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.
- 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
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
chickpea, pickled rhubarb, tapenade
Spit Roasted Chicken*
harissa, charmoula, olive, almonds, cauliflower
pork belly, poached egg, radish, frisee
Outstanding innovative dishes, combining top notch ingredients with great techniques.
The ink spaguetti with seafood is memorable.
Every single dish was delicious including the kids menu entrees. Sitting on the patio was lovely. The caramel gelato was out of this world!
Service was incredible and the food was delicious! Can't go wrong with sitting inside or outside (but bring a coat for the cool ocean breeze at night!)
Outstanding service by the staff, well prepared food and tasty, would have liked some food choices that were less exotic for the folks who enjoy more common food. The noise level was off the charts loud and probably because the restaurant was full - kuddos to them for being so popular. All-in-all, a wonderful time.
Great food, service and ambiance. We were lucky to get a table outside so we could sit with our dogs. Nice drink selection and every dish was outstanding.
Good meal & service. However, the menu is not designed for the elderly. It's quite confusing for them. What was ordered and what was served were not straight forward for my 87 year old aunt and 92 year old mother.
Our server, Mitch, did a great job… very attentive.
Convivo never disappoints! We ordered almost every appetizer and grazed our way through a wonderful evening celebrating my husband's birthday with best friends.
Excellent as always! Food is unique and delicious. Love, love the Guinzaglio (bolognese), Bistecca, Charcoal Avocado and Crispy yellow Potatoes. Our server, Bogdan, was a delight! This is one of our favorite places to bring guests and sit on the veranda. It's far enough away from the street/sidewalk so it's quieter yet you still have a great view and ambiance.
Food is divine but the service can be slow and disjointed. For example, our drinks finally came out AFTER we received our food.
I am not a spicy food lover so everything in the meal was too hot for my taste - the roasted avocado salad was too hot for me as were the sauces for the spit-roasted chicken.
The za’atar appetizer was delish
I should have ordered differently
The bar tender was lovely and the views spectacular
Super great food. Nice atmosphere. Never disappoints!!!
Our dinner experience was fantastic! The cocktail list was spectacular and the appetizers were scrumptious! Everything on the menu is beyond delicious.
We got a flat bread, pizza, some crispy potatoes, the focaccia and the buccatini 🙌🏽 everything was AMAZING! Our server and the other staff were extremely attentive and helpful!
This was a special date night for my husband and I, so we truly appreciated being seated right away and enjoyed such lovely food right by the ocean front ☺️ we’ll definitely be back next time we’re visiting Santa Barbara ❤️
Excellent everything. Loved it. Will come back soon!
The patio is capacious and comfortable, with palm fronds rustling the breeze and glimpse of the ocean across Cabrillo Blvd. The food almost reaches the quality of the environment: peach and jamon pizza; tomatoes and eggs on brioche with salad. Glide into your weekend.
Our entire dinner was wonderful. The mixed seafood grill and the prawns appetizer were fabulous! The service was terrific and so wasnthe bartender!
The place its ok ,valet parking friendly ,$28 for a glass of simple merlot , to much, the food was ok but high prices , the worst was the service i have to walk to the front and get my menus wait so long to order few of the ignore me this place earn 3* to much work to do with the service
My wife and I had an anniversary dinner last night at Convivo. We were unsure about some of the menu items and our server Jesse was great. Each dish was different, unique and remarkably good. Dessert was amazing as well. Really great evening, with a nice vibe on the patio and good mix of locals and out of towners.
Wow! Delicious! Sophisticated menu and restaurant, with absolutely outstanding lemon ricotta crab pasta. Tasty kale and chickpea salad. Nice local beers. Beautiful patio seating! Loved this restaurant and would highly recommend!!
This was a perfect brunch. Marisol should teach all servers how to do their job AND be incredibly pleasant at the same time. The food was sensational. The outdoor dining space was just breezy enough to be wonderful. We will definitely be back!
Great setting. Good food. Service was glacial. Surrounding tables were not bussed promptly which ruined the ambiance. I have had much better experiences and paid much less for them.
