Ca' Dario Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
"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."
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HO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Disappointing. We've been coming to Ca' Dario for years. The service has always been spotty, but the food more than made up for that fact. Sadly, our last dining experience here will be our last ever. The salads are good, very large, fresh and delicious as always but the mains have all but lost their sparkle and desirability. We had the veal chop and the osso buco. The chop was way, way overdone, dry and chewy. Not good at all. The osso buco was also off. The meat overdone, the risotto under cooked and over temp. Almost like they microwaved it. On top of the bad food, it took almost 30min to get our mains on what was a rather slow evening with a 1/3rd full restaurant. So we bid farewell to Ca' Dario! We enjoyed you while you were good and attentive but it seems you're more interested in expanding into other locations than maintaining a great restaurant. There are far too many upstart Italian places in SB to waste another night here.

SW
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing and so fresh. Love Ca'Dario. It's our family's favorite. We always order the carbonara which isn't on the menu and it's amazing. We also love the raviolis and the lamb. Yum!!!

NM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bread was the only mediocre part of the meal. The ravioli was excellent. The fusilli past very good. We liked that Ca Dario did not smother the pasta with sauce as too many American restaurants do. The deserts were also very good. The wine selection is good, but, as with most restaurants, overpriced.

M
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding, he went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed. It is nice to to be treated well and not rushed or ignored.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance. Definitely coming back.

AH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Very dissapointed. Party of 5-
Three of us had SPAGHETTINI ALLE VONGOLE and decided all that it was terrible. Clams, pasta, and garlic basicly in a bowl. Hot but not cooked correctly. Need to up their game.

OM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We will definitely be back here to eat.

A
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We have enjoyed Ca’ Dario for years and this was the first time we have been disappointed purely because of the service. The food was impeccable as always. Our server made unacceptable mistakes. Serving the main dish before we had finished our appetizers, it was taken away and told it will be “kept warm” ( pasta ? No thank you). When we could wait no longer we declined the dish and were were told, “ well that’s two dishes spoiled”. Rushed service and then ignored and the bill was wrong. We have adored Ca’ Dario for the food and the service. Our favorite waiter was unfortunately not working that night.

GM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy and popular. If you can roll with the tightness and noise, food is very good. Skip dessert and eat up their pasta dishes.

DN
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shellfish appetizer was excellent. Bolognese pasta amd lobster padta excellent

L
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been going to Ca'Dario's for 19 years. It remains one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara.

LE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious meals. I would enthusiastically recommend this Italian restaurant to anyone.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as per our usual. Food was impeccable as well as the service. What Italian food should be.

F
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really liked this restaurant. The food was very authentic and flavorful and was extremely reasonable. Service was good too.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marino was great, social and knowledgeable. Thank you all for a great night!

T
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Wait staff has gone down hill! Drink had no liquor or no mix. Been many times but not sure I will return

T
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like a family restaurant atmosphere. Great service, great food and atmosphere. from the time you are greeted at the door until you finish your deliciously prepared meal a great dining experience.

Javier L. González

BL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All ways amazing food and service ! It is our most go to restaurant in Santa Barbara
Thank you Ca Dario

TL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing true Italian food. My favorite spot in Santa Barbara!

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for our little family get-together. We’ve been several times before and plan on going again. The food is delicious and the drinks were great. I tried their sgroppino and loved it. Vodka, Prosecco and lemon sorbet make for a divine little desert cocktail.

CF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ca Dario, always a wonderful place to take our friends!

PM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ca ‘Dario is a very special restaurant that we love to go to!
We were there recently for our wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the absolutely delicious special, the service and all that it has to offer!

CC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great experience as always! That’s why we keep coming back:)

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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F
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The lamb was very good. Others were very impressed with the beans served with the ribeye,they were wonderfully flavored and silky. Special chocolate cake was excellent. It got too noisy when two large parties were seated but we were almost finished so we dealt with it.

TW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Ca' Dario to anyone. We loved everything about the experience, from the impeccable service to the delicious food.

FD
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

As annual weekenders to Santa Barbara from Pasadena, we never miss the opportunity to dine at one of the finest Italian eateries in this beautiful community. The food, staff, and service are exceptional.

BP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best waiter ever!

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food experience in Santa Barbara !
Only complaint is seating is a little snug, and noise levels can be a bit too high.
But it has the best food, and service in Santa Barbara !!!

M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good and staff is always guest-oriented. My good friend always comes back for their ravioli!

AR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Ca Dario has good food and excellent service. My wife and I stopped in for dinner prior to a concert . The server made sure we were on time but didn’t rush us
The only negative was that it was hot and stuffy in the front dining room. No AC, very slow turning ceiling fans , and no windows that would open
There was a nice cool breeze outside but no one could feel it
The rear dining room seemed a lot cooler so it must have AC

LP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not the usual amazing food we have experienced in the past.

MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch with associate. Delicious salad and sandwich. Nice quiet place to have a conversation.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were lovely and served us champagne.

PF
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to Ca'Dario for date night. Always a delicious experience!

M
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food we ordered was presented to us in a timely fashion. It was hot and delicious.
The service was excellent.
We loved it.

BT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 40th anniversary and my wife and siblings wanted something special. We loved everything about the place. The drinks, food and staff were outstanding and our evening was perfect!

RB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to a Ca Dario for over 20 years it seems as though the quality of the food has changed in the last year. Perhaps it was just that night hopefully the next time we won’t be disappointed

SA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were five of us for lunch on Saturday at noon, so the restaurant was not yet busy. It can get noisy when full, but there were only a few tables occupied that early on a weekend. The service and food were excellent. However, there should be a glass of wine available for fewer than $12. Even a restaurant with an outstanding wine list can offer a decent glass for $8 or 10. Especially at lunch, it's crazy to pay as much for a glass of wine as you do for your food! Otherwise, this restaurant is always a pleasure.

DC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good at Ca'Dario. It's our go-to place for dinner! Food is exceptional!

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