Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana

4.6
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262 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Anything grilled is "divine" and the rest of the menu is "delectable" at the "charming" Italian in Santa Barbara known for its "excellent" execution of "simple" pasta, meats and other classics plus a "fantastic" wine list with many available by the glass; it's a local "favorite", so reservations are a must.
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KenL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Well I wish I could tell you how the food tasted but we never got any. We had a 7:00pm reservation and arrived a few minutes early. One waitress in particular kept walking by us in a hurry and never even acknowledged we were standing there. When the hostess did come over she seated us outside and the busboy brought us water.
After about 20-25 minutes we asked a person helping the table next to us if she could find our server because we haven’t even seen one or placed a drink order. She went inside and talked to someone because we could see her point at our table. After another 10 minutes still no one came by. We asked the same person if we had a server and she apologized but really couldn’t help us.
So after 35 minutes of drinking nothing but water and being ignored we got up and left.
I will give the Manager some credit to at least come out to the parking lot and apologize for what happened. He wanted us to come back and he would take care of us. But after the poor service up to that point we didn’t feel like giving them another chance.
I was really looking forward to some good Italian food and wine but I unfortunately I can’t tell you how the food taste because we never got any.
But the sparkling water we ordered was good...

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susanO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a jewel of a restaurant. the food is consistently delicious. the staff is friendly and quick to respond to requests. i highly recommend.

SJ
ShaunJ
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Located in a strip mall but had a really nice patio out the back so don't be put off. The service was great and very friendly.

BJ
vipBJRSB
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistently good food and service. The specials are usually great especially the seafood.

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vipFlossie17
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Tuscan food with so much to chose from. Consistent and excellent service!

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NealB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a great spot. Sat on the back patio (outside only d/t COVID) for our anniversary. Service was great, apps, entrees were great as well. 1st time @ this restaurant and it's definitely a 'highly recommend'

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vipDocalex
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to visit ca Dario. The food is outstanding as is the service. A great value and one of the best Italian restaurants you will ever find.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the rib eye steak! The Tuscan beans were to die for too.

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SSCC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food excellent service

KM
KatherineM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here, I will certainly be back. It was a terrific experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumptious food. Perfect service. We’ll be back!

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vipFoody2Shoes
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I really wanted to like this place. Restaurant staff was professional, welcoming, and helpful. Outdoor seating in the back yard looked cute and cozy. But the food was very disappointing. I ordered three different pizzas: margarita, carbonara, and picante. All three were extremely oily to begin with (and it wasn’t because of fresh olive oil topping or anything...). Carbonara pizza was a bacon and cheese pizza with a sunny side up egg on top... very odd presentation and the egg really wasn’t incorporated in to the flavor. Margarita was particularly disappointing - tasted and looked like a gas station pizza. I really wished I liked this place more (it’s really the only restaurant in a Goleta that’s on Open Table) but I don’t recommend this place.

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vipLesleyC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is absolutely AMAZING! We really enjoyed their pasta dishes. I would recommend this place to anyone in the Goleta/Santa Barbara area. Will definitely be visiting the next time I’m in the area.

HF
vipHeatherF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here for a casual dinner out. The patio was quaint and the service was excellent. We all enjoyed our meal as the food was very delicious. I would eat here again and frequently if we lived in the area.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food and service!

RK
vipRachelK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service!

TB
vipTracyB
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great pasta, excellent service

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Jacqueline
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside which was cool and pleasant. Servers were courteous and helpful and masked as were we, except for eating. The food was wonderful as always and a perfect respite in this time of trying to avoid the pandemic.

TB
vipTinaB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor on a recent visit to Santa Barbara, and the recommendations were spot on. Great food, cozy lovely spot. Will definitely be back on our next trip to the area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great I had 7 of my brothers the food was great and we had a blast. Thank You for your served. See ya next time!!

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Jacqueline
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! We split a Caesar salad and then had our own entrees. Service was cheerful and attentive, and the food was superbly prepared.

Would definitely recommend Ca’dario!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food. I got the quail and she got the seafood risotto. Awesome experience with nice staff.

JS
vipJimSB
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Super service. Nice seating and not crowded.

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Seamare
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and excellent service.

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JoeF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Ca’ Dario in downtown SB is one of my favorite places to eat. Ambiance (sports on TV?) and service was not as good. Food was great.

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ArtG
Yosemite
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding experience. I had an incredible swordfish dish. Others enjoyed the raviolis, lamb chops and fuccilli! Everything was superb

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milenaD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We set by the door trying to be more quiet and less in the middle of the walk aerea and found our self freezing cold .. our waiter was excellent.. and pizza was good

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ShirleyS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We eat here often because the quality of the food is always good , the servers recognize you and th services is excellent.

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vipAliso
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & terrific service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a place to have dinner with my family for my birthday and we decided on Ca Dario. Everyone’s plates were amazing, the service was good, and a lovely server sang happy birthday to me in Italian for my birthday making it that more special.

DZ
vipDZim
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance, food and service.

DO
DORIAND
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Francesca was an amazing server,

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Dino
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. We enjoy everything about the restaurant

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vipthepump
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Have been there many times. It was valentines day. They forgot our salad and rolls. Main course was okay. Lots of people. This place is way better than this. Took salad off of bill and gave us desert. Will be better next time.

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ArthurS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but a little expense for a strip mall in Goleta.

CJ
ChristineJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Goleta!!! Marco is the best Server in town!

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ArtG
Yosemite
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great dinner at Ca’Dario. Tonight I had the Lamb chops, cooked perfectly with spinach and roasted potatoes. No place does it better

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vipNanci
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was tasteless. Service was very good. Our server was a woman and she was terrific.

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viplocal
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent very authentic Italian trattoria style of dinning , service is really great!

GU
vipGUWER
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service , will be back soon , among the best in the Santa Barbara area .

FAQs

Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 884-9419 ext. 4.

Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana is rated 4.6 stars by 262 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.