Great food, great service and great ambiance
As usual, our food was delicious and the service was great. It's such a wonderful spot for lunch - and has free valet parking (of course we tip).
A real neighborhood gem!
Amazing food, not a single miss on the menu. Friendly service in a beautiful setting.
Delicious food and wonderful ambiance. One of my favorite spots in Santa Barbara.
The Lamb Meatballs were absolutely divine and will bring us back again on this vacation, and every time we are in Santa Barbara. The Focaccia was decadent. The pasta sublime. A fantastic first night’s meal. It set a high bar!
We dined there twice while in town, had lunch on the patio with an oceanview and knew we had to have dinner next there too after viewing the menu.
Lunch featured some refreshing plates: a salad featuring fresh peaches and a pizza with prosciutto, arugula, and peaches. The pizza balanced the flavors and had a variety of textures.
Dinner was spectacular with a char flavor that enhanced the food. We started with charred prawns in a citrus sauce which was refreshing and savory at the same time. We loved the char component on the porterhouse which was cooked to a perfect medium rare.
Service was excellent, they took care of us without interfering.
It was our anniversary, bar tender gave us a drink! Food was the best we’ve ever eaten for seafood!!!
Located in the Santa Barbara Inn after the enormous Hilton hotel - right across the street is the beach!
Appears to be street parking and a parking structure - chose to walk to this location since it was 4th July dinner with many cars around / and street closures
Made reservations via open table and they have a grace period of arriving later than anticipated and to call if running late
Outdoor and indoor dining available
Most of staff were wear not wearing a face mask or gloves
Outdoor heaters are also available in the dining area
Menus are printed daily with everything available to serve and it appears substitutions are not allowed
Food was delicious, flavorful, and very surprise on the large portions! Order the spit fire chicken that can be ordered as 3 or 6 pieces along accompany with golden raisins almond piece green olives and roasted cauliflower. Chicken skin crispy and chicken cooked perfectly.
Pork ribs came with delicious crunchy pickled vegetables that were falling off the bone from being so tender.
The crispy yellow potato were pan roasted and lightly fried - soft buttery inside with a crispy too seasoned and covered in a lemon aioli and another sauce - easy to share!
Dessert was a pistachio crusted cheesecake served with apricot sauce and apricot brûlée fruit - very light not super rich but soft and smooth
Service was wonderful with exception to forgetting appetizer order but it's ok all the other food made for a filling meal! Place was great for the view and food and seem pretty reasonable.
May not be really kid friendly and the menu isn't expansive like a Cheesecake Factory so except one page for food and backside for drinks. Separate menu for desserts and after meal drinks.
Glad the chance was take on this place - shall return !
Fantastic atmosphere and food. Watched the sunset as we ate.
Our dinner at Convivo was, as always, absolutely delicious and a wonderful evening. Bogdanm our server, was outstanding. We all (there were four of us celebrating my Father-in-Law's Birthday) had the Veal Bolognese and we also had two orders of Focaccia bread. All of it was PERFECT! The ambiance of sitting outside was also great.
Love this restaurant! We had a very large table, And the place was packed! Food was perfect, Service impeccable, Allyssa,.
Sarah, Stephanie and Mallory are pros!
The food was absolutely outstanding. Lamb meatballs, octopus, spare ribs, and street corn!
Great for brunch - w/ ocean view
Menu was lacking, service was slow. We ended ordering Pizza which was not what we were looking for.
Convivo was listed as one of the best, every other meal we had blew it away.
It doesn't belong on the list
Great ambiance and great food. I highly recommend the ribeye and avocado salad
Quiet location with beautiful ocean view. Lovely patio dining.
Loved everything about Convivo! I gave them 5 stars on service because our waiter and others were very welcoming and kind, but the service was Slow!! But we were in no hurry so it worked for us. And we thought it could be due to lack of workers due to Covid. I’m sure they will get faster if necessary in time. But it was wonderful!
Food and service were outstanding. Ambiance was just ok
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
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 1192 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.