Convivo

4.7
1049 Reviews
$30 and under
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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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1049 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEmma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Amazing ambience, but the food flavors were not balanced in my opinion. Some ingredients just do not go well together.

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Melony
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful place to sit outside on the patio, have a delicious dinner and catch up with a friend! Staff is always wonderful and kind. Food is always delicious!

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MikeD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice patio to eat. Shrimp appetizer was delicious. My rib eye steak was presented nicely but was tough. Daughters pizza was good. Side dish of baby yukon was yummy yummy and asparagus was so-so. It was grilled which was nice, but no olive oil and lacking salt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Both healthy and great flavors in each menu item. The selection of vegetable dishes were suburb The seafood mix grill entree could feed 3 adults. All of that plus a smart selection of wines makes Convivo must eat Santa Barbara choice.

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msherrera
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was gorgeous and tasty too. Will definitely try again.

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Leslie
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely setting! A gem to experience during the pandemic ....

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vipRosebud
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting here is so beautiful...right across from the beach, gorgeous foliage all around. The staff was super friendly and attentive but not too attentive. Our food was delicious, especially all of the house-made pastas. We ordered three different pastas and a margherita pizza and shared everything as a family. Would definitely recommend this place to others!

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vipFrequentdiner
Central Coast
66 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our favorite Santa Barbara restaurant for date night or to take out of town friends to. Wonderful ambiance, imaginative and delicious variety of dishes, ( dont miss the lamb meatballs if u like lamb) and friendly attentive service. A winner on every level!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible, great service, amazing view!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal for a birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stopped for lunch and were so pleased with this spot. The food was fresh and innovative. I loved the asparagus and egg combo dish and my family enjoyed their salads. We would definitely go again.

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vipKbrown430
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very pleasant environment, but food quite disappointing, salads were just ok. Meat dishes (lamb osso bucco and short ribs) mediocre and under flavored.
Would not return

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vipRobertM
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining, fun appetizers, food was tasty, service was friendly but not super efficient. Definitely a nice spot for afternoon snacks and beverages. Will go back for a full dinner in the future

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and consistent, with a view of the ocean.

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ReneeC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, great food and service

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vipTravelingProfs
San Francisco
190 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The service was good at Convivo, which we very much appreciated. However, the food was truly not well prepared. We ordered two appetizers that were both ill-prepared: the carrots and the asparagus dishes had far too many ingredients to be enjoyable or, in the end, fully edible. The focaccia was also over elaborated such that we had to peel off the top layer of ingredients to be able to get to the actual bread and eat it without all of the greasy ingredients. We both ordered pasta and both dishes (malfadine and ink spaghettini) were so overly oiled with so much garlic and a busy number of ingredients that we did not enjoy them. That said, the wine we had from Calabria was delicious, the lemon tart dessert was excellent, and the server was very, very good. We hope that they just are out of practice due to the Covid break as the restaurant is in a great location and has potential. We would hesitate to recommend it though unless you go and have the pizza, which looked good.

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EnKay
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food and lovely outdoor setting. One of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara.

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vipeye9
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very special Chance to see family from far flung distances and they did give us a good table - but there were huge gaps in everything- an yiu imagine serving food w/o making sure there are utensils? Nor did they clear way tapas plates and give fresh plates/silver for paella course.

Wine was never poured for us- we served it and I had to reach across the table again and again-

Waitress was nice but honestly not the A team- at least once I went to manager to ask for silver/water etc.

Pet peeve is not having bus sets to refill water- whee were they? PS thus wasn’t a busy weekend- just a regular weeknight.

The tapas were nice but she forgot to order the shrimp one- the one we were most interested in-

We spent $600 left a lovely tip despite meh service and much jumping up in my part to pour and get manager to intervene-

I’ll think twice b4 returning...

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DeborahD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening outdoor experience with great food.

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vipBrianM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have a great outdoor covered patio with ocean views and breezes.. it's the perfect setting for a delicious salad and pizza or an appetizer and pasta.

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MikeH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with very efficient service.They did their best to keep us a warm on a cold COVID restricted evening

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Ambl21
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my meal and experience at Convivo, it is a beautiful location and the food was excellent.

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vipCalifornianInTexas
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting across from the beach.

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vipSophia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible flavorful food. We’ve been here for dinner and breakfast. I’m spoiled when it comes to food from LA - so a restaurant has to be really good for me to like it. The seafood pasta was Devine! Very flavorful and the pasta was still al dente.
More surprising was the breakfast though. I usually don’t like eating breakfast but their pork&egg was really good! The chocolate croissant was not worth it though.
The cocktail I had was great as well.
Overall a very solid restaurant with awesome, and flavorful food.
Only negatives were that it was freezing cold on the patio and that the prices are steep.

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CrisL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner and service, Brad was a great waiter.

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RhoA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Great service.
Even perfect service and service adaptation when it started to rain and we were all dining outdoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food! Fresh and full of flavor.

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JulieB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always beyond expectations. Patio dining is fabulous. Service excellent. Food creative and top notch.

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vipPiaF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was very impressed with not just the food, but the ambiance and service.

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JackieP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was amazing and the service was great. We will be back!

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BradyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place, great food, good and fast service.

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vipGreattoma
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The new litem on the menu lamb Osso Bucco with risotto was outstanding .

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing! We had the Beef carpaccio, Insalata mercato, Bucatini, and the Inked Spaghetti.
The service was great and we lucked out there was no wind since we were seated outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David, was prompt and very knowledgeable with the wine and food recommendations. Would definitely return when visiting

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lizzywizzy
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Santa Barbara to "lunch"!!!!!!!!!

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vipHaroldy
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The beet salad with chicken was good but the margarita pizza was forgettable (room temperature and a bland). Service was fine but not great. Felt more like we were in Italy where the waiters are indifferent to the customer. We have stayed at the hotel before and everything was great. Maybe this was just a one off situation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant at a great hotel across the street from the beach. Palm trees waving in the breeze with a beautiful view of the ocean at a beautiful modern California Spanish architecture hotel. It has a feel of the Riviera. The food and service were excellent.

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SBMom
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Sadly, I chose this place for my birthday and we had a horrible experience. All the staff were running around with their heads cut off. Our waiter had tables all over the place. They have tables on the grass which is a big mistake. They should downsize tables due to lack of good service.

Food was ok. Bread is phenomenal!! Just bummed we couldn’t have better service.

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Rilex
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The braised ribs were dry. The ahi tuna portions were disappointingly small.
Breakfast was hit and miss. The breakfast egg crescent sandwich was excellent, everything else we tried over a several day stay was not . . . even the coffee drinks gave them trouble.

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 4.7 stars by 1049 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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