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Convivo

4.6
4.6
1493 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 46 times today

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  • 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 1,493 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

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for Brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Barbara

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. AR

    AnnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal and very good service!! We loved it
  2. k

    k8tee

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Cocktails, starters, pizzas... they are all delicious and made with fresh ingredients. Service is excellent too.
  3. IG

    IraG

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Convivo proved itself with creative, tasty food served with care and attention in delightful surroundings. We highly recommend this restaurant and will return.
  4. T

    Treeguy

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our waiter was very uninformed on the details of the menu. As a result, we ordered entrees that we would not have had we had given the actual method of serving or preparation. The description on 2 dishes was wrong…not even close. The waiter was also arrogant on top of being uninformed.
  5. LM

    LarryM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    I made a reservation for 2 for dinner for my wife's birthday. In the reservation I asked for outdoor seating. The hostess seated us in next to a large loud party. We asked if we could be moved to a quieter table but the hostess said that the nearby quieter tables were for larger parties. We then noticed that the hostess was seating parties of 2 that came in right behind us in an adjoining quieter area were there were several available tables for 2. We asked the server if we could be moved to this adjoining quieter area and the server sent the same hostess back out to help us. The hostess said that she would see what she could do but then she went back inside the restaurant. after a period of time we got up and left the restaurant without eating dinner all due to the lack of service that we received from the hostess. This was not the nice birthday dinner that I had planned on for my wife. We have been to this restaurant many times before but have never experienced problems with a host or hostess before.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved sitting outside with a view of the beach. Delicious food and friendly service.
  7. E

    Evely

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully inventive restaurant!
  8. v

    voyage

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service and delicious food.
  9. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were wonderful!!! I’ve never had a peach and Gorgonzola pizza before, and if not for the waiters recommendation, I may have never experienced such a delicious pizza!!! And I’m not one for sweet stuff on my pizza! The patio setting is also gorgeous!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Great service, food was not good at all:
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I had a great time at ConVivo. I have older parents so they were hesitant when they looked at the menu but or server was very helpful in finding something to accommodate them.
  12. R

    Romantic1

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are there every week and all the server and management are all very nice. The bartender always makes our drinks looks so pretty and fancy. We truly enjoy our visit each time. Our server Jamie always provides excellent service.
  13. s

    sckvt

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent, Tasty, well plated food. Service was excellent. Multiple exciting drinks.
  14. EE

    EagerEater

    Seattle

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    We had a nice meal on the outdoor patio. The setting is beautiful, right across the street from the ocean. The charred carrots on a bed of hummus was excellent. We ordered the whole fish recommended “for two”. It was delicious but we needed at least a third person and felt bad leaving so much uneaten. Service was the weakest link. Our waiter never asked if I wanted a second glass of wine and checked on how our food was far too into the meal for it to have done any good if there had been an issue.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Sat down for 30 minutes and nobody came to our table for service so we walked out! Never again!
  16. EY

    EYoo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and ocean view, friendly staffs and server, quality food with good portions. It was a little busy so we had to wait a little for our server from time to time but he checked in on us as frequently as he could. Everything was on point and we loved our visit - will return!
  17. CT

    CalTida

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Ambiance was great. Food was delicious and service was good. The only disappointment was desert. Panna cotta was below average.
  18. CL

    ChrisL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening!
  19. YT

    YT8182

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It was noted to be vegan friendly, but it had only one or two sides that were vegan.
  20. TM

    TravelMafia

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    I took my family to lunch on the beach to thank them for their help with a donation project. We were sat inside by ourselves except for one other group with a dog. Outside might have been nicer. The booth seats across from us were ripped, which didn’t look very nice and we could see right into the kitchen. We ordered two appetizers and meals. We never received our appetizers and no one was offered or received a refill on their initial drink for the entire meal. On the positive side, the staff was nice and the food was amazingly good. There was not one thing bad and the portions were so big that we took home an extra meal. We were not charged for the appetizers and we had so much food that I did not mind the oversight or the staff forgetting. Overall I thought the value was there for the money. My only recommendation is to fix damaged seats and improve staff attentiveness to detail and drinks.
  21. S

    Sandy

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. Services was wonderful.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic!
  23. MC

    MicheleC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I and our friend very much enjoyed our meal at Convivo last night. The food is very good, especially the lamb meatballs and the asparagus and carrot plates. The foccacia too, though I found it a little too oily. Nice wine selection. Could not get a table on the patio which is the best thing about this restaurant, but our table inside by the window was fine. The air conditioning was turned on so high we were shivering but I inquired if they could lower it and it felt less cold after a while. We would definitely go back !
  24. JF

    JulieF

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    After we were seated there was no sign of a waiter. We sat there for quite awhile before my husband went to inquire with the hostess. A few minutes later, a waiter came by an apologized. The waiter in charge of our table was on an half hour break and “late”. Once we finally got service, things improved. Aside from that, the food was really good.
  25. PB

    PamelaB

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From being seated to our departure everything was very well paced. Great blue crab hot appetizer I highly recommend. Local Santa Barbara crab pasta entree served similar to raviolis was another winner You can’t go wrong with panne cota for dessert. Our favorite place. Thanks David for a perfect evening.
  26. KT

    KatieT

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious!
  27. m

    michelleroo

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    We've enjoyed Convivo in the past. This time our experience was not good. The hostess went to seat us at a table that had not been prepared. Our salads arrived with our appetizer, yet our cocktails had not been delivered. There was a bit of tin foil wrapper from the Gorgonzola in my pizza that had to be picked out. Our server would not smile or be friendly. He may have been stressed out and perhaps they were short staffed? The final straw was the manager standing behind our table having a loud business conversation with a potential rental customer for ten minutes! Completely clueless.
  28. CG

    CaliGirl

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Sitting outside is always nice and the heat lamps keep you warm at night. The food is always delicious and unique. We usually have excellent service.
  29. C

    Chris

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb selection of interesting food pairings as well as standard fair. Servers are prompt and courteous, nd the atmosphere is lovely. Nice heated patio and pretty view. Everything we ordered was excellent.
  30. SB

    SBGuy

    Central Coast

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Interesting menu, always new dishes to try. This is the antithesis of "meat and potatoes" fare. Everything is an adventure in seasoning and combinations, with a Mediterranean flare. Flatbreads are excellent. Vegetables are never boring here.
  31. WA

    WayneA

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great dining experience, but check to see if the road construction is still going on before requesting an outside table.
  32. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, drinks, deserts, service, and ambiance - thank you!
  33. AE

    AziEl

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at Convivo on the beach! Was a nice surprise to have such a nice collection of very summery/beachy Italian food by the beach. The drinks were yummy too.
  34. LV

    LindaV

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food. Knowledgeable experienced staff.
  35. J

    Jody

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Can't wait to go back to try more wonder menu options. The Za'tar flatbread and brussels were fabulous! I would have liked more chardonnay choices.
  36. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal Made out 45th Anniversary very memorable!
  37. WF

    WilliamF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good. Honored request for outdoor table
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love convivo!! The food, space, service and ambiance are always amazing for us!!
  39. LN

    LNinSB

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pesce Misto is quite the feast and would recommend this as a shared entree. Note: It's not the fried misto stuff you get at other establishments. Seafood is grilled or seared. Also, Beef Carpaccio was an outstanding starter. Would order it again as an entree accompanied by the house focaccia which was also a tasty surprise. Recognized a few wines on the list. Would have loved some help picking out a nice selection from a local area winery. Enjoyed the dinner service.
  40. m

    marge

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and wine list. Appropriately attentive service. Sat for three hours and were never rushed!

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 1493 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 46 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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