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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
1975 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

7:00 PM


Booked 22 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 1,975 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 scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

1,975 Reviews
  1. Maggie

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Convivo very much. Very pretty place and very bustling. The waiters were friendly and prompt and professional. Food was delicious.

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  2. RareReviewer

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Margherita pizza and seafood risotto were outstanding. While the service was a little slow, the wait was worth it. Highly recommend.

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  3. StKo

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and waiter were amazing. The bar service was terribly slow. Sent our wine back because we already finished our meals by the time it arrived.

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  4. tina

    San Diego

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    After reading reviews, we were excited to try it. We were disappointed with the meal; capellaci with SB crab and baby back ribs.

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  5. Nefropaco

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lugar excelente, la vista es hermosa y la comida deliciosa! Definitivamente lo recomiendo

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  6. KarlB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought my girlfriend here for her birthday. Overall, I was very satisfied with the experience. In my opinion the food was above average I’d say and the setting was gorgeous, great service, friendly, waiter, and bartender were super attentive and professional, the Valet being super convenient right outside the hotel and restaurant. Definitely really happy with the service and overall experience! Highly recommend it to others if you’re looking for a nicer upscale, classy place to dine in Santa Barbara with a view of the ocean.

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  7. AnnH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Mixologist did a great job with our cocktails to customize our order. Highly recommend!

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  8. JoseH

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was delicious and service outstanding. Drinks were delicious

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  9. Demet

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow and the food had no flavor.

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  10. GregoryG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara! Food is always excellent and innovative. Service is excellent and the outdoor patio is always wonderful! Highly recommend.

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  11. DavidE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we arrived and were seated, everything was memorable! The view of Santa Barbara’s East Beach while sipping champagne immediately set the relaxed mood. The service and demeanor of the entire staff felt familiar, yet never forward. The amazing Avocado Charcoal Salad was truly unforgettable! Our bottle of Caymus was the perfect complement to our meal! Thank you so much, Max, Joseph and the rest of the staff at Convivo! Our Valentines dinner was absolutely perfect!

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  12. Gulp

    Central Coast

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good menu, good food, nice alternative to state street restaurants.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    They ran out of 4 dishes by 7:30pm. There was a note about a birthday but nobody read it apparently

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for making our engagement night so special. Eli is a fantastic server.

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  15. Romantic1

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is always our family favorite. When my mom's first outing since her injury she asks to go to Convivo for lunch. We always received the most wonderful service by Jamie and the management. Best service in town and excellent food.

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  16. anniesb

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Convivo—consistently delicious food with a variety of flavors—also handmade pastas! The staff is very welcoming and attentive and the chef is very talented. Also, it’s so easy to roll in, valet takes the car, and in a few steps, you’re at your table. I highly recommend Convivo for lunch or dinner. In warmer months, outside is lovely with a view of the sea.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place for birthdays. Great ambiance, amazing food, AND THE BEST DRINKS TOO!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, knowledgeable server and great ambiance!!! Highly recommend

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service! Very professional and friendly! Food was amazing!

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  20. Maverick

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the dining experience was lovely. Service was good and food was amazing! I can’t wait to back back to SB just to eat here again.

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  21. Frequentdiner

    Central Coast

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    As always Convivo doesn’t disappoint! Fabulous foid and a new special… pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and umami butter, perfect!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The outdoor patio is very nice - good food, next to ocean - great location to bring your dog.

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  23. Ocean

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Juan. An amazing waiter and person! Always a pleasant experience.

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  24. sihyo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant and atmosphere is lovely -- looking out at the Santa Barbara shoreline. Compliments to the chef, who did a great job on presentation and taste.

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  25. AnnC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We wished that the restaurant had more of a variety for brunch. Found it unusual that toast did not come with the eggs. They had no BBQ sauce for the ribs. The view was wonderful and the restaurant was so clean and appealing! Service was excellent and the staff was very friendly. It was convenient to be able to park in the parking lot.

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  26. DebraR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent dinner and went back for breakfast and that was just as amazing!

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  27. Craig

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed our brunch / lunch experience. Excellent service and some very interesting food options. The Beets with Burratta was a favorite for the table as was the Focaccia bread. My chorizo pasta was awesome and others enjoyed theirs quite a bit. Would love to try many of the other options on the menu as well.

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  28. LyndaG

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great GF menu. Food consistently good. Never disappointed

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best spot to repast in SB, sit outside! The crab cappacelli is to die for! Might have spelled that wrong!

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  30. JeanC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great sitting outdoors where noise was low. Service average- waitress did not recognize birthday gal and did not keep water filled without asking. Food very good except octopus which was charred too much. Overall very good

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good is absolutely incredible, ambience is great, and the staff was wonderful!

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  32. EVIN

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative food presentation and taste great. Really enjoyed ambiance, food and service.

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  33. ILoveLA

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Convivo never lets us down. The food is absolutely exceptional! The views and atmosphere are phenomenal. The service was good (the manager is great!). Can’t wait to go again soon!

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  34. jpinsb

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots outside on the patio across from the beach. The blend of middle-eastern and Cal cuisine makes for an easy menu to share with others at the table.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance and delicious, unique food. 10/10!

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  36. CassieF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Every dish ordered was perfectly prepared and delicious.

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  37. SBCook

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful patio with views, fresh ingredients, Mediterranean inspired. We're local and have visited several times and always had a positive experience. Service is lovely and attentive. Recommend.

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  38. BrettW

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible service, but that is just the typical here. Food was great

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  39. 1stTimeinKeyWest

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service, reserved inside, but seated outside, otherwise very nice.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks,services and environment was great and food was ufff delicious

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1975 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 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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