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Trattoria Grappolo

4.3
1158 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

Trattoria Grappolo is a casual Italian bistro located in the wine-producing region of Santa Ynez, California (2 hours North of Los Angeles). Grappolo is the perfect place to enjoy with family and friends. Walk though the door and a savory aroma of freshly baked pizza and simmering tomato sauce teases the senses. The combination of the pastoral ambiance of Italy with the lush vine fields and oak-studded hills of Santa Ynez helps create the ideal setting to serve up some of Central California's most creative and authentic Italian dishes. Specialties include: Carpaccio, Rollino Veneto - rolled-up pizza pouches stuffed with smoked mozzarella and radicchio - pastas and pizzas, prime New York steaks and fresh seafood dishes. Desserts such as chocolate flourless cake and panna cotta are hits with the guests. Trattoria Grappolo features an expansive wine list and various private dining rooms that accommodate from 14 to 50 guests.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 688-6899
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Please visit our website at www.trattoriagrappolo.com to view our private dining menus.
http://www.trattoriagrappolo.com/private_dining
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Private party contact
Elisa Arriaga, Manager : (805) 688-6899
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Catering
We offer catering for both small and large parties -- from intimate birthday parties and family gatherings to weddings for 200 guests. Please contact our Event Manager via our website for more information. Grazie!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Meadowvale
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Public transit
Santa Ynez Valley Transit stop directly in front of restaurant
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

We have made dinner at Tratoria Grapalo an annual must-do date for dinner the night before the Wine Country Half marathon The food is great and the atmosphere conductive to conversation with out friends. A beautiful place to be when In Santa Inez

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2017

The food was outstanding as always.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Waiter served food way too fast (could not finish appetizers) and Serber missed order for decaf.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Fantastic food and service!
Seafood soup is amazing and soul is outstanding

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Not many restaurants in the area, but this was casual, lots of food, and fast service.
The overall value was a bit on the high side for pasta. I had the sausages and bean
dish which was a nice portion of food. The sausages were good, but the beans were
a bit hard and lacked alot of flavor.
I was disappointed that I mentioned in my Open Table reservation that it was my
husband's birthday, and nothing was mentioned or done about it.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Had an unpleasant dining experience last Saturday. Restaurant very busy (perhaps should stagger reservations to lessen inpact). Food was not good (my pizza was inedible) our waiter actually walked away from me after asking for our wine selection. Won't be returning.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

They made a veal marsala for me which is not on the menu and it was excellent. Very fresh vegetables and the veal was very tender.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

As always great food and excellent service. We go often and always are treated well and are very comfortable. It is popular and can get a little noisy. Serving sizes are large so we split a dish and add soup or salad, or take home leftovers.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for years, and is the first time we rated it so low. The service made us feel we were just pushed us thru. The place was about 3/4 full yet we had poor , then rushed service. We felt like we were at a short order diner. Food was good as usual but the evening was ruined with the poor quality and no personality service. The owners were not there so we will give it another try when we know one of the brothers will be there. Definitely check before you go!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Food was good as always but the ambiance was terrible due to the high noise level and people being packed in like sardines.
The service was distracted at best because of being under staffed as usual.
This is the main reason we have not been back there in 5 years and we are locals.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Glad to have made reservation, despite being very crowded our table was held ( only one reserved). Bar seating overlooking the kitchen, I prefer that but we had another couple with us. Definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Absolutely delicious food. Friendly staff and wonderful atmosphere. Lamb was off the charts, pizza was spot on. We've always had a great experience every time we visit. Highly recommended. DB

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

A winery recommended this restaurant during our stay in Los Olivos for two nights. My husband LOVES Chicken Marsala, and even though it wasn't on the menu, upon his request, the very nice waiter immediately acknowledged the chef would make it for him. David said it was the BEST he has ever had! The entire staff was hard-working, attentive and truly cared about our entire experience. It was evident why Grappolos came highly recommended and was filled with local regulars. Thanks so much for a memorable meal and evening 🙏❤👍

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

This was our second visit to Trattoria Grappolo. In both cases we found the food and service both to be excellent! The atmosphere is comfortable and energetic. The staff all seem to work as a team and enjoy it. It's fun to sit at the bar and watch the food being "created". My husband and I would both give this restaurant an A+!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2017

Consistently good. Our go to for home style Italian cuisine.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Food was outstanding but our server made our dining experience truly unforgettable:)

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

We enjoy the quiet front porch. Linguine with lobster and vodka sauce is incredible!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Average food, high prices, and mediocre service. Will not be going back

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Outstanding as always. Food is perfection. Ambience is warm and inviting. Overall A great experience.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

I visit the area 3 times per year, I visit the restaurant 3 times per year. Never disappoints!!
Wonderful, as always!!
See you next month!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Food excellent A bit low on ambience but from of made up for that !

