Convivo

4.6
1270 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant and bar 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1270 people are saying
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vipWilliano
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

this was our third visit. The food is wonderful. Our waiter was grumpy. It took three requests to get our wine open. He moved our heater and when we asked to get another one he did not comply. Another waiter helped us.
It was disappointing

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janeCarey
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great location, great food. Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Barely passable. Way overpriced for what they delivered.

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vipJohnP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a wonderful experience last night. From the food to the service everything was great

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marmee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fresh, inventive and very tasty. Fun for sharing. The outdoor terrace is lovely.

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SantaBarbarian
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, ambience and FOOD. Can be a little loud by the road if you eat outside but not that bad really. Food is on the pricier end but you get what you pay for and that is EXCELLENT food.

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EladaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really fresh

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vipExceptional
Miami
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was good. Service was horrible!

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Goody4Me
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

This was my first time here since the pandemic changed so much. Overall it was fine, just a few hiccups in terms of the waitperson taking our orders and then remembering to check on refills, whether we needed anything else, that sort of stuff.

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Lauren
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience - the ambiance was great and the service and food was even better. Original, inventive dishes. Unique combinations we’ve never tried before - everything exceeded expectations. Highly recommend!

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vipLeBeau
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico!

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vipMatt
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for max - he’s a great server and also makes an amazing cappuccino!

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vipCindyA
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with a friend before a concert.

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LauraG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was terrible. We didn’t get seated for over an hour AFTER our reservation. We also arrived early. I could tell they were short staffed. Training was in progress as well. We ALL know it’s because of “covid” but what a disappointment. Hopefully one day we will go back to people wanting to work and fully staffed. Just sad to see such a great place suffer so much from a clearly avoidable issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food quality and plating was EXCELLENT. Prompt and attentive service. Thank you

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vipAllenM
Austin
52 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and imaginative food combined with first rate service made our dinner a delight.

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Bryan
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is right across from the beach. Staff was friendly.

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RicardoF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so attentive & accommodating! Food was delicious!

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Chuck
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The menu was VERY limited. There were very few basic menu items. However salad was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salads. The best in town.

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KenB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and unique food.The servers and ambiance were outstanding.It’s a very relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.It’s well worth a visit and we will be back.

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SharonR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have introduced so many friends and family here for lunch and dinner. The food is outstanding! We usually eat outside on the patio. The wait staff are all so nice and attentive. I never feel rushed there. Its just wonderful.

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gardenerlove
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, but prices has taken a turn upward for sure.

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Florita
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good.Service was fast and frindly.
My only suggestion would be to change the background music. It was noisy. Maybe some Jazz?
But overall our experience was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a wonderful time, however the restaurant was experiencing a bit of a crowd and this put the kitchen behind. Other than that, everything was wonderful.

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CindyM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in large part to our waiter - Antonio! He was knowledgeable and informative resulting in an excellent experience. Definitely plan to return.

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vipChuckS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The food has changed is not as good as it used to be… The service was horrible

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PaulD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were stuck in traffic, 25 minutes late. We called and they were so understanding. Yeh food was great the the staff were very friendly. Nice view of the water too.

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Mary
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect about this restaurant. Food, service, ambiance, complementary valet parking… etc. thank you convivial. We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Wonderful spot for our 10 year wedding anniversary.

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JoelS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the tapas are great, as are the mains. lovely setting, looking at the palms & ocean.

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vipPiscesgirl
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience. The food and service were wonderful. The cocktails are delicious at this restaurant.

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vipJenni
Denver
56 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Bland steak not cooked properly, way too rare. They sent it back and cooked the already sliced steak which made it more like well. They didn’t really care but offered us two $10 desserts for the $48 mistake. The ribs are terribly dry and bland. The pasta and focaccia was good. The wine selections were also decent. The ambiance was nice but there was just no getting over how complacent the staff was about the steak being completely wrong and the lame attempt to correct it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Labor Day family gathering

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DinoV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat in Santa Barbera. Service was outstanding the was very good
My brick oven Pizza was a little less than expected but that is a west coast
thing. I am an East Coast pizza snob.
Go there when in Santa Barbara you will not be dissapointed

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vipWilliamP
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pretty noisy in light of the limited occupancy when I was there.
Imaginative cuisine

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hillaryb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Tremendous food and great view. Unfortunately our waiter was making it clear he didn't want to be there, and he had trouble keeping his nose covered by his mask. Definitely worth a visit, hopefully you get one of the other friendly waitstaff.

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LonnieB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It is a beautiful restaurant with outdoor or indoor dining. You have a view of the road and the ocean behind it. Our service was great but the food was only mediocre. I had the ribs which were not seasoned well and not tender. My husband had a pizza and it was okay. We were with another couple and their food was okay. They don't have very many gluten free options (no GF pizza crust and no GF pasta and no risotto). I was a little disappointed.

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Margoms
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Convivo is always excellent and the setting is lovely. One of our very favorite spots in Santa Barbara!

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vipHawkeye69
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Food was only ok, not great. Sitting outside was very nice, but the service was the worst we've experienced in decades. I am not a complainer. If you were able to read my other reviews, you'd find I'm effusive in my praise for the places we've dined. What made this a bad experience was not the average food, but the horrible service. As an aside, my wife and I both woke up in the middle of the night with intense shooting pains in our abdomens that lasted for a couple of hours. I'm not putting that on the restaurant, but it is a heck of a coincidence. If you are in Santa Barbara, dine at Toma.

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You can order delivery directly from Convivo using the Order Online button. Convivo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 845-6789.

Convivo is rated 4.6 stars by 1270 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.

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