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Giannfranco's Trattoria L

666 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
805- 684-0720
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Ranked #5 of 61 restaurants in Carpinteria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $43
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The food was good (though not great by real Italy standards), the atmosphere was quite romantic, but it was the most expensive meal of our LA visit, by far. So overall it's not a must-visit restaurant, even though it's one of the most upmarket in Carp.

Bakersfield
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Another excellent dinner accompanied by service that is perfectly timed. Our party of four all enjoyed their meals. The owners Anna, Frank and Gio greeted us. Anna showed us to our patio table. Lovely. We will continue to frequent this restaurant and support the locals.

Giannfrancos, Owner at Giannfranco's Trattoria L, responded to this review

As always a pleasure to serve you. We are so blessed to have made great friends during these past 8 years. As always we appreciate your good comments as well as your recommendations and look forward to serving you for many years to come. Giannfranco's Family and Hard Working Staff… More

Ventura, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My dining companion and I have been coming to Giannfranco's since it opened just a few years ago, and we've never been disappointed. If you're looking for an Italian restaurant that offers authentic and delicious recipes superbly prepared and presented, look no further. (Because if you did, you'd have to drive an hour north to Santa Ynez (village) to Grappolo's,... More

Giannfrancos, Owner at Giannfranco's Trattoria L, responded to this review

When my parents and I took such a BOLD DECISION to open up Giannfranco's Trattoria almost 8 years ago, we had ONE determination; to offer the BEST DINING EXPERIENCE in a wonderful and warm family atmosphere possible. We are very humble and appreciative every day for all our guests and friends we have made during this fantastic journey. All your... More

Clacton-on-sea
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

All food served in this restaurant is locally sourced and dishes are made in-house. Genuine traditional Italian cooking. Portions were sufficient and appropriate and therefore not off putting as are the vast portions served in many other restaurants. Both the Polpetti (meat balls) and the Gnochi Boscaiolo were excellent. Wine was expensive. The only negative aspect was the service ie... More

Giannfrancos, Owner at Giannfranco's Trattoria L, responded to this review

We're always thankful for all your comments as well as any critiques. It validates all the hard work it takes to run a successful restaurant and we're pleased when that is recognized by our guests. We know you have many options to dine but choose Giannfranco's Trattoria as your dining destination…and for that the Giannfranco's Family and our Hard Working... More

Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We had our rehearsal dinner at Gianfranco's on their beautiful back patio. The meal was fantastic, the wine was great, and our waiter, Arnold, was a master at negotiating a bunch of rowdy and demanding people. Giovanni, the chef, rocks his craft from a tiny kitchen. Everyone at our dinner was impressed with the amazing food and with Arnold's great... More

oxnard
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is our favorite italian restaurant. My husband and I ate dinner here tonight. The staff is welcoming and professional. My husband had the Carpinteria Caprese appetizer and the nights special of shrimp, sausage, and risotto which he said delicious. I had the roasted beet salad with goat cheese and red onion which was large enough to be a dinner... More

California
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It is worth making a special trip, or stop, if you are in the greater Santa Barbara area for any reason! The special recipes the owners have brought from their native Sicily are exquisite but subtle. I wish we lived closer so we could enjoy this quaint "trattoria" more often. The Owners add a pleasant touch of Italian friendliness, making... More

Carpinteria, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Small portions, the bread tasted and looked like it was taken from a freezer and rewarmed. Service needs improvement. Not what you would expect from an expensive Italian restaurant. Our group of four left unsatisfied.

santa barbara, california
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Friendly, happy and welcoming...visitors to Gianfranco's Trattoria are always made to feel at home! Lots of great menu choices ..excellent salads.. outdoor dining on a sunny day...all contribute to a happy meal in a happy place! Definitely a place to dine when in Carpinteria!

Hanford, California
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

After settling in to the hotel we were ready for some good food and I had heard of this restaurant, so off to find it and see how it stands up to the reviews. It is an older long narrow building. When you walk in to the left is a large solid dark wood bar and three table for two... More

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