, great service, good wine list

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Nice consistent dining experience. Very good food, wine and service. I personally find seating a bit cramped, but overall experience good enough we keep coming back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The house ravioli is fantastic. We order it every time as an appetizer for our table. The mix of the butter sauce and the red sauce is amazing. My husband had the fresh wild salmon which was extremely good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Quaint spot located in the heart of Santa Barbara. Menu is not large or overwhelming but covers a majority of Italian dishes, enough to satisfy all dinner possibilities. All of our menu choices were winners from the clams & pasta, to the fish, to the ravioli. Their wine list is top notch, their desserts tempting and scrumptious! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to others who are heading to Santa Barbara. On another note, it can get noisy once all the tables are full, which I guess is a good thing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food is outstanding and service is always top notch. We highly recommend Ca Dario if you’re looking for a lovely evening out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Best ravioli we have ever had! Very nice restaurant

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Fabulous!!! One our best favorites. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food and attentive service once we sat down. They're pretty busy and we had to wait 15 minutes after our reservation time to be seated without much communication. Still, highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The best Italian foods in town. Service are great. Feel welcome there by the staff. Must try. I had lunch and dinner there and will go back anytime

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always busy here but also ALWAYS worth the little extra bit of wait time for a table because the food is excellent!!! Employees and servers are attentive and friendly. Highly recommend CaDario for a great dinner experience! -Aaron (Goleta)

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It is a close enough to have Italian food from Italy. It is real total gem for the area where locals eat. I did enjoyed the food. I would recommend this this place to anyone who loves Italian food

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went here for Thanksgiving dinner. Although a traditional turkey dinner was on the menu, we chose from their well-rounded Italian fare. The restaurant was quite full but not too noisy. Excellent service and, as always, superior food. This place really does have a very competent menu and service...we will return again soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was $29 and it did not look like it was worth it.
I had Risotto which was undercooked and heavy, I could only eat a third of it.
My wife had ling cod putanesca for $32 and it was very good

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

good food...took to long for them to get us to our table...always seems to be this way.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have eaten at this restaurant at least 15 times over the years, so I like it. My experience on Saturday, November 18th was not good. My companion and I had 7:00 reservations but we had to stand outside and wait for at least 40 minutes. The hostess came out twice and apologized for the delay. Meanwhile, a party of four with 7:30 reservations was promptly seated, after one in that party spoke with the hostess. You be the judge...

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good food but we were seated 45 minutes after our reservation! The place was crowded and seemed very under-staffed. The hostess was frantic trying to get tables paid/wrapped up, re-set, and then filled with people waiting (a lot with reservations). Quick service when we sat down but made for a very hectic dining experience.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service and food were excellent but you are packed into very tight quarters with the sound level of a rock concert

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A dishthat I loved was not on the menu. I asked the server about it and they made it for me. It was as I remembered, delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Like dining in Venice. The ravioli with butter and sage is amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I would highly recommend the restaurant, the food is outstanding

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Rude manager asked that we leave to make room for later customers within five minutes of getting the check. Very embarrassing and off putting.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were really looking forward to our dinner at Ca'Dario but were terribly disappointed! We had a reservation but had to wait an hour to get a table. They served us stale bread and when I mentioned it, the waiter brought ice cold sliced store bought bread because they ran out. The waiter recommended a bottle of Chianti and I asked if it was a Classico Reserva. "Of course!" he said but it wasn't. My friend's steak was excellent but my mushy pasta looked and tasted like it was reheated and not fresh. Last year I had the same pasta and it was amazing...such a disappointment. So the Hostess did offer us an appetizer and dessert and the "puffed" pastry was so tough I couldn't cut it with my fork. Ca'Dario was our go to place for special occassions but never again. What happened??????

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding, from bread to salad to fish to cappucino! The service was great, too! Do NOT miss this!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Even though we had to wait over 30 minutes for our reservation, it’s still one of my favorite restaurants. They were very apologetic and gave us a free appetizer when we finally were seated. Best pasta in town!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

On a recent visit to Santa Barbara, we walked by this restaurant when it was empty in the morning. It looked very much like the type of small trattoria you see all over Italy -- so we took a look at the menu, which also seemed true to it's Italian heritage. Selections are classics that you'll recognize... no fusion-foods here! Since everything looked right with this place, we took a look at the many dining reviews online... also mostly excellent... so we made a dinner reservation for that same evening. As mentioned elsewhere... make a reservation, or you'll have a long wait. The place was bursting at the seems when we arrived for a 7 PM reso, and we were escorted to the stand-up bar for about a 10 minute wait.

We stayed mainstream on the menu, ordering a couple of dishes the house is known for: RAVIOLI AL BURRO E SALVIA, and TAGLIATELLE VERDI ALLA BOLOGNESE. Both were outstanding! Service was attentive, but not intrusive. Place is small, with small tables pushed close together... so very Euro -- if you like that sort of thing. Price tag for 2 pasta dishes, 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of marginal red wine came to $115, including a 20% gratuity. The overall value for the money spent is good, but not great -- but I've certainly spent more for less at other purportedly fine dining establishments. At the end of the day, it is mostly about the food... which is excellent! We would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Mediocre food unfortunately and very expensive, ambivalent service
So sorry, but true

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and great service! We went on a Sunday after to opera. Perfect after theater fare.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We shared the grilled cuttlefish, which was nicely smoky and very tender. I had the osso buco on saffron risotto. Both were prepared perfectly and delicious. My wife had the salmon/pasta dish and was a bit disappointed, as she expected a salmon filet on top of the pasta, but the dish is small pieces of salmon distributed throughout the pasta. The salmon was smoky and delicious. Overall, we had a very pleasant meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was not up to par for the restaurant. Usually excellent. Only okay this time.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always a wonderful meal here. Great wines to choose from and real Italian cuisine.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

First time and the food was phenomenal! Must return to try other menu items. For a Sat night, go early and make reservations. Half way through our meal there were many people standing and waiting around the tables. It might be good to get a table in the other room.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was one of my late husband
s favorite restaurants. My family gets together every year t the anniversary of his passing and we enjoy lunch together, as he always did.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a wonderful pre-concert dinner with friends. Excellent food and service. You remain a favorite of ours. Thank you.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food & authentic feel, Ca Dario is very much a good choice for an evening out. The tables are a bit tightly spaced but the acoustics work out so it is possible to have an intimate conversation despite the proximity to the adjacent tables. The wait staff was a bit pressed due to the volume of patrons through prime-time so the repartee was minimal with the waitress but she was courteous and fine. All in all great food and quality, if perhaps a bit conservative, vibe.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant. The food was very good. I tried the pork chop with cherry sauce. It was amazing. It’s easy to go with pasta at an Italian restaurant- but in this case I’m glad I tried something new.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Santa Barbara is a restaurant mecca. This is our favorite choice of all! Need I say more?

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This place is ALWAYS a wonderful experience! Lamb was sitting in a lot of olive oil, but everything else was SO five stars that it won’t affect our rating.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lovely place. Very busy and lively. The food was terrific, and the wait staff was excellent. I will be back.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had out of town visitors and Ca'Dario was a great place to take them. We had a 9 year old with us and even though it's not a typical kid restaurant, they prepared something he loved.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I am on a medical diet. I ordered a salad, and I wanted some fish on it. They didn't tell me that the carpaccio, a generous portion to be sure, was $17. So i paid almost $30 for a salad. The carpaccio was the only alternative they offered.

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