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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
3
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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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (38)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for a Date (31)
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Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Casual (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
People Watching (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined a day ago

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 a day ago

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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

An outstanding Italian restaurant that will do special dishes if they have the ingredients. I asked for a Carbonara and they made it special (not on the menu) and it was outstanding. The Branzino was perfectly prepared, the bread wonderful. If you go early it is quiet, but by 6:30 it gets quite crowded and as such becomes very noisy. Nothing on the menu isn't top notch, their trademark salad with warm beets and goat cheese with candied walnuts is fabulous. The prices are fair, though the corkage fee at $25 is pretty high as is the wine list. Highly recommended, and equally recommended are reservations, they are a must. Most diners come in with reservations in hand.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Our dinner experience was excellent, and one of the guests (from out of town) said that she felt that this was the best dining experience that she had had in Santa Barbara (and we have been to many top rated restaurants) and said that she planned to return when she was next visiting here.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always love the food, but the noise level is really so distracting. Hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I eat here more frequently than any other place it Santa Barbara, it is that good. Gets a bit loud at night and very crowded, so lunch is my preferred time. Some of the best Italian food in Santa Barbara, and reasonably priced. Change the specials every week and sometimes every day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I'm a bit torn. I did like the food. Our server was a wonderful gentleman ....but your hostess that evening needs to find other employment. I'm a food sales rep and blogger, very shocked by the tone that she set. I made OpenTable reservations. Treated very aloof. Place was basically empty...without speaking, turns around and to look at staff by the bar and taps the menus with her fingers?!? Is that questionable or impatience ?? Or I don't want to seat them?!? I also listed that this was a special occasion for the water Polo girls. Nothing done ...nothing mentioned. The table next to is received a cake and cans I. Recognition for their occasion. The hostess never spoke to us...enjoy your meal or go to hell. I felt as if I was in TRUMPland. We are Asian Hawaiian...NO PONO felt at your restaurant with the exception of your server.
Very shameful.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Too loud and difficult to talk plus even having a reservation we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The appetizer was so good but both my abs my husband's main courses - gluten free pasta with clams/mussels and his breaded swordfish were really bland. I had to our chili flakes to add more flavor. The gluten free meringue dessert was delicious . Service was excellent. Food was hit or miss!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have been Ca'Dario fans since moving to Santa Barbara 14+ years ago. There is simply nothing quite like it anywhere else. The food and atmosphere remind us of places we ate while
living in Italy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Amazing some of the best Italian food i have had I took one star away because my lasagna wasn't as warm as it should have been but I still pretty much licked the plate clean. Best lasagna I've ever had

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always a delightful experience! I tried something different, recommended by the server and it was delish! Chicken in a pot, I believe that was what it was called.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We always love it! The risotto Del Mare was amazing last night. They also have gluten free pasta and most of their sauces are gluten feee, which I appreciate.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always delicious! Authentic Italian food, attentive service, good wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Anniversary.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 14, 2017

as ever
superb, well done Dario and team, your consistency is amazing

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Best italian food ever/always- always consisten/ always perfect

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We went here on a referral from a waiter from another restaurant for our 30th wedding anniversary. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. The place is very small inside and tables are very close together, but we were told that ahead of time. It was OK with us, but if people are looking for a little elbow room, this is not the place for you. We really enjoyed it though and would visit again.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

This place was wonderful! Definitely had the vibe of a true Italian eatery with all the hustle and bustle. All of our food was incredible and we felt well taken care of by our servers. I would put this on your list of places to visit while in Santa Barbara!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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