Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana

4.5
336 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HansP
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KathrynP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
21 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
21 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
55 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
127 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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vipJanetG
San Francisco
23 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!

JB
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!

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viprocky
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was our first time dining at this location. The busperson Tommy was wonderful and very attentive. The waitress was not close to as attentive as Tommy was. Took a very long time to place the order, a long time to get a dessert menu, and an even longer time to pass on the dessert and get the bill to pay. The food was a toss up. Salad was good, but the spaghetti with meatballs was subpar. A big glob of overly sauced spaghetti surrounded by a half dozen or so rubbery meatballs. Lots of tomato paste could be tasted. But really not very good at all.

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
55 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a wonderful experience. Our waitperson, Milena, was a DELIGHT! Food was as good as it always is, but that special care exhibited by Milena will bring us back many, many times.

JA
JAG44
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. A little frazzled when we got there, we were a party of 7, and another party of 7 had a reservation at the same exact time, and the table seaters seemed perplexed with where to seat each party. It all worked out. Fabulous food, and wide variety menu. My rack of lamb was superb, as was my wife’s Branzino. Brought our own wine, so no feedback there. The ‘curbSide appeal’ from the parking lot may be a bit a lacking, but inside is very nice. Not the cheapest place, but certainly worth the prices.
All in all, a very good place.

RB
vipRobertB
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great.
Waitress was even better.

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viptcal
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Friendly, good service. But food could be better.

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SandyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dining experience was outstanding to excellent in every respect.I highly recommend it to one and all.

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charlesa
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. The only thing I could say is near a busy street for outside dining

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Fettuccine Alfredo is just right, not too creamy. Drinks are a little expensive here. If you want a nice wine with dinner I recommend bringing your own and paying the corkage fee.

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vipErynE
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Fabulous food, I highly recommend the Ravioli. This is our favorite restaurant. Service this time was just fair, though. Server was not friendly, we had to ask for our bill and wait awhile for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind staff. beautiful patio, mushroom Pizza, Stuffed pillows with brown sage butter, grlato@ nuff said!

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LocalSB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The porcini mushroom pappardelle, veal chop, spicy sausage pizza and seafood risotto were all outstanding. Definitely will be back!!!

SB
SantaBarbaraBob
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent Italian specialties. The Veal Chop is to die for.

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CherylM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was particularly good as was the salad special with arugula, candied walnuts, mandarin oranges and goat cheese.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They make delectable pasta dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was delicious!! We loved the pasta with regular snd the pizza was great. The service was very gracious. The atmosphere is a bit strip mall but the white linen table cloths took it up a notch. Post covid, the return of candles snd flowers would enhance the ambiance. A very satisfying experience.

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CoryD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here as we were traveling. Food was excellent. I had the lamb chops and my wife had the linguini with clams (but asked to substitute shrimp for the clams) which they did without issue and with a great attitude.
Service was great, a little slow, but hey we need to slow down as if we were in Italy, right? We will definitely dine there again when we are in the area.

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IsabelM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not worth the price, mediocre food and we waited forever for our server to give us the check.

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GoletaLocal
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Carbonara pizza was not made correctly. They placed way overcooked, pan-fried eggs on top... Thought this was a legit Italian place.

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Revroy
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good Italian food is difficult to find in California outside of a few pockets in large urban areas. Ca’ Dario is one of the better ones in greater Santa Barbara but don’t expect the food to be the equal of a good Italian restaurant in Philly or NYC.
Service was excellent. The wine selection reasonable with some good local selections. The outside patio is a nice addition.

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LeeL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service - great meal!

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Miyako
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Under-staffed, otherwise, good Italian restaurant. We would go back again!

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
55 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a friendly waitstaff! All the Ca'Dario branches are fun and offer fabulous Italian food, but the staff at this Goleta location has to take the blue ribbon for friendliness and professionalism, which we value so much!

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HowardS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ca' Dario and always love going there.......

RB
RussB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places. Been there 20 times or so. Fantastic service and terrific 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 336 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.