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Via Maestra 42

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3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
+1 805-569-6522
08:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 21:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Family of 4 there on a Friday night. They do not take bookings, the atmosphere inside was great so we were happy we did. All our means we're yum and service excellent...prices reasonable. If we lived in Santa Barbara we would be regulars.

1 Thank Vanessa S
Laguna Beach, California
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289 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

For the best Italian food in Santa Barbara go to Via Maestra! It's where all the locals go and you might even see someone from Lost. Great wine selection and even have glutton free. Stevie is the best server in Santa Barbara, glad she is back!!

1 Thank OC-RaiderFan
Santa Barbara, California
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

I hadn't been to Via Maestra 42 in many years. It's a very small restaurant in a strip mall next to the post office. Tables are tiny. I've read reviews about how friendly the wait staff is, but my friend and I thought the service was very spotty. It seems there are a lot of regulars who receive a great... More 

Thank sharonannie22
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79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Have eaten here several times over the years when I visit Santa Barbara. It is still one of the best Italian experiences food wise. Always pretty crowded at lunch times but the experience is just like eating in a small trattoria in Italy. It is not romantic or glamorous like many Italian places try to be in Monticeto - just... More 

Thank Ken A
Santa Barbara, California
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Via Maestra is this delightful little bistro or "Bar" as they are called in Italy - swamped at 2:00 one afternoon - took forever to get two sandwiches as they were "slammed" - i understand that - short-staffed who were working their fannies off trying to serve everyone who had ordered for eating there.... they are popular - try to... More 

Thank kmckee3730
Goleta, California
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164 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Order food at the counter and it is brought to your table when ready. Strangely a charge is made to sit at a table. But the sorbettis and gelatos are fantastic.

Thank blamboley
Cocoa Beach, Florida
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Ran in for some Gelato on a warm day, and saw all of the good food; plus the staff seemed pleasant. We ordered five dinners to go the next night. Excellent. Had some outside tables too. I will try it again.

1 Thank Wil D
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Delicious Italian food in cozy setting. I had the pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce, yum. Lasagna was good too. Strip mall setting but somehow manages to be romantic and intimate. Service was very good.

1 Thank MsBittersweet1
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Brilliant little restaurant, very warm and friendly staff, great food and beer and a fantastic atmosphere for a Tuesday evening- felt like it had real spirit!

Thank Inga D
Atlanta, GA
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244 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Was very pleasantly surprised by this place. you order at the counter and they deliver the food to your table. Very well made flavorful Italian food at a good price.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Italian, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-569-6522

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