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Our food was served cold. However the bread was great. I made reservations and were seated almost immediately.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2017

The food was excellent. I had the sole piccata and my wife had the spinach and ricotta ravioli. Unfortunately, the service was about as bad as we have ever had. It was very busy as it was Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week, For a Wednesday night it is possibly a bit busier than normal. However, even though it was pretty chaotic, they never recovered, or at least acknowledged, their mistakes. The tables in the main dining room are very close together so be prepared to hear everyone's conversation. The patio is a little more spacious. There is also a kitchen bar in front of the brick oven that might make for an interesting dining location. We will give them another look since the food was excellent and see if this visit was an aberration.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2017

We were able to sit out on the covered and heated patio which is always our first choice. Inside the Resteraunts atmosphere can be noisy. The food was delicious and we partook in the 2017 Resteraunts menu. The sole was a generous portion and the pan a cotta was delicious. Service is always exceptional. This is one of our favorite places to dine.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Food was just ok. Perhaps we didn't order the right/signature items but there was nothing that stood out positively other than portion size and presentation. Risotto with asparagus and sausage. If not for the sausage, would have been flavorless. Sausage was very good though. Seafood pasta: would have liked more sauce, bland flavor. Dessert was good: spumoni, apple tart with ice cream. Service was good, ambience nice, perfect noise level (not loud or noticeable). When we arrived there was a mixup with prior arrivals, we ended up getting lumped in with a group having been offered a free glass of wine. We wanted to like this place and were looking forward to Italian food but it was a dissapointment in the flavor area.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Persistent issue with lukewarm food arriving at table. This time it was all the vegetables; last time it was the meatballs. Portions are huge and much of the food is delicious.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2017

Basics: bread was excellent. Seafood soup was excellent. Coffee was not impressive.
First time there and did not have chance to try many dishes but very promising. Will visit again next time in that area.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Wonderful, delicious everything! Ambiance and their team make it that much more enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Absolute MUST if you visit Santa Ynez! Outstanding cuisine and service!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Consistently great food in a warm atmosphere with a friendly and professional staff. The Owner is actively involved and it results in an outstanding experience.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Every time we come, it's amazing. This last time was probably the best. Best Italian food outside of Italy.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2016

We had very high expectations, based on the recommendation of a friend; it was loud and the food mediocre. Nice staff, but other than the hostess and one busboy not very personal. There are better places to spend time, calories and money.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Noisy, small restaurant, but don't let that throw you! Great homemade pasta, I had the spinach tortellini. Buttery tasting with a great, light sauce. My wife had the pressed chicken; also very good! House wines are made for the restaurant; very good! Make a reservation, because bar is very small overlooking the kitchen. There is a saloon next door if you want to drink there while waiting for your table. A great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

The food here is consistently great! The pasta dishes are wonderful. We had the linguini vongole and the burrata appetizer. Both were great! The linguini vongole had great flavor and was a little spicy just how I like it. The burrata was soft and fresh and came on a beautiful bed of arugula. It had a very farm to to table feel. Great local wines to choose from and a very genuinely friendly staff makes this place extra special. It feels very homey and the type of place that locals definitely go to.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Food normally is good but Unfortunately our order took over an hour and a half to get to our table and the lasagnas were lukewarm by the time we got them. Our waiter was nowhere to be found. Usually, the service is much better. I have been to this restaurant over 30 times and this is the first time I was disappointed. I will count this as an off night for this restaurant but I will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Outstanding....food, service, environment; it was Christmas Eve and everyone was in a festive mood.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Wonderful dinner; we travel to Italy often and this was as close to real Italian as we have found on the Central Coast. Varied and interesting menu; good service; great food. Will return often.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Consistently outstanding. Good food, good wine, good service.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

We really enjoyed the incredible food and service. Everybody's meal was so delicious, we definitely will be going back.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2016

Good food & service! Comfortable seating but warm in the patio.

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