Convivo

4.6
1294 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 1294 people are saying
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vipJason
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. Enjoyed the outdoor area for dinner.

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vipClaireK
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!!

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Annie1723
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The setting is truly beautiful. The food was not as good as I would have expected. Fig plate appetizer was good. Focaccia was not typical- very tall fluffy white bread with a pesto mushroom. Topping was tasty but the bread (most of the dish) was pretty tasteless. We shared the pesce misto
Which was indeed a mixed bag. Octopus, ahi tuna, and shrimp were tasty. The mussels and clams were over cooked. The highly recommended Santa Barbara halibut had the texture of library paste - disappointing. The service was great and the staff friendly.

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JS12
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbly fresh and tasty food and a wonderful location on the terrace outside. So glad we found this place. Staff were also very nice and helpful. Highly recommended.

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LizR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The food over all was good, not great, but good. I think some of it was a little over the top

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Melanie
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite when I want a lovely outdoor spot with friends with a great atmosphere. I can even bring my dog which is a big bonus.

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CristinaR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef carpaccio and ahi

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MaryC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fig salad and roasted carrots were delicious. Fantastic wood fired pizza,

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RebeccaB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and well balanced flavors. Unique and wonderful.

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Kristinag
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The place is close to the beach so it’s a nice view, but would not call food exceptional. My pasta was barely warm and that was dissapointing.

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ChristineF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent choice, allowing a beautiful view of the harbor, delicious appetizers, cocktails, and entrees.

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vipPeterN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience at the outdoor dining area! If you go, make sure to sit outside if the weather is nice. Food was great, service was amazing, and the wine was the BEST!!

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MattT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was very overpriced. My steak was over cooked, under flavored and of cheap meat quality for a $50 steak. My wife got a pasta dish that tasted like craft Mac and cheese. Our waiter was rude and inattentive. Don’t waste your time and money. There are much better options in SB, like McDonalds. Yuck.

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vipSEB123
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and ambiance

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starving
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative dishes using fresh, high quality ingredients.

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vipVivaBulldozer
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Convivo is stellar and the food is top notch. We’ve introduced several people to this place because we continue coming back.

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vipSusanM
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely outdoor dining experience! When we arrived we sat at the bar to have a drink since we were early! The bartender is so warm and friendly, and made a helpful gin recommendation for my Negroni. The wine pours are very generous and the bar atmosphere is light and airy. We dined outside on the patio and the service continued to be great. The food was delicious especially the ahi tuna appetizer, the corn/avocado salad, and the Margherita pizza! We booked a lunch for our return trip a week later (doing a coast trip to San Diego for a wedding!) We are coming back! Delish!

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Eddy
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice restaurant with good food. One con, is that each time we ordered drinks the drinks took a bit too long to arrive, however I think this was due to only one bartender for the whole restaurant. I recommend the cosmic cocktail with tequila and mezcal DELICIOUS! Aside from this, our waiter Jessie did everything to make our visit amazing! Next time I am in town I will be sure to stop by again. :) Thanks Jessie!

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vipGourmec
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dishes are delicious and unique. We had a fig and burrata salad with crispy Brussels sprouts leaves followed by a fresh peach crispy prosciutto pizza. Both were outstanding. Wine pours were generous, something not always true in the Santa Barbara/ Montecito area. We ate outdoors with a distant ocean view, heaters....

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vipdilianas
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, as always.
Have been going to this restaurant quite often. Food and service never disappoint. Great atmosphere and views of the ocean

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vipVeniceButterfly
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really nice, surprisingly affordable, menu is a bit intimidating but things r better then expected.

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Dave
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience with the perfect combination of great food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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vipAlbert
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ahi tuna appetizer and charred avocado salad were fresh and had great flavors. Our entrees and the pesce platter and ribs did not disappoint. The seafood was fresh and was cooked perfectly with a delicious green sauce and the dry rubbed ribs were flavorful.

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vipWilliano
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

this was our third visit. The food is wonderful. Our waiter was grumpy. It took three requests to get our wine open. He moved our heater and when we asked to get another one he did not comply. Another waiter helped us.
It was disappointing

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janeCarey
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great location, great food. Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Barely passable. Way overpriced for what they delivered.

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vipJohnP
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a wonderful experience last night. From the food to the service everything was great

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marmee
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fresh, inventive and very tasty. Fun for sharing. The outdoor terrace is lovely.

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SantaBarbarian
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, ambience and FOOD. Can be a little loud by the road if you eat outside but not that bad really. Food is on the pricier end but you get what you pay for and that is EXCELLENT food.

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EladaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really fresh

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vipExceptional
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was good. Service was horrible!

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Goody4Me
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

This was my first time here since the pandemic changed so much. Overall it was fine, just a few hiccups in terms of the waitperson taking our orders and then remembering to check on refills, whether we needed anything else, that sort of stuff.

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Lauren
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience - the ambiance was great and the service and food was even better. Original, inventive dishes. Unique combinations we’ve never tried before - everything exceeded expectations. Highly recommend!

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vipLeBeau
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico!

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vipMatt
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for max - he’s a great server and also makes an amazing cappuccino!

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vipCindyA
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with a friend before a concert.

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LauraG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was terrible. We didn’t get seated for over an hour AFTER our reservation. We also arrived early. I could tell they were short staffed. Training was in progress as well. We ALL know it’s because of “covid” but what a disappointment. Hopefully one day we will go back to people wanting to work and fully staffed. Just sad to see such a great place suffer so much from a clearly avoidable issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food quality and plating was EXCELLENT. Prompt and attentive service. Thank you

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vipAllenM
Austin
52 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and imaginative food combined with first rate service made our dinner a delight.

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Bryan
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is right across from the beach. Staff was friendly.

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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 1294 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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