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
Such a hidden gem! Great patio for sunset under the heaters.
Fresh seasonal limited menu for foodies!
One of our faves...
As usual had a great experience at Convivo! Food, new persimmon plate, kombucha soup to die, chicken for was great, the waiter was generous, and we got a perfect table as requested. 10 stars 🎊!!
My husband and I had a lovely evening. The food was excellent as was the wine. The overhead heaters made us very comfortable. Everything was wonderful. The only negative is that I think it’s a bit pricey. Would prefer that they lower their prices on wines by the glass.
Daughter in from out of town.
We loved our server, Kayla, a classy, lovely and knowledgeable person who was spot-on in every way.
Convivo is located at the Santa Barbara Inn, across from a gorgeous beach. We got a sunset - and two glasses of nice champagne en' comp - when the sun hit our table a bit too strongly.
The food was delicious, the prawn and the beef carpaccio perfection, although I wished I had gotten another entree'. The short ribs were presented more like rectangles of spam...
Dessert and the espresso were devine and we will be re-visiting soon. Perhaps for our 26th anniversary, early February 2022.
Hard to beat for a carefree holiday feast! Scrumptious food, good choices inc traditional turkey/trimmings, exceptional ambiance & service. This was the 1st INDOOR meal we had braved since covid began. So appreciated the large open windows particularly.
Food was outstanding...so delicious...could not have been better!!!
Beautiful patio dining with breathtaking ocean and sunset views. Wonderful food, good service.
We came to Santa Barbara to celebrate my wife’s birthday and chose Convivo for her birthday dinner. It was the right decision. Multiple staff said happy birthday, we received a birthday desert, and the food/service was exquisite. She was definitely feeling special. We will be back again. Thank you Convivo!
Their charred avocado salad is a must have..
Great food, imaginative menu, terrific service!
Another great meal at Convivo. Three of us had dined at Convivo before, the fourth in our group had not.. The eclectic menu had the "newbie" guessing but our server David was really helpful on all choices. Everyone was delighted with his/her meal and a couple "discovered" items they would not have otherwise ordered.
Juan was our server, he was terrific. Brussel sprouts outstanding. Flatbread outstanding. Both pastas always great.
Perfect meal in all respects
We love sitting outside at Convivo on their pretty patio. The food is so creative and delicious, with an amazing use of spices and herbs and fresh produce. We love to share plates and enjoy all of the flavors.
I will have dreams of the chicken liver mousse on the freshly baked focaccia. What a delicious, interesting dish! We loved all of the pastas, and the half chicken was also perfectly done. Great service & lovely ambience. Thank you!
Excellent food, friendly service, and beautiful restaurant. Juan our server went above and beyond to make our experience memorable, Julio(food runner) was very courteous, Rich(manager) introduced himself and told us about the restaurant and hotel's history. The host staff is very friendly as well. Definitely impressed.
Outstanding food - loved the octopus, the crab cakes, and the innovative salads. Service was also very good. Overall, an excellent dinner in a lovely atmosphere. Will definitely go back next time I am in Santa Barbara.
Second time in this restaurant and second time we love it. Food is great, service is excellent, can’t wait to return soon
Really superb food on a Monday night even!
Great service… amazing food!!! When I’m in town I always made sure to have at least over meal here!
Loved our dinner. The food and service was excellent. The ambiance was nice and quiet
This is a beautiful restaurant, both inside and on the patio. We sat outside and they made us very comfortable, (with heaters). The service was fabulous! The food was fabulous too. Go here if you can.
Enjoyed the ocean view. The food was delicious. Service was great. Cocktails were a pleasure to drink.
It was breakfast eggs and sourdough black coffee
Really delicious Mediterranean with a Mid East tilt. Super fresh ingredients. Nice bar
Favorite sunset location at the beach! Nice seating on outdoor, well-heated terrace. Delicious seafood, fresh salad. Bar seemed to be understaffed and overwhelmed. Have always enjoyed their "small plates" but those were not on the menu yesterday. All in all, I would return.
We were entertaining out of town guests. The evening started out well. Our wine and salads arrived fine and then our waiter David disappeared. Our guests drank a whole bottle of wine and we had still not received our entrees or ever seen David again. Finally the manager brought us our bread which we had ordered with our salads. TERRIBLE SERVICE!!!!
The entree was good once it finally arrived.
We have eaten at Convivo many times but this was the worst.
Very tasty and innovate dishes; good service with full precautions
Excellent food, excellent drinks, our server was wonderful. We enjoyed sitting outside on the patio - great ambiance. Would definitely go back next time in town.
Our Saturday mid-afternoon Convivo lunch was a very pleasant experience. We shared the Ink Mafaldine (such a fun pasta style, with large prawns) and the Granseola (slightly less crabby-tasting than we prefer, but the grilled Brussels sprouts were delectable). Our host Summer was charming, and our waitperson David was friendly and efficient. Only wish-list item: that our waters included ice; you'll need to ask for that.
Food was delicious. We ate outside which is wonderful but they seemed short handed and although our waiters did their best, they could use more help
Just a wonderful relaxing dinner. Food was excellent
Ambiance and food matched the coastal experience we were hoping for!
Really good food. Enjoyed the outdoor area for dinner.
Great food and excellent service!!
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.
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.
The food over all was good, not great, but good. I think some of it was a little over the top
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.
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 1329 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.