Convivo

4.7
1103 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1103 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPavelK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food is amazing! The whole experience was above expectation.

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vipJilt
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been dining here since they opened and it keeps getting better. Service and ambience (especially outside) are great and everything is delicious. The best value is splitting the half chicken - only $24, comes with great sides and sauces, and such a generous portion that we couldn't eat it all. Other favorites are the steak, pastas, focaccia and mercado salad. There are many great restaurants in Santa Barbara and Montecito but this is our favorite go-to for any occasion.

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ArdenwoodJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food combined with good service and a beautiful setting.

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vipAliso
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch/lunch outside. All four in our party loved their meals. Service was excellent.

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THOMASA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Such a pretty patio. We celebrated a graduation. The server knew the menu well and recommended amazing options!

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LaurieL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took visiting family here for dinner and they loved it - and so did I!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flatbread pizza and view!!!

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Maya
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My ricotta ravioli with crab was very oily and the lamb was burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. The wine-by-the glass options were limited and not good. We tried two. They offered wine-on-tap—cheap for such a high-priced restaurant. Most surprising was that the food was brought to the table within a few minutes of ordering. Was it made ahead of time? For the price we paid ($130 for two) we were surprised that a basket of bread wasn’t included. Dessert was average—overly rich and overly sweet. A year ago the restaurant was excellent. What happened?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Pizzas made with fresh ingredients, we ordered a salad with beet, kale, goat cheese... awesome! Ask for it, you need to try.

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vipMarkR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming as a small European hotel, welcoming outdoor patio and lovely indoor seating, Convivo has grown to have what we think is the best 'fancy' food in Santa Barbara, in terms of ingenuity, ingredients, portions and flavor. Hands down over The Lark and all its sibling restaurants and not as pricey or stingy. This is the place to take family and friends as we get back to 'normal'!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The approach, service, and food was great.

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vipShelleyK
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and ambiance, not to mention service!

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vipHayii
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was sad that this once great restaurant we've had excellent dinners at didn't live up to its former self.
I knew things were off to a bad start when we arrived and the hostess looked like she had pajamas on. Our very nice and friendly waiter couldn't describe most of the items we inquired about. What we did order, beet salad was ok but overly dressed. The Pesce Listo was overcooked except for the very rare ahi which some people don't like. the grilled parts of it, Octopus, had a strange almost liquid smoke taste to them, this same flavor marred the lamb chops I ordered. And they were of poor quality, a lot of fat, not much meat, and that weird taste. The comp dessert was great, a lemon tart. Maybe because it was a Monday night things were off.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday fun with great friends .. good food great service great drinks lots of fun

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Scott
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I were staying in a nearby hotel and did not feel like going back to State Street to find dinner. After a quick map search, I found Convivo only a short distance from our hotel and with good reviews. We booked early and sat outside. It was a little breezy and cool on the patio, but we're still not ready for indoor dining. For dinner, we ordered pasta Bolognese and a Soppresata pizza, with a mixed green salad for a starter. The salad was a surprising mix of vegetables and lettuce with a champagne vinegerette dressing that was excellent. We had plenty of time to finish our salad before our mains arrived. They arrived hot and looked great. The Bolognese was served with large wide noodles that looked and tasted homemade. The sauce was excellent. The pizza was also good. The crust was thin, but not tough. The pizza sauce was spicy, topped with salami and arugula, and a bit of cheese. Very tasty and more than enough for one person. The service throughout dinner was excellent. Attentive without being over bearing or feeling rushed. For a hotel-based restaurant, this was a very good meal and I would go back again. The cost was $100+ for two with wine. Maybe not Thursday night pickup, but a not overly expensive date meal.

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YolandaS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SB and first time back since it re-opened. The food was just as amazing as before and the service was excellent as always.

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bethS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers were outstanding. The half chicken could be shared.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is incredible at this restaurant and front desk!!!! They obviously have been Ritz-Carlton trained!!!! The only thing I can say is the booths are low class for such a high class restaurant!!! You need to put tables with white table cloths everywhere for a classy look, not booths like your in a IHOP!!! Match your decor to your well trained incredibly professional staff!!!

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anna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience here for dinner. The staff was friendly, the service attentive and the food absolutely delicious. The lamb meatballs were so good we almost ordered more (but were too full!). We ordered multiple appetizers (lamb meatballs, asparagus, beet salad, charcoal shrimp and pesce crudo), all of them were terrific with the exception of the charcoal shrimp which were just good. We also had the jamon pizza and an order of bucatini. The pizza was yummy and the bucatini was perfectly al dente and coated in a delicious red sauce punctuated with lovely bursts of a salty prosciutto-type meat. Definitely plan to go back!

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ELouie
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food...excellent waiter. due to Covid outside dining a little noisy and heaters we’re provided

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, nice waiter, noisy couple arguing in the next table.

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vipJulieB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous. Glad that these great restaurants have survived 2020. Food and service was great.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and incredible menu selections...a must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hitting it out of the park these days! Service was good and the food was outstanding.

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vipTatanka
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Stephanie and the team did a great job! Food was off the charts. Oso Buco a ten! Happy this place is here in Santa Barbara, As it feels like a weekend in Europe.

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vipILoveLA
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely our favorite place to dine in Santa Barbara. Top notch service, the best flavors, and creative dishes. Daniella was a fantastic server and Miguel an efficient servers assistant. Looking forward to our next visit already.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diana was excellent

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Abbys
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent variety of flavors and beautiful presentation!

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CarolineA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience . Great setting, food and experience overall! I really enjoyed the food.

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RoadRunner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Convivo was highly recommended, but when we went there we left disappointed. The seafood platter we ordered was rather overcooked, and the place is expensive, being across the street from the beach area in Santa Barbara. The mgmt. was kind enough to give us a discount as a result of mediocre food, to their credit. I don't think we'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Menu, food, wine list, service, and environment were all wonderful (and I’m a tough grader!)

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vipAshleyA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Food is wonderful and presented so nicely!

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vipCurtM
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor spaces are great, the food and flavor combinations are very unique, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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KurianJ
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent location and massive portions. Service was great except for the last part where the server left us hanging with the bill and we had to go and find him. Overall s great place and would highly recommend it for brunch (what we went for)

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best upscale restaurant and beach view in Santa Barbara

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so kind and accommodating! They were helpful, informative, and friendly!

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AssuntaD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous place for dinner
Great service and delicious food

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vipEmma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Amazing ambience, but the food flavors were not balanced in my opinion. Some ingredients just do not go well together.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful views with unique and artful offerings, and wonderful service.

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MichaelM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lamb bolognese was excellent. Flat bread pizza was also very good.

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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 1103 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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