Ca' Dario Ristorante

4.5
1323 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 1323 people are saying
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Deltalady
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Italian food! My favorite in Santa Barbara by far. It feels like you are in a neighborhood New York Italian restaurant. Warm staff, great service and awesome food!

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SeeZ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ca'Dario is consistently good. I love the whole grilled (broiled?) branzino, which was on the Specials menu last night. It comes with a side of veggies. They have a good wine selection too.
My partner had the chicken risotto, which he said lacked flavor. He added salt and it was good. The side of veggies that came with the fish were tepid, but otherwise fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were excellent. Nice setting with a big city neighborhood feel. This was our first time dining here and next time in Santa Barbara we will be back.

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vipMimi
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner! We especially loved the white asparagus appetizer. It’s so great that this place never fails! Yum!

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JMmeridia
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pre-concert dinner. Seated us in the secondary room with 2 large groups of teens out for a prom type night even though I booked this on Open Table and there were tables in dining room. Bruschetta and CaDario salad were fresh and good, but nothing special. Our pasta dishes were ok (Sage brown butter ravioli and Tagliatelle with meat ragout), but didn’t taste that fresh. The waiter we had was not friendly and even borderline rude at times. This dining experience was nothing more than average. I might give them another chance but hopefully they up their game.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner. Food fantastic and service wonderful. Can’t wait to visit again.

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MarvM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Loved the Branzino and Arugula Salad, but the Calamaretti (baby calamari) was not what we expected. Some rather large rings of calamari and much too chewy. Also, our waiter (name unknown) never once came to check on us.

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AlisonN
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious fresh food! Served hot and fresh Servers attentive.

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HelenL
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a perfect experience from making the reservation and throughout the meal. The food is off the charts authentic and delicious and the staff is efficient and friendly. Cannot wait to return.

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Missteree
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is amazing! It’s a quaint little restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. The service is exceptional and the food is incredible. We stop here each time we come up this way.

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vipVIC54
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated quickly and the service was very attentive. The Burrata starter was delicious w the roasted veggie fork tender. I had the gnocchi bolognese and the flavor was the best I’ve ever had. .

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MichelleC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The pasta and lamb were magnificent. Huge portions. Our antipasto of calamari and carpaccio were perfect starters. We live a couple miles away so very convenient. We will be back, and back. Bravo! Oh and the lemon drop - yum!!

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themonz
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice decor and reasonable atmosphere, friendly staff. Price of Brunello Col D’Orcia 2016 was pretty good. I Food, however, was below expectations. First time I’ve had red onions in my bresaolaand not the right dressing for the dish. The melanzane was heAvy with mozzarella and large chunks of fresh tomato but pretty tasteless. I understand the bread and the branzino were very good. All in all starting to have the feel of a chain rather than family restaurant

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josea
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing but the service was even more impressive! Our server was more than excellent! He deserves a promotion!

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CavaW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!
Staff was very kind!
Great ambiance!
Flavors were on point.

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vipJanetG
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a 15 minute wait to check in for our reservation everything was perfect. Delicious meal and gracious attentive service.

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vipSheilaH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every plate is perfect!

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MegL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at this restaurant with a group of friends and the food was delicious, service was outstanding. Our waiter was so friendly and paid such good attention to all of our needs oh, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to find a special restaurant to be able to go out for an evening

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little neighborhood spot. You know the food is good when it’s filled with locals. Pasta was delicious.

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KathrynY
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, wonderful atmosphere. It’s no surprise the restaurant has been a locals favorite forever!

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vipGeoffB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was poor. Good great. Table excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was inadequate but the food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The bolognese is fantastic but every pasta is great. Our server Tony was excellent. We went for my wife’s birth and it was perfect.

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vipBillyGGruff
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants at which we've ever had the pleasure of dining. The craftsmanship that went into building the rich sauces, the attention to detail & the layers of flavor & texture make it clear that the chef really cares about the cuisine. The service staff is impeccable, just perfect. A truly delightful experience. Do yourself a favor & get a cappuccino.
Outstanding.
Highly recommended.

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TerryP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Everything was great except for the service. Service is lacking and the meals came 15 minutes apart, unacceptable!

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Great location. Other than the loud party near us the experience was fantastic.

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ScottG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server let us try three wines as they were out of our favorite. The prices are fair, the service excellent, and we're going back!

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AllisonR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service, we’ll be back again.

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RafaelS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to restaurant for date night! Highly recommended.

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vipCindiP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants!!! Lamb dish is my husband’s absolute favorites!

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DarcyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was just lovely… like a European bistro. Our waiter Antonio was so attentive and friendly and delightful. And the food was just perfect. Seasoned beautifully and so simple yet incredibly flavorful. We absolutely loved this restaurant!

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vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
112 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dishes lacked finesse, salads were overdressed, spaghetti alle vongole way too soupy, chef needs to learn how to make this dish properly… cannoli were stale.

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JaneR
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love CaDario! Excellent food, wine and helpful service!

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Jody
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambience, service was terrific -- and happy you are staying available for lunch! Great to see you sustained through this difficult business. Best wishes to you at Ca"Dario!!

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RafaelS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service per usual! My favorite place to dine.

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DavieonH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Let me start by saying this is truly a beautiful restaurant. I imagine this is what it would be like if you were in a high scale restaurant in Italy.

Came here to celebrate after getting married to my now wife. We had a reservation, everything was great so far. We ordered an appetizer (bruschetta) that was great. We ordered after we finished the appetizer. My wife ordered the ravioli, that was the best thing I ate all night. I ordered the spaghetti alle vongole. Geez the first few bites were great. I then moved the the other side of my plate to get a bite of a clam and it was full of sand. I brushed it off because hey accidents happen I just tried to move forward. Every bite after that was just sand I couldn’t finish my food. I just stopped eating, payed for my food, respectfully let the waitress know what I just experienced, then left and moved forward with my night. I had really high hopes for this place but will not be back.

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CuriousEater
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The waiter was singing and talking to other waiter loudly. Promised to charge us one fee for kids but charged the other. Then tried to confuse us and cover it up. The carpaccio was too chewy and tasteless.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We were a party of 7. The restaurant wasn’t packed. Everything was rushed. We weren’t finished with one course when another one was forced upon us. Our reservation was for 7:30. By 850, they were stacking up chairs on tables . Very uncomfortable for us. And not an inexpensive dinner

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LupM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After Bouchon cancelled our anniversary reservation due to a Covid outbreak, we were fortunate to get reservations at Ca'Dario. We could not be more pleased. Loved the rustic ambience, the jazzy music softly piping, the very attentive service and of course the delicious pastas. We will be going back for sure!

LG
LyndaG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Soup specialty was very good. Husband enjoyed his chicken. My salmon was most likely farmed salmon and rather tasteless. My kid's spaghetti w/ "grandma's" meatballs were most likely frozen from a bag. That was a big disappointment. With all the choices in SB for dinner, I would probably not go here again. Not worth the $$.

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 4.5 stars by 1323 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.