Ca' Dario Ristorante

4.6
1240 Reviews
$31 to $50
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."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1240 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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williamh
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my wife and I's first time dining at a restaurant since the start of the Pandemic. Ca''Dario had converted about 3 parking spots in front of the restaurant into outdoor space.

I hope they can keep that outdoor space after the pandemic is over because it really gave a European feel to the dining experience and was far better than the cramped tightly packed interior pre-pandemic.

The food itself was great. We both had filled pasta dishes and the pasta itself was clearly freshly made and the sauces were both excellent. We ordered extra bread to sop it all up.

Overall it was a great experience and highly recommended to anyone looking for an Italian restaurant.

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RebeccaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was extremely patient as I changed my mind twice about our seating, then service and food quality was on point the whole evening. Excellent experience I would highly recommend!

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vippenumbra
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service outstanding. Was promised a table by the window, but was taken by others when we got there. Table for 6 was small and crowded, would have been better for 4. Nevertheless, great food and service. Will return!

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vipGing
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is old school fabulous and staff were warm and friendly.

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vipAngela
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food not as good as it used to be.
Disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
66 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service and outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply wonderful. Everything myself and friends ordered was mouth watering good. It’s much more of a local spot than the crowds on State and that made it much more enjoyable

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vipDakini2
Central Coast
43 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best Italian food, service and environment! Louis and Chewy (SP?) are my favorites and despite the tough times of Covid they have remained on staff which in my opinion is the best reason to keep coming back!

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MarkB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super awesome great wonderful fantastic super fraga listic

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MeganG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Been here a few times and I always leave feeling like it could have been better for the money. We had issues with 3 of the dishes we ordered. The gnocchi was undercooked and goopy and the server told us that’s how it’s supposed to be... Um ok. Buffalo mozzarella tasted like I bought it prepackaged as the grocery store. Chicken dish was bland and not memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just as good as it was 11 years ago! Hopefully it won’t be that long til we come back!

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SylviaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Good experience 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999990099999999909999990099999999999999999999999

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, but service was slow. I don’t think they expected a busy Monday evening during Spring Break.

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CherylR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner after wine tasting in Santa Ynez, the food was very good and the service was excellent. The prices were moderate and we would go back.

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vipRyan
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a top 10 CA restaurant for authentic Italian cuisine. Their ravioli is to die for! My fiancée and I love dining at Ca’Dario whenever we are visiting Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent followed by great service.
Outdoor dining in their constructed space was good.

JF
JoanneF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best. Always so good. Consistently delivers on service and the for is sooooo good!

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meme
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

While we were sitting basically in the street, it wasn't that bad! They are making the most of a bad situation and we are happy to support them. As always, the food is excellent and authentic.

DJ
vipDavidJ
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had just finished dinner sitting outside on the sidewalk when it started raining. Then the hail started coming down, the staff (Tony) had all customers come inside the restaurant. Lived in S.B. My entire life and have never seen that much hail/snow come down in town. What a great experience!

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MeridithM
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a long lunch in the beautifully designed outdoor seating, felt completely safe during COVID and the food was delicious and service amazing.

RM
vipRobertM
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a pleasant evening, the service is friendly, they do the best they can setting up outside. I don’t want to say this place is bad. It’s OK. It’s just like most average Italian places. Nothing stands out as truly special or amazing. The Salad was fine, tortellini ok, veal chop just ok, tiramisu good. Most people like Italian restaurants just like this. I would like them to set the bar a little higher

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vip1Califtraveler
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Outdoor dining in the cold is never a great experience but they're doing their best. The food here was wonderful. The dessert was mediocre as it was obviously not fresh. But everything else was excellent. Service was spotty but dutiful.

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James
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was so kind, polite and helpful. Would go again.

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vipGlamazon
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in Santa Barbara... and that is saying a lot! Food was amazing, and they styled up their outdoor space with a chandelier... can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food! So authentic and savory! Delicious. I live in Santa Monica and will be driving back up soon to enjoy another amazing meal!!!

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SBlocal
Argentina
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious, our waiter was attentive and fun. We'll be going back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

My branzinoe fish was very salty and server had no explaining to do still I tip him 20%

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vipDebbie
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was delicious and the service was warm and attentive. We have been coming to Ca'Dario for many years and we are never disappointed. The Terra Cotta Chicken with Polenta is amazing.

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HarryZimm
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We used to like this place a lot, but under the current conditions it really isn't that enjoyable. Some of the tables are in lighted spots, but many are in dark doorways. They don't have enough heaters for current winter weather, and the food got cold pretty fast.

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viplovetoeatout
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Nice wine list too. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, and the food was outstanding. One of my favorite meals wasn't on the menu, however, the waiter was able to describe it to the cook and it was prepared perfectly. Also, they have one of the best outside seating areas; with comfort and high quality as a priority.

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ChristineL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is wonderful. One of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food was extremely mediocre for the price. We felt cheated and disappointed that we wasted a meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service from Lalo! The food was good, pasta was great and steak was ok.

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vipDebbie
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable and warm service. It was a pleasure to dine outside at their nicely spaced tables. Also, when we've ordered to-go food, it is always carefully prepared and packaged so we can enjoy the same high quality at home.

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vipOkR8r
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They've done an excellent job adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines, while still providing a great dinning experience. The food was very good as was the service. Plentiful and delicious. We'll definitely be coming back on our next visit to SB.

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Robert
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very innovative. we enjoyed everything!

They did a great job with outdoor seating and spacing.

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deliciousbiscuit
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came here for our THanksgiving dinner (2020 amirite??), and were pleased with the options on the menu, the ambience, and the proximity to State Street. I expected a little more from the food options for the price, but still left feeling like I ate a proper Italian meal.

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KrisF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! No complaints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was phenomenal!

FAQs

Ca' Dario Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 884-9419 ext. 1.

Ca' Dario Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 1240 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.