Convivo

4.6
1327 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 1327 people are saying
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vipEdie
Central Coast
83 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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George
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter in from out of town.

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BandDworks
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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PeterH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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HarrietM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding...so delicious...could not have been better!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio dining with breathtaking ocean and sunset views. Wonderful food, good service.

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vipJoseM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their charred avocado salad is a must have..

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BuzzM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, imaginative menu, terrific service!

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JoeH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipThomasP
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juan was our server, he was terrific. Brussel sprouts outstanding. Flatbread outstanding. Both pastas always great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal in all respects

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vipsantabarbaralocal
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSueB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in this restaurant and second time we love it. Food is great, service is excellent, can’t wait to return soon

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viphwrhsl
Tucson
53 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really superb food on a Monday night even!

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vipShrink
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service… amazing food!!! When I’m in town I always made sure to have at least over meal here!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner. The food and service was excellent. The ambiance was nice and quiet

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SarahAvalon
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Pinay1977
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the ocean view. The food was delicious. Service was great. Cocktails were a pleasure to drink.

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vipGeorgio
Los Angeles
119 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was breakfast eggs and sourdough black coffee

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vipizsme1
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really delicious Mediterranean with a Mid East tilt. Super fresh ingredients. Nice bar

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JanisM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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JillN
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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.
Disappointimg evening.
We have eaten at Convivo many times but this was the worst.

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JosephC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very tasty and innovate dishes; good service with full precautions

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Danielle
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipTandC
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CathyC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

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

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SharonH
Algeria
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just a wonderful relaxing dinner. Food was excellent

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EmVeeEm
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food matched the coastal experience we were hoping for!

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vipJason
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. Enjoyed the outdoor area for dinner.

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vipClaireK
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!!

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Annie1723
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
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 on October 11, 2021
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
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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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 1327 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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