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Via Maestra 42

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3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
805-569-6522
Today
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Doing business
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Italian on Upper State

The restaurant is small but inviting and the staff is friendly, The food is fresh and everything I have tried there has been quite good, The service was a little off on my last visit but overall it was still a very good dining experience,

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Patrick M
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Atascadero, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Atascadero, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is small but inviting and the staff is friendly, The food is fresh and everything I have tried there has been quite good, The service was a little off on my last visit but overall it was still a very good dining experience,

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Crockett, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This little place is a delight. You will feel like you just stepped into a family run restaurant in Italy. Everything is fresh and really delicious. The pasta is never overcooked. My husband loves their squid ink pasta, but I am more traditional. Don't miss this place.

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Santa Barbara, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We dine here once in a while and this time only one meal out of five was acceptable. It was a weeknight, they were short staffed and needed more help. But that's not all. My son loves their lasagna bolognese and what they served tasted like they just microwaved/heated it. It was hot on top and warm in the middle,... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My wife and I had lunch at Via Maestra yesterday and it was a total success. The restaurant is located on upper State Street just past where Las Positas crosses over it. Not a very big place but has patio seating which is shaded and very cute. We went in to give our order and I saw something I had... More 

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Joshua Tree, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Kind of weird eating next to the local post office but if you can get past the exterior the food was awesome. Derek our waiter was super helpful. Let us taste the white wines to ensure we got the one we wanted to pair with our meals. The Salmon was cooked perfect. We will be back!

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Totnes
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We actually visited in May 2013. We had to queue for a seat (always a good sign) which gave us an opportunity to see the food being passed out from the kitchen. Not only do they have seating but the deli was mouth watering. Having only had airplane food we were desperate for food that would welcome us to the... More 

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Goleta, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have been here several times with family and friends and have never had a bad experience/meal! Our favorite is the mushroom ravioli...not always on the menu. I have been to Italy a few times and their food takes me back to the real deal. It is a small place, so if you go at peak times, be prepared to... More 

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Garfield, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place was fantastic. We had the Bucatini and Gnocchi. It's the real deal, perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection.

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Pensacola
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Visiting Santa Barbara and wary of the many tourist traps, I took a risk and asked Suri where the best lunch place in Samta Barbara was. She told me Via Maestra. Well off the beaten path up State street. In a lovely neighborhood. I pull in to a small strip mall. A little apprehensive but hungry I decide to chance... More 

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Summer Hill, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A cafe within a deli. Loved the authentic Italian food, the relaxed service and the cosy atmosphere.

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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: Delicatessen, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm

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