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Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano

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$$ - $$$
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37 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2605 (Anacapa)
+1 805-884-9419
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Santa Barbara, California
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318 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are fancier restaurants in Santa Barbara but still Ca Dario is on most people's favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Locally owned by a wonderful guy who cares about authentic Italian food this place is real and has a real following. I eat here more than any other restaurant and always feel at home and have a first class dining... More 

1 Thank expectquality1942
Chino Hills, Calif
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here for dinner as a recommendation & realized it was the same restaurant that was recommended last year. Very crowded but worth the wait. Great Italian food! Make a reservation.

1 Thank ginarella
Santa Barbara, CA
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my favorite place in SB and if I have a celebration, this is where my family goes. Northern Italian fare and so very good.

1 Thank maxwell r
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a Monday night and the restaurant was packed. Took over an hour to get seated past our reservation. The tables would not get up which was totally annoying but there's nothing that can be done about it. After 45 mintues, manager was gracious enough to provide us with something to eat. Overall the service was excellent once... More 

1 Thank M M K
Malibu, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Ca' Dario is the kind of restaurant that you visit once and fall in love with. There is nothing pretentious about the spot, located a block off State Street on Victoria. It is a simple local favorite restaurant with food that blows you away every time. We have never had anything less than stellar food here. We first learned about... More 

1 Thank ajsteinberg
Neenah, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We were first introduced to Ca' Dario on our Santa Barbara Food Tour. They gave us a sampling of their famous ravioli in brown butter & tagliatelle bolognese. Both melted in your mouth. We ended up going their two more times on our short trip it was so good. Both times I got the the ravioli...it was that good!!! It... More 

1 Thank Peggy V
United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

If we crave Italian, Ca' Dario is our top pick. We've eaten here several times, and have never been disappointed. It's a nice setting and every dish we have tried, we have enjoyed. The only drawbacks are the restaurant can be loud and the service a little aloof, but neither detract much from the overall experience.

1 Thank Travel_everywhere59
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181 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

When we arrived, the atmosphere was very promising. It felt as though it was going to be a genuine local, favourite Italian. It was crammed full with locals, and not a tourist in sight. However, the food was ultimately disappointing, with large portions of less than stellar ingredients. Service from the lovely Claudia was excellent. Maybe we just chose very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

A traditional style (some might say 'old fashioned') Italian just a block or so off 'the main drag' (State Street). The food is also traditional, but what we had was perfect. Nothing fancy or 'moderne' stuff', it's what's been eaten for generations, made the same way, which is something other restaurants aspire to or pretend to, but so many cut... More 

1 Thank Peter R
Santa Barbara, California
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318 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Ca'dario is a great trusty restaurant. Really good Italian food where there is very little "red sauce." Creative and extensive menu. This is my favorite standby top restaurant. Maybe it is not as cutting edge or as farm to table as some, but really good food in a great old space. Year after year it is popular and a great... More 

1 Thank expectquality1942

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-884-9419

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?