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Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara


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A photo of Chase Restaurant restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Chase Restaurant is celebrated for its outstanding Italian cuisine. Patrons laud it for its consistently delicious food, comparing its Chicken and Veal Parmigiana to the high-quality dishes served in Florence and Venice. The restaurant is also highly complimented for its brilliant service, with specific mentions of the excellent staff like Victor, Kelsea, and Celestino. Chase Restaurant's outdoor dining is appreciated for its comfortable and private ambiance. It is also recognized for its wonderful Italian fare, including favorites like eggplant Parmesan and chicken picatta. This Santa Barbara gem is highly recommended by visitors, with many vowing to return, indicative of the unforgettable dining experience Chase Restaurant offers.
A photo of Convivo restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 31 times today
Located in the picturesque city of Santa Barbara, Convivo is praised by patrons for its unique take on Italian cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair. Diners laud the restaurant for its beautiful ambience, excellent service, and delicious dishes. Sitting on a charming patio with a view of the coast, Convivo's food is described as "delicious", "interesting", and "beautifully prepared". The restaurant also draws attention for its innovative menu items, including seafood Pesce misto grill, Lemon ricotta Cappellacci with SB rock crab, and Seaweed Mafaldine with furikake. Its Italian heritage shines through the hearty 40oz porterhouse steak topped with arugula, and the best heirloom tomatoes. Offering a great dining experience in a scenic locale, Convivo stands as a beacon of quality Italian cuisine.
A photo of Toma Restaurant & Bar restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 62 times today
Toma Restaurant & Bar in Santa Barbara offers patrons an unforgettably exquisite Italian dining experience. With its position near the beach, it is rated as Santa Barbara's #1 restaurant. According to their numerous rave reviews, Toma's outstanding service, creative and quality Italian dishes, and excellent wine list capture the essence of a stellar dining experience. Reviewers were particularly impressed by their fresh pastas, lasagna, and not just ordinary red sauce Italian dish, giving a nod to their unconventional and exciting approach to Italian cuisine. Whether first-timer or regular, the consistent delight expressed by customers attests to Toma as a must-visit destination for Italian cuisine lovers when in Santa Barbara.
A photo of Tre Lune restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Montecito
Booked 53 times today
Tre Lune, a prominent Italian restaurant, is consistently praised for its unmatched Italian specialties and superb food quality. Patrons highlight their dishes such as veal saltimbocca, mixed seafood grill, rigatoni with mushrooms, and Gnochi Tartufati, as well as the creamy and delicious spaghetti cacio de pepe. The restaurant's staff is frequently noted for its attentiveness, friendliness, and excellent customer service. The establishment emanates an old-school Italian charm with a classy yet casual atmosphere. The reviews also mention Tre Lune as a place for consistent quality and good service, making it a go-to spot for Italians in the area for more than 20 years. The restaurant certainly conveys a beautiful European flair that is intimate, charming, and welcoming.
A photo of Olio e Limone Ristorante restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 15 times today
Olio e Limone Ristorante offers some of the finest Italian cuisine in Santa Barbara. Reviewers applaud the restaurant for its outstanding service and superb, authentic Italian dishes. Many have mentioned that the food is always excellent and beautifully executed, creating a true Italian vibe. With a diverse menu offering unusual classics and delicious desserts, it draws locals and tourists alike. The range of tasty fish options, impressive wine list, and pleasant ambiance all add to the enjoyable dining experience. An East Coast guest even likened their experience to being in renowned Italian restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey. With consistent quality and a delightful setting, it's no wonder why Olio e Limone Ristorante is often recommended as the spot for Italian food in Santa Barbara.
A photo of Ca' Dario Ristorante restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 15 times today
Ca' Dario Ristorante, located in Santa Barbara, is a revered destination for quality Italian cuisine. The dining experience has been hailed as reminiscent of Italy itself, with numerous reviews praising their "inspired dishes," "excellent food and service," and "authentic Italian food served by a caring staff." Diners rave about the diverse menu, highlighting dishes like bruschetta, penne puttanesca, fish specials, ravioli, and veal short loin which left a lasting memory. The accommodating staff, cozy atmosphere, and delightful meals have earned this restaurant a place in the hearts of visitors. As summed up by one reviewer, Ca' Dario Ristorante is "totally iconic," promising an unforgettable dining experience.
A photo of Olio Pizzeria restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 7 times today
A cherished pizzeria situated in Santa Barbara, Olio Pizzeria stands out for its exquisite cuisine and exceptional service. The restaurant specializes in authentic Pizzeria cuisine, often celebrated for its salads, pastas, and pizzas. Renowned for their attentive service and varied menu, reviewers consistently praise the quality and taste of the food served, with dishes such as the Margherita Pizza and Caesar Salad receiving high acclaim. Many customers consider Olio Pizzeria a favorite spot, visiting it regularly and adding it to their itinerary when in town. The restaurant's commitment to delivering consistently delicious food, coupled with its remarkable service, makes Olio Pizzeria a true gem in Santa Barbara.
A photo of Ca Dario Montecito restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Montecito
Booked 37 times today
Ca Dario Montecito, located in Santa Barbara, offers an authentic Italian dining experience that has been lauded by numerous pleased patrons. The restaurant has been commended for its "fantastic, authentic Italian food" and "excellent Italian cuisine". Consistency in its quality has made it a favorite among many, with one reviewer noting it as their "go-to" Italian destination. The venue ensures that guests feel valued, with the owner making rounds to personally interact with customers, emphasizing the warmth and hospitality associated with traditional Italian eateries. Offerings of authentic Italian food are paired with a highly praised service, which has been recommended by customers as they plan to return.
A photo of Arnoldi's Cafe restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Arnoldi's Cafe in Santa Barbara has firmly established itself as a go-to destination for exquisite Italian cuisine. Visitors rave about the restaurant's beautiful setting, outstanding service, and mouthwatering menu items - from the mesmerizing gnocchi to the delicious lasagna, hailed by many as the best in town. Arnoldi's Cafe's impeccable dishes warm the soul, with reviewers noting that nothing beats the comforting sizzle of their pasta on a cool evening. The restaurant's lively outdoor dining area, complete with a bocce ball court, adds to its charm, promising not just a delightful meal but an immersive Italian experience.
A photo of Crocodile Restaurant and Bar - Lemon Tree Inn restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Santa Barbara
Booked 2 times today
The Crocodile Restaurant is one of the finest places to relax and rejuvenate. The Atmosphere and Decor are Modern Italian and Californian. Hidden just off the Lobby in The Lemon Tree Inn, Crocodile has become Santa Barbara's Secret Local's Haunt.
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