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Giannfranco's Trattoria L

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666 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
805- 684-0720
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Description: Authentic Upscale Italian Cuisine. Freshly prepared when you order. Local...
Authentic Upscale Italian Cuisine. Freshly prepared when you order. Local Ingredients and Imported Italian Products used in our cooking. Amazing Italian wine List served by Professional Servers.
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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Romantic

Better for a date than Sly's... Good Italian food, and cheaper than Sly's. Don't miss the nice back patio with lights and heaters.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jimmannoia
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for fabulous food? Franco, Anna, and their son, Chef Giovanni, make this cozy restaurant and lovely lit enclosed patio the place to dine. Whether a fresh & light salad, incredible pasta specialities, or a great selection of wine & appetizers...you won't be disappointed. We dine here weekly when vacationing during the winter. Without a doubt, our favorite food &... More 

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Thank SusanZen50
Santa Barbara, CA
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Better for a date than Sly's... Good Italian food, and cheaper than Sly's. Don't miss the nice back patio with lights and heaters.

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Thank Jimmannoia
Carpinteria, California
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Had a delicious dinner recently, decided to splurge on dessert. Delish! Always enjoy being treated like family.

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Thank Maribeth14
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

It was Black Friday and my birthday. Fortunately, I called a week before and made reservations; a must when the restaurant had been shuttered most of the previous week. The antipasti was delicious and everyone enjoyed their entrees. Do ask the waitstaff for suggestions since they seemed to be right on target with everyone's wishes. My mother-in-law had special requests... More 

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Thank Phyllis K
Montecito CA
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70 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We have dined here many times over the years, and each time, we walk out with a smile on our faces having had a great meal. I usually get the pork Milanese, which is great, but we have never had a disappointing dish. We tried the Piatto Italiano Antipasti for the first time, and it was really, really good. It... More 

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Thank ClipperTraveler
Torrance, California, USA
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

2015 and another visit to Giannfranco's in Carpinteria, CA. Their food is excellent as it always seems to be and the Giannfranco's are the perfect host and hostess. They serve Lunch and Dinner with a menu that will certainly please everyone. Carpinteria is a small beach town and this place is the best around.

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Thank Dennis L
Cambria, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Arnoldo, Franco, the many ladies who work the kitchen , indeed the entire staff help to make dining here a wonderful experience. From the small interior tables for two to the lovely patio in the rear of the building each seating recalls a sense of Italian hospitality and service. (I've dined here several times and have ever found the staff... More 

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Thank STARwitness
Salem, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

I've eaten here several times over the last 8 years when visiting family in Carpinteria. The one constant is that the service never fails to be subpar. It's unfortunate because the location is convenient, their patio is pretty at night with the lighted umbrellas, and the food is pretty good; these are the reasons I keep giving it a try... More 

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Thank Lawyergal96
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Typical California attempt at Italian food, quantity over quality and very plain. The service was excellent so Kudos for that. Bizarre seating policy with everyone being herded into the back garden/patio even when the main restaurant area appeared unused, described as "fully booked " but was clearly not.

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Thank Daveandavril
Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

There are many Italian restaurants in the Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria area, but Gianfrancos, in my opinion, is consistently the best. It may not have the buzz surrounding it like Olio e'limon, Ca'Dario or Cafe Luna, but the dishes are creative, delicious and Franco and Anna always greet you like old friends, even if it's your first visit. Plus, they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 666 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: 805- 684-0720

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 43
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children

Description

Authentic Upscale Italian Cuisine. Freshly prepared when you order. Local Ingredients and Imported Italian Products used in our cooking. Amazing Italian wine List served by Professional Servers.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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