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Convivo

4.6
4.6
1632 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 Mon–Thu, Sun 1:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 845-6789

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

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What 1,632 people are saying

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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

    Healthy

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. DP

    DougP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing! All the food we tried was so incredible! Try the ribs!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was incredible. Great service. 10/10!
  3. SH

    SallyH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was wonderful. it took more than one prompt to get the heater on in the outside patio, but then it was perfect. A lovely interlude with lit up palms all round.
  4. BM

    BlueMoon

    San Francisco

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all enjoyed the creative offerings in the menu and the range of choices, from egg dishes to pizza, pasta and entrees. Don’t miss the za’tar flatbread and delicious dips! Excellent and attentive service, thank you!
  5. M

    Margoms

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch on a beautiful day. Great food, service and ambiance.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and accommodating for our family needs! The thanksgiving feast was excellent and worth the value.
  7. DP

    DrPaul

    Denver

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We made this reservation weeks in advance to take my 97-year old mother-in-law out. The online menu looked perfect - lots of small plates to match her limited appetite. We arrived to find one offering - a $125/person fixed menu. The manager would not offer us any other options (like sharing). At this point on Thanksgiving evening, we were stuck with a ~$500 dinner we really didn't plan on. If we had known in advance, we would have gone somewhere else. The "special" menu should have been disclosed when the reservation was made, or else the online menu should have been adjusted to reflect what they were doing. The food and service were outstanding, but transparency in pricing needs improvement.
  8. H

    Hello

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We’ve eaten at Convivo many times but this year’s Thanksgiving dinner was a complete rip-off!
  9. DH

    DenisH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had an early Thanksgiving meal, outdoors facing the beach. The prix fixe menu was pricey, but there were numerous options for every course of the meal. From soup through desert, every entry was simply superb. Our server, unfortunately, was brusque and he seemed hurried and preoccupied until he delivered the final check. Then he just disappeared. After sitting quietly for more than 15 minutes, I approached another waiter, who took the bill and my credit card, which were returned by our original waiter one minute later. The service was not "bad" by the standards of post-Covid understaffed restaurants, but it detracted from an otherwise wonderful dining experience.
  10. CB

    CelesteB

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice cocktails, good food, attentive service. Everything was excellent.
  11. BC

    BrookeC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our wedding reception at Convivo, and it was such a delight to come back to celebrate our anniversary. Our server was fantastic. She made our night so special. Everything from the food and drinks to the atmosphere was amazing. My husband and I are planning on returning next year for our anniversary. Thank you, Convivo staff! It was truly as memorable as our wedding last night and it’s all thanks to the attention to the small details.
  12. JK

    JonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting by the beach with an interesting menu (and delicious food).
  13. SB

    SamanthaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    If you visit this restaurant you must order the octopus appetizer. It is to die for and you'll want it every single day after you leave.
  14. C

    Conikins

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The roasted chicken was extra special with the 1/2 order being enough for 2 people. Salad was great. Husbands rib eye had lots of grizzly fat areas we had to cut off . The service was a bit impersonal which was a bummer but a wonderful young man who was maybe an assistant to server made up for it with his warmth and mention of service lags. Would definitely go again for the beauty and food. Just expected a better customer service experience to match the surroundings and prices.
  15. JB

    JonB

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, great service, beautiful atmosphere.
  16. BW

    BobW

    Central Coast

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family dinner at Convivo was wonderful. The food and the service were excellent. However, the noise from the wedding party on the other side of the patio was very loud and distracting. And when you go to a restaurant for a Birthday celebration dinner, and the server brings out a nice dessert with a candle (without even ordering one), to then be charged for that dessert is pretty tacky. And that is exactly what happened tonight.
  17. PB

    PenelopeB

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The absolute best roast chicken ever! Terrific recipe!
  18. M

    Mdf1225

    Charlotte

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    this place was amazing! the food was delicious we had the burrata salad and it was delicious and then we split the pork osso buco which was fall off the bone delicious. followed up by a bottle of Justin wine...it was a perfect meal!
  19. MG

    MichaelG

    St. Louis

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always a great meal. Lots of menu choices.
  20. B

    Bigchief

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place never disappoints! Food is amazing, and service is wonderful. We always go to Convivo when in SB.
  21. JL

    JaclynL

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner. They made it special for our birthday occasion and catered to us and our needs. Highly recommend.
  22. c

    cmamo

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service - super attentive and accommodating!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The food was interesting. I’ve been here before and had a good experience, but this experience was really poor. I was definitely let down and did not enjoy my food at all.
  24. h

    hate2cook

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional meal, service and vibe! Great food with layers of flavor that complimented each other perfectly!! Food looked like art, but great quantity and serious gourmet creativity!
  25. EZ

    ErinZ

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Chicken EVER!!
  26. AE

    AmericaE

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Amazing service and beautiful environment. Drinks were 10/10! The brunch menu was a bit limited, especially for vegetarians or vegans but overall, a great experience.
  27. K

    joanneK

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Lovely food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love! Amazing food ambiance and service
  29. A

    Anea

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and our waitress was very sweet and nice
  30. M

    Margoms

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at Convivo. The food and service is consistently good.
  31. R

    Rosma

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    First of all we asked the hostess for a new table because there was a annoying flickering light above our first table. Instead of her coming to take care of the issue she just sent me back and said go ahead and take the other table when it’s clean. Didn’t ask anyone to clean it and did not tell the waiter that we are moving. Needs better training. Waiter was good but could’ve cleared items from the table when we were done such as the menu, cocktail drink, random plates. Pastas were good but other food items not so good. Had a very odd salad with fruit and pickled vegetables and just did not make any sense going together.
  32. JN

    JillN

    Los Angeles

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Celebrating our friends engagement!
  33. MB

    MaureenB

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Service was very strange. We had two different servers asking for our orders, and neither seemed to get the message that we had the other asking us the same questions. It's as if they never spoke about who had our table. Food was OK, although the chicken was a bit dried out.
  34. CG

    CherylG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Food was typical Italian fare. Quite pricey for the rather mediocre taste. Chicken entree was boring and the pasta was good but hardly imaginative.
  35. F

    Foisy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We’d reserved an outside table for 7.15 but unfortunately were told there was an hours wait for it when we arrived !! However, we were seated inside immediately. The food was superb with good service. We also had breakfast there, which again was excellent quality and service. Highly recommended. As a Brit though, I still can’t understand why servers everywhere in the USA insist on clearing away the plates before everyone has finished eating !!
  36. DV

    DonV

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding and service was excellent. Despite the waterfront location, prices were very reasonable for the area.
  37. MM

    MelissaM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Such a beautiful location
  38. SM

    SusanM

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Beach breezes, eclectic menu, altogether a great brunch experience
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vegan options! Great service and ambiance!! We love convivo!!
  40. KT

    KathiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aptly named Convivo has a convivial and welcoming ambience, matched with great service and delicious menu offerings. We enjoyed our cocktails, especially the East Beach Fog; our appetizers: the tuna crudo and fig with buratta, butternut squash and apple; and our wonderful pasta dishes. The salted caramel chocolate bar dessert was so yummy. There was a 21st bday party and a wedding party gathering which made for a happy vibe. Highly recommend!

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • 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 1632 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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 Mon–Thu, Sun 1:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Additional street and private lot available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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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