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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

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1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
(805) 565-9393
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great pizza

The food here is really great for kids and adults alike. The atmosphere is lovely. The pizza is the best in Montecito. I just wish they would make the soups with vegetarian broth...only complaint.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Families with children
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English first
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is really great for kids and adults alike. The atmosphere is lovely. The pizza is the best in Montecito. I just wish they would make the soups with vegetarian broth...only complaint.

Montecito, California
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Bad service, they had the nerve to charge for extra salad dressing for an underdressed salad....won'd go there again

Thank Sheryl223
Montecito, California
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122 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I've gone here on and off for 15 years. Many off years because of crappy service and poor management. New management comes on and I try again, not so bad the last 2 years. Now, the staff has changed where the dinner pizza chef doesn't know how to make a pizza! 2 weeks ago I had to send back a... More 

Thank orv m
Los Angeles, California
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663 reviews
503 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We met friends at Via Vai and had a nice dinner on their patio. I had a seafood pasta that came in a crust, much like pot pie. It was really good. The food was good, the service friendly and attentive and the dining area clean. The dining area outside had a lot of flys around, but other than that... More 

Thank ZumaDawg
Goleta, California
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248 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I've been here several times for lunch and I keep trying to find what everyone is raving about. The food is fine but I wouldn't go back because I'm craving something specific here. The service is always excellent, a bit slow but perhaps the clientele for lunch don't have any where else they need to be (?). Located in the... More 

Thank Cathy M
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Amazing authentic pasta and calamari that melts in your mouth!!! So good. Would definitely come back again.

1 Thank stefanib18
Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I used to consider this my neighborhood trattoria when I lived in Montecito. Now that I have moved to Denver, I go back every time I'm out in the Santa Barbara area. The food is consistently authentic and great. The service is considerate and they are great to children. Grab a table out on the terrace looking at the foothills... More 

Thank tafclaj
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The Rigatoni Al Sugo Di Pomodoro With meatballs was the highlight of my night! The food was amazing and flavorful it makes me want to keep on coming back, our waiter luiz made us feel right at home providing excellent service and endless laughs all throughout the night. Although the pizza was even better, hands down the best pizza I've... More 

Thank thedudeabides1113
Santa Barbara, California
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111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

For a special Italian treat this is your place. The individual pizza is a delight. All of the pasta dishes are great especially those with sausage! The outdoor seating is the best but we also ate inside this week and actually it was great being a little quiet! Our Italian young server was the BEST. Her expressive talents explaining the... More 

Thank HEH352
Montecito, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Hands down the best pizza in the world. Sorry Italy, that includes you. Well at least the of all the restaurants that I have tried.

Thank Chad C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 565-9393

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?