Ca' Dario Ristorante

4.6
1200 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 1200 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReneeS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience given the pandemic. We sat as far away from other tables as possible. They had a very thoughtful outdoor experience. The risotto was excellent. The Cesar salad was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was really tasty. Service was phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ask for Angel as your server. He has over 20 years fine dining experience, (Piati’s, Via Vie, Stella Mara’s), he goes above and beyond and is always fun to chat with! Beautiful, romantic, outdoor ambiance located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s downtown district.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining setup is great and the food was incredible! Very much a positive experience!

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NorellM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Left a review on Yelp explaining my issues. In summary: didn't honor our reservation for an outdoor table; operating beyond covid limited indoor capacity; food was barely edible; server was not very attentive but I think this was due to the fact that staff was limited but capacity was not.

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leslees
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like dining in a nice Italian restaurant in NYC. The food and the folks who work there are wonderful. The owner is a really nice guy. I love this place and eat there often.

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food4wine
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food excellent. Ambiance good , distance proper , service people well protected, very good wine list. Recommend for small groups

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GeorgeM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic dinner with my wife, we celebrated our 30-year anniversery here

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is great. Cock trails were great. Service was great. Good for dates or a dinner with friends. Nice but not pretentious.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed are meal, however a few small improvements would take the experience from okay-good to excellent. The bread oil & vinegar is served in a manner that makes it unusable. The antipasto was served too cold so the flavors didn't come through. We let it set for a long while and then it was very tasty. The lamb chop was flavorful but over cooked so the meat was tight. The pasta was delicious but served in a bowl that was too small/deep. The desserts were very well done.

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SerenaW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Ca'Dario is our favorite restaurant and they never disappoint.

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vipLV2RIDE
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal here!! Cute patio on the street. Waiter was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great customer service all of the staff was very attentive and friendly. I visited for the weekend with family but will definitely continue eating here in the future!

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Kelly
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

They have amazing Italian food and the servers were perfectly professional but has the SB laid back attitude. The Chianti was not very good for me but the flavors of the food made up for it. I will come back here for more date nights and would bring special guests here too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were exactly what we were looking for!

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JoanS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful meal. Great antipasto and succulent sea bass.

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vipSUSANW
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The best thing about this dining experience was our server. He was incredible. While the food was good, he was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch food and service. Despite the adversaries of the pandemic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was nice to get out. Reservations are really only putting your name on this list for the next table. Food is always tasty and flavorful but halibut was overcooked. They were a little under staffed to keep up with COVID guidelines and larger group proper table spacing.

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vipJoey
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In all fairness, my review s being written during the pandemic, so what wasn’t a five star rating was completely due to being seated in a (nicely done) makeshift seating area in what used to be a traffic lane. The food was excellent! My boyfriend is a tagliatelle fan and orders it almost everywhere it’s offered. The one he had here he rated in his top 5 ever, and we’re old! We were quite a bit early for our reservation on a busy Saturday evening, but they seated us, anyway. It was all just great. We highly recommend it and will definitely be back.

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the portion sizes were perfect. Some of the best Italian I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!

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DaninLA
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and reasonable value. Great as always.

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MrClean
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all ways - the food was creative and tasty; the drinks were nicely done and from a creative menu; the service was attentive yet not overwhelming. The new outdoor covered sidewalk extension was very nice, and we look forward to a return shortly!

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Lucio
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cá Dário was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

JA
vipJAS1
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was spotty at best. Food was good, but nothing that made me say, "I have to go back." I would recommend to a friend with reservations.

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RussH
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor dining experience was very pleasant, the food was superb. We had a new waiter who was very attentive. Looking forward to dining here again on our next visit to Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

service staff poorly trained.

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vipGetinmybelly
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Italian wines available!

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
505 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience4

It was an "okay" experience. Nothing super special... but overall good experience. They should check in with customers more often.

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AlmaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome delicious food was had by all four of us.

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JeffK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the restaurant was a bit busy and we had to wait a few minutes for our reservation, the staff was extremely nice and very accommodating.

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Carolm
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We unfortunately won a table on the Anacapa sidewalk for our anniversary dinner. The food and service are always exceptional but the cars driving by or stopping at the light are noxious. One couple in a SUV thought it was ok the honk the horn right next to us to catch the attention of someone. I realize we are stuck with a situation of no indoor dining but I wouldn't sit there again. One other item, we had taken a visiting Asian Indian couple to dinner there one evening because of the vegetarian cuisine. It was so noisy inside we could not hear what they were saying. Spent the entire evening nodding our heads and smiling in complete confusion.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Dine here all the time - but didn’t have a table to allow for social distancing

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vipluvgoodfood
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor area is very comfortable.

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vipMunzeee123
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved the new outside parkette. Food was delicious as always. Service was not as good maybe because restaurant was very booked.
My favorite Santa Barbara restaurant.

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BryanV
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious. Great wine selection and our server was on point. Wasn't too happy of our seating location, but they did an excellent job accomodating folks through the covid restrictions.

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DeniseC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Given the COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, Ca'Dario did an excellent job in pushing out to the sidewalk/street and being creative with some ambiance. The only thing missing was music ~ a little Frank Sinatra music (background volume) piped to the exterior would have made for the setting perfect. Our server (can't remember his name ~ a charming brown-skinned gentleman, larger frame) made wonderful recommendations for our desires and made us feel very welcomed. The food was exceptional.

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vipJanetB
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Branzino and the fetuccine alfredo at this fine dining Italian Restaurant. They were both prepared very well to perfection. The ambiance was nice with the outdoor seating and people watching. I would definitely go back again.

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 1200 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.