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Convivo, Santa Barbara, CA
Convivo, Santa Barbara, CA
Convivo, Santa Barbara, CA
Convivo, Santa Barbara, CA
Convivo, Santa Barbara, CA

Convivo

4.6
4.6
1993 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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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 1:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 845-6789
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Peter McNee
  • Private party facilities
    We offer indoor and outdoor private event spaces that can host 14-90 people.
  • Private party contact
    Maia Hall: (805) 845-0539
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    Milpas Street
  • Parking details
    Additional street and private lot available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,993 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Innovative

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

1,993 Reviews
  1. SantaRosaFoodie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is beautifully plated, but mediocre for flavor. I have eaten here several times before and enjoyed my dinner but for some reason everything was bland. For the price ($300 for two people) I expected better. The ahi appetizer was beautiful but lacked in flavor. My insalata misto was lovely but was missing the citrus vinaigrette so I had to ask for more. I ordered the bucatini pancetta, expecting more of a carbonara but it was tomato based. Meh. Disappointed for sure. The waiter, Jeff, however, was great.

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  2. SamanthaV

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mark was a perfect server - attentive, helpful, friendly, but not cloying. Very nice experience.

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  3. BuzzM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great, new menu from our last visit, varied menu, delicious food, fairly priced.

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  4. ElkiI

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time here. Food is unique, beautifully presented and delicious. Views are unbeatable and the staff are always friendly.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience. The ambiance is out of this world. I felt transported to another even more tropical location. Richard the GM spoke with us twice and was absolutely charming. The Bartender Dave was incredibly knowledgeable and personal. Turns out he’s a journalist during the day and bartender by night. What a unique and fun staff. Couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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  6. Frequentdiner

    Central Coast

    116 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The four and service as usual was great. Only complaint is They have background music that was interfering with our conversation and we asked server to turn it down, Been that way the last 2 visit’s.

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  7. Kyle

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Convivo was gorgeous. The food and drinks were delicious and unique, presented with nearly as much beauty as the place itself. It was so nice to eat with a view of the ocean, but the outdoor patio was cold in March, and they didn’t have enough space heaters to keep every table warm. Our biggest gripe with Convivo is when we were ordering drinks at the bar before sitting down at our table, we were ID’d and my girlfriend forgot hers at home. She had a photo of her passport and ID on her phone but they needed a physical copy. Both of us were very clearly nearing 30 years old and celebrating an anniversary together, so the idea that they thought I (who had my ID) was 29 dating a woman under 21 was a little appalling. The bartender said they need to keep things clean, but this place was so nice, what under age kids are coming to sit at the bar and have a drink before their dinner reservation for their anniversary? When we sat down for dinner the waiter ID’d us again, but accepted the picture of the passport. We didn’t get ID’d anywhere else the rest of the trip in Santa Barbara, so this was just an off putting experience and did not set the tone well for the rest of the evening. Luckily, our waiter and the chef saved the experience for us. Thank you, Convivo, for a beautiful night. Sorry to the bartender who almost ruined it.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good dining experience. Great location. No better place to eat and soak up the atmosphere of the Strand.

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  9. SEB123

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    All very good except service was a little spotty.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a late lunch. Beautiful day. Food was delicious. Beet salad and Meyer lemon pizza! The rose on tap was interesting. Love that idea.

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FAQs

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 1993 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Convivo

901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Milpas Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 1:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Additional street and private lot available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Peter McNee
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 845-6789
  • Private party facilities
    We offer indoor and outdoor private event spaces that can host 14-90 people.
  • Private party contact
    Maia Hall: (805) 845-0539
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