Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana

4.5
360 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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Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Has been a local favorite for years.

All good but not so happy with front desk crew. A little unorganized. We had a reservation and although the restaurant was not that busy they made us wait 10-15 minutes. I eventually went in and found a table available. Once I showed her, she sat us at the table immediately????

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered risotto and Lombada, which was perfect. The waitress was attentive. Will come back again

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PeggyC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CaDario is my go-to place for fine dining. Excellent food, not pretentious, and affordable.

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vipFlossie17
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and the service was fabulous!

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MCMC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, with a perfect wine pairing. Service is more European style, so don't be impatient!

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vipDakini2
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Bday celebration on the Patio for my girlfriend! Manager and Wait Staff very attentive and kind. The food is ALWAYS outstanding as is the service. I have never had a disappointing meal or experience at Ca'Dario in Goleta or Downtown.
My favorite Italian restaurant on the planet! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Had to wait 30 min despite having reservation. But food was incredible.

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LilyB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Both my daughter and I got horribly ill after eating dinner here and we both had different menu items. Service was very nice but very slow. Plan on spending at least an hour and a half for dinner. Prices were outrageous for portion and quality received. This was our first time to the restaurant with high hopes but unfortunately will not return .

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vipMarykayB
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding authentic Italian fare. Great service. Portions are large, good for sharing.

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ArthurS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service were good as always. This is a neighborhood eatery and convenient. I eat here often.

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vipDakini2
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always high quality and excellent service! My favorite!

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CherylJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Pastas dishes are mediocre but the pizza and salmon was delicious.

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vipDesigner
Central Coast
50 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, Delicious , can't wait to return. Love everything about this restaurant. Food, service, quality all top notch!

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Depdave
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but not WOW. Service from waitress could have been better, she appeared bothered by some of my request like asking the manager to make it cooler in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good basic food. Not overly exciting or innovative. Good use more seasoning

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vipButterflyGirl
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food. Love the linens, the specials, the seafood options. We are local so we will be back as often as we can.

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RubenC
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best dining experience in Goleta! Their downtown location is good too, but the Goleta location is much better. Staff, food and service is the best.

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JenniferM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were celebrating my parents anniversary. Everything was delicious and the staff was so nice!

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GeraldineC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is beautiful. The food was great! And the service was great too! Definitely coming back again!

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TrentM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was so delicious! Our service was great and we sat outside in the patio and it was lovely! Can’t wait to come back to this great restaurant!

LG
LoriG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor patio seating, delicious food, excellent service!

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vipMaryW
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was in town for a quick trip and needed a good meal where I could eat alone. The service is wonderful. My server was friendly, attentive, and very efficient. The food was delicious. Portions are very generous so it would be easy to share pretty much any on the menu, except for dessert. The tiramisu was delicious.

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Lindon77
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana several times in the past 6 months.

Without exception, the food has been excellent, the service is impeccable and their patio is really nice.

Can't wait to go back!

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Alex
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food! Costatta a la Fiorentina is the best steak in town.

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HansP
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice seating on the back patio. Excellent, attentive service and good food.

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KathrynP
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was either under salted or over salted and super pricey for what it was, which was on par with the Olive Garden. Pizza also had a soggy crust. Not worth it in my opinion.

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MenuMaven
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I have eaten at CA Dario in Goleta and Santa Varanasi numerous times. The last two visits to the Goleta location were gastronomic disappointments. Bland food. Caesar salad, blah. Fried Calamari, surprisingly tasteless (and no, I don't have Covid). Pizza was good,though.

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vipDawnR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Salad & bread was fine. But each of our pasta dishes was just simply awful, like soup consistency for lasagna & pasta/meat bolonguase. Very disappointing Bc everything else fell in place. Nice waitress, good service, ambience & low noise level. Maybe if pasta was fresh & sauces were improved….

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bfs208
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful.

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NatashaC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good food and service! We are definitely coming back! Thank you so much 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the back
Patio. Very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner and time
together.
I think I lost an earring

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vipLawCEO
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall I was disappointed. Every year when we traverse to Santa Barbara I always make a few reservations at this restaurant and have had a very good experience. Last night the food just seems to have slipped. Mozzarella and tomato salad was bland Dash the mozzarella is lacking in flavor and the tomatoes are not ripe enough to have any flavor either and we’re rather hard. The two fish specials we tried were only fair - The salt with lemon sauce being the better of the two, but the tuna steak was way over cooked and we were not ask how we wanted it for. So I certainly just thought everybody wanted it well done. When we come in it on a disappointment on a couple of things there was politeness but no action.

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
58 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love all the Ca’Dario branches, but this one is our favorite. The patio is lovely, the food is great, our waitperson (Milena) is the best ever, . . . Such a winner!

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vipjkl1
Los Angeles
134 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice outdoor seating. Good, solid Italian food. Large portions.

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vipJanetG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

the restaurant smelled amazing. It was quite busy. The meatballs and spaghetti was OK, as was the Caesar Salad. The cannolli was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious, traditional food from Lake Como area - highly recommend!

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JustineB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great evening, service and food were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ca’ Dario is one of our favorite dinner spots! The food is AMAZING and the service is incredible!! Francesca is the best server and always anticipates the guest needs, just amazing!!

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vipValleyAlly
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service and fantastic food!

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 4.5 stars by 360 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.