Convivo

4.6
1153 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1153 people are saying
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding. Ambiance was just ok

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JenniferL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great!

great ocean view, dog friendly, variety of food, lots of vegetable choices for non-meat eater. Staff was very attentive, didn't wait long time for food to be on the table.

good value too for the location and quality of ingredients they use.

definitely will come back

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Mike
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Location is stunning. Ambiance is excellent. But the food….not impressive. You’ll be fine if you stick to the flatbread but don’t stray too far from that. The tuna on a cracker was delightful I have to say.

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Revae
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was FANTASTIC!! Our food was so amazingly good! No, great! We ordered some things I've gotten before but, this time, they had ramped up the quality SO MUCH! Not only was the food delicious and healthy, but it was also really beautiful! The colors were rich and lovely - the Blue Zones people would approve! I cannot wait to go back and actually wish I could eat lunch there very day. Maybe I'll win the lottery (guess I should buy a ticket, eh?) and then I can move into that hotel!

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SHADI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the vegetarian carrot salad, beet salad and seaweed malfadine pasta. Compliments to chef for amazing seasoning and flavorful food. Our dishes were memorable for sure! We would like to come back!

Ambient and service was great!
More vegetarian options would be even better!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Father’s Day, and everything was outstanding! The food was so delicious and the service was excellent. The view of the beach really added to the experience as well.

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AlanaL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and beautiful view, thank you!

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DawnS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to get a wonderful table outside with a great view. The food was delicious, I had the Lemon ricotta cappellacci SB rock crab & saffron shellfish brodo, which was extremely flavorful, I enjoyed every bite. I also had a Lavender Spritz cocktail, very light and refreshing. Next time I’m in the area I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Convivo with my girlfriend. The ambiance was perfect as I had imagined. Interior looked amazing!
I was low-key hoping to sit outside to embrace the beach view and we were fortunate to have been seated there.

Typically I prefer a booth within any restaurant but that beach view though! Lol.

Anyway, everything tasted amazing! Especially the cheesecake dessert! We definitely took pictures to share as I do not recall the names. Experience was very dreamy and suited my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I wanted to celebrate the end of the academic school year. We had a great time! Thank you!

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Mangia
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

While the food was enjoyable, the pacing was off. Our entrees were brought out before we had finished our appetizers. It threw off the being able to relax while enjoying a nice meal. I would go back for drinks and appetizers, but not dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I'd been to Convivo pre-Covid 19 for happy hours that really turned into dinners. Their food is well prepared and the view and location are nice. I met a friend for lunch there recently and was informed by our waiter, AFTER we were seated, that the restaurant did not serve lunch after 1:30, and only the dinner menu was available. This was plainly ridiculous at that hour and obviously a way for the place to charge an extra fee per item - for the 2-3 lunch items that remained on the dinner menu. The service was good, the location and views, very good, the food good, above average, but not so incredible that I'd go there for lunch - again. Sad decision by management, but I guess they don't care about repeat customers.

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DukeTate
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great location, friendly staff, good appetizers, tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Where ourt for our anniversary. No one said anything. To ou. Also no one offered us bread to begin with

But the food was delicius

JL
JeffL
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, staff and the view. Had a great time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great food!

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vipWilliano
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

we had a lovely dinner with a view of the ocean, a great oaky glass of chardonnay and a fantastic meal. We liked it so much we made reservations for a night from now.

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NinaS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food. Salad was excellent. Pizzas were good too

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food and staff awesome!!

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vipTatanka
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is such a gift finding a great restaurant like this! Amazing food, service And value! These dishes are meant to be shared! Malory, Sarah, Deshaun, Stephanie, And David B are all rock stars ⭐️

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vipBobW
Central Coast
96 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Veal Bolognese and Focaccia bread were outstanding as always. This is a wonderful restaurant with a great view of the ocean with outstanding service.

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BobC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our favorite restaurant. Whether it’s for their chicken or pizza, this restaurant has great tasting food, good service, a wonderful location by the beach in Santa Barbara, or for an nice, casual experience, Convivo hits all the most important things about a great restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific! Great food and service!

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vipFoodiePalette
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very relaxing place for Memorial Day brunch overlooking the ocean if seated at patio outside. The menu had lots of options and the food was delicious, especially their pizza - the crust was light and airy! Will definitely come back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Would definitely go back!

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JosephE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The value of food is not worth paying and tasted ok

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic SB spot!!

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vipAlex
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was outstanding, unfortunately the service was slow and they appeared to be understaffed

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Tishoc805
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Miss the happy hour pricing that made this spacious patio with ocean breezes from East Beach a great destination.

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AsISeeIt
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Re. Noise Level. We sat outside for lunch and the street noise is audible. Not too bad unless there's a siren or someone on a motorcycle.

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stevies
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convivo is great!! Amazing beach location, great cocktail and food. What’s more to love?! Definitely recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Ambiance was very good. Outdoor patio was excellent. Staff need more training for better customer service.

SB
SBlocal9
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Our server was attentive and made great recommendations. The food was delicious!

CJ
CJon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing new santa barbara restaurant with beautiful scenery and ambience! Delicious fresh food from the local farmer’s market with amazing flavors

AK
vipAllieK
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious- but we were sold a dessert that they called a fruit tart, but it was just berries on a plate.. for $10 😣

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the vibes and the service and food was really good. I don’t normally do reviews unless I really enjoyed my time !

KC
KhadijaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner! The service is good and the food is delicious.

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vipGamsNEggs
San Francisco
135 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much! Great food, great locale, great servers.

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AFood
Wilmington
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious and delightful dinner. We requested a quiet table, and it was quiet. The mixed grilled fish was smoky and perfectly cooked, even if the octopus was tougher than I would have liked. We all loved the evening, the location, the food, the unobtrusive yet attentive service.

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vipKayla
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Appetizer, salad, main entrée and desert were all equally spectacular. We went back for brunch the next day. Another fantastic meal. You have to try this place!! Enjoy.

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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 1153 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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