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Via Maestra 42

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3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
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8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good homecooking

Nice, friendly restaurant. Order at the counter. Service at the table. Very friendly service. All sorts of Italian dishes and wonderful Italian ice cream and delicious deserts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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132 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice, friendly restaurant. Order at the counter. Service at the table. Very friendly service. All sorts of Italian dishes and wonderful Italian ice cream and delicious deserts.

Thank torontobiggs1
Santa Barbara, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A semi-charming hole in the wall, the kind of non-chain places I gravitate too. Stopped by for Take-Out. The pasta taste cheap and old. The bread came with neither oil or butter, nor was it warmed. I asked for extra parmesan and received none at all. The clams with pasta had unopened clams in it. The tomatoes tasted GMO'd not... More 

Thank Suzanne d
Laguna Beach, California
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100 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't be put off by the small size or the brief wait. Great deli, awesome Italian flavor, sauces and ambiance. Little RR in the back forces you to walk through the kitchen where you can see the food prep in action. Smells soooo good. On State street by Gelson's but away from mad downtown.

Thank OC-ChargerFan
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266 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tiny, mighty italian deli and restaurant is just a few...few...few...steps from the Sandpiper Lodge and just next to the San Roque post office. Since seatings are precious and limited, arrive definitely EARLY!!!!! The uniqueness, the aromas, the FOODS,all make this mad and early dash so worth the while. Mama mia! Oh so delicioso!! Hmmmmmmmmmm!!! The adorable and charming server... More 

Thank connie l
Santa Barbara, California
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502 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Very Italian experience. We have dined here several times for lunch and for dinner and Via Maestra is always a delight. Delicious pastas, wonderful sandwiches. Very efficient and friendly service. Just go, it's the real deal. Recommended!

Thank Waterloonie
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Love this place - a small (family run?) establishment that cooks great pasta and other Italian dishes transporting your taste buds to Europe. It can get crowded quickly even though it is off the tourist zone so get there early.

Thank Ken A
Santa Barbara, California
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Who needs to go to Italy. This is the real deal. You don't need to get dressed up. This is the place to have a really good meal. The setting and ambiance-a little off for the quality of this place. Small indoor restaurant with outdoor seating up against the parking lot. But, for me at least, this just adds to... More 

Thank Divawing
Green River, Wyoming
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Just discovered this place! It's a bit pricy. The food is excellent, the service a bit slow but only because it's crowded. We loved it and recommend it highly if you like authentic Italian cuisine. I love shellfish and have ordered and been disappointed ordering linguini w clam sauce many times in many Italian restaurants. Since I never learn, I... More 

Thank MikeDavidson
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Bottom Line UpFront: Best Italian in SB. Don't be put off by restaurant in strip mall. This is a foodies delight! Pros: Menu is fresh and limited. If it is not the best ingredients they don't serve it. When something off the menu is gone for the day it's gone because it is so good it's supply and demand and... More 

Thank 6Toros6
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Excellent Italian food and wine, we enjoyed clams with noodles and tortarine with salmon. Very good, friendly and efficient service in a nice atmosphere. Higher range prices but good value for money. A pity there was no choice of local Californian wine

Thank Salamaoegst

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-569-6522

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm

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