Convivo

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$30 and under
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Italian
Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant with an Italian soul. Chef-Owner Peter McNee's food is best described as ‘Nomad Italian’. It strays from the standard or traditional Italian, sourcing inspiration from many other cultures’ cooking but its soul is thoroughly Italian. The ever-changing menu includes small plates, housemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood and steaks served family-style. McNee’s all-star supplier network provides the freshest produce and local seafood the region is famous for.

Inspired by the bounty of the sea, the lush farms and abundant vineyards nearby and the cooking methods of Italy, Convivo is a festive gathering place for locals and visitors alike inside the newly-restored Santa Barbara Inn.
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JL
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always p!

ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal!

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizza was great, however i did find a hair in one of my slices.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

First three bottles of wine ordered they were out of, indicating with all three the last bottle was just sold. Had reservations, and was given a table in the middle of the patio in spite of better tables left empty. Did move us without struggle. The next three sets of patrons also refused the middle table. Server, Michael, was ready to go home — we were one of the last tables — dropped the check w/o offering desert. Food was rather unimaginative. However, location spectacular!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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MB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third valentines dinner at Convivo. We will be back. Great service, great atmosphere and fabulous food. Thanks for a great experience once again.

IL
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a business meeting on Valentines Day evening. I was expecting it to be crazy but it wasn’t. It was busy, with every table filled, but the service was excellent and the kitchen was efficient. I was very impressed and so were the people dining with me.

AE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had no complaints except for the noise level which made it difficult to have a table conversation. The servers were attentive and the food was excellent.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and lovely atmosphere..it was a nice reunion for us with good friends!

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent location, ambiance and food was outstanding! I highly recommend the mixted seafood dish. Desserts phenomenal too!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around! Waiter and food were excellent.

F
Central Coast
59 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love Convivo esp when weather is nice and seating is available on the patio- lovely!
The menu is Mediterranean and their lamb meatballs are divine if you eat lamb. Today we had lunch and our young man server could not have been more responsive or congenial. He made the entire lunch relaxing and sumptuous! Wish I knew his name but he was tall with dark hair and had an accent .

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Convivo! It is my go to place with friends for Happy Hour! It is the best Happy Hour in Santa Barbara! Great location! Staff remember you after a few visits!

R
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Eclectic menu.Good bar service and drinks. One drawback. No gluten free bread or pastas

KP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great ambient and good service definitely coming back again

SB
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere on the patio is really outstanding, even on an unusually cold evening. Food is innovative and consistently good. Sometimes have to remind Server of earlier requests. Wine menu is good w/plenty of options at "reasonable" price points.

CL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding and Great wait staff!! Thank you for your patient understanding with a toddler family !!

k
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely outdoor room with wonderful views of ocean; inventive, tasty food and friendly service.

T
New York Area
274 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

House made pasta was good, with a very food tomato sauce. The whole fish was expensive ($65) for two, and poorly deboned and cut. The fish seemed frozen! Poorly prepared. Salads were good. Service was excellent. Very good wine list.

p
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Several dishes were amazing! Brussels sprouts, grilled avocado, beet and burrata salad. It was a late lunch on a Tuesday and was wonderfully quiet.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both outstanding; we especially loved the appetizers

RS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Convivo. The staff was awesome and made spot-on recommendations. We will absolutely be back, and bring friends with us.

m
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, as it always is !

GB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the Best in Santa Barbara==service, ambiance, and view.
The food is beautifully prepared and always extraordinary.

M
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, interesting and refreshing menu. The prawn appetizer was outstanding. Wish they would give bread out without having to pay for it.

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful restaurant and the food was delicious!!

DR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was over seasoned, very noisy and my wife actually sent hers back which she never does. But the service was outstanding.

K
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was very good. The waitress was efficient, but clearly upset that we did not order drinks or dessert.

GT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Christmas dinner, which was a fixed price of $80/person.
The food was delicious (with some quite different flavors) and Stefan, our server, was superb. He had the eye of a hawk when he passed all his tables and made sure the tiniest elements of the meal were just right. It was much more than we normally spend, even for a special dinner, but we were very happy to have been there that night.

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was Christmas dinner so service was hurried and badly paced. Food was good not incredible.

A
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner: Nothing short of sumptuous, wonderful, and interesting.

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with two others for dinner on Christmas day. Food was exceptional and service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Ambience was excellent - even in the middle of a hug rainstorm. Pricey, but worth it.

OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina Italo/ California di qualità,locale molto bello , curato il servizio.

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BD
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting. Happy hour consists of very innovative food and nice wine selections.

RA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, excellent food, nice space and view of the ocean

IL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good food. Every dish was complex and made with the freshest ingredients. I am OBSESSED with the pork belly in the octopus dish. It’s absolutely phenomenal!

Service was perfect. Attentive but not in your face. The lemon tart is scrumptious! The whole experience is 10/10! We will be back!

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice selection of farm to table type food. Shared raps style. Very enjoyable!

PO
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite italian place in town! I love everything on the menu!

J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. This time our waitress was not good, thus less than perfect score. Alas!

RS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Billy, our server, was terrific. Super nice and enthusiastic. Helpful and patient with our table which had a whole bunch of food allergies and preferences and questions and just general nonsense. As for the food, the potato app:side was amazing. The pasta Bolognese was terrific. We had one of the big share dishes, a whole fish, that was not very exciting but it was a mild white fish so what can you expect. Overall because the service was so good, we all felt pretty good about the meal, but we weren’t that blown away by any dishes. A for effort.

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