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Ca' Dario Ristorante

828 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for Anniversaries
"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."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

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


Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 884-9419
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dario Furlati
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Private party contact
Danny Chisholm: (805) 884-9419
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Cross street
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
What 828 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dinner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food, spirited environment, exceptional servers

vipSandy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Love Ca'Dario for whenever we come to Santa Barbara for a show at The Lobero. Convenient and always a great treat!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant disappointed us. We have been coming to Santa Barbara for years but never tried it. We had a reservation for 7:30. We got there on time but did not get a table until after 8 PM. The menu did not match the menu on the web site. So, I was looking forward to carpaccio as described on line: thin beef with capers, onions and Parmesan cheese shards. Instead they served it with a prime rib style horseradish cream. Not traditional and less than perfect. I had quail with mushroom sauce on polenta. The polenta was lumpy Ana not very tasty. Service was only fair. I was truly disappointed in this restaurant. Maybe going on Saturday night was my mistake. I try not to go out for dinner on Saturday when restaurants are crowded and need to get the food out fast.

Chieftain (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, amazing food, great team service for the tables. The only drawback was that we were seated at a 2 person table adjacent to the door that connects the two rooms they have and that is also where the staff hangs out and talks and so it was really not a good place to enjoy each other's company. I should have asked if another table was available but didn't.

TomD (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic bread, Seafood Risotto special, Ragu Bolognese, and a very good Valpolicella available by the glass. Portions are large enough to leave full, or stuffed. Quarters were mildly cramped, which isn't too unusual for Downtown Santa Barbara, but the ambience was great. A little on the pricey side, but has the quality to back it up.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had dinner on a very busy Saturday night during the film festival. The place was hopping but very well organized. The hostess did a great job handling a lot of very anxious diners ! We were seated at the time of our reservation after a drink at the stand up bar. My bride had the Ahi special, I had the seafood risotto special. Both were well prepared and delicious. Our waitress needed a pair of skates to take care of multiple tables in both dining rooms but she is a professional and did a great job. We have eaten here several times and we will be back

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Another visit to Ca'Dario before the Film Festival. We had a reservation and were kindly accommodated when asked to move from the very noisy back room to the main dining room. Unfortunately, like our last visit prior to the SBIFF, we had to wave down a server to take our initial order for cocktails/wine. And though the server did a fine job we were concerned that not enough attention was given to make our experience a memorable one. It appears that, again, attention to customer service needs to become a priority. Perhaps Film Fest week may be too overwhelming. Still hoping the staff can work on their customer service.

Aunt67 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We love this restaurant and frequently end up there if we are in Santa Barbara at dinner time. The eggplant appetizer was delicious, as was the bread, mousse dessert special, and pappardelle alla boscaiola - wide noodles in a light tomato cream sauce - really good. The staff is very attentive without being intrusive, and were patient - my daughter is a very slow eater (it wasn't a busy night though.) In the past we've also had very good ravioli with crunchy sage and about the best mac and cheese I've ever tasted. This place is an easy walk from one of the city parking structures. Great little restaurant.

jpinsb (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Our favorite wait staff in town make us feel like family

vipCSSM (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Meh. Huge piece of flabby salmon, frozen and tasteless.
Good service

Dlilah (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

As always food is good and prices reasonable. In such a small restaurant I'd expect the service to be more prompt and warm (friendly). Still good value and would recommend to others.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Love this place! Had it the next night through restaurant connection and food equally outstanding!

AndieC (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently enjoyable, from the food to the ambience... but if yiu’re Looking for a quiet dinner this isn’t the place.

vipDisappointing (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Noisy, over crowded tables, poor service, mediocre food This restaurant used to have very good food. Very disappointing

vipSBFoodies (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Despite having a reservation we waited almost 30 minutes before being seated. The space is small, crowded, and noisy however the food and service balance it out and make it a worthwhile dining experience.

Bruna (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Well...., what can I say??
Adequate, for a simple meal with friends.
Pasta dish for one of us, was delish. The gluten free pizzas forn3 of us, arrived on regular dough.
No one acknowledged the mistake. No offer to comp. No water refills. And, no service of refilling our glasses of our $80 bottle of wine. At best.... pathetic!
Get it together!!

jpinsb (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Best of Italy in Santa Barbara

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Wasn't greeted as we walked in took 30 min to get order taken 45 min to get food. Didn't even have what I wanted.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

We like Ca Dario but will not be returning soon. The noise level is very very high. All four of us had to yell to be heard and came home horse. Too bad.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

First time in many years and first time for lunch. Food was okay but didn't measure up to the price. Late lunch, not a lot of patrons. Service was okay but I think we had the second string. After large party left the back room, first stringer checked on us and gave us the feel of what we should have had from the other. We probably won't hurry back.