Convivo

4.7
1192 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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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 1192 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGourmet4fun
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding innovative dishes, combining top notch ingredients with great techniques.
The ink spaguetti with seafood is memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish was delicious including the kids menu entrees. Sitting on the patio was lovely. The caramel gelato was out of this world!

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MN2SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!)

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JANETC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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Buffpuff
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipelosb
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Ernesto
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Mitch, did a great job… very attentive.

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SallyC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convivo never disappoints! We ordered almost every appetizer and grazed our way through a wonderful evening celebrating my husband's birthday with best friends.

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JenN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CatherineB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is divine but the service can be slow and disjointed. For example, our drinks finally came out AFTER we received our food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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

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JamieH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great food. Nice atmosphere. Never disappoints!!!

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vipZeeDubs
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 ❤️

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Vero
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything. Loved it. Will come back soon!

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Tishoc805
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipMaggie
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire dinner was wonderful. The mixed seafood grill and the prawns appetizer were fabulous! The service was terrific and so wasnthe bartender!

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MiguelS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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

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JoeH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBenji
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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martin
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great ambiance

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Revae
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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DanielDanielle
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, not a single miss on the menu. Friendly service in a beautiful setting.

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vipCindyA
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful ambiance. One of my favorite spots in Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary, bar tender gave us a drink! Food was the best we’ve ever eaten for seafood!!!

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Ollie2015
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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 !

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LeeS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and food. Watched the sunset as we ate.

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vipBobW
Central Coast
97 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipTatanka
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Katek
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was absolutely outstanding. Lamb meatballs, octopus, spare ribs, and street corn!

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vipChris
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for brunch - w/ ocean view

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LawrenceF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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

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WilliamF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great food. I highly recommend the ribeye and avocado salad

JM
JulieM
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quiet location with beautiful ocean view. Lovely patio dining.

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helende
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding. Ambiance was just ok

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JenniferL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
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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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.

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