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Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano

37 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2605
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Ranked #79 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $31 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Anacapa
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77% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Tustin, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was late on this past Saturday night, we just got back from watching my son play at Kobe Camp in UCSB. It was close to 10pm but we hadn't had dinner yet and I refused to eat pizza in Isla Vista (no offense to Isla Vista). Pizza at 10p in a 50 year-old tummy is not comfy at 1am.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A very popular restaurant, it was also noisy. This is our friends' favourite Italian restaurant. We were not disappointed. We had ravioli to share as an appetizer. Very delicious. Then as mains, we had 2 pasta and 2 fish. I had the scampi ($30), a big lobster which I struggled to eat because the meat was a bit tough and... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We had a great dinner here last night. They had a special of grilled oysters - awesome. Great sauce to dunk the bread in. The ravioli was delicious and the chicken in the clay pot is never a bad choice. The osso bucco was cooked to perfection. The service was perfect. We will return again and again.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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95 reviews 95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Pollo Coccio (chicken cooked with vegetables in an earthenware pot) is one of these very simple but very special dishes. I don't know much about the rest of the menu because that''s what I always end up ordering.... Wine list very thorough and prices reasonable.

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Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My wife had eaten at Ca Dario and said it was great so my daughter and her friend and I eat there and I will say it was very interesting food. Had the prosciutto and melon appetizer, $14. It was good but the prosciutto had quite a bit of fat unlike most Parma that I have had. They both had... More

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United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

Great ambience for an Italian restaurant, 1st visit to Santa Barbara so don't know what others are in the vicinity, I think from experience of Italian fayre it is worth a try, food quality & service is very good, however, because our waiter was run off his feet & forgot 1 or 2 requests it did not spoil our evening... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Took 12 to dinner there the other night and brought 6 bottles of expensive wine prepared to pay a corkage fee. At end of meal we had only consumed 3 and the waitress put 3 in the back for us to take home. I inadvertently left them there and called the restaurant to let them know. They said that it... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A great small Italian restaurant with the look and feel of a neighborhood bistro or trattoria in Italy or France. Antipastos are great, pastas incomparable, and meat dishes fine, especially the rack of lamb. For lunch, their panini are excellent. The only quibble I have is that the place can be noisy at dinner time. We almost always go for... More

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Ventura, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a lively, happening restaurant. The food is excellent and the bar serves the best Manhattan I've ever had. However, there was still a long wait (30 minutes) even with a reservation and no place to wait except by walking down to their sister pizzeria. Once we were finally seated, the space was very cramped and the noise level... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I ate here recently with friends on a Sunday night and was surprised to see how busy it was. It reminds me a cafe in Italy, with good specials and a very good wine list. The wait staff was very good. I had a very tasty seafood spaghetti, and enjoyed the recommended wine with it.

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