Ca' Dario Ristorante

4.5
1254 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 1254 people are saying
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gerardp
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual the food and service were good to excellent.
If the salad and the bruschetta bread were a little to “soggy” to our taste, “they nevertheless tasted good. Our main courses, rack of lamb and veal, were excellent and as requested, cooked to the perfect level of doneness. As for the service it was very professional, friendly and non-invasive. Overall we had an excellent evening and we certainly recommend this restaurant.

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vipMunzeee123
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food is always very good. The service is now terrible. No one seems to know what to do. The old help was wonderful. The current team needs training.

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Vero
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and the staff was very nice

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MichaelH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

If you are a local, you know this restaurant is the place to go for great italian food.

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KickyBC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful, intimate, experience. We will definitely be back again!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time customers and we were extremely satisfied. We will definitely return when in Santa Barbara💖

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ChristineS
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled white asparagus was amazing! And I never had so many vongole in my spaghetti con vongole—excellent!

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RicardoR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had a good time at the restaurant, especially for the service of the staff. Food was good and the short wine list too. Appropriate location close to the main street in Santa Barbara.

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ElizD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ca'Dario has always been one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always good as is the service.

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vipbigeater
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The birthday dinner was very nice. It was great to be back with all tables full again!

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BobP
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and attentive. The food from soup to salad to main courses were excellent both in taste and size of portion. We would highly recommend this reastaurant!

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vipDanielG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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johns
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian place in Santa Barbara.
Cozy and casual but first class service and food. Great wine selection too!

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Theo
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing rack of lamb - the best in Santa Barbara!

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williamh
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
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
12 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
67 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.

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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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vipmeme
San Francisco
20 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.

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vipDavidJ
Central Coast
8 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.

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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
55 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!

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 1254 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.