Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana

4.7
296 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful experience

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robert
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in Goleta. Although the inside is more of a bar environment the outside do I g is very nice. There are plenty of heaters for the chill air. The service and food were quite enjoyable.

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One the biggest components of our “happiness scale” is the friendliness of the staff. Our waitress, Milena, was just lovely! Friendly but professional and knowledgeable. Wine selection wonderful, food as delicious as always.

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Atrebor1
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The entire experience at Ca'Dario was very pleasant. The back patio is amazingly quiet and seems far away from the busy street that it abuts.
The wait staff was attentive, but not intrusive and the gas heaters made it comfortable on a cool evening.
The food was served nicely and the wine was a good value.
All in all, a delightful dinner.

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Jacqueline
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We four ladies had a lovely triple birthday party on the outdoor patio. The food was as usual, delicious and our server, Melania was helpful and unobtrusive, allowing us to enjoy conversation after a long quarantine due to the pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Caught a late dinner at Ca Dario in Goleta after our flight into SBA on a Sunday night. We love the downtown Santa Barbara Ca Dario, so thought we'd give the Goleta location a try. I've had a couple of lunches at this location in the past, and they were good. First, let me say that our waitress, Martina, was exceptional. Very friendly, and accommodating. She was so nice that despite a pretty poor food experience, we never complained to her. On to the food. The calamari and shrimp appetizer was dry and leathery ... almost like it had been cooked previously and then re-heated in the fryer. It was reallly bad. My Caesar (Romana) salad was plain and pretty much tasteless. I wanted the Lombata for my main course, but they had just run out, so I ordered the rack of lamb. The lamb was cooked reasonably (medium rare), but whatever they had marinated it in gave it an extremely bitter taste. My wife's main course, baby sole picatta, was okay ... a little mushy, but not too bad. Overall we were reallly hoping that this would be a good dinner option for us going forward, as the location is pretty convenient, but I doubt that we'll return. Again, kudos to Martina, who made the experience pleasant ... even though the food was sub-par.

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vipcosta
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back. Indoor dining was a pleasure. LOTS of room and great air flow made us feel very comfortable. Food and service was awesome as always.

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vipSBPinotFan
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent super quality food. Eating outdoors w/heater made it even better. The place is just so dependable.

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vipKevinS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef makes accommodations every time I eat there. They’re the best!

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Lola10
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The sitting in the patio area was very charming and the appetizers as well as main dishes we tried we very good. Enjoy visiting this restaurant.

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ChuckN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and quiet corner table for 5 family members for about 2 hours.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. I especially appreciated that when I told the server I have celiac disease they were able to accommodate a gluten free meal for me without issue. And free (gluten-filled) tiramisu for my wife’s birthday!

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PatriciaD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food,, lovely to sit outside on the patio

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SBEater
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Makes me never want to attempt pasta at home. The waiters were attentive and I loved the mellow soundtrack they were playing. It did get busy so a reservation will make your life easier!

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Mangia
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had not dined at this restaurant in over a year because of Covid. We were pleasantly surprised with the outdoor patio they had created where there use to be a narrow driveway. It's entirely enclosed and private with good ambiance. The food tasted authentically Italian. I particularly enjoyed the grilled white asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with a balsamic glaze. Unfortunately, the special seafood of the day, billed as a sauteed baby sole in a caper, lemon and butter sauce a la meuniere was bit over-salted but still quite delicious. The molten chocolate dessert was not up to par, but that did not stop us from enjoying it.

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vipsteved
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ca Dario outside dining in back patio was great, heaters and great food

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vipLindaJ
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent this restaurant often, and they never disappoint!

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Dave
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food. Sole and pasta was great. Chef prepared something off menu for us which was greatly appreciated. Highly recommend this restaurant. Suggest you sit in the back patio vs out front if possible. We'll definitely recommend this to friends and go back again.

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JessicaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came here for our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time, our first restaurant out in many months. We sat outside on the back patio and it had very nice ambience and good spacing between tables. The food was great and we liked the suggested wines.

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vipStoveTop
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice and private and quiet outdoor patio. Toasty heaters! Excellent service and food!

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vipErinB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food! Great dinner!!

MJ
vipMJB1958
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was not very good

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DORIAND
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always. Patio seating, nice atmosphere.

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JoshuaH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top service five stars!!
Food taste amazing

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Nigel
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous as always and great friendly attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not what we expected

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SusieN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A family favorite - my husband's pick to celebrate his birthday. We have been ordering takeout all through Covid - it was nice to sit on the back patio with lights and heaters for our first time back in person. Excellent Italian food - great service always.

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chrise
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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NorthBaySchtick
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Michael was an amazing server and gave great suggestions. If it’s not on the menu, just ask...they may be able to whip it up for you!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food :)

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MikeF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the great Risotto. Note wine license only.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is great always makes us feel like the charter customers we have been since the opening at Storke. Live this place.

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vipAwesome
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is definitely a hidden little nook of a restaurant. Way nicer inside! Beautiful patio out back. Marco took incredible care of us, absolutely wonderful service and food!

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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
88 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
23 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.

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 4.7 stars by 296 